Cracking the code with math

Darin used math and pattern recognition to find the hidden message in our code.

Darin used math and pattern recognition to find the hidden message in our code.

Our STEAM kids constructed shapes from pretzel sticks—who here remembers what a trapezium is?—and used pattern recognition to find coded, hidden messages during our Math program on Feb. 28.

That program concluded our STEAM session where, each week, we used hands-on activities to learn more about science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

So far, our STEAM kids have built noodle pyramids, used 3D printers, tried basic codinglearned about fluorescence by paintingflew enormous paper airplanesmade stop-motion videos, experimented with candy and more!

Aniyah and Sarah turn their pretzel shapes into a snack during the STEAM program at Mentor Public Library.

Aniyah and Sarah turn their pretzel shapes into a snack during the STEAM program at Mentor Public Library.

And the fun’s not over. A new STEAM series begins this month.

For five consecutive Tuesdays, we’ll focus on different aspects of STEAM curriculum:

Each of these sessions begin at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch.

They 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 the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, the library is stuffed with resources to help you learn about sciencetechnologyengineeringart, and math. And they all come free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Madelyn uses her mathematical skills to decode our message.

Madelyn uses her mathematical skills to decode our message.

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Enjoy a family movie at Mentor Library

Bring the whole family for a kid-friendly film at noon on Saturday, March 11, at our Main Branch.

Bring the whole family for a kid-friendly film at noon on Saturday, March 11, at our Main Branch.

Looking for something fun and free to do with your family this weekend?

Bring them to our first ever Family Movie Afternoon at noon on Saturday, March 11, at our Main Branch.

We provide the movie and the popcorn. You can just relax. (And, when the film is done, you can borrow some books or movies from us too.)

We’ll be screening a different film on the second Saturday of each month. All movies will be rated G or PG. (You can find out which movie will be playing each month in the Children’s Department.)

No registration necessary either. However, we do ask that any kids eight or younger have a parent with them.

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Paws-ing to read at our Lake Branch

AJ and Caesar share a book during Paws to Read at our Lake Branch.

AJ and Caesar share a book during Paws to Read at our Lake Branch.

Looking for a way to encourage your kid to read? If they like dogs, then Paws to Read at Mentor Public Library is the perfect program for them.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional belly rub.

There will be two 30-minute sessions on March 15 at our Lake Branch; one beginning at 6:30 p.m.the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up fast, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child would enjoy Paws to Read.

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440) 257-2512.

Hannah listens to Sarah while she reads.

Hannah listens to Sarah while she reads.

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Be our guest at a Princess Party

Kids can wear their favorite princess costume during our Princess Party on Thursday, March 16.

Kids can wear their favorite princess costume during our Princess Party on Thursday, March 16.

We’re excited for Disney’s brand new Beauty and the Beast—so excited that we’re throwing a Princess Party!

Kids can wear their favorite princess costume and join us for tea and treats at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at our Main Branch.

There will be crafts and a sing-along. Also, Allison Lehr will reprise her role of Belle during a special visit. Lehr played the eponymous beauty in Fine Arts Association’s production of Beauty and the Beast.

Costumes are optional, by the way, but totally encouraged.

The party’s free and open to all kids three to 10 years old. However, we do ask that you RSVP beforehand. You can register by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Library continues Holocaust remembrance with program on Nazism in power

Learn what happened in both German and world history when the Nazis took power from 1933 to 1945 during a special talk at Mentor Public Library.

Learn what happened in both German and world history when the Nazis took power from 1933 to 1945 during a special talk at Mentor Public Library.

Our own Dr. John Foster prepared very diligently for his annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day program where he discussed the history of National Socialism in Germany.

In fact, he acquired so much information that we had to split his talk into two parts. He discussed the rise of the Nazis in January. (If you missed it, you can watch his talk in its entirety on our website.)

Now, he will discuss what happened between when the Nazis seized power in 1933 and their demise in 1945 during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at our Main Branch.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster earned a doctorate degree in history with a specialization in Modern German History. He has taught topics as diverse as the Holocaust and Napoleon’s rise to power.

This program is free and open to everyone. You can register to attend on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

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