Mentor Public Library storms the beaches with books

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Torey gives a Beach Reads bag to a pair of sun-chasers at Mentor Beach Park.

Torey gives a Beach Reads bag to a pair of sun-chasers at Mentor Beach Park.

Mentor Public Library wants to make it easy for you to get a new book.

We have Little Free Libraries by parks and pools. We bring our Pop-Up Library to concerts, festivals and schools. And you can download a new ebook (or audiobook or comic) from our digital services pretty much anywhere with an adequate Internet connection.

But before we were all these places, we were on the beach.

We started our Beach Reads program back in 2009. Since then, we’ve given away thousands of gently used paperback books to beachgoers at Mentor Headlands Beach and Mentor Beach Park.

The program continues today.

We visit the beaches to give away books about once a week during the summertime.

When you see us on the beach, say hello. We might just have your new favorite book!

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Check out a free boxing class with Mentor Public Library

Exercise your mind and body this summer

Exercise your mind and body this summer.

Looking for a fun, different way to get moving this year?

Take a free beginners boxing class at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at TITLE Boxing Club at 7601 Mentor Ave., Mentor.

The class is part of the Mentor Public Library’s Get Healthy Series. Each month the library will offer a free program on how to improve all aspects of one’s health.

The boxing class is open to everyone. No previous experience is necessary. In addition to learning some basic techniques, participants will also learn the different parts of the body that boxing exercises. (It’s more than the arms.)

Participants should prepare for a workout, be dressed to move and come about 15 minutes early so they can get their hands wrapped. TITLE Boxing Club will provide hand wraps and boxing gloves, though people can bring their own if they prefer.

You can register for the class on Mentor Public Library’s website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

The Get Healthy series continue with an introduction to Tai Chi in July and Jazzercize in August.

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Nothing but nets during Move-It Monday

Bryn dives to keep the volley alive during Move-It Monday at Mentor Public Library.

Bryn dives to keep the volley alive during Move-It Monday at Mentor Public Library.

We brought out the nets during this week’s Move-It Monday, so the kids could play volleyball, beach-ball tennis, and badminton.

They also got crafty, decorating their own rackets.

Jake made our favorite.

Jake made our favorite.

This year, we’ve dedicated Summer Reading to getting people active mentally and physically. So we’re hosting a weekly series, Move-It Mondays, to keep kids moving at 1 p.m. every Monday through the end of July on our Read House lawn.

Each week has a different theme.

  • On June 27, we’re breaking out the parachutes for some fun games.
  • On July 11, kids can play old-fashioned outdoor games.
  • On July 18, kids will try different soccer challenges.
  • Finally, on July 25, we’ll be learning about nutrition.

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

Luka tries out balloon tennis.

Luka tries out balloon tennis.

While you’re here, sign up for our Summer Reading program—teens and adults too! We have programs and prizes for everyone.

Everybody who participates in summer reading—either by reading books or attending library programs—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.

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Learn the Entrepreneurial Mindset at Mentor Public Library

Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Or, rather, are you already running your own business but think you could do better?

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Some new entrepreneurs study small-business management and are surprised when launching their startup differs from running a smaller version of an established business. Others master the plan-and-pitch approach that works so well for the fortunate few in Silicon Valley, but that approach isn’t practical for many new entrepreneurs.

So what does it take to launch a successful business?

Well, even an expert like Gary Schoeniger of The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative will tell you that there’s no formula, but there is an entrepreneurial mindset.

Schoeniger learned the mindset when he co-wrote Who Owns the Ice House with Pulitzer-Prize nominee, Clifton Taulbert. Ice House tells the true story of Taulbert’s Uncle Cleve, an unlikely entrepreneur who ran an ice house in the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s. It also describes eight life lessons that will give entrepreneurs—regardless of their field—the right mindset to succeed.

Schoeniger will discuss the entrepreneurial mindset at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch. Anyone with curiosity or questions about entrepreneurship is encouraged to attend.

The talk is free and open to the public. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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Kids search for Dory at our Read House

Olivia dips her hand into our marine touch pool during our Finding Dory program.

Olivia dips her hand into our marine touch pool during our Finding Dory program.

Kids went searching for Dory with a series of aquatic activities Wednesday over at our Read House.

They visited our kelp forest, searched our marine touch pool, and helped steer Mr. Ray (carrying a bevy of fish students) through our obstacle course.

Evie guides Mr. Ray through the course.

Evie guides Mr. Ray through the course.

Kids also learned about underwater life.  They matched the Finding Dory characters to their real-life equivalents and learned about underwater pollution.

By the way, if you child loves Disney and Pixar, we have hundreds of books and read-along storybooks that you can share with them, in addition to the movies.

You should also check out Hoopla, one of our digital services. It has hundreds of Disney comics that you can borrow for free with your library card.

Adam matches characters from Finding Dory with the animals on which they're modeled.

Adam matches characters from Finding Dory with the animals on which they’re modeled.

You can visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Finding Dory program. Also, keep an eye on our event calendar for fun programs all year round.

See you at the library!

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