Want to know more about volunteering at Mentor Public Library

Are you curious about how you can help in your community? Consider volunteering at Mentor Public Library.

We have all types of wonderful volunteers at here:

And we’re always looking for more volunteers (14 and older, please.)

If you want more information, you can visit our Volunteers page or contact Julie Williams, our Volunteer Coordinator, either by phone (440-255-8811 ext. 242) or email.

And, finally, we want to thank those who already volunteer at Mentor Public Library. You make us a better library. We could not accomplish what we do without you!

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Our Wordplay Writing Club connects the dots

Sophie, Lynn and Mya search the record book looking for a superlative they want to write about during our Wordplay Club at Mentor Public Library.

Sophie, Lynn and Mya search the record book looking for a superlative they want to write about during our Wordplay Club at Mentor Public Library.

If storytelling is connecting two points, then good storytelling is making surprising connections in an entertaining fashion.

And we forced our Wordplay Club to connect some strange dots on Wednesday.

Our young writers had to compose stories using words they selected randomly from our Word Jar. The seemingly unconnected words forced them to think creatively, and they were up to the challenge!

They wrote action romps starring a doll and horse, an infomercial for a Zipper Cup, and more—the weirder the words, the wilder the story.

Andrew explains why we should all buy a Zipper Cup.

Andrew explains why we should all buy a Zipper Cup.

If you have a child who loves to write, they can join our club.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club is for kids in third through sixth grade. They meet at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is June 8.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or sign them up on MPL’s website.

You can't see Olivia's eyes but you can see her mind working.

You can’t see Olivia’s eyes but you can see her mind working.

Mentor Public Library has a writing club for teens too.

Our Write On Club 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, May 16, at our Main Branch. You can register for it on our website, as well.

IMG_20160511_165821178_HDRVisit our Facebook page for more photos of our Wordplay Writing Club.

 

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MPL’s Lake Branch temporarily closing for makeover

Lake Branch JSGoodOur Lake Branch will be closed from Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, for refurbishment, including a fresh coat of paint.

The branch will reopen on Monday, May 23.

“We apologize for any inconvenience, but we wanted to complete the makeover before Summer Reading begins,” Facilities Manager Greg Preske said. “We hope everyone enjoys the Lake Branch’s new look.”

(By the way, thanks to JSGood44 for the beautiful photo of our Lake Branch.)

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May Flowers at Mentor Public Library

These Virginia strawberries grow outside of our Read House. ( They're also called common or wild strawberries, but anyone who calls a flower "common" has no poetry in their heart.)

These Virginia strawberries grow outside of our Read House. ( They’re also called common or wild strawberries, but anyone who calls a flower “common” has no poetry in their heart.)

So we got plenty of April showers, and even some April snow; but it’s all worth it for those May flowers.

All kinds of wildflowers grow along the path from our Main Branch to the Read House. They’re tended by some awesome volunteers and Sue Fram—MPL’s Executive Assistant, Jill-of-Many-Trades, and resident green-thumb.

Sue even created a guide so patrons could see what flowers are blooming when. So the next time you’re walking that trail—and you should; it’s awfully pretty—consult the guide, so you don’t have to wonder if you’re looking at a daffodil or wood sorrel.

(Hint: if it blossoms in springtime, it’s a daffodil.)

Speaking of flowers, you can check out free flower (as well as vegetable, fruit and herb) seeds from our seed library.

Now it’s easier than ever to grow your own backyard garden.

The crab-apple trees are blossoming too.

The crab-apple trees are blossoming too.

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We’re going to need more honey…

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On Saturday, we threw a Winnie-the-Pooh tea party with games and crafts all dedicated to everyone’s favorite bear. It was so much fun that Eeyore nearly cracked a smile.

The kids made honeycomb necklaces—because any Pooh party requires a lot of honey—as well as party hats.

They also built up an appetite with some Tigger-cize and, then, snacked on treats like Piglets-in-a-blanket and a honey-dripped dessert.

Alexis sneaks a bit of honeycomb from her necklace for a snack. (Pooh would approve.)

Alexis sneaks a bit of honeycomb from her necklace for a snack. (Pooh would approve.)

We love a good party at Mentor Public Library, whether it be a princess, PinkaliciousPoppins or Pooh party.

We’re even having a special Un-Birthday Party on Thursday, May 12, at our Main Branch.

Kids can celebrate their un-birthday with un-birthday games, music, crafts and, naturally, un-birthday cake! (You’re invited, even if it’s your actual birthday.)

Of course, our Un-Birthday Party—like all of our programs—is free. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

See you at the party!

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Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Winnie-the-Pooh tea party.

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