The beauty of bad art

Maggie uses dried spaghetti in her sculpture during our Bad Art Exhibit.

Maggie uses dried spaghetti in her sculpture during our Bad Art Exhibit.

Kids made some of the most deliciously terrible, delectably awful, and best bad art imaginable at our library.

Our young artists used everything from egg cartons to paints to dried spaghetti to make their dreadful masterpieces.

And you can revel in their creativity. Stop by the children’s area at our Main Branch to see their artwork while it’s on display this month.

Justin adds a dash of eyeballs to his painting.

Justin adds a dash of eyeballs to his painting.

If you have a young artist in your family, they’ll love our Studio MPL club.

Every month, the kids of Studio MPL take on a new art project. They’ve sketched live artistscreated imaginary friendsmade sun catcherspainted sunsetsweavedtried out pointillism and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock.

The club is open to all kids from third through sixth grade. The next meeting is at 4 p.m. Monday, March 20.

If you have a child who loves art but isn’t old enough for Studio MPL, they can check out our Studio MPL Jr. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at our Main Branch. It’s for kids from kindergarten through 2nd grade

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

Sarah considers what else to add to her masterwork.

Sarah considers what else to add to her masterwork.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Bad Art program.

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Bring Sesame Street with you

We can tell you how to get to Sesame Street

We can tell you how to get to Sesame Street.

Sometimes, you need a trip to Sesame Street.

Maybe your toddler needs a distraction during a long car ride or a way to wind down after a busy day. (Maybe they’re melting down in the middle of the food court, and an Elmo fix is the quickest way to calm them. We’re not judging, parents. We’ve been there.)

Fortunately, we live in a time of miracles and wonders, and you can now take Sesame Street with you anywhere.

Whatever device you’re using to read this can also be used to bring Big Bird, Abby, Grover and more to your kids.

You can share dozens of Sesame Street videos and ebooks using Hoopla (which is free with your library card.)

They have classics like “How to be a Grouch” and “The Monster at the End of this Book,” as well as newer books that help teach your children counting, rhyming, potty training, music, and more!

Hoopla also has 24 full episodes of Sesame Street that you can watch with your kids: Help Telly teach Jack how to grow his beanstalk; see the entire street battle an epidemic of Mine-itis; attend Abby Cadabby’s first-ever sleepover; or enjoy Big Bird and Snuffy’s talent show.

Summon an hour of fun and education for you child for free with a few clicks on your keyboard (or phone.)

And if your child loves the music from Sesame Street, you can stream or even download their favorites from Freegal. Once again, it’s all free with your library card.

Listen to timeless tunes like “Bein’ Green,” “Put Down the Duckie,” and “I Love Trash” or dig into deeper cuts from the likes of Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar, or even Bob. (Your playlist is incomplete until you add Bob singing “Sir Duke.”)

For a personal favorite, check out “Me Lost Cookie at the Disco.” It’s Cookie Monster’s Isaac Hayes-influenced ode to a lost snack.

So now you know how to get to Sesame Street from anywhere, and it’s a free trip with your Mentor Public Library card.

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Chilling at the poles

Avery and Eli place their polar bears where they live, close to the North Pole.

Avery and Eli place their polar bears where they live, close to the North Pole.

What’s cooler than cool? Learning about the earth’s poles at our Headlands Branch.

Kids discovered all sorts of facts about the North and South Poles and the animals that live there during a special program earlier this month. For example, puffins and polar bears—North Pole. Penguins—south pole. And you’ll find a host of seals and whales at both ends of the world.

(Sadly, this makes it unlikely that a polar bear and penguin ever shared a soda.)

The children also crafted polar bears from cardboard rolls and walruses from paper bags. They enjoyed a chilly treat too.

For more programs at all our branches, check out our online event calendar.

Willow and Ryan's polar bears play together.

Willow and Ryan’s polar bears play together.

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Tall tales with the Tree Tale Tellers from Holden Arboretum

Come to a special story time that celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday, March 25, with our friends from Holden Arboretum.

Come to a special story time that celebrates Arbor Day on Saturday, March 25, with our friends from Holden Arboretum.

Turns out it’s pretty easy being green, and worth it too!

Join us for a special story time at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25 at our Lake Branch. We’ll celebrate Arbor Day with our friends from The Holden Arboretum.

Kids from six months to five years old can share a fun-filled hour of tree-themed stories and activities.

It’s free and open to everyone. You don’t even need a library card (though you should totally get a library card.) You can RSVP online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

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Tra-la-laa! Come to the Captain Underpants Party

Picture3We’re throwing a Captain Underparty… Partypants…

Let’s try that again.

We’re throwing a Captain Underpants Party at our Lake Branch and you’re invited!

Kids from five to 11 years old can make crafts, play games, and do battle with Professor Poopypants. We’ll also have our super name changer handy, so kids can find out their nom de underpants.

And kids can sip on some extra-strength power juice, so they don’t get pooped.

The party starts at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27.

The fun is free and open to all, but we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can RSVP online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

Tra-la-laa! See you at the party!

Tra-la-laa! See you at the party!

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