You’re invited to our StoryBook Walk dedication

The path between our Main Branch and the Read House will soon become our new Storybook Walk.

The path between our Main Branch and the Read House will soon become our new Storybook Walk.

You’re invited to the dedication of our new Storybook Walk at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.

The walk will trace the path between our Main Branch and the Read House. Families will be able read along with a story as they follow the trail.

We’d like to thank the Friends of Mentor Public Library who funded the walk.

Furthermore, the Storybook Walk will be dedicated in honor of Carol Mononen, who was president of the Friends when she passed away last year.

Please join us to celebrate the life of a wonderful woman and a truly special friend.

Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party will follow directly thereafter. Both the dedication and Summer Reading kickoff are free to attend, open to all, and do not require registration.

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Make succulent terrariums at Mentor Library

Make your own succulent terrarium on Tuesday, May 29, at Mentor Public Library.

Make your own succulent terrarium on Tuesday, May 29, at Mentor Public Library.

Feeling crafty? Then come to our Pinterest craft night at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at our Main Branch.

We’ll be making terrariums for succulents.

We’ll provide the plants, terrariums and other materials. All you need to bring is your creativity.

While the program is free to attend and open to all adults, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Speaking of botany, did you know MPL has a seed library? Here’s how it works:

You can borrow heirloom and organic seeds from us the same way you’d borrow a book or movie.

You can pick from our dozens of varieties of herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit seeds. Take up to 15 types of seed per year.

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Tom Batiuk on creating comics for 46 years

Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft creator Tom Batiuk joined us last month for our inaugural Northcoast Writers’ Showcase.

He discussed how he became a cartoonist and his favorite stories from 46 years of creating comics strips.

He also explains why cartoonists need knowledge “a mile wide and an inch deep.”

By the way, sequential-art enthusiasts should join us when Derf Backderf visits the library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12.

Backderf wrote the bestselling graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, about his high-school friendship with Jeffrey Dahmer — the awkward and troubled teen who would later become the century’s most notorious serial killer.

Backderf’s talk is both free to attend and open to all. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Libraries Rock!

Get ready to rock at Mentor Public Library this summer.

Get ready to rock at Mentor Public Library this summer.

Are you ready to rock?

Our Summer Reading theme is Libraries Rock, so we’re offering programs that will be music to your ears. There will be big-band concerts, rock ‘n’ roll authors, lip-sync battles and more.

Summer Reading begins Thursday, May 24, at all of our branches. To celebrate, first, we’ll dedicate the new storybook walk outside our Main Branch. Then, ZAP Entertainment will offer a free magic show for kids during our kickoff party at 6:30 p.m.

Throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with musical themes, including:

  • A special program with the rock ‘n’ roll authors of Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, at our Main Branch. Carlo Wolff, author of Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories, and Mike and Jan Olszewski, authors of Radio Daze and Cleveland Radio Tales will entertain with rollicking tales of Cleveland’s rock ‘n’ roll heyday.
  • A throwback party for teens at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at our Main Branch. Teens can jam to the hits of the 1980s, ‘90s and ‘00s, play retro video games and make sweet buttons.
  • Compete in a family lip-sync battle at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 9, at our Main Branch.
  • Meet rock ‘n’ roll photographer Janet Macoska at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, at the Main Branch. Macoska has spent for more than 40 years as concert photographer for some of the biggest names in music. Her work has been featured in the Smithsonian, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Grammy Museum. For this special multimedia presentation, Macoska will present rare images from her archives—combining iconic imagery with entertaining, behind-the-scenes stories.
  • a chance to jam with Joe Gambitta at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, at the Main Branch. Kids can learn about music and get background on each of Joe’s instruments during an educational concert at the library.
  • A hands-on introduction to the instruments of the orchestra with our friends from the Fine Arts Association at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the Main Branch. Kids from three to eight years old can learn about violins, cellos and more.
  • A free concert with the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, on the Read House lawn, which is next door to our Main Branch.

Additionally, we’ll host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 4 to July 23 at our Read House. Each week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme, Libraries Rock.

All of the programs are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our event calendar.

Finally, everyone has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

Furthermore, kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

By the way, thanks to all of our generous sponsors who make our annual Summer Reading program possible.

For more information library programs that rock, visit our event calendar.

Finally, we’d like to thank all of the sponsors and donors who have contributed to our Summer Reading program, including:

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American Girl Book Club meets Kirsten

Our American Girl Book Club makes quilts during their monthly meeting.

Our American Girl Book Club makes quilts during their monthly meeting.

Our American Girl Book Club leaped back to the Pioneer Days to meet Kirsten this month.

The girls learned about the travails of immigrant families like Kirsten who traveled from Sweden to the Minnesota frontier.

Each month, our club gets together to discuss a different American Girl book. Then we make a craft and play games that tie into the book, character or era.

This time, we made patchwork quilts (though we admittedly cheated a bit and used glue.) We also played pickup sticks like kids did back in Kirsten’s 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 June 6 in the children’s section of our Main Branch on Mentor Avenue. The girls will be meeting Addy.

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

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