Mentor Library, Lake Health team to help new parents and create new readers

Nichole Luzar shows a Born to Read board book to her newborn, Lylah Kitchen. Mentor Public Library and Lake Health have partnered for the Born to Read program, which provides a free board book, feeder and bib to new parents.

Nichole Luzar shows a Born to Read board book to her newborn, Lylah Kitchen. Mentor Public Library and Lake Health have partnered for the Born to Read program, which provides a free board book, feeder and bib to new parents.

A life of learning and literacy doesn’t begin when a child (or adult) starts reading. It begins when someone reads to the child.

Creating young readers has long been one of Mentor Public Library’s goals. Now it has teamed with Lake Health for a new program called Born to Read that encourages early literacy.

“The Born to Read partnership is an opportunity to congratulate new parents and introduce our early-literary services for a new generation of readers,” said Lynn Hawkins, MPL’s executive director.

With Born to Read, the parents of every infant born at Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center will receive a bookmark.

They can take that bookmark to the Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch and receive a free Born to Read bag with a bib, feeder and board book for the newborn child.

“Reading creates a special bonding experience that parents can start even when the child is an infant. It helps build a language rich environment that enhances the child’s speech and development,” said Lake Health pediatrician, Dr. Laura Cifra-Bean.

“Early literacy is important to Mentor Public Library,” Hawkins added. “As one of our strategic-plan service responses, we want make sure kids start reading early and keep learning their entire lives.”

The board books are from Scholastic’s Baby Faces series, specifically because newborns until their fourth month are especially attracted to faces and images of faces.

The Born to Read program would not be possible without the support of generous donors, Hawkins said. Lake Health donated the feeders, and Friends of the Mentor Public Library and other anonymous donors paid for the bags, books and bibs.

The library encourages early literacy other ways, also. It hosts story times for children of all ages, including toddlers, preschoolers and whole families.

For more information, call the Mentor Public Library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 213.

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Get your documents shredded at Mentor Public Library

Last year, more than 200 cars dropped off documents for shredding at Mentor Library.

Last year, more than 200 cars dropped off documents for shredding at Mentor Library.

Have sensitive documents like tax forms or medical records that you want to get rid of?

Bring them to the library.

Mentor Public Library is partnering with Xpress Shredding for its fourth annual Shred Day in which you can have your documents shredded for free.

Shred Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the library’s auxiliary parking lot on the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharonlee Drive.

The service is free and open to everyone. You can drop off as many five document-storage boxes or bags of paper.

And you don’t have to worry about your sensitive documents being stolen instead of shredded. Everything will be loaded into locked bins on a secure truck, which will be attended at all times by Xpress Shredding staff. Then the truck will be taken to the company’s secure shredding facility.

The documents will then be shredded and the shredded paper recycled.

Shred Day will be held rain or shine (or, the way this spring is going, snow.) Xpress staff will even help patrons remove their boxes or bags from their cars for them.

Additionally, any library patron who participates in Shred Day will also receive a coupon from Xpress for an additional box of paper to be shredded when it’s dropped off at Xpress’s facility on Tyler Boulevard.

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Make sense of your cents during Money Smart Week

Kids can make their own piggy banks during Money Smart Week, because it's never too soon to acquire fiscal sense.

Kids can make their own piggy banks during Money Smart Week, because it’s never too soon to acquire fiscal sense.

When it comes to money smarts, if you don’t have sense, you’ll be left without any cents.

That’s why Mentor Public Library is hosting a series of programs designed to help people make smart financial decisions. It’s called Money Smart Week and it runs from April 5 through 12.

It also gives everyone, from kids to seniors, a chance to learn about different financial topics in a nonthreatening, impartial environment.

It can be intimidating or even embarrassing to talk frankly about money. Some people may not feel comfortable walking into a bank and asking a lot of financial questions. Hosting these programs at the library lets you listen to and ask question of an expert on neutral ground.

The programs include:

  • The 25 Biggest Money Mistakes, in which experts from the Society for Financial Awareness will explore the 25 biggest money mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. The talk will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8.
  • Make Cents: Understanding the Long-Term Financial Commitments brings experts from three different banks to the library’s Main Branch. They will demystify common banking topics for the layperson. This Q & A panel session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 10.
  • Solving the Retirement Income Puzzle, where people can learn how to manage their retirement income and avoid running out of money. This talk will be from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 11.
  • Show Me the Money, a special program for kids from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Children will learn about currency and make their own piggy bank.
  • Duct Tape Wallet, in which teens can get creative while making their own wallets out of duct tape. The program is from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 12.

We wanted to make sure we had Money Smart programs for kids and teens too, because it’s never too soon to talk about fiscal responsibility.

Like we said before, money talk can be intimidating. But the more familiar kids are with concepts like budgeting and long-term financial commitments, the more confident and sensible they’ll be with money when they grow up.

For more information on Money Smart Week at Mentor Public Library, visit www.mentorpl.org or call (440) 255-8811 ext. 215.

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Are you ready for your ACT?

Students prepare for their upcoming ACT at Mentor Public Library

Students prepare for their upcoming ACT at Mentor Public Library

It’s one of the cruel truths of young adulthood that you spend four years volunteering, participating in student groups and working hard in class, and then a single standardized test taken on a Saturday morning can completely undermine you.

Standardized test are, in a word, stressful.

But there’s no better remedy for that stress than being well prepared.

The Mentor Public Library had its first of two ACT prep sessions last Saturday. That session focused on general test preparation and the reading courses. The next session is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29. Its focus will be the science and math sections of the ACT. You can register for it here.

We’re also hosting a pair of ACT prep sessions on May 24 and 31.

These sessions provide practical experience in terms of the types of questions you’ll see on the ACT, and they also offer strategies for test prep (that, by the way, work on tests besides the ACT.)

All sessions will be led by Dr. John Foster, one of our reference librarians at Mentor Public Library. Foster has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and has taught at both the high school and college level.

And, yes, all of our sessions are free and open to anyone preparing for the ACT.

If you have any questions on our ACT prep sessions, you can call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 215.

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Welcome to Superhero School

Brian practices rescuing civilians (in this case, a stuffed raccoon) from a tall building,

Brian practices rescuing civilians (in this case, a stuffed raccoon) from a tall building.

Superheroes aren’t born. They don’t climb from the crib and start fighting for truth, justice and the American way.

No, superheroes are made. And where are they made?

Superhero school.

Rileigh practices leaping a building in a single bound.

Rileigh practices leaping a building in a single bound.

Mentor Public Library held a session of Superhero School last Wednesday. Tiny future Flashes, Wonder Women and Captain Americas leaped tall building (blocks,) rescued civilians and trained on our obstacle course.

They also made their own Wonder bracelets in case they have to deflect any oncoming projectiles. (Note: Wonder bracelets may not be able to deflect anything denser than a balled-up piece of paper.)

But they do look awesome.

But they do look awesome.

For more photos from our Superhero School, visit our Facebook page.

For more information on programs and events for kids and adults, visit the event calendar on our website.

Our tiny Justice League graduates.

Our tiny Justice League graduates.

 

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