The ‘eyes’ have it at Studio MPL

Sophia practices drawing eyes during Studio MPL, Mentor Public Library's art club for kids.

Sophia practices drawing eyes during Studio MPL, Mentor Public Library’s art club for kids.

The young artists of Studio MPL—our art club for kids—sharpened their artistic eyes by drawing literal eyes.

Lisa Layton, our library associate who leads the club, showed them the different parts of the eye and different ways to draw them.

The kids then practiced. Some of them used animal eyes as references.

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Landon draws the sclera around the cornea.

Every month, the kids of Studio MPL take on a new art project. They’ve sketched live artistscreated imaginary friendsmade sun catcherspainted sunsetsweaved, tried out pointillism and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock.

The club is open to all kids from third through sixth grade. It meets on the third Monday of each month.

If you have a child who loves art but isn’t old enough for Studio MPL, they can check out our new Studio MPL Jr. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. It’s for kids from kindergarten through 2nd grade

You can sign up for Studio MPL on our website or by calling the library at 440-255-8811 ext. 221.

Andrew ponders what kind of eyes to use in his artwork.

Andrew ponders what kind of eyes to use in his artwork.

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Meet the creatures of the night at Mentor Public Library

Kids can meet and learn about nocturnal animals during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can meet and learn about nocturnal animals during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can meet the things that go bump in the night at the library.

Lake Metroparks will bring some of their furred and feathered friends to a special program about nocturnal animals at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at our Main Branch.

The program is free and open to all 3- to 12-year-old kids. However, we do ask that you register beforehand.

You can sign up on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Comics! Pizza! A New Book Club for Teens!

It's Comics, Pizza, and All Awesome Everything at our new teen book club.

It’s Comics, Pizza, and All Awesome Everything at our new teen book club.

Our new book club for teens has comics, pizza, and the secret to eternal happiness—which, coincidentally, is comics and pizza.

Our first meeting will be 5 p.m. on Oct. 4 at our Main Branch.

We’ll talk about All-Star Batman #1 by Scott Snyder and John Romita Jr. Teens can pick up a free copy at the Reference Desk in our Main Branch.

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month thereafter.

Get ready for action, justice, and pizza!

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Wordplay Writing Club goes natural

Josh finds a shady spot in our Read House yard to write in his nature journal.

Josh finds a shady spot in our Read House yard to write in his nature journal.

Sometimes the best place for a writer to find inspiration is outdoors. That’s where our Wordplay Writing Club went Wednesday.

They visited our Read House yard and wrote in nature journals like John James Audubon, William Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.

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Each month, our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is Oct. 12.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting the Mentor Library’s website.

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Free ACT Prep Sessions Available at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.

Standardized tests are, in a word, stressful.

But there’s no better remedy for that stress than being well prepared.

The Mentor Public Library is offering two free ACT prep sessions this autumn. The first session is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. It will focus on general test preparation and the reading courses. The next session is Oct. 1. Its focus will be the science and math sections of the ACT. You can register for them on our website.

These sessions provide practical experience in terms of the types of questions you’ll see on the ACT, and they also offer strategies for test prep (that also work on tests besides the ACT.)

All sessions will be led by Dr. John Foster, one of our reference librarians at Mentor Public Library. Foster has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and has taught at both the high school and college level.

And, yes, all of our sessions are free and open to anyone preparing for the ACT.

If you have any questions on our ACT prep sessions, you can call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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