Scary stories at the library

Hear scary stories from a master storyteller on Monday, Oct. 9, at Mentor Public Library.

Hear scary stories from a master storyteller on Monday, Oct. 9, at Mentor Public Library.

Looking for a spooky way to start your October.

Master storyteller Ed Haney will share scary stories at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, at our Main Branch.

You may know Haney as We Made History’s President James A. Garfield.

The program is free and open to all teens and adults. (We don’t want to scare the little ones.) However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

The library’s hosting Halloween fun all month. You can:

All of these programs are free. But some require registration beforehand.

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In-Service Day at Mentor Public Library

All three of Mentor Public Library's branches will be closed this Friday, Oct. 6, for an In-Service Day.

All three of Mentor Public Library’s branches will be closed this Friday, Oct. 6, for an In-Service Day.

All three of Mentor Public Library’s branches will be closed Friday, Oct. 6, for staff in-service training. The library will reopen Saturday, Oct. 7.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but in-service days give us a valuable opportunity to train as a group so that we can serve you better.

By the way, our digital services are still available 24/7 even when our buildings are closed. You can borrow eBooks and magazines, stream music and video, and even take online courses on everything from music theory to accounting.

And it’s all free with your library card.

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Sense & Science-Ability at the library

Austin tries to figure out what is in one of our mystery boxes during the senses program at Mentor Public Library.

Austin tries to figure out what is in one of our mystery boxes during the senses program at Mentor Public Library.

Kids tested all five of their senses earlier this week at our Main Branch.

They needed to identify mystery flavors, mystery smells, mystery sounds, and even mystery feels, and they could only use one sense at time.

The young scientists sniffed cotton balls for whiffs of banana, garlic, and cinnamon. They rattled plastic Easter eggs and guessed what they held inside (with no peeking!) They even reached inside our mystery boxes to see if they could suss its contents only using their sense of touch. (Don’t worry; the boxes held nothing more gruesome than cooked rotini.)

They also made optical illusions. The kids created penny spinners where a few lines of color morphed into a rainbow whenever it spun.

This way, the children learned the different ways their senses can work individually and together. And the learning isn’t over.

Our senses program was just the first in our monthly STEAM series. (The acronym stands for Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics.)

Each month, we’ll host a program that concentrates on a different aspect of STEAM, including:

  • Technology on Oct. 24
  • Engineering on Nov. 28
  • Art on Jan. 23
  • Mathematics on Feb. 27

These programs are free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. Parents must sign up their child for each session separately. Registration begins two weeks before each respective session.

To sign up or for more information, call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

The young scientists are supposed to use their sense of hearing to discern what's inside the eggs, but a few of them peeked.

The young scientists are supposed to use their sense of hearing to discern what’s inside the eggs, but a few of them peeked.

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‘Pencil’ in some game time with our Time Travelers Club

Play paper-and-pencil games like hangman and MASH with our Time Travelers Club.

Play paper-and-pencil games like hangman and MASH with our Time Travelers Club.

Teens can go old school, playing paper-and-pencil games like hangman and MASH with our Time Travelers Club at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at our Lake Branch.

All teens are welcome to join our the club. Each month, we tackle classic games and crafts from different eras. So far we’ve played old-school board games, created string art, hand-painted photography, and more

You can sign up for the Time Travelers Club online or call us at 440-257-2512.

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Kids, teens can join our writing clubs

The young writers in our Wordplay Club write collaboratively and on their own.

The young writers in our Wordplay Club write collaboratively and on their own.

Do your children love to write?

If so, Mentor Public Library has the perfect club for them—two actually.

Our Write On club is for teens. It meets on the third Monday of every month at our Main Branch.

They use different writing prompts and brainteasers to hone their writing skills.  Any teen who wants to join their ranks is welcome. It’s a fun, supportive place to practice and improve your writing with other teens who are doing the same thing.

Our next meeting is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16, at our Main Branch. You can register for it on our website. 

Teen writers can hone their craft together at our Write On Club.

Teen writers can hone their craft together at our Write On Club.

Likewise, we also have our Wordplay Club for younger writers in third through sixth grade.

They try different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Wordplay Creative Writing Club meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is Oct. 11.

You can register your child for Wordplay by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 221 or by visiting our website.

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