Our art club for kids expands to include younger artists

Studio MPL returns next week, along with our brand-new Studio MPL Jr.

Studio MPL returns next week, along with our brand-new Studio MPL Jr.

After a summer hiatus, Studio MPL—Mentor Public Library’s art club for kids—returns next week; and we’ve added an extra session for our youngest artists.

Kids from 3rd through 6th grade can join us on Monday, Sept. 19, while kids from kindergarten through 2nd grade can check out our new Studio MPL Jr. on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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

Likewise, Studio MPL Jr. will also explore different facets of art but with crafts and creations for a slightly younger crowd.

Studio MPL meets on the third Monday of each month; Studio MPL Jr. meets the following Thursday. If your kid likes art—any kind of art—they can join the fun!

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

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Mentor Public Library has writing clubs for kids & teens

Write On, our writing club for teens, returns from its summer hiatus on Monday, Sept. 19

Write On, our writing club for teens, returns from its summer hiatus on Monday, Sept. 19

Do your children love to write?

If so, Mentor Public Library has the perfect club for them—two actually.

Our Write On club is for teens. It meets on the third Monday of every month at our Main Branch.

They use different writing prompts and brainteasers to hone their writing skills.  Any teen who wants to join their ranks is welcome. It’s a fun, supportive place to practice and improve your writing with other teens who are doing the same thing.

Our next meeting is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, at our Main Branch. You can register for it on Mentor Library’s website. 

The young writers in our Wordplay Club often write collaboratively.

The young writers in our Wordplay Club often write collaboratively.

We also have our Wordplay Club for younger writers in third through sixth grade.

They try different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they have to use randomly selected words to create a story or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is Sept. 14.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting the Mentor Library’s website.

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What to do when a loved one (or you) suffers from memory loss

Are you or a loved one suffering from memory loss? Get answers and advice this Thursday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Are you or a loved one suffering from memory loss? Get answers and advice this Thursday, Sept. 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Memory loss can be scary.

After all, it can be a symptom of dementia when loved ones starts repeating themselves or forgetting what they just said.

But memory loss has many causes and, depending upon the cause, different appropriate treatments. Something as simple as a change in medication can trigger it.

Consequently, it can be difficult to tell the difference between harmless absent-mindedness and early symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

If you or a loved one is struggling with memory loss, come to Mentor Public Library’s Main at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Professionals from Kemper House will offer advice and answer questions about memory loss.

Kemper House is a residential care facility for individuals with all stages and all types of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The library’s program is free and open to everyone. However, we ask that you sign up beforehand. You can register on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 241.

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American Girl Book Club meets Rebecca

Sabrina (pictured with Rosie) works on her craft during the most recent meeting of our American Girl Book Club.

Sabrina (pictured with Rosie) works on her craft during the most recent meeting of our American Girl Book Club.

Our American Girl Book Club traveled to New York City in 1914 to meet Rebecca Rubin earlier this week.

They saw the time and city through her eyes—as a newcomer whose Jewish family had just emigrated from Russia.

On the first Wednesday of each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. Then we make a craft that ties into the book, character or era. For example, this month, we decorated Matryoshka dolls like the kind Rebecca plays with.

Emma practices sewing on a paper doll that resembles a Matryoshka.

Emma practices sewing on a paper doll that resembles a Matryoshka.

If you have a child who likes the American Girl books or dolls, then she can join the fun. They can even bring their dolls with them, if they like. (Of course, the dolls aren’t required.)

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Kit.

You can register your child for the book club on our web site or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Maggie flashes a smile while Claire focuses on her craft.

Maggie flashes a smile while Claire focuses on her craft.

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Learn about Cleveland’s first football champs at Mentor Public Library

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield led the Cleveland Rams to the 1945 NFL Championship.

Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield led the Cleveland Rams to the 1945 NFL Championship.

Cleveland has been on quite the championship run lately. (And, hopefully, there will be more soon.)

And while local sports enthusiasts will often invoke the Browns teams with Otto Graham and Jim Brown, we often forget Cleveland’s first football champions.

The Cleveland Rams won the NFL championship in 1945 with Hall-of-Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield, but a few months later they relocated to Los Angeles.

Local historian Dennis Sutcliffe will discuss the Rams and the origins of professional football in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

The talk is free and open to everyone. However, we ask that you register for the program beforehand. You can sign up on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

 

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