The Marshmallow Challenge with our Steam Team

Alex, Caleb, and Sabine work together to build a stable tower using spaghetti noodles.

Alex, Caleb, and Sabine work together to build a stable tower using spaghetti noodles.

The kids at our STEAM programming learned some engineering fundamentals using 20 uncooked spaghetti noodles, three feet of string, three feet of tape, and one large of marshmallow.

They used these materials to build the tallest, strongest tower they could in 18 minutes.

The children quickly discovered that some shapes are more stable than others and that the triangle was strongest of all.

Madelyn and Andrew carefully try to grow their tower.

Madelyn and Andrew carefully try to grow their tower.

Our young engineers then tried to construct the strongest possible tower with more uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows of varying sizes. (We used a lot of marshmallows this week.) Then, we tested their buildings with weights to see which was sturdiest.

Our STEAM series continues next Tuesday, Feb. 21, with art and concludes with math on Feb. 28

Each of these sessions begin at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch.

They are free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. Parents must sign up their child for each session separately. Registration begins two weeks before each respective session.

To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Ameri and Aniyah learn quickly that the strongest shape was a triangle.

Ameri and Aniyah learn quickly that the strongest shape was a triangle.


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​Book drops moving at Main Branch

We’re removing the temporary book drops in the parking lot of our Main Branch on March 6.

You can still drop off items using our drive-thru, the walk-up book drops alongside the east entrance of our Main Branch, or inside the library.

The stand-in book drops were necessary during  the drive-thru’s construction last year. But, with the drive-thru complete, we’re removing them for the sake of employee safety.

Thanks for understanding and accommodating the change.

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Do a Grouch a favor

Do a Grouch a favor today. Just don't expect him to thank you.

Do a Grouch a favor today. Just don’t expect him to thank you.

Today is National Do-a-Grouch-a-Favor Day. (Yes, they truly have a day for everything.)

Our favorite grouch is none other than Oscar, and you can lend him a hand by borrowing some of our Sesame Street books, videos, and albums.

You can watch Oscar in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland or Fairy Tale Fun when Abby tries to kiss him and turn him into a prince. Or sing along with “I Love Trash” in Sesame Street: Old School Vol. 1. You can also meet the puppeteer behind Oscar, Caroll Spinney, in the documentary I Am Big Bird. (Yes, Oscar’s growl and Big Bird’s chirp come from the same guy.)

And, of course, we have dozens of Sesame Street books starring Oscar and his neighbors.

So do a Grouch a favor and check him out. He might not be happy about it, but you will be.

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Listen to your favorite Grammy winners for free

Listen to your favorite Grammy winners right now for free, using your library card.

Listen to your favorite Grammy winners right now for free, using your library card.

Your favorite artist may not have won at the Grammys—we still love you Beyhive—but there was a lot of excellent music celebrated this Sunday.

And you can listen to the most of the winners for free using two of Mentor Public Library’s digital services: Freegal and Hoopla. With nothing but your library card and an Internet connection, you can stream and, in some cases, even download the year’s best music for free.

Follow the links to songs and albums of your choice.

Album of the Year: Adele – 25

Record & Song of the Year: Adele – “Hello”

Best Rap Album: Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

Best Country Solo Performance: Maren Morris – “My Church”

Best Rock Song: David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie) – “Blackstar”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Twenty One Pilots – “Stressed Out”

Best New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Willie Nelson – Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin

Best Alternative Music Album: David Bowie – Blackstar

Best Rock Album: Cage the Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty

Best Metal Performance: Megadeth – “Dystopia”

Best Rock Performance: David Bowie – “Blackstar”

Best Rap/Sung Performance: Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Best R&B Album: Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live

Best R&B Song: Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell) – “Lake By the Ocean”

Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway – “Angel”

Best R&B Performance: Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

Best Folk Album: Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent

Best Traditional Blues Album: Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat

Best Americana Album: William Bell – This Is Where I Live

Best American Roots Song: Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers) – “Kid Sister”

Best American Roots Performance: Sarah Jarosz – “House of Mercy”

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Vicente Fernández – Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo)

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: iLe – iLevitable

Best Latin Pop Album: Jesse & Joy – Un Besito Mas

Best Country Album: Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Best Country Song: Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw) – “Humble and Kind”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Pentatonix – “Jolene” [ft. Dolly Parton]

Best Roots Gospel Album: Joey+Rory – Hymns

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield – Country for Old Men

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Gregory Porter – Take Me to the Alley

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: John Scofield, soloist – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

Contemporary Instrumental: Snarky Puppy – Culcha Vulcha

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Flume – Skin

Best Dance Recording: The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down” [ft. Daya]

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker) – Shakespeare Songs

Best Orchestra Performance: Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra) – Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Hillary Scott & the Scott Family – Love Remains

Best Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin – Losing My Religion

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Hillary Scott & the Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters – “Thy Will”

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter – “God Provides” 

Best New Age Album: White Sun – White Sun II

Best Historical Album: Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan) – The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector’s Edition)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) – “Flintstones”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier) – “You and I”

Best Song Written for Visual Media: Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls – “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: John Williams, composer – Star Wars: the Force Awakens

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Miles Davis & Various Artists; Steve Berkowitz, Don Cheadle & Robert Glasper, compilation producers – Miles Ahead


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Spend Valentine’s Day with some of our favorite love stories

Looking for a story to love? We have some suggestions.

Searching for a story to love? We have some suggestions.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing some of our favorite love stories with you.

If you see something you like, feel free to borrow it from us.

Some of us love a good swashbuckler. Ms. Judy from circulation recommends The Princess Bride and any Pirates of the Caribbean film with Elizabeth and Will. And Librarian Mary P. desk thinks Han and Leia are the greatest cinematic couple of all time.

Sue F. from our administrative office is smitten with MoonstruckMeanwhile, Barb H. who manages our Headlands Branch (and leads our Book & Brush Club) swears by Dr. Zhivagoboth the book and the film. And Librarian Cailey’s favorite love story Ella Enchanted—the book, not the movie.

Our Circulation Department is filled with great recommendations. Margie loves The Way We Were; Debra, Somewhere in Time; and Robin’s favorite is Titanic. While our reference manager Nate opts for The Last of the Mohicans.

Darlene, our senior resources manager and seed garden goddess, has more than one favorite. From films: Love Story and Dirty Dancing; from books, The Thorn Birds and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series; from music, “Chapel of Love” and “Last Kiss.”

Finally, Marybeth P. (our resident cinephile) preferred making a handful of suggestions, instead of limiting herself to a single favorite:

And her favorite written romance is Pride and Prejudice.

We want to know your favorite love story too! Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.

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