How does a dinosaur celebrate Jane Yolen’s birthday?

Happy birthday, Jane Yolen!

Happy birthday, Jane Yolen!

How does a dinosaur enjoy the day

When the author who made him at last gets to play?

Does he bury his face in a tablet or phone?

Does he plug in his XBox and sit their alone?

Does a dinosaur groan?

No… a dinosaur visits the library shelf

And checks out a gaggle of books for himself

With scarecrows and dragons and beautiful birds

He gazes on drawings and drinks in the words

He dives in the poetry, swims in the prose

He lets it surround him from tail to nose

He gathers one stack and then borrows one more

Read well, read well little dinosaur

 

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Be the worst artist you can be

Create your monster-piece with us.

Create your monster-piece with us.

There’s no such thing as bad art… unless you count what we’ll be making on Thursday, Feb. 23.

That’s when kids (seven to 12 years old) can join us to create atrocious artwork.

We’ll provide the supplies. All you have to do is make us your shoddiest sculptures, portraits, and more!

Once everyone is finished, the artists will vote for their favorite—that is, the lousiest—work of art. The winner will receive a prize and the art will go on display in the Children’s Department.

Dress for a mess!

The program is free but we do ask that you sign up ahead of time. You can register online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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MPL Talks: The Rise of National Socialism in Germany

We host a lot of programs at Mentor Public Library and it’s hard to catch them all.

And sometimes you miss one you really wanted to see.

That’s why we’ve started MPL Talks, where we post full programs online for you to watch at your convenience. It’s not quite the same as being there. (For example, you don’t get to ask questions.) But it’s better than missing out.

Recently, our own Dr. John Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, also has a doctorate degree in history—discussed the Rise of National Socialism in Germany as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Foster examined:

  • Adolf Hitler’s rise to popularity and power
  • how the instability and failure of the Weimar Republic created fertile ground for National Socialism
  • the pseudo-scientists who encouraged Germany’s anti-Semitism
  • what a terrible book Mein Kampf  is.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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Search smarter with AtoZ Database

Search everything from job openings to healthcare professionals with AtoZDatabases.

Search everything from job openings to healthcare professionals with AtoZ Database.

In an Internet stuffed with specialized databases, it’s useful to have AtoZ Database.

You can use AtoZ to find people, businesses, or even job openings. It can help you locate a doctor or background-check a contractor.

Need tips writing a resume? AtoZ can help. Want to see if your babysitter has a criminal record? AtoZ can do that too. Need to do a reverse phone search? Search for new businesses based on location? Get help with email marketing?

Yes, AtoZ Database does all of that.

In short, AtoZ does a lot. See what it can do for you.

And AtoZ is just one of dozens of databases you can use for free with your library card. You can also use our databases to search your family history, check product recommendations, and get help with your job search or picking your next book.

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It’s about to get LIT

Use the full color spectrum in your artwork during our Ultraviolet Designs program.

Use the full color spectrum in your artwork during our Ultraviolet Designs program.

Want to make art so innovative that it’s beyond the visible light spectrum?

Feel the glow during our Ultraviolet Designs program at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at our Lake Branch.

Teens can use neon colors to create eye-catching pieces that glow when placed beneath a black light.

(By the way, if you’re wondering why fluorescent paint glows, it’s because they don’t simply reflect light like normal colors do. They absorb ultraviolet light—which we can’t see, but other animals like bees can—and release that energy as visible light.)

The program is free, but we ask that your RSVP. You can sign up on our website or call us at (440) 257-2512.

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