Preschoolers, put on your dancing shoes!

Join the Preschool Dance Party on Monday, Jan. 23, at our Main Branch.

Join the Preschool Dance Party on Monday, Jan. 23, at our Main Branch.

The snow outside can’t cool our heels.

We’re throwing a preschool dance party at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, where kids can move, groove, and put some of that surplus energy to use.

The party is free and open to all kids from two to six years old (along with their parents.)

We do ask that you register for the program beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Bring your dancing shoes!

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Read With Me: How to help your kids love reading

Our new story time will give you the tools you need to help your child learn to love reading.

Our new story time will give you the tools you need to help your child learn to love reading.

We love reading with your kids, but the most important story time is the one that you have with them.

That’s why our newest story time, Read With Me, is designed to teach you tips to promote early literacy at home.

It still has all the stories, songs, and activities that you’ve come to expect from us. But we also want to give you the tools that you need to help your child learn to love reading. We’ll even supply book recommendations and craft supplies that you can use at home.

Each story time will reinforce six pre-reading skills that are essential in preparing children for school success. They are:

1. Print Motivation (Loving Books)
2. Print Awareness (Using Books)
3. Letter Knowledge (ABC’s)
4. Phonological Awareness (Sounds)
5. Vocabulary (Words)
6. Narrative Skills (Storytelling)

Read With Me will be held each month at our Lake Branch. Our first meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s open to all kids—newborn to three years old—and their caretakers. No registration necessary.

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It’s a slumber party for stuffed animals at our Lake Branch

Bring your favorite stuffed buddy to our special sleepover.

Bring your favorite bear to our special sleepover.

Kids can bring their favorite stuffed animal to a special story time at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at our Lake Branch.

We’ll read bedtime stories and have a snack together.

Then, you can leave your stuffed animal overnight for a plush slumber party at the library!

See what kind of adventures your teddy bears and stuffed pups had when you pick them up the next day.

The stuffed animal sleepover is free and open to all kids five and younger. However, we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You (and your stuffed friend) can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 257-2512.

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MPL Talks: The Fall of Berlin

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 Fall of Berlin as part of our Major Battles of World War II series.

Foster examined:

  • the rivalry between Russian Generals Ivan Konev and Georgy Zhukov
  • Stalin’s ambitions for a post-war Germany and his attempts to manipulate his Western allies
  • the differences in Stalin’s and Hitler’s military expertise
  • the final days of Hitler and the Third Reich
  • the difference between Berlin in 1945 and now.

As part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Foster will discuss the rise of National Socialism in Germany at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, at our Main Branch. The talk is free and open to everyone. You can register to attend on our website.

Previous WWII talks at Mentor Public Library can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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Free Computer Classes at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Public Library is offering seven free computer classes this month.

Mentor Public Library is offering seven free computer classes this month.

We’re hosting seven free computer classes this January at our Main Branch—everything from the most basic introduction to computers to classes about Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Publisher.

The classes include:

We’re also offering tutorials this month that will teach you how to use eReaders, tablets, and computers to check out library eBooks, stream audiobooks and even watch movies (depending on what kind of device you use) from home.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible. Registration begins Jan. 9 for all the classes. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

If you need one-on-one help for your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you can get personal device advice from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1  to 2 p.m. every Thursday this month at our Lake Branch. Please call 440-257-2512 to register ahead of time.

Additionally, your Mentor Public Library gives you free access to dozens of free online computer classes via Gale Courses. Learn everything from computer basics to advanced techniques for Microsoft, Adobe, Photoshop, and other applications from the convenience of your own computer.

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