Travelin’ Man Band performing free concerts at MPL branches

Kick off your shoes and have some fun with the Travelin' Man Band.

Kick off your shoes and have some fun with the Travelin’ Man Band.

Are you ready for a good time?

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a pair of free and family-friendly concerts this month at our Lake and Headlands Branches.

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

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The first concert is at 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, July 13, at our Lake Branch. Then, there’s an encore show next Wednesday, July 20, at our Headlands Branch.

Both concerts are free and open to everyone. We bring the band. All you need to bring is lawn chairs or a blanket for the outdoors concerts.

See you at the show!

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See you at Beachfest!

We'll be at the biggest beach party of the summer, and we hope you'll be there too.

We’ll be at the biggest beach party of the summer, and we hope you’ll be there too.

The city of Mentor’s about to throw the biggest beach party of the summer this Saturday at Mentor Headlands Beach.

There will be food, fun, activities and a Master Sand Sculpture Competition featuring five master sand sculptors.

And we’ll be there too!

Kids can join us to make sand art.

Children can join us to make sand art.

Kids can make gorgeous sand art for free at our tent while supplies last.

And everyone—kids, teens and adults—can browse our Pop-Up Library and find a free book or two.

So bring the family! Enjoy the sun, make some art, and find your new favorite book.

See you at the beach!

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American Girl Book Club meets Addy

In addition to meeting Addy, our American Girl Book Club made some new friends.

In addition to meeting Addy, our American Girl Book Club made some new friends.

We made clothespin dolls during our American Girl Book Club’s most recent meeting. After all, you can never have enough dolls OR ways to exercise your creativity.

On the first Wednesday of each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. (In July, we met Addy.) Then we make a craft that ties into the book, character or era.

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 Aug. 3 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Samantha.

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

Our of our book-club members gave her doll a doll.

Our of our book-club members gave her doll a doll.

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Drive-Thru opening at Mentor Public Library

drivethru pc_Page_1Mentor Public Library patrons will soon have a way to pick up their books, videos and more without even leaving their car.

The drive-thru at our Main Branch opens on Thursday, July 28.

Patrons can now put items on hold—either or on our website or by calling the library—and specify that they want to pick them up at the drive-thru.

Please designate that you want to pick up your holds from the drive-thru.

Please designate that you want to pick up your holds from the drive-thru.

The drive-thru will open each day at the same time as our Main Branch and close 15 minutes before the branch each evening. This will ensure that all patrons in line get their items before the building closes.

Along with the drive-thru, there are changes coming to the traffic flow around our Main Branch.

The drive-thru lane is now exit only. Also, drivers will only be able to turn right from the drive-thru onto Mentor Avenue to prevent traffic backup.

To celebrate its opening, the library will give a free MPL mug, pedometer and memory stick to the first three patrons who use the drive-thru each day from July 28 through 31.

See you at the library!

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Get the most out of your tablet or eReader at Mentor Public Library

Learn how to use your eReader or tablet to check out free books, movies and more at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to use your eReader or tablet to check out free books, movies and more at Mentor Public Library.

Did you get an eReader or new smartphone recently but have no idea to use it?

That’s OK. We can help you turn your digital doodad into a repository for the books, magazines and even movies you love.

The Mentor Public Library is holding a series of free tutorials in July where we’ll show you how to get the most out of your tablets, eReaders and smartphones.

These classes are free and open to everyone.

The first session is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at our Main Branch. It’s specifically for those with Kindles and Kindle Fires. Learn how to check out eBooks and more on your new eReader.

The second session is for those with tablets (including iPads) and smartphones. It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at our Main Branch. If you want to learn how to download books and audiobooks onto your tablet or smartphone, this session is for you.

Mentor Public Library offers a lot of digital services that are always available, even when our buildings are closed; and you can use them from the comfort of your own home.

Once you know how to do it, you’ll be able to check out library eBooks, stream audiobooks and even watch movies (depending on what kind of device you use) on your eReader, smartphone or tablet from home.

No excuses: You’re never too old or old-fashioned (or too young, for that matter,) to learn something new.

If you’re pretty tech savvy and think you can figure out how to use your eReader without too much help, we’ve posted a bunch of how-to’s for each device on our website.

But if you want a little more help, feel free to register for one of our classes. Or you can bring your device to the library and one of our reference librarians will show you how to get the most out of it.

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