The Force will be with us this Monday (and you should be there too)

bb8-droid-1141607_1920We have an author visiting us next week that will please Jedi masters and lil’ Padawans alike.

Mark Clark—the author of Star Wars FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Trilogy That Changed the Movies—will talk about a galaxy far, far away at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8., at our Main Branch.

He’ll discuss the origins of Star Wars and explore how behind-the-scenes drama during the writing of Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi influenced the current blockbuster Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Clark is a polymath of geek culture. In addition to Star Wars FAQ, he’s also written two books about Star Trek and a critical filmography of 1960s horror cinema.

The talk is free and open to everyone. You can register for it on Mentor Public Library’s website or by calling 440-255-8811 ext. 216.

By the way, if you or your kids love Star Wars, then we have all kind of books, videos, albums and even video games that you can borrow for free with your library card.

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It’s a Kung Fu Panda Party

Karate for Kids gave a free demonstration during our Kung Fu Panda kickoff party.

Karate for Kids gave a free demonstration during our Kung Fu Panda kickoff party.

Kids kicked it during our Kung Fu Panda party last week. (Get it? Kicked it?)

It started with a free martial arts demonstration from Karate for Kids. Then the children learned more about Chinese culture and cuisine with a tea tasting.

Finally, the kids tested their own Kung Fu acumen with an obstacle course and chopstick challenge.

Wyatt balances a cup of tea while running our obstacle course.

Wyatt balances a cup of tea while running our obstacle course.

For more programs at Mentor Public Library, visit our event calendar.

Also if you want to have a Kung Fu Panda marathon with your family, you can borrow the first and second filmthe holiday special, and episodes of Legends of Awesomeness from us.

Finally, you can see more photos from our Kung Fu Panda party on our Facebook page.

Violet tests her dexterity by moving a dumpling, noodle, and bamboo shoot using only chopsticks.

Violet tests her dexterity by moving a dumpling, noodle, and bamboo shoot using only chopsticks.

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Get healthy with Mentor Public Library

A library patron gets his hands wrapped before a free class at TITLE Boxing Club in Mentor

A library patron gets his hands wrapped before a free class at TITLE Boxing Club in Mentor.

There are all kinds of way to be healthy—physical, emotional, even spiritual—and Mentor Public Library wants to help with all of them.

That’s why we’ve started our Get Healthy series: to help you become your healthiest self. Each month, the library will offer a free program on how to improve an aspect of one’s health.

We began with a free class last week at TITLE Boxing Club in Mentor. In addition to learning some basic boxing techniques, we also learned the different parts of the body that boxing exercises. (It’s definitely more than the arms.)

But we won’t be punching bags every month.

The boxing class included  cardio, to improve heart health and stamina.

The boxing class included cardio, to improve heart health and stamina.

The Get Healthy series continues with a talk on happiness on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch. James Kargakos, a psychology professor and certified life coach, will discuss the science behind happiness and what can detract from it.

Then, in March, we’ll learn about homeopathic medicine with Remedy Jane.

All of our Get Healthy programs are free and open to the public. Attend one of them; come to all of them; and get healthier!

Our Get Healthy series is open to everyone.

Our Get Healthy series is open to everyone.

Visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page for more photos from our Get Healthy program at TITLE Boxing Club.

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Write your own story (because no one can do it better)

Professional writer Deanna Adams will show you how to transform memories into written stories.

Professional writer Deanna Adams will show you how to turn your memories into written stories.

Have you ever thought about writing your life story but don’t know where to start?

Professional writer Deanna Adams will show you how to transform your memories into written stories during a special program at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb, 4, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Adams has written several books, including Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland ConnectionCleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots and Peggy Sue Got Pregnant.

Her latest book is The Writer’s GPS: A Guide to Writing & Selling Your Book.

Bring a pad of paper and cherished photos to spark memories at our workshop.

This program is free and open to all seniors—no writing experience is necessary.

You can register for the workshop on Mentor Public Library’s website or by calling 440-255-8811 ext. 241.

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Mini Golf around the world (at Mentor Public Library)

Taryn plays mini golf in our children's department.

Taryn plays mini golf in our children’s department.

Kids could play a round of gold earlier this week at our Main Branch.

The played through nine holes, each of which were themed after a different country. For extra fun, kids that named all nine countries won a special surprise prize.

Rhea putts in the Brazil-themed hole.

Rhea putts in the Brazil-themed hole.

Afterward, golfers grabbed a cup of hot chocolate, and the winner of each round had their photo taken for our Wall of Fame.

By the way, thanks to Dairy Queen for letting us borrow their clubs and balls.

Landon gets a little help from his dad.

Landon gets a little help from his dad.

Visit Mentor Public Library’s Facebook page for more photos from our international mini golf game.

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