Kids search for Dory at our Read House

Olivia dips her hand into our marine touch pool during our Finding Dory program.

Olivia dips her hand into our marine touch pool during our Finding Dory program.

Kids went searching for Dory with a series of aquatic activities Wednesday over at our Read House.

They visited our kelp forest, searched our marine touch pool, and helped steer Mr. Ray (carrying a bevy of fish students) through our obstacle course.

Evie guides Mr. Ray through the course.

Evie guides Mr. Ray through the course.

Kids also learned about underwater life.  They matched the Finding Dory characters to their real-life equivalents and learned about underwater pollution.

By the way, if you child loves Disney and Pixar, we have hundreds of books and read-along storybooks that you can share with them, in addition to the movies.

You should also check out Hoopla, one of our digital services. It has hundreds of Disney comics that you can borrow for free with your library card.

Adam matches characters from Finding Dory with the animals on which they're modeled.

Adam matches characters from Finding Dory with the animals on which they’re modeled.

You can visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Finding Dory program. Also, keep an eye on our event calendar for fun programs all year round.

See you at the library!

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Seniors, protect yourselves from scammers

Mentor Police Officer Colleen Petro will offer advice on how to avoid scammers June 23 at Mentor Public Library.

Mentor Police Officer Colleen Petro will offer advice on how seniors can avoid scammers June 23 at Mentor Public Library.

Ever been told you won a lottery you never entered? Had a Nigerian prince offer you a share of his inheritance? Heard about a “can’t-miss” investment from your cousin’s friend’s husband?

They’re all definitely scams. (Except for your buddy’s investment. That’s just probably a scam.)

Con artists have tons of ways to bilk you out of your money, and they’re constantly inventing more. So you need to protect yourself, and you can do that by keeping yourself informed.

Mentor Police Department Patrolman Colleen Petro will offer advice on how seniors can spot and avoid scammers at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, at our Main Branch.

She’ll discuss all types of cons that target seniors: online, telemarketing, in-person, and more.

The program is free and open to everyone. However, we ask that you register for it beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 241.

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Exercising your mind (and body) at our Lake Branch

Andrew dips through the tunnel of our Maze Runner obstacle course.

Andrew dips through the tunnel of our Maze Runner obstacle course.

Have you visited our Lake Branch yet this summer?

You should, because—between video-game tournaments and Maze Runner-themed obstacle courses—they have a lot of ways to get you in the game!

Kids and teens survived our version of The Glade yesterday and can compete in our Super Smash Bros tournament tonight at the Lake Branch.

Summer and Julia show off the medals they earned by completing our obstacle course.

Summer and Julia show off the medals they earned by completing our obstacle course.

The fun doesn’t end then!

Our Summer Reading program celebrates being active mentally and physically, so we have a lot of fun fitness-based programs this month at our Lake Branch.

Certified personal trainer Andrew Snead will teach fun, easy and effective exercise moves at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. (There will be post-workout smoothies too.)

Then, we’ll introduce you to the best free fitness apps at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27.

Both library programs are free and open to all teens. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can do that online or by calling us at 440-257-2512.

Connor flings a javelin at one of our targets.

Connor flings a javelin at one of our targets.

Last but never least, there’s still plenty of time to sign up for Summer Reading.

Everybody who participates in summer reading—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or peruse our website.

Santosh Akilesh launches himself from the trampoline at the end of our obstacle course.

Santosh Akilesh launches himself from the trampoline at the end of our obstacle course.

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Our newest Little Free Library location

You can now get books from our Little Free Library at Veterans Park in Mentor.

You can now get books from our Little Free Library at Veterans Park in Mentor.

Our Little Free Libraries are back for the summer, and we’ve recently added a new location.

Now bikers, hikers, fishers, and families can find their new favorite book at Veterans Park in Mentor. (By the way, thanks to Lake Metroparks for sharing their beautiful park with us!)

If you’re not familiar with Little Free Libraries, they work like community book exchanges. When someone sees one around the community, they can take a book from it, read it, keep it if they want, and bring it back if they don’t.

The books used to stock the free library aren’t part of the Mentor Public Library’s collection. Most of them are donated. And, of course, you’re allowed to leave a book or two in there also, if you’d like.

We have more than a dozen Little Free Libraries in parks, pools and restaurants around the community. Scope them out when you see one. You never know what you’ll find inside!

Finally, we have some people we’d like to thank vis-à-vis the Little Free Libraries. Thanks to all our partners who host them, the volunteers who make sure they stay filled, everyone who donates books, and everyone who takes a book to read. Without all of you, our Little Free Libraries would just be handsome blue bird houses.

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Get in the game at our Read House

Karate for Kids shows the children a sidekick-punch combination during Move-It Monday at our Read House.

Olivia takes a big swing during Move-It Monday at our Read House.

Kids learned some new techniques for karate, baseball, yoga and more during Move-It Monday this week.

Our friends from Karate 4 Kids, Lost Nation Sports Park, and yoga instructor Darlene Kelbach offered pointers to help the kids sharpen their game.

Children also tested their agility on our obstacle course. They could get crafty too, making lotus flowers out of construction paper.

shows the children a sidekick-punch combination.

shows the children a sidekick-punch combination.

This year, we’ve dedicated Summer Reading to getting people active mentally and physically. So we’re hosting a weekly series, Move-It Mondays, to keep kids moving at 1 p.m. every Monday through the end of July on our Read House lawn.

Each week has a different theme.

  • On June 20, we’re playing net sports.
  • On June 27, we’re breaking out the parachutes for some fun games.
  • On July 11, kids can play old-fashioned outdoor games on the Read House lawn.
  • On July 18, kids will try different soccer challenges.
  • Finally, on July 25, we’ll be learning about nutrition.

It’s free for all families and no registration is required.

Mia and Jake do their best to keep up with yoga instructor Darlene Kelbach.

Mia and Jake do their best to keep up with yoga instructor Darlene Kelbach.

While you’re here, sign up for our Summer Reading program—teens and adults too! We have programs and prizes for everyone.

Everybody who participates in summer reading—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or peruse our website.

Raima makes a craft with a little help from big sister and mom.

Raima makes a craft with a little help from big sister and mom.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our first Move-It Monday.

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