Paws-ing to read

Nobody finds Paws to Read more relaxing than Olivia.

Nobody finds Paws to Read more relaxing than Caesar.

I’ve been talking about Poe and science so much this summer that I’ve neglected an old favorite—Paws to Read.

This program is a personal favorite. It pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.

If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. (Especially if your son or daughter is also a dog lover.)

Annaliesse read to our newest Paws to Read volunteer: Jazz.

Annaliesse read to our newest Paws to Read volunteer: Jazz.

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Registration fills up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.

There is often a waiting list for the program once registration begins.

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Jenna and Diva take a reading break for some snuggle time.

Jenna and Diva take a reading break for some snuggle time.

For more photos from Paws to Read, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Mermaids and parades with Mentor Library

Mentor Public Library broke out its finest beachwear for the Fourth of July parade in Mentor Headlands. Our theme: Dive into reading!

If you missed us on the Fourth, you can see us at the CityFest Parade on Aug. 23.

Jason channels Jimmy Buffett.

Jason channels Jimmy Buffett.

Driver/Navigator prepares for the parade route.

Driver/Navigator prepares for the parade route.

That's right. We found a real live mermaid. Her name is Marilyn and she works in the children's department.

That’s right. We found a real live mermaid. Her name is Marilyn and she works in the children’s department.

Doreen, Gail and Shannon get ready to dive in.

Doreen, Gail and Shannon get ready to dive in.

The gangs all here!

The gangs all here!

Beach bums Cailey, Meredith, Kristin, Marilyn and Catherine get ready for the parade. (And that's lifeguard Kim on duty in the background.)

Beach bums Cailey, Meredith, Kristin, Marilyn and Catherine get ready for the parade. (And that’s lifeguard Kim on duty in the background.)

Our sand castle has a drawbridge (but no sand.)

Our sand castle has a drawbridge (but no sand.)

No water in sight? Easiest lifeguard job ever.

No water in sight? Easiest lifeguard job ever.

For more photos from the parade and other library programs, visit our Facebook page.

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Teens have a Minute to Win It

Teens competed in our Minute to Win It competition this Saturday.

You’re going to want to watch the video—if only to see the faces the contestants made during Face the Cookie. (They have to move a cookie from their foreheads to their mouths, using only the muscles in their face.)

By the way, teens still have time to sign up for Mentor Library’s summer reading program and our free horror writing workshop this Saturday.

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Teens can enjoy a spa day on us

Angelina and Rosa relax with their face masks on during the Spa Day at the library last year.

Angelina and Rosa relax with their face masks on during the Spa Day at the library last year.

Hey teens, that summer job got you down? The looming return of school already feel overwhelming?

You deserve a break. Enjoy a free spa day on us this Tuesday at our Main Branch.

You can make yourself avocado face mask, paint your nails, get a hand massage—just relax.

(Oh, and while you’re here, make sure to sign up for our summer reading program and our free horror writing workshop this Saturday.)

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Join the ranks of our Library Champions

Congrats to Giselle and all of our Library Champs!

Congrats to Giselle and all of our Library Champs!

You may have noticed our Library Champion signs popping up in yards in and around Mentor this summer. And when you saw them, you may have thought, “That’s a snazzy sign. How can I become a Library Champion?”

The bad news is that these signs aren’t for grownups. However, the good news is that, if you’re a kid, you already possess the innate potential to be a Library Champion.

Every child that signs up for our Summer Reading Program and reads (or is read to) for 15 hours gets a Library Champion yard sign.

Sam's got a great book and a 100% organic reading chair.

Sam’s got a great book and a 100% organic reading chair.

Our Summer Reading Program runs until Aug. 2. That means there is still plenty of time for your child to become a champion.

You can sign up for summer reading at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

You can see more Library Champion photos on Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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