Ohio Means Jobs is hosting Job Fair at Mentor Public Library

See what careers are available in your community.

See what careers are available in your community.

Ohio Means Jobs is holding a job fair from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 25, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

They are looking to fill several open positions in and around Mentor.

No registration is necessary, but job applicants should bring resumes with them.

Also, if you want more help in your career hunt, check out Ohio Means Jobs’ tips for writing a resume and searching for jobs online.

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Happy Un-Birthday to You

Kids help us sing "Happy Un-Birthday."

Kids help us sing “Happy Un-Birthday.”

We threw ourselves and everyone else an Un-Birthday Party on Thursday!

Everyone celebrated by making party hats, busting open a piñata, and even taking a few whipped-cream pies to the face.

We hope everyone had as much fun as we did.

Ms. Amy helps Gabriel reach the piñata during our Un-Birthday Party.

Ms. Amy helps Gabriel reach the piñata during our Un-Birthday Party.

If you like parties, we have our biggest party of the year on Thursday, May 26—our Summer Reading Kickoff Party.

Families can sign up for our summer reading programs that day at any of our branches. There will also be a kickoff concert for families by singer-songwriter Tom Sieling at our Main Branch.

We’re running a trio of summer reading programs this year and all three encourage people to be active mentally and physically. The children’s program is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!; the teens’ is Get in the Game, Read!; and adults’ is Exercise your Mind, Read!

Bridget celebrates her un-birthday by taking a dollop of whipped cream in the face.

Bridget celebrates her un-birthday by taking a dollop of whipped cream in the face.

Throughout the summer, Mentor Public Library will host fun programs that encourage mental and physical fitness for kids, teens and adults.

On Move It Mondays, kids can enjoy activities related to keeping fit and having fun on our Read House lawn. Meanwhile, on Thursday mornings, families can walk with children’s librarians to a special story time in the park.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from local businesses and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as family passes to Holden Arboretum and Lake Metroparks Farmpark. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or visit www.mentorpl.org.

Payton plays with balloons during our Un-Birthday Party!

Payton plays with balloons during our Un-Birthday Party!

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Un-Birthday Party.

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Little Free Libraries are back

Find your new favorite book in the Little Free Libraries all around Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake.

Find your new favorite book in the Little Free Libraries all around Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake.

Spring has returned and, with it, so have our Little Free Libraries.

Now, you can pick up something to read while visiting the parks, pools and bike paths in Mentor and Mentor-on-the-Lake.

Little Free Libraries work like community book exchanges. When someone sees one around the community, they can take a book from it, read it, keep it if they want, and bring it back if they don’t.

The books used to stock the free library aren’t part of the Mentor Public Library’s collection. Most of them are donated. And, of course, you’re allowed to leave a book or two in there too, if you’d like.

Little Free Libraries started in Wisconsin in 2009 in memory of founder Todd Bol’s mother and her love of reading. They’ve become so popular, they are now a global phenomenon in 40 countries.

We have Little Free Libraries in more than a dozen parks, pools and businesses, including

…at these outdoor venues from May to October

Mentor-on-the-Lake locations:

Little Free Libraries - Rose Garden

  • Mentor-on-the-Lake City Hall (Andrews Rd) – (Year Round)
  • Mentor Beach Park (Andrews Rd)

Mentor locations:

  • Mentor Dog Park (Hopkins Rd)
  • Mentor Lagoons
  • Wildwood Cultural Center & Park (Little Mountain Rd)
  • Eleanor B. Garfield Park pool (Mentor Ave)
  • Mentor Civic Center Pool
  • Mentor Civic Center Park amphitheater/Ice Arena (in winter)
  • Edward R. Walsh Park (on Bellflower Rd)
  • Commemorative Rose Garden (corner of Mentor Ave & Hart St)

…and at these business locations:

  • Yours Truly Restaurant
  • The News-Herald
  • Crossroads
  • Lake National Bank (Center St.)

Find the Little Free Library nearest to you!

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Want to know more about volunteering at Mentor Public Library

Are you curious about how you can help in your community? Consider volunteering at Mentor Public Library.

We have all types of wonderful volunteers at here:

And we’re always looking for more volunteers (14 and older, please.)

If you want more information, you can visit our Volunteers page or contact Julie Williams, our Volunteer Coordinator, either by phone (440-255-8811 ext. 242) or email.

And, finally, we want to thank those who already volunteer at Mentor Public Library. You make us a better library. We could not accomplish what we do without you!

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Our Wordplay Writing Club connects the dots

Sophie, Lynn and Mya search the record book looking for a superlative they want to write about during our Wordplay Club at Mentor Public Library.

Sophie, Lynn and Mya search the record book looking for a superlative they want to write about during our Wordplay Club at Mentor Public Library.

If storytelling is connecting two points, then good storytelling is making surprising connections in an entertaining fashion.

And we forced our Wordplay Club to connect some strange dots on Wednesday.

Our young writers had to compose stories using words they selected randomly from our Word Jar. The seemingly unconnected words forced them to think creatively, and they were up to the challenge!

They wrote action romps starring a doll and horse, an infomercial for a Zipper Cup, and more—the weirder the words, the wilder the story.

Andrew explains why we should all buy a Zipper Cup.

Andrew explains why we should all buy a Zipper Cup.

If you have a child who loves to write, they can join our club.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club is for kids in third through sixth grade. They meet at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is June 8.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or sign them up on MPL’s website.

You can't see Olivia's eyes but you can see her mind working.

You can’t see Olivia’s eyes but you can see her mind working.

Mentor Public Library has a writing club for teens too.

Our Write On Club meets on the third Monday of every month at our Main Branch.

They use different writing prompts and brainteasers to hone their writing skills.  Any teen who wants to join their ranks is welcome. It’s a fun, supportive place to practice and improve your writing with other teens who are doing the same thing.

Our next meeting is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16, at our Main Branch. You can register for it on our website, as well.

IMG_20160511_165821178_HDRVisit our Facebook page for more photos of our Wordplay Writing Club.

 

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