Story times this summer at Mentor Library

Kids color during Rhyme Time at MPL's Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Kids color during Rhyme Time at MPL’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Whether you love Tiddlywinks, Rhyme Time, our Family Story Times or all of the above, you’ll be happy to hear that we have a full slate of story times scheduled for this summer at Mentor Public Library.

Come to one or come to them all. See which one your kids love the most. We have:

  • Rhyme Time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. most Tuesdays at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. Children from six months to five years old (along with a guardian) can enjoy songs, stories and a craft based on a special theme.
  • Tike Time from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at our Mentor Headlands Branch. Kids from six months to four years old (with a big person) can sing songs, listen to stories and rhymes, and make crafts.
  • Preschool Story Time, which takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at our Main Branch. This is for kids from three to five years old.  Children are expected to sit in the story time without a guardian.
  • Tiddlywinks, which happens every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. at our Main Branch. These story times are for children 36 mos. and younger, accompanied by an adult.
  • Mother Goose on the Loose story times, which take place on Friday mornings at 10 a.m in the Read House. There are two separate, 4-week sessions: June 12-July 3 and July 10-July 31. These are for children, 36 months and younger, accompanied by an adult. This story time (unlike our others) requires registration because of limited space.
  • Family Story Time, which takes place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. at our Main Branch and 7 p.m. on Monday at our Headlands Branch. This is for all ages with crafts and stories that are also used in preschool story times.

During summer reading, our Thursday evening Family Story Times will be dedicated to Community Heroes like police officers, firefighters and teachers. A nurse will hold a Teddy Bear Clinic during our first Community Heroes story time on June 11.

Also, if you want to know what books we read during our summer story times, we post them on our website so you can re-read them to your child later.

Finally, we have several super programs scheduled this summer from Marvelous Mondays to celebrations of literary heroes like Pete the Cat and Junie B. Jones. For more information, check out Mentor Library’s online event calendar. And while your family’s here, they can sign up for summer reading.

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Play Book Bingo at Mentor Library

Play Book Bingo at Mentor Library and get more chances to win Summer Reading prizes.

Play Book Bingo at Mentor Library and get more chances to win Summer Reading prizes.

Are you signed up for summer reading yet? We have programs for all ages—kids, teens and adults.

Kids can earn raffle tickets to win prizes for each hour they read or are read to. Meanwhile, teens and adults can earn their own raffle tickets by reading books and attending library programs. Prizes for teens and adults include Captains tickets (donated by The News-Herald) and gift cards for Chipotle, gas, Starbucks, Target and more. The grand prizes are $50 Amazon gift cards.

If teens and adults want to earn an extra raffle ticket—and, consequently, increase their chance of winning something—they can play Book Bingo.

It’s easy to play. All you need to do is pick up a board at our Main Branch and start reading!

Read a book from one of our displays; read a book with a road trip; read nonfiction, a romance, a book with a black cover until you have Bingo; and then get your bonus raffle ticket from our reference desk. For every Bingo you earn, you’ll get an extra entry into our prize drawing. If you fill in your entire card, you’ll get an entry into a bonus drawing.

So read, play Book Bingo and have a super summer!

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The winners of this year’s photo contest are…

This photo by 2-year-old Trey Miller of his dog, Basil, was one of our contest winners.

This photo by 2-year-old Trey of his dog, Basil, was one of our contest winners.

You hit us with your best snapshots, and now we’re back to congratulate the winners of our kids’ photography contest!

And the winners are:

  • “Squirrel in a Tree” by Joey, age 9
  • “The Ducks!” by Drew, age 11
  • untitled photograph of Basil the dog by Trey, age 2.
"Squirrel in a Tree" by Joey G.

“Squirrel in a Tree” by Joey G.

Congrats to our young photographers who will receive Target gift cards for winning.

And thanks to everyone who participated in our photo contest. We loved seeing and sharing your beautiful photos!

"The Ducks!"

“The Ducks!” by Drew G.

By the way, summer reading has begun. It’s free, fun and open to everyone.

Everyone who participates in summer reading at Mentor Library (that includes teens and adults) has a chance to win prizes, and the more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit your nearest branch.

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Mentor Library kicks off summer reading with super party

Colt and Rusty help kick off summer reading at Mentor Library. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story."

Colt and Rusty help kick off summer reading at Mentor Library. This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”

Thanks to everybody who helped us kick off our Summer Reading program on Saturday! (And sorry about the rain. I blame Thor.)

The party may have ended, but the fun has just begun and there’s still plenty of time to sign up for summer reading.

And just a glance at our calendar shows you all the fun events and programs we have coming up.

Grant and Linsey take aim at supervillains during our Summer Reading kickoff party.

Grant and Linsey take aim at supervillains during our Summer Reading kickoff party.

On Marvelous Mondays, kids can have fun with superhero crafts, games and experiments on the Read House lawn. Our first is June 8. Kids can come dressed as their favorite superhero.

On Thursday evenings, community heroes like nurses, police officers and firemen will join the library for special story times. After all, not all heroes wear capes. On June 11, a nurse will lead a teddy bear clinic.

The library will also be celebrating literary heroes like Junie B. JonesWimpy Kid and Dr. Seuss this summer. For example, kids can learn the power of positive thinking with Pete the Cat at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at our Main Branch.

Tristan hulks up during our kickoff party.

Tristan hulks up during our kickoff party.

We believe that reading is its own reward. However, kids can still receive prizes from us for reading or being read to. Every hour they read earns them a ticket in a raffle where they can win everything from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Princess Powerful Barbie. If they read 20 hours this summer, they also receive a golden ticket in a raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R’ Us.

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

Matt tests his accuracy with a shield during our Captain America challenge.

Matt tests his accuracy with a shield during our Captain America challenge.

We’ve talked a lot about kids here, but summer reading  is for anyone who wants to stimulate their creativity and satisfy their curiosity.

Our summer reading program for teens is Unmask! and for adults is Escape the Ordinary. You can register for both the teen and adult programs online. (However, to apply for our children’s program, you will have to come to one of our branches.)

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

Natalie is really excited about the Hulk Smash.

Natalie is really excited about the Hulk Smash.

For more photos from our Summer Reading kickoff, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

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Let your mind wander, even if you’re staying home

let your mind wanderGoing anywhere?

That’s the first question people ask when they’re talking about summer vacation. Are you going to the beach? Out west? Buenos Aires? How are you making the most out of these few, fleeting moments of freedom?

So what do you do if you don’t have the time or money to travel?

Well, even if you’re body’s stuck at home, you can still let your mind wander.

Mentor Public Library has a summer packed with events and programs that are designed to satisfy your curiosity and stimulate your creativity.

For example, if you want to learn more about the most influential director in the history of cinema, come to our One Night with Orson Welles program at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 4, at Great Lakes Mall Atlas Cinemas. Want to listen to some new music? We’re hosting a free concert by folk duo Simple Gifts on Wednesday, July 29, at MPL’s Read House. Want to expand your food palate? Come to our Tasty Tuesday program and sample different balsamic vinegars and olive oils with the experts from the Olive and the Grape on June 30 at our Main Branch.

Maybe you want to know more about those superheroes who are lighting up the multiplexes. Come listen to comics scholar Valentino Zullo talk about the history of the Avengers at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the Main Branch.

Want to keep your kids’ minds’ active too? Two words: summer reading.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading programs—either by reading books or attending library programs—has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from Toys ‘R’ Us and Lake County Captains tickets, as well as gift cards from other local businesses. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

On Marvelous Mondays, kids can have fun with superhero crafts, games and experiments on the Read House lawn. On Thursday evenings, community heroes like nurses, police officers and firemen will join the library for special story times. The library will also be celebrating literary heroes like Junie B. Jones,Pete the CatWimpy Kid and more.

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

Meanwhile, teens can compete in Clashing Controllers—the library’s video-game tournament for casual and hardcore gamers alike. It will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at the library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. Teens can also enjoy special programs like the Top Chef Challenge where they will team up to create new ice cream flavors at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the Main Branch. Then they can face off during the Hunger Games Water Wars at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the Read House. (Bring a towel.)

For more information on Mentor Library’s summer reading program, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.

So don’t let a lack of vacations keep your mind from traveling. Because your imagination can go wherever you want it to this summer.

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