Get making at our Creation Station

Want to make a stop-motion film? How about building a robot out of an electric toothbrush? Or creating a light-up greeting card with an electrical circuit?

Then you’ll want to check out the Creation Station at our Lake Branch.

Each month, teens can create and innovate something exciting with our mobile makerspace. That includes:

All of these programs are free to attend and at our Lake Branch. We do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up by calling the library at 440-257-2512.

By the way, if you love building and making things, then you’ll love our Summer Reading program this year. The theme is Build a Better World. Come to the library and see how you can shape the world around you.

Everyone who participates in the our summer reading program has a chance to win prizes—just for reading! The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on our summer reading program, call us or check out our event calendar.

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Build a Better World with us this summer

This summer, we want to help you build a better world.

That’s why we’ve dedicated our Summer Reading program to building, literally and figuratively.

Summer Reading begins Thursday, May 25, at all of MPL’s branches. Sue Durante, the Bubble Lady, will build big and beautiful bubbles for the kids to enjoy at 7 p.m. that day at the Main Branch.

Then, we’ll host Make-It Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday in June and July at our Main Branch. Kids will build with a different material each week—everything from Lincoln logs and tinker toys to sand.

Also, children can earn a free prize by building this summer. If they complete 10 of 20 recommended activities before Summer Reading ends on July 30, they’ll get a bonus gift from us. The activities include building a sand castle, snap circuit, a hopscotch court, a birdfeeder, fort, a house of cards, and more.

Teenagers can also get building by visiting the Creation Station at our Lake Branch. Each month, teens can use our mobile makerspace to create and innovate different projects, including:

We’re hosting an art contest for teens this summer, as well. They can submit any artwork with the theme “Build a Better World” by July 15. The art will be displayed at MPL’s Main Branch and the winning artist will receive a prize. Applications for the contest will be available at May 25.

Families can learn how to build a better world—literally and figuratively—during summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

Families can learn how to build a better world—literally and figuratively—during summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

Finally, adults can get in on the fun too. They can learn how to paint during the Monet at the Marsh program at 7 p.m. on July 12 at the Headlands Community Center.

Also, authors Mindy McGinnis and Claire McMillan will visit us on June 20 and July 26, respectively, to discuss how they build better stories.

Everyone who participates in the our summer reading program has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from local businesses, tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Botanical Garden, as well as passes to Lake Metroparks Farmpark or the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink. (By the way, thanks to all our sponsors who help make Summer Reading possible!)

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 program, call us or check out our event calendar.

Teens can get creative with the Creation Station during Summer Reading at Mentor Public Library’s Lake Branch.

Teens can get creative with the Creation Station during Summer Reading at Mentor Public Library’s Lake Branch.

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Library branches temporarily closing for maintenance

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All of our branches will be closed from 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, until 9 a.m. on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, May 30.

We’re using the holiday weekend as an opportunity to perform maintenance on our buildings and parking lots. (If you’re missing us that much, you can see some of us at the Memorial Day Parade in Mentor-on-the-Lake on May 28.)

You will not be charged late fees for anything that might be due that Sunday or Monday.

By the way, all of our digital services like ebooks, streaming audio and video will still be available while the buildings are closed.

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Learn how to compost

Learn how to "feed" your soil during a composting workshop on Thursday, May 18, at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to “feed” your soil during a composting workshop on Thursday, May 18, at Mentor Public Library.

Why spend money on expensive fertilizers when you can make it yourself?

Learn how to “feed” your soil during a composting workshop at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at our Main Branch.

Natalie Gertz-Young from Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District will teach you the basics of composting and how to make your own compost bin.

Find out how you can enrich your soil while decreasing the amount of trash you create.

You can even win a composting bin—just for attending the workshop.

The composting program is free to attend and open to everyone. However, we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 241.

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Is it time to retire from driving?

See if it's time for your parent or grandparent to give up their keys.

See if it’s time for your parent or grandparent to give up their keys.

Are you worried that your parent or grandparent shouldn’t be driving anymore?

Matt Gurwell of Keeping Us Safe will give a presentation for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of senior drivers who may now or in the future need to face their loved one’s retirement from driving.

The talk will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, at our Main Branch. It’s free to attend, but we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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