It’s about to get LIT

Use the full color spectrum in your artwork during our Ultraviolet Designs program.

Use the full color spectrum in your artwork during our Ultraviolet Designs program.

Want to make art so innovative that it’s beyond the visible light spectrum?

Feel the glow during our Ultraviolet Designs program at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at our Lake Branch.

Teens can use neon colors to create eye-catching pieces that glow when placed beneath a black light.

(By the way, if you’re wondering why fluorescent paint glows, it’s because they don’t simply reflect light like normal colors do. They absorb ultraviolet light—which we can’t see, but other animals like bees can—and release that energy as visible light.)

The program is free, but we ask that your RSVP. You can sign up on our website or call us at (440) 257-2512.

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So many ways to play

Kids play Mario 3D World during our first ever MPL Arcade gathering.

Kids play Mario 3D World during our first ever MPL Arcade gathering.

Have your kids checked out our new MPL Arcade club yet?

We get together each month to play a different video game. Last month, we played Mario 3D World. Who knows what the kids will pick this month?

We also have tabletop and board games to play, so you can have fun while you’re waiting for a controller.

Our next meeting is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. It’s open to all kids in third through sixth grade.

(If you’re in seventh grade or older but still want to play, check out the Clashing Controllers Club at our Lake Branch.)

You can sign up for MPL Arcade on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

When it wasn't their turn at the video games, kids got to play Giant Battleship and other tabletop games.

When it wasn’t their turn at the video games, kids got to play Giant Battleship and other tabletop games.

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Free computer classes at Mentor Public Library

Mentor Public Library is offering free classes on Windows 10, Facebook, Microsoft Word, and more.

Mentor Public Library is offering free classes on Windows 10, Facebook, Microsoft Word, and more.

We’re hosting seven free computer classes this February at our Main Branch, including sessions on Windows 10, Facebook, and Microsoft Word

The classes include:

  • an introduction to Windows 10 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. You can discover what features Windows 10 has, as well as tips and tricks for using it.
  • Facebook basics at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. This hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. In this class, you’ll learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • Microsoft Word—Flyers, Pictures & Drawing Tools at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 to create flyers, manipulate pictures, and to effectively use Word’s Drawing Tools.
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • Microsoft Word—Labels & Mail Merge at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Using Microsoft Office 2013, learn how to create mailing labels and perform a mail merge to create labels, envelopes, and form letters.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

If you need one-on-one help for your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, you can get personal device advice from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. every Thursday this month at our Lake Branch. Please call 440-257-2512 to register ahead of time.

Additionally, your Mentor Public Library gives you free access to dozens of free online computer classes via Gale Courses. Learn everything from computer basics to advanced techniques for Microsoft, Adobe, Photoshop, and other applications from the convenience of your own computer.

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Learn about Lincoln’s Vice Presidents

Learn about Abraham Lincoln's vice presidents, Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson, during a free talk at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about Abraham Lincoln’s vice presidents, Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson, during a free talk at Mentor Public Library.

Our Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War series continues Wednesday with a special look at Abraham Lincoln’s two, very different vice presidents: Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.

Hamlin—an anti-slavery Democrat who became a Republican—was nominated as Lincoln’s running partner in part for regional balance. The thought was Hamlin, being from Maine, might consolidate Lincoln’s appeal in New England.

Hamlin occasionally grated at his lack of influence during Lincoln’s first term, describing himself as a “fifth wheel of a coach.”

But if Hamlin is sometimes forgotten, he’s better remembered than Johnson.

After Lincoln’s assassination, Johnson was the first U.S. president ever impeached, and he’s on the short list for worst and least popular presidents in history.

A speaker from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site will discuss both of these fascinating men at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at our Main Branch.

The talk is free and open to everyone. You can register to attend on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811.

For more on Lincoln and the Civil War, read five things you didn’t know about the Gettysburg Address.

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Join the Story Time Parade

We have a Snappy Little Story Time most Monday mornings. (We have story times on the other days of the week, as well, and they are wonderful; but they are not as snappy.)

We conclude each Snappy Little Story Time with a parade around our Children’s Department. We hope you enjoy it.

Check out our event calendar for more programs and events for families.

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