Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Mentor Library

Angelina, Sofia, Olivia, Marko and Kristian strike a radical pose during our TMNT-themed Marvelous Monday.

Angelina, Sofia, Olivia, Marko and Kristian strike a radical pose during our TMNT-themed Marvelous Monday.

No need to be shell-shocked. We just dedicated this Marvelous Monday to four adolescent, reptilian, martial-arts enthusiasts.

Yes, that’s right. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Kids made their own shells, domino masks and balloon katana at the Read House on Monday and the results were—I have to say—radical!

Aven and Bryn look ready to knock out some Foot Clan lackeys.

Aven and Bryn look ready to knock out some Foot Clan lackeys.

They also demonstrated their ninja bonafides by completing an obstacle course and perfecting the art of tossing sewer lids.

When they were finished, they chowed down on—what else?—pizza.

Owen grabs a snack (with a little help from his mom.)

Owen grabs a snack (with a little help from his mom.)

We’ve had a great summer of Marvelous Mondays, and there’s still one left. Join us at 1 p.m. on July 27 at the Read House for games and crafts. This week’s hero is none other than Captain Underpants.

No registration is required. Just come out and have a good time.

Violet and Roman try to decide which color mask they want.

Violet and Roman try to decide which color mask they want.

And there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Colton decorates his shell shield.

Colton decorates his shell shield.

For more photos from Marvelous Mondays, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Comics scholar will discuss the women of ‘Avengers’ at Mentor Library

Avengers Talk

We’ve been talking about heroes all summer long, so it’s no surprise that we have a program dedicated to the hottest heroes of the summer (give or take Ant-Man or Chris Pratt.)

Comics scholar Valentino Zullo will present on the history and impact of one of comics’ most influential group of superheros, The Avengers, at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 23, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Zullo will pay special attention to the increased roles that superheroines now play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“As Marvel’s cinematic universe continues to expand, so does its sense of diversity,” Zullo said. “In particular, the representation of women has become ever more prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe both on the big screen and on TV.”

Zullo’s discussion will trace a brief history of the superheroine in comics from early representations at the onset of World War II to our current era with Black Widow and Scarlet Witch on the big screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron,  as well as Marvel’s embrace of a feminist worldview in their TV shows Agent Carter and Agents of Shield.

He will explore the ways that women in comics have been presented, from the complicated and often critiqued hypersexuality, to the current representation of more realistic, powerful women.

“Together we will discuss the evolving state of feminism in the Marvel cinematic universe and consider the changing comics world through the figure of the superheroine,” Zullo said.

Zullo is a doctorate student in the English department at Kent State University. He also holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

His talk is free and open to everyone. You can register for it on Mentor Library’s website.

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‘Bark’-ing up the right tree with Paws to Read

Teah reads to our newest Paws to Read dog, Hattie.

Teah reads to our newest Paws to Read dog, Hattie.

Looking for a way to encourage your kid to read? If they like dogs, then Paws to Read at Mentor Library is the perfect program for them.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional ear scratch.

Claire touches Kody's paw as she reads to him about Horrible Harry.

Claire touches Kody’s paw as she reads to her about Horrible Harry.

Registration for our next sessions start Aug. 5. There will be two 30-minute sessions on Aug. 19 at our Main Branch; one beginning at 6:30 p.m., the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up fast, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child would enjoy Paws to Read.

Diva listens as Braden reads to her about the president.

Diva listens as Braden reads to her about the president.

By the way, there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for our summer reading program.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Ruckus and Taylor share a good book.

Ruckus and Taylor share a good book.

You can find more Paws to Read photos on Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Lifting off with Super Science Saturdays

Kids made hoop gliders during the most recent Super Science Saturday.

Kids made hoop gliders during the most recent Super Science Saturday.

We took to the skies during the most recent Super Science Saturday at our Headlands Branch.

First, kids made hoop gliders that floated through the air. Then, they made rockets that exploded that were powered by a chemical reaction that produces carbon dioxide.

You can even make your own rocket by following these instructions:

We have another Super Science Saturday coming this summer at our Headlands Branch.

On Aug. 1, we’ll be making slime and “elephant toothpaste.” Kids (entering kindergarten through fifth grade) are free to join in the fun.

And while you’re at the library, you can sign up for summer reading. For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Getting ready to let it fly!

Getting ready to let it fly!

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Teens have a Minute to Win It this Saturday at MPL

Teens can compete in a series of 60-second competitions during the Mentor Public Library’s version of Minute to Win It  at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Read House, which is next door to the library’s Main Branch at 8215 Mentor Ave.

Children who are 12 and older will compete in several different challenges, depending on what time allows. The challenges include:

  • Face the Cookie, in which people need to move a cookie from their foreheads to their mouths, using only the muscles in their faces.
  • Dicey, in which teens will balance as many vertically stacked dice as they can on a popsicle stick. Not difficult enough? They will be holding the Popsicle stick in their mouth.
  • the Cookie Unicorn, where teens will balance as many cookies as they can on their forehead without letting them fall.

And participants will only have 60 seconds to complete each challenge.

The competitors who win the most challenges will receive prizes.

You can sign up for the competition on Mentor Library’s web site.

Try to balance as many cookies as you can on your forehead while competing in Cookie Unicorn.

Try to balance as many cookies as you can on your forehead while competing in Cookie Unicorn.

While you’re at the library, you can sign up for summer reading too.

For every book you read or library program you attend between now and Aug. 1, you get a raffle ticket and a chance to win cool prizes like Captains Tickets or gift cards to Panera, Target, Amazon and more. You can even register online.

See you at the library.

Don't drop your dice or things can get... dicey.

Don’t drop your dice or things can get… dicey.

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