Buying a computer or tablet this Christmas?

Thinking about buying a computer or tablet this holiday season? Mentor Public Library can help you select the best option for your or a loved one.

Thinking about buying a computer or tablet this holiday season? Mentor Public Library can help you select the best option for your or a loved one.

Are you thinking about buying a computer or tablet for yourself or a loved one?

We can help you wade through the hundreds of options on the marketplace to find the one that’s best for you, your grandma, your child, or whomever.

We’re offering a free tech talk at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at our Main Branch. Get experienced advice before talking to a salesperson.

By the way, we’re offering free computer classes in January too—in case your loved one needs a little help with their new computer.

That includes free introductions to computers (no experience required at all), the Internet, and email, as well as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Publisher.

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Get creative with our Comics Club

Theron and Claire collaborate on a comic together during our Comics Club meeting.

Theron and Claire collaborate on a comic together during our Comics Club meeting.

Abby’s working on a comic about a girl who’s half fox. Theron and Claire are creating a comic too, but we’re not allowed to tell you what it’s about.

Meanwhile, kids pass around and read copies of El Deafo and Teen Titans Go.

It’s just another Tuesday with our Comics Club.

Our club is for any 8- through 12-year-old who likes to read, talk about, or draw sequential art. (Not just superheroes either. We love everything from manga to Raine Telgemeier.)

Each month our club does something different. Our young artists have gotten advice from comics pros and used each other as drawing models. If your kid loves comics, they’re welcome to join us.

We meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at our Main Branch. Our next meeting is Dec. 6.

To register your child for the Comics Club, call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Cole is reading the most recent issue of Teen Titans Go, a club favorite.

Cole is reading the most recent issue of Teen Titans Go, a club favorite.

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Holiday origami at Mentor Public Library

Learn how to make your own ornaments with nothing more than paper.

Learn how to make your own ornaments with nothing more than paper.

Want to learn the basics of origami and make ornaments for your Christmas tree with nothing more than paper?

Come to the library!

Jenn Cline from the Ohio Paper Folders will present a hands-on workshop teaching the basics of origami in a holiday-themed program at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at our Main Branch.

See what you can do with just a few pieces of paper.

The program is free and open to everyone. However, we do ask that you register beforehand.

You can sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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Math & coding with our STEAM kids

Kids learned the basics of coding by playing a game with Star Wars' BB-8.

Kids learned the basics of coding by playing a game with Star Wars’ BB-8.

Our STEAM kids learned basic coding and mathematical skills by playing games—all kinds of games.

They practiced their arithmetic with scavenger hunts and trashketball (a combination of math and trash-can basketball.)

They learned coding with some help from Star Wars’ BB-8 and practiced math skills at Math Playground, a neat site where kids can play and learn at different levels.

We played all these games for two reasons:

  1. We want kids to know that math can be fun and used in many aspects of their lives.
  2. There are lots of ways to learn math, and kids can find the way that makes sense for them.

We also wanted the children to see that learning coding isn’t that different (or more difficult) than any other mathematical skill.

Santosh Akilesh uses one of our laptops to visit Math Playground.

Santosh Akilesh uses one of our laptops to visit Math Playground.

We had a lot of fun during our STEAM series.

We learned about fluorescence by paintingflew enormous paper airplanesmade stop-motion videos and experimented with candy.

And, while our series may be over, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Teams sharpen their arithmetical skills with a game of trashketball.

Teams sharpen their arithmetical skills with a game of trashketball.

 

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More Christmas music with Hoopla Holidays

Stream Christmas classics for free with Hoopla and your Mentor Public Library card.

Stream Christmas classics for free with Hoopla and your Mentor Public Library card.

Still need more Christmas music? Even though we made you a playlist with 25 holiday albums that you can download or stream for free from Freegal?

We have you covered.

With Hoopla and your Mentor Library card, you can stream up to 12 different albums for free each month. And they have an enormous catalog of Christmas music from which you can choose.

Here are some of your favorites, but feel free to browse around the Hoopla site and see what they have.

(By the way, if you don’t know how to use Hoopla, you can check out this video tutorial that one of our librarians made.)

1. White Christmas (40 Unforgettable Classics)

There are hundreds of Christmas compilations with different legends singing different standards. This is one of the best. You want Bing Crosby and Billie Holiday? You want Peggy Lee and Elvis? You want “White Christmas” and “Ave Maria?” This album has you covered—40 classics from the artists you want to hear sing them.

2. The Ultimate Motown Christmas

The Jackson 5 singing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Stevie Wonder singing “Ave Maria,” The Supremes singing “Joy to the World,” Four Tops, Johnny Gill, Marvin Gaye, even the Funk Brothers playing “Winter Wonderland”—after all, it’s not Christmas without some soul. Speaking of which,Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle also have Christmas albums you can stream via Hoopla.

3. Bing Crosby Sings Christmas Songs

For a generation, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the Christmas song, but Bing has more classics than that in his catalog. Hear him sing everything from “Adeste Fideles” to “The Christmas Song.” And if you’re in the mood for a Rat Pack Christmas, check out holiday albums from Frank Sinatra,Dean Martinand the whole gang.

4. Muppet Christmas Carol: Special Edition

I’m not saying the Muppets own Christmas, but you could make a pretty awesome holiday playlist just using Muppets soundtracks.

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas

The only downside to listening to Vince Guaraldi’s classic soundtrack is you won’t be able to get “Linus and Lucy” out of your head for a couple of days. You’re probably humming it already. If you’re looking for other kid-friendly Christmas albums, try Veggie Tales’ A Very Veggie Christmas.

6. Christmastime in Larryland

Meanwhile, this one’s definitely not for the kids. But sometimes you just want to hear Larry the Cable Guy fart “Jingle Bells.” If you need more blue-collar Christmas, Bill Engvall has you covered.

7. Christmas with the Ray Brown Trio

Ray Brown’s one of the greatest jazz bassists of all time, and this album’s perfect for jazz fans who will snap if they hear “Run, Run Rudolph” one more time. For more Christmas jazz, check out Ray Brown’s old bandmate Oscar Peterson.

8. This Is Christmas (Elvis Presley Performing Timeless Christmas Classics)

If Bing owns “White Christmas,” then nobody sang “Blue Christmas” like the King. He also has a beautiful version of “Peace in the Valley.”

9. Bach: Advent & Christmas Cantatas

For lovers of classical music or for those who need background music during Christmas dinner. More classical Christmas: The Royal Philharmonic take on seasonal standards.

10. Christmas Grass Too

A sweet compilation of bluegrass Christmas songs that includes Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, the Larkins and more. For more Christmas country, try Alan Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas.

11. Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites

“I Really Don’t Hate Christmas” is probably my favorite Christmas song. Thank you, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

12. An All-4-One Christmas

What? Sometimes, you just want a New Jack Swing Christmas.

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