Making cutouts like Henri Matisse

Sarah and Aniyah make decoupage (paper cutout collages) like Henri Matisse used to create.

Sarah and Aniyah make decoupage (paper cutout collages) like Henri Matisse used to create.

You only need construction paper, scissors, a glue stick, and imagination to make art like Henri Matisse.

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953, Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on white paper, collection Tate Modern

Henri Matisse, The Snail, 1953, Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, on white paper, collection Tate Modern

Matisse became famous as a painter and sculptor in the late 1800s and early 1900s; but, when he contracted abdominal cancer, it hurt too much to paint or sculpt. So he dove into an art style that he had only dabbled in before: decoupage.

Decoupage is another way of saying “paper cutout collage.”

They’re easy and fun to make, and you can create collages as intricate or simple as you want.

Our STEAM kids constructed their own cutouts on Tuesday.

They made trees and castles and elephants from construction paper, and your family can do it too with supplies you might already have around your house.

Andrew, Darin, and Santosh Akilesh cut shapes from the construction paper for their collages.

Andrew, Darin, and Santosh Akilesh cut shapes from the construction paper for their collages.

Our STEAM series concludes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, with a focus on Math.

(For those unfamiliar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.)

The program is free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. To sign up or for more information, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about sciencetechnologyengineeringart, and math. And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Mary reaches for the glue stick while making her collage.

Mary reaches for the glue stick while making her collage.

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Thrity Umrigar discusses parenting, turbulence & Bob Dylan

Thrity Umrigar is a delight.

She visited our library recently to talk about her newest tale and first children’s book, When I Carried You in my Belly.

Then she graciously stayed afterward to answer a few of our questions.

We learned:

  • how a bout of turbulence inspired When I Carried You in my Belly.
  • her core tenets for parenting and why it’s important to not just love but respect your kids.
  • the role that connection and isolation play in her writing.
  • her reaction to Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. (Umrigar is a big Dylan fan.)
  • about her affection for Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants.

Umrigar is the first of several authors visiting us this year.

We’re hosting four more phenomenal writers:

All of these talks/readings are free and open to the public. But space is limited so we do ask that you register beforehand. You can RSVP by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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Learn how to manage your student loan debt

Struggling with student loan debt? Get advice from an expert on Thursday, April 27, at Mentor Public Library.

Struggling with student loan debt? Get advice from an expert on Thursday, April 27, at Mentor Public Library.

Struggling with student loan debt? You’re not alone.

Americans owe $1.2 trillion in student loans. (Yes, trillion, with a t.) And the average 2016 college graduate owes more than $37,000.

If you don’t know how to deal with your debt, get advice from an expert during Money Smart Week at Mentor Public Library.

You can learn how to manage student loan debt at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at our Main Branch.

Financial adviser Michael Kostelnik will suggest different payment strategies, as well as tips and goals to help you manage your debt and get out from under it faster.

By the way, the library is hosting several programs next week to help you learn more about taxes, saving for retirement and, in general, making smart financial decisions.

Those programs include:

All of our Money Smart Week programs are free and open to the public—which, of course, makes them very money smart. However, we do ask that you register for them beforehand. You can sign up on our event calendar or call us at (440) 255-8811.

 

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Get the truth on taxes

Get tax advice BEFORE it's an emergency with CPA Andrea Lograsso during Money Smart Week at Mentor Public Library.

Get tax advice BEFORE it’s an emergency with CPA Andrea Lograsso during Money Smart Week at Mentor Public Library.

Don’t like how your taxes turned out this year?

Get expert advice, so you won’t have to owe next year.

Certified Public Accountant Andrea Lograsso will talk about common tax issues that people face at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at our Main Branch.

She’ll also debunk some of the common myths surrounding tax preparation.

Lograsso’s talk is free and open to the public. However, we do ask that you sign up ahead of time. You can register online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

As part of Money Smart Week, we’re hosting several programs to help you learn more about couponing, saving for retirement and, in general, making smart financial decisions.

Those programs include:

All of our Money Smart Week programs are free and open to the public—which, of course, makes them very money smart. However, we do ask that you register for them beforehand. You can sign up on our event calendar or call us at (440) 255-8811.

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Kids can adopt a new stuffed friend

Kids can learn about adopting animals during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can learn about adopting animals during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

We’re doing something special for National Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Day.

Kids from three to seven years old can adopt a new stuffed friend at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at our Main Branch.

The children will make collars for their new best friends, and a veterinarian will even give them a checkup.

The program is free to attend, but we do ask that you register beforehand. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

By the way, if your family wants a new friend who isn’t stuffed, there’s always Lake Humane Society.

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