Teens have a Minute to Win It this Saturday at MPL

Teens can compete in a series of 60-second competitions during the Mentor Public Library’s version of Minute to Win It  at 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Read House, which is next door to the library’s Main Branch at 8215 Mentor Ave.

Children who are 12 and older will compete in several different challenges, depending on what time allows. The challenges include:

  • Face the Cookie, in which people need to move a cookie from their foreheads to their mouths, using only the muscles in their faces.
  • Dicey, in which teens will balance as many vertically stacked dice as they can on a popsicle stick. Not difficult enough? They will be holding the Popsicle stick in their mouth.
  • the Cookie Unicorn, where teens will balance as many cookies as they can on their forehead without letting them fall.

And participants will only have 60 seconds to complete each challenge.

The competitors who win the most challenges will receive prizes.

You can sign up for the competition on Mentor Library’s web site.

Try to balance as many cookies as you can on your forehead while competing in Cookie Unicorn.

Try to balance as many cookies as you can on your forehead while competing in Cookie Unicorn.

While you’re at the library, you can sign up for summer reading too.

For every book you read or library program you attend between now and Aug. 1, you get a raffle ticket and a chance to win cool prizes like Captains Tickets or gift cards to Panera, Target, Amazon and more. You can even register online.

See you at the library.

Don't drop your dice or things can get... dicey.

Don’t drop your dice or things can get… dicey.

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Feeling patriotic at a Captain America-themed Marvelous Monday

If the theme to the party is Captain America, you have to know the captain (who sometimes goes by Oliver) is going to show up.

If the theme of the party is “Captain America,” you have to know the captain (who sometimes goes by Oliver) is going to show up.

We had another Marvelous Monday earlier this week at the Read House.

This time, our theme was Captain America. So kids tested their aim—have to be handy with a shield, after all—as well as their intelligence.

And there were some patriotically-themed snacks too!

And there were some patriotically-themed snacks too!

We have two more Marvelous Mondays left. The theme is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on July 20 and Captain Underpants on July 27.

The games, crafts and activities start at 1 p.m. at our Read House. No registration necessary. Just come over and have fun!

Maddie only needs a single shot to knock the villains out.

Maddie only needs a single shot to knock the villains out.

And there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for our summer reading program.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Colton grins while completing Captain America's intelligence test. Kids had to figure out what each box concealed.

Colton grins while completing Captain America’s intelligence test. Kids had to figure out what each box concealed.

For more photos from Marvelous Monday, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Get in the game with Clashing Controllers

Teens face off in the finals of our Mario Kart 8 tournament during our last Clashing Controllers session.

Teens face off in the finals of our Mario Kart 8 tournament during our last Clashing Controllers session.

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer to actually share the room with people I’m gaming with (or against.)

Don’t get me wrong. Online gaming is incredible, but I like to see the look on someone’s face when my Charizard burns their, well, face off.

If you’re game, our next Clashing Controllers tournament is 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, July 15, at Mentor Library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

We’ll be playing Super Smash Bros Wii U and you’re invited.

There’s no buy-in or anything like that. We bring the console, game and snacks. You just need to show up and play.

If you win, you get bragging rights and a Certificate of Awesomeness.

If you win, you get bragging rights and a Certificate of Awesomeness.

While you’re here, you can sign up for summer reading too.

For every book you read or library program you attend between now and Aug. 1, you get a raffle ticket and a chance to win cool prizes like Captains Tickets or gift cards to Panera, Target, Amazon and more. You can even register online.

So if you’re going to play video games, you might as well play with friends and possibly win something for playing.

See you at the library.

Ahh, to live in a world where Mega Man, Sonic and Mario can just fight it out over who's the best, as opposed to just arguing about it over lunch...

Ahh, to live in a world where Mega Man, Sonic and Mario can just fight it out over who’s the best, as opposed to just arguing about it over the lunch table.

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Travelin’ Man Band performing free concert at MPL’s Headlands Branch

The Travelin' Man Band will perform a free show Wednesday, June 15, at Mentor Library's Headlands Branch.

The Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free show Wednesday, June 15, at Mentor Library’s Headlands Branch.

Are you ready for a good time?

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free and family-friendly concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Mentor Library’s Headlands Branch.

They perform hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s—from Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, the Beatles to Chuck Berry. So if you’re eager for some Eagles and ready for some Redding, they’ve got the tunes for you.

They also play the best from CCR and CCN.

They also play the best from CCR and CCN.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the outdoors concert. We’ll bring the band. (By the way, we owe a special thank you to the Friends of the Mentor Public Library who are generously sponsoring the concert.)

And that’s not our final free show of the summer.

On Wednesday, July 29, folk duo Simple Gifts will perform at our Read House. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon play 12 different instruments between the two of them and perform everything from Irish jigs and American reels to Gypsy melodies and Balkan dance music.

So are you ready for that good time now?

Cassie kicks off her shoes during a free concert at Mentor Library's Headlands Branch.

Cassie kicks off her shoes during a free concert at Mentor Library’s Headlands Branch.

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Recycling Story Time at Mentor Library

We talked about recycling during our Community Hero Story Time on Thursday.

Bonnie and Beth talk about recycling during their Community Hero Story Time on Thursday.

Our Local Hero Story Time series continued Thursday with Bonnie Rice from the city of Mentor and Beth Bollas from the Lake County Solid Waste District. (You may remember them from our Trashy Tuesdays.)

They talked to the kids about recycling and read them Michael Recycle and I Stink (which is about a garbage truck, not an odoriferous person.)

Then, the kids made necklaces using recycled wood and glass beads.

Kids pick which beads to put on their necklaces.

Kids pick which beads to put on their necklaces.

Join us for more Community Hero Story Times. Each week, we’ll be joined by a different local hero:

  • Policewoman Marilyn, July 16
  • Naturalist Leslie, July 23
  • Yoga instructor, July 30

If you can’t join us Thursday evening, we also offer several other story times at all three of our branches.

Annabelle threads the recycled beads onto her necklace.

Annabelle threads the recycled beads onto her necklace.

And there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for our summer reading program at Mentor Public Library.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Preston shows off his finished necklace.

Preston shows off his finished necklace.

For more photos from our Community Heroes Story Time, check out our Facebook page.

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