Join our Time Travelers Club

Time Travelers Club

With our new Time Travelers Club, the question is never “where” but “when.”

On the first Wednesday of each month, we’ll tackle classic games and crafts from different eras at our Lake Branch.

Teens are welcome to join our first meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3. We’ll be playing classic Nintendo games. We’re talking 8-bit. We’re talking chiptunes. We’re talking unstoppable Bo Jacksons and princesses in other castles.

The program is free and open to all teens. However, we do ask that you register with us beforehand. If you have any questions, you can call our Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

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Get your kicks during Move-It Monday

Annalise practices her juggling with a balloon.

Annalise practices her juggling with a balloon.

Kids practiced their soccer skills with different passing, shooting, and juggling drills during our most recent Move-It Monday program.

They kicked, passed, and even tried a couple of headers on our Read House lawn.

We’ve celebrated the importance of play and exercise all summer long with our Move-It Monday series. Children have brushed up on their karate and yoga, tried tennis and volleyball in our backyard, and even played with parachutes.

Santosh Akilesh and one of our volunteers use their heads, knees and feet to keep the ball in the air.

Santosh Akilesh and one of our volunteers use their heads, knees and feet to keep the ball in the air.

But all good things must come to an end; and that even includes our Summer Reading program and, along with that, Move-It Mondays.

However, kids can join us for a final Move-It Monday at 1 p.m. on July 25. We’ll be learning about nutrition.

It’s free for all families and no registration is required.

Eli weaves between the cones with his soccer ball.

Eli weaves between the cones with his soccer ball.

Our Summer Reading program ends July 31, so make sure you log all of your reading hours with us before then.

We want to make sure you get credit for all the awesome reading you’re doing. After all, the more you read, the better chance you have of winning one of our prizes.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or peruse our website.

Goooooaaaaaal!

Goooooaaaaaal!

Visit our Facebook page for more Move-It Monday photos.

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Party at the Beach!

Estella uses colorful sand to make art during BeachFest.

Estella uses colorful sand to make art during BeachFest.

We want to thank everyone who made sand art at our tent or grabbed a book or two from our Pop-Up Library Saturday at BeachFest!

We hope you had as much fun as we did.

Sam and Ruby try to decide what color they should use next.

Sam and Ruby try to decide what color they should use next.

We’ll be having more Pop-Up Libraries this summer, as well. You’ll find it during the Mentor Rocks concerts, CityFest, and more!

For more—seriously, a lot more—photos from BeachFest, check out Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

Our Pop-Up Library can turn any time into story time!

Our Pop-Up Library can turn any time into story time!

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Rare & Classic Disney Movies on Hoopla: Live-Action Films

did_92_270There are more than 200 Disney films available right now on Hoopla, one of our digital services at Mentor Public Library. And you can watch as many as 12 a month for free anytime and anywhere, as long as you have a MPL card.

But with so many movies to pick from, it’s difficult to know where to get started. Here’s your primer for 20 of the rare and classic Disney live-action films you can find on Hoopla.

1. The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

There’s a lot happening in this film: a love story; family togetherness; a presidential battle between Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison; but it’s all about the music. The eponymous band introduced a few classics into the Disney catalog—particularly “10 Feet off the Ground,” a tune so good that Louis Armstrong wanted a crack at it.

did_14119_2702. The Muppet Movie

This film is ex-post-facto Disney. It entered Disney’s collection when the company purchased The Muppets from Jim Henson. But who cares about intellectual-property deals? What matters is you can see the perfect Muppet film for free right now!

Classic song alert: There are several here; and, while our favorite is “I Hope that Something Better Comes Along,” the objective tops is “Rainbow Connection.”

Less-than-classic sequel alert: Muppet Treasure Island may be less fondly remembered than Jim Henson-led Muppet films, but it’s still a lot of fun. Anything that teams Gonzo and Rizzo is worth watching.

3. Old Yeller

You’re going to cry. A lot.

4. Bedknobs & Broomsticks

When young Charlie, Carrie, and Paul move to a small village during World War II, they discover their host, Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), is an apprentice witch. Magic, hijinks, and the craziest soccer game ever committed to celluloid ensues.

Classic song alert: “Substitutiary Locomotion” and “Beautiful, Briny Sea” are the sing-alongs, but “The Age of Not Believing” will put a lump in your throat.

5. The Misadventures of Merlin Jones

This comedic campus romp features a murder plot, chimp-napping, and Annette Funicello. It was both funny and odd enough to inspire a Futurama spoof.

Classic song alert: None, if we’re being honest; but the sequel, The Monkey’s Uncle, gets a theme song by Funicello and The Beach Boys.

6. Swiss Family Robinson

This film tells the story of the Robinson family after they are shipwrecked on a deserted island. It’s stuffed with South Seas scenery, hundreds of exotic animals, and pirates—so many pirates.

Classic song alert: “Swisskapolka,” which joins “It’s a Small World” on that thin border between catchy and mind-numbing.

did_410_2707. So Dear to my Heart

A young boy hopes his literal black sheep, which everyone treats like a figurative black sheep, can win the blue ribbon. Walt Disney called it one of his favorite films, saying that it reminded him of growing up in Missouri.

Classic song alert: Academy-Award-winning “Lavender Blue.”

8. Darby O’Gill & the Little People

It’s Sean Connery versus leprechauns. What more do you want from life?

 

9. The Story of Robin Hood & his Merrie Men

This might not even be Disney’s best Robin Hood movie, but it’s a fun and faithful telling of the tale.

10. Return to Oz

No mere sequel in execution or spirit. Return to Oz is scarier than any other film in the Disney canon (except for maybe The Black Cauldron.) Instead of a glittering emerald, Oz is now the center of urban blight where most of Dorothy’s old friends have been petrified into stone. And it’ll take more than a glass of water to destroy the evil gnome king.

11. Treasure Island

The first live-action Disney film ever does right by Robert Louis Stevenson’s source material. (And there’s always the Muppet version…)

did_392_27012. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

Davy Crockett fights an alligator, duels an Indian chief, and battles for freedom at the Alamo.

Classic song alert: Can you even read the name “Davy Crockett” without humming the movie’s theme song?

Less-than-classic sequel alert: Davy Crockett and the River Pirates may have pirates, but it lacks alligator fights.

13. Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

You think your job’s hard? Sonora Webster rides a horse off a high-dive into a swimming pool. Also, she’s blind.

14. Summer Magic

Hayley Mills—she of The Moon-SpinnersIn Search of the CastawaysThe Parent Trap, and seemingly every other Disney film from the 1960s—stars as a young girl from a family that’s recently lost its fortune. It’s more fun than it sounds. There are a lot of quirky family members and neighbors. It’s kind of proto-Wes Anderson-ish.

Classic song alert: “The Ugly Bug Ball” and Burl Ives’ “On the Front Porch.”

15. The Love Bug

It’s probably an exaggeration to call the Herbie film series “beloved,” but the first film has its moments.

Less-than-classic sequel alert: Take your pick. There’s Herbie Goes Bananas, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo…

16. The Happiest Millionaire

Fred MacMurray does wealth right. He’s got pet alligators roaming his conservatory and a Bible-and-boxing school in the stables. He also has a daughter, a tough tomboy, who’s about to fall in love for the first time.

Classic song alert: “Fortuosity” and “When a Man Has a Daughter.”

did_232_27017. The Shaggy Dog

No, not the Tim Allen remake, the original. But the joke’s the same. Man hates dogs. Man becomes dog. Antics, slapstick, and sight gags ensue.

Less-than-classic sequel alert: The Shaggy D.A.same joke, but now the dog’s running for district attorney.

18. Sign of Zorro

Don Diego returns from his schooling in Spain to challenge the cruel tyranny of Monastario, commandante of Los Angeles. No one knows that Diego, a fop and a flop, is secretly the masked avenger Zorro.

19. Apple Dumpling Gang

Don Knotts and Tim Conway (as the least threatening outlaws in the entire Wild, Wild West) plot with three adorable orphans to steal back a fortune in gold that was discovered by and then stolen from the kids.

Less-than-classic sequel alert: Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. Conway and Knotts try to go straight but accidentally rob a bank.

20. Air Bud

A dog plays basketball. You either love this or hate us for even mentioning it.

Less-than-classic sequel alert: A lot, but Golden Receiver has the best pun.

By the way, if you’re not sure how to use Hoopla, we made a how-to video.

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Big games mean bigger fun

Diya makes sure her Jenga tower doesn't topple.

Diya makes sure her Jenga tower doesn’t topple.

The bigger the games, the larger the fun.

We played super-sized versions of Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, and more on Tuesday at our Read House.

And the fun isn’t over. We still have more than two weeks of Summer Reading left.

You can join us for Move-It Mondays and make sure to keep an eye on our event calendar for more programs.

The bigger the pins, the bigger the strike.

The bigger the pins, the bigger the strike.

And don’t stop reading! Our Summer Reading program concludes on July 31, so have all your hours turned in to our librarians by then.

Everybody who participates in summer reading has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or peruse our website.

Marcus races his cup along the string. He can only move it by spraying it with his squirt gun.

Marcus races his cup along the string. He can only move it by spraying it with his squirt gun.

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