Teens have a Minute to Win It

Teens competed in our Minute to Win It competition this Saturday.

You’re going to want to watch the video—if only to see the faces the contestants made during Face the Cookie. (They have to move a cookie from their foreheads to their mouths, using only the muscles in their face.)

By the way, teens still have time to sign up for Mentor Library’s summer reading program and our free horror writing workshop this Saturday.

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Teens can enjoy a spa day on us

Angelina and Rosa relax with their face masks on during the Spa Day at the library last year.

Angelina and Rosa relax with their face masks on during the Spa Day at the library last year.

Hey teens, that summer job got you down? The looming return of school already feel overwhelming?

You deserve a break. Enjoy a free spa day on us this Tuesday at our Main Branch.

You can make yourself avocado face mask, paint your nails, get a hand massage—just relax.

(Oh, and while you’re here, make sure to sign up for our summer reading program and our free horror writing workshop this Saturday.)

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Join the ranks of our Library Champions

Congrats to Giselle and all of our Library Champs!

Congrats to Giselle and all of our Library Champs!

You may have noticed our Library Champion signs popping up in yards in and around Mentor this summer. And when you saw them, you may have thought, “That’s a snazzy sign. How can I become a Library Champion?”

The bad news is that these signs aren’t for grownups. However, the good news is that, if you’re a kid, you already possess the innate potential to be a Library Champion.

Every child that signs up for our Summer Reading Program and reads (or is read to) for 15 hours gets a Library Champion yard sign.

Sam's got a great book and a 100% organic reading chair.

Sam’s got a great book and a 100% organic reading chair.

Our Summer Reading Program runs until Aug. 2. That means there is still plenty of time for your child to become a champion.

You can sign up for summer reading at any of Mentor Public Library’s branches.

You can see more Library Champion photos on Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Edgar Allan Poe’s love of cryptography

Edgar Allan Poe was fascinated by cryptography and codes.

Edgar Allan Poe was fascinated by cryptography and codes.

When you remember Edgar Allan Poe, you tend to think of people getting dismembered, buried or burnt alive.

Consequently, a lot of the programs during our Know Poe month this July are aimed toward teens and adults.

But we didn’t forget about the kids. We’ve found some fun ways to introduce Poe to children without traumatizing them.

For example, we’re hosting a program for kids about Poe’s love of cryptography this Saturday at our Headlands Branch.

And what is cryptography, you ask. It’s secret writing or, rather, it’s using codes and rubrics to hide secrets in plain sight. Poe was fascinated by cryptography and hid all sorts of secret messages in his prose and poetry. For example, he hid the name of his friend Sarah Anna Lewis in his poem “An Enigma.”

His treasure story, The Gold-Bug, even revolves around a coded message.

Kids entering third through sixth grade can solve a few cryptograms and even create a few of their own this Saturday at our Headlands Branch. Click here to register your child for our cryptography program. (By the way, all of our programs are free.)

And that’s not our only Know Poe program for kids. On  July 17, we’re unveiling a special obstacle course where all 10 obstacles come from Poe stories. Then, on July 22, kids can use their sleuthing skills to solve a mystery at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. After all, Poe did invent the detective genre, as well as horror.

(By the way, I know it’s not for children but we’re hosting a special horror writing workshop for teens on on July 19 at our Main Branch. It’s a fun opportunity for young writers to hone their crafts.)

You can sign up for any and all of these Know Poe events on Mentor Public Library’s website.

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Mad science experiments for kids each Monday

Lily uses a frame to make an enormous bubble during Mad Science Monday at Mentor Library

Lily uses a frame to make an enormous bubble during Mad Science Monday at Mentor Library.

Mentor Public Library is dedicating its summer reading program to science this year. That means we’ve been blowing up pop bottles and bringing in NASA scientists to talk about Mars rovers.

Kids can get involved with the science, as well.

Every week we have Mad Science Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. outside of our Read House. We hold it rain or shine, and no registration is necessary.

Clara plays percussion by spraying a Splash Orchestra with water.

Clara plays percussion by spraying a Splash Orchestra with water.

Every Monday, kids can try out new experiments. So far this summer, they’ve already manipulated the shapes of bubbles, tested their five senses and used squirt guns as percussive instruments.

Kids can visit us each Monday to see what our new scientific theme is.

And, while you’re at the library, you and your children can sign up for our summer reading programs.

Owen gets a whiff of vinegar while learning about his five senses.

Owen gets a whiff of vinegar while learning about his five senses.

Everyone who participates in our summer reading programs—either by reading and/or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Grand prizes include a $100 gift card from Toys ‘R’ Us for kids and Nook eReaders for teens and adults. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning something.

If you want to sign up for summer reading, you can register for it at any of our branches.

Visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page for more photos from Mad Science Mondays and our summer reading events.

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