Enjoy Free Comic Book Day at Mentor Public Library

Get free comics on Saturday, May 7, at Mentor Public Library.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7, at Mentor Public Library.

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7, and we’re celebrating!

Kids can come to our Main Branch and get new, free issues from top comics publishers, including stories about Pokemon, The Legend of Korra, Grumpy Cat, Sonic the Hedgehog, Spongebob Squarepants, Strawberry Shortcake and more.

The comics have been donated by our friends at Comics & Friends!

You may be confused and wondering, “Aren’t all of the comics at Mentor Public Library free?” And, yes, we have thousands of comics and graphic novels that you can check out without cost, (including a bunch that you can read on Hoopla.)

But Free Comic Book day is a special, once-a-year event where kids can read new stories from all kinds of writers and artists. It’s a fun way to expand your horizons without having to spend any cash.

So drop by and pick up some comics while the supply lasts. (And, once more, because we can’t say it enough, thanks to Comics & Friends!)

Grant, Mya and Olyvia pose so their friends in Comic Club can draw them.

Grant, Mya and Olyvia pose so their friends in Comic Club can draw them.

If your kid loves comics, then they’ll probably love our Comics Club too.

Our Comics Club is for any 8- through 12-year-old who likes to read, talk about, or draw sequential art. (Not just superheroes either. We love everything from Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh! manga to Amelia Rules and Bone, as well as graphic novels like  Smile and El Deafo.

Our Comics Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at our Main Branch. Our next meeting is May 3.

At a typical meeting, the kids talk about a special theme. This meeting, we’ll use famous quotes as inspirations for our own cartoons like Gavin Aung Than from Zen Pencils.

We close out each meeting with free time for the kids to draw or read graphic novels and comics in our collection.

To register a child for the Comics Club, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Construction begins on new drive-thru at Main Branch

The Mentor Avenue driveway at our Main Branch will be closed during construction.

The Mentor Avenue driveway at our Main Branch will be closed during construction.

 

Construction on the new drive-thru began this Monday at our Main Branch.

The orange barrels are expected to all be cleared out by June. Then, you’ll be able to pick up your holds at Main without even leaving your car.

During construction, the branch’s Mentor Avenue driveway will be closed.

You’ll still be able to reach our main lot via Lauren J Drive, as well as park in our auxiliary lot at the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive.

Additionally, you’ll still be able to drop off items outside of the building.

The outdoor book and audiovisual drop-off boxes have moved but are still available during the construction.

The outdoor book and audiovisual drop-off boxes have moved but are still available during the construction.

Along with the drive-thru, there are changes coming to the traffic flow around our Main Branch.

When the Mentor Avenue drive-thru is completed, the lane will become exit only. Also, drivers will only be able to turn right from the drive-thru onto Mentor Avenue to prevent traffic backup.

Finally, the library is also adding a concrete barrier lift gate with sensors in front of the drive-thru’s transaction window as a safety precaution.

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Getting abstract with Studio MPL

As abstraction practice, Maria draws a face in the style of painter Joan Miró with one twist. The shape of the eyes, nose and other facial features are decided by a roll of the dice.

As abstraction practice, Maria draws a face in the style of painter Joan Miró with one twist. The shape of the eyes, nose and other facial features are decided by a roll of the dice.

Studio MPL—Mentor Public Library’s art club for kids—got abstract during its meeting this week.

First, they learned about the life of Pablo Picasso. (His first word was “pencil!” His full name is 23 words long!) Then they practiced some of his abstraction techniques and used them to draw self-portraits.

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Taylor takes an abstract approach to drawing herself.

Every month, the kids 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.

Studio MPL meets on the third Monday of each month. If your kid likes art—any kind of art—they can join the fun!

Next month’s session—the last before its summer hiatus—will be May 16.

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

Ms. Lisa shows her abstract self-portrait.

Ms. Lisa shows her abstract self-portrait.

Visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page for more photos from Studio MPL.

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12 Great Audiobooks for National Poetry Month

Embrace National Poetry Month with these audiobooks.

Embrace National Poetry Month with these audiobooks.

It’s National Poetry Month, which is exciting for the seven percent of people who actually read poetry.

For the rest of us, any mention of poetry elicits one of two reactions: (1) a feeling of guilt for not reading more poetry or (2) a shrug.

We get it. Poetry can feel intimidating or unwelcoming. Sometimes, you read a page or two of verse and wonder what just happened there.

But there’s another way to engage with poetry—perhaps an easier, more friendly way. You can listen to it.

Check out these poetry audiobooks and e-audiobooks that you can stream right to your phone, tablet or computer. Let the words flow over you, and you might find that you enjoy poetry more than you thought.

1. Poetry on Record

Poetry on Record is a great place to start. It features 98 poets—from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Sylvia Plath to Ogden Nash—performing their own poems. That’s perfect; because, as the writer, they have an intuitive understanding of how to best perform their poetry.

2. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Speaking of which, Shel Silverstein is still the best narrator of Shel Silverstein (until Christopher Walken records an audiobook of his poetry.) His voice has the same crackle as his writing.

3. Classic Poems for BoysClassic Poems for Girls

Is your child ready for more than Dr. Seuss? Both of these collections—with poems from John Keats, Laura Paton, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and more—are fun and spectacular for children of both sexes.

4. Beowulf by Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney is one of the finest poets ever produced by the island of Ireland, and that’s saying something considering his competition. He wrote a beautiful, lyrical translation of the epic Beowulf that you can stream for free from either OverDrive or Hoopla.

5. I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America stretches across three centuries of African-American poetry, from Lucy Terry to Rita Dove. You’ll hear masterpieces from Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou and so many more.

6. Bird Songs in Literature

This collection pairs actual bird songs and calls with the poems they inspired, including “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Oriole’s Secret” by Emily Dickinson, “To a Skylark” by Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Birds of Killingworth” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The Oven Bird” by Robert Frost, “Thoreau’s Flute” by Louisa May Alcott and more.

7. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s sonnets are lovely, but they tend to get eclipsed by his plays. This audiobook pairs his poetry with classical music to make the listening even easier.

8. Good Poems, edited by Garrison Keillor

Keillor culls some of his favorite poems read on his public radio show, The Writer’s Almanac, for this collection. It features classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, as well as  contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Robert Bly, and Sharon Olds.

9. Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Bash & Hojoki by Kamo No Chomei

Admittedly, this list has been heavy on European and North American poets while ignoring the other continents. It’s time to rectify that. This audiobook collects two of the most important Japanese poems ever written.

10. Evgenii Onegin by Alexander Pushkin

Before there was Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky, there was Pushkin. This narrative poem—the inspiration for Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s opera—is a landmark of Russian literature.

11. Poems of the Orient

This collection features the poets of Persia and India, including “The Rubá’iyát” of Omar Khayyam, as well as poetry Rumi, Sa’di and Rabindranath Tagore.

12. Classic 50 Poems

Looking for a collection that contains those half-remembered poems from school? This is a great place to start. In contains 50 of the most anthologized poems ever.

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Remembering National Library Week at Mentor Public Library

Teens competed in Cupcake Wars at our Lake Branch during National Library Week.

Teens competed in Cupcake Wars at our Lake Branch during National Library Week.

Thank you to everyone who joined us during National Library Week at Mentor Public Library.

We had a lot happening—seriously, a lot—so you may have missed something. Here’s a chance to catch up on all author talks, guest speakers, cupcake contests and more!

A volunteer from Fine Arts Association teaches our tiny dancers some ballet basics.

A volunteer from Fine Arts Association teaches our tiny dancers some ballet basics.

The weather even cooperated, so we could give away some free books from our Pop-Up Library at Brentmoor Elementary and Eleanor Garfield Park.

National Library Week may be over, but the learning never is. We already have Money Smart Week coming up, after all.

So check out our event calendar and see all the programs and events coming to Mentor Public Library.

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