Story time is back in session

Mentor Public Library has story times for kids from newborn on up. Find out which one is best for your child.

Mentor Public Library has story times for kids from newborn on up. Find out which one is best for your child.

Story time is returning to Mentor Public Library!

We have story times for kids from newborns on up and at all of our branches.

Find out which one if best for your child:

Our newest story time, Read With Me, is designed to teach you tips to promote early literacy at home.

It still has all the stories, songs, and activities that you’ve come to expect from us. But we also want to give you the tools that you need to help your child learn to love reading. We’ll even provide book recommendations and craft supplies that you can use at home.

Read With Me will be held each month at our Lake Branch. Our first meeting will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. It’s open to all kids—newborn to three years old—and their caretakers. No registration necessary.

Join us for Tiddlywinks Tuesday through Thursday morning at our Main Branch.

Join us for Tiddlywinks Tuesday through Thursday morning at our Main Branch.

Tiddlywinks takes place at 10 a.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at our Main Branch.

These story times are for children 36 months old and younger, accompanied by an adult.

It’s an interactive story time filled with stories, songs and rhymes just right for little listeners.

We also have our Snappy Little Story Time at 10 a.m. on Mondays at our Main Branch. It’s a combination of Tiddlywinks and Family Story Time. There will be songs, rhymes, books, and flannel stories all geared to the little listener. Please note there will be no craft. It’s open to kids from newborn to age 5.

Bring your newborns and toddlers to Mother Goose on the Loose.

Bring your newborns and toddlers to Mother Goose on the Loose.

Mother Goose on the Loose is for children 36 months old and younger, accompanied by an adult. It takes place at 10 a.m. on Friday in our Read House.

It uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process in babies and toddlers.

There are two separate, 4-week sessions: from Jan. 13 to Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 to March 3.

This is one of our few story times that requires registration. You can sign up by calling our Children’s Department at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Kids get crafty during Rhyme Time at our Lake Branch.

Kids get crafty during Rhyme Time at our Lake Branch.

 

We also have Tike Time at 11 a.m. on Thursday at our Headlands Branch.

It’s for children from six months to four years old, along with a grownup. We have stories, songs, rhymes, and a very simple craft.

Then there’s Rhyme Time, our monthly story time at our Lake Branch. It’s for children from six months to five years old (with an adult), and we host it at 10:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

We have stories, songs, and a craft—with a different theme each time.

Kids who graduate from Tiddlywinks will love our  Preschool Story Time.

It takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at our Main Branch. It’s for kids from three to five years old. Children are expected to sit in the class without a grownup.

We also have Family Story Times at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and at 11 a.m. on Fridays at our Main Branch and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at our Headlands Branch.

It’s for kids of all ages (along with an adult.) There are stories, music, rhymes, and a craft.

Sometimes we have guests like when Firefighter Nathan Peters joined us for story time.

Sometimes we have guests like when Firefighter Nathan Peters joined us for story time.

In addition to our story times, we also have a bunch of special programs for kids (and adults too) at all of our branches.

You can check them out on our event calendar. All of them are free, though some require registration.

See you at the library!

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Party Game Night at our Lake Branch

Teens can join the party on Monday, Jan. 16, at our Lake Branch.

Teens can join the party at our Lake Branch.

Teens can join us for a Party Game Night at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at our Lake Branch.

We’ll be playing Apples to Apples, Heads Up, and Pictionary.

Bring a friend and compete for the title of Party Champion!

We’ll provide the snacks and games. You just come ready to party.

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Get Healthier This Year with Mentor Public Library

Get healthier this year with help from Mentor Public Library.

Get healthier this year with help from Mentor Public Library.

Are you among the nearly 40 percent of Americans who will resolve to live healthier or lose weight this year?

Let us help.

Do you want to eat a healthier diet? We have books on eating better, as well as hundreds of cookbooks that specialize in tasty, healthy meals. You can borrow hundreds more e-cookbooks for free via Hoopla or OverDrive.

Want to exercise more? You can get started now—no, seriously, right now.

You can stream more than a dozen different Jillian Michaels workouts for free from Hoopla, including Beginner Shred for those starting at square one.

We also have myriad exercise DVDs you can borrow: walking, yoga, Tai Chi, pilates, kickboxing, and more.

Additionally, we’re hosting a free talk about wellness and the five senses at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at our Main Branch.

See how aromatherapy, gentle massage, music, and guided meditation can help you feel healthy and hole.

Finally, you can save money on everything from yoga classes to gym memberships to personal trainers with My Library Rewards. Now, you can earn discounts just for checking out books, videos and other items from any of our three branches!

Here’s how it works:

  • Using your library card number, you can sign up with MyLibraryRewards.com. Registration is free.
  • Then, whenever you check out an item from Mentor Public Library—be it a book, video game, or movie—you get 10 points. If you check out five items, you get 50 points, and so on. You can earn up to 100 points each week.
  • Next, you can “spend” those points to receive discounts and even free services at local businesses.

Mentor Public Library has already teamed with nearly 50 local organizations and businesses that are offering different deals that MPL patrons can receive.

Those deals include:

  • two free rides at Solsprint in Mentor for 300 points
  • two free classes at Title Boxing in Mentor for 300 points
  • two free weeks at Curves in Mentor for 300 points
  • five free classes at ATA Karate for Kids in Mentor (west) for 300 points
  • a free 14-day pass (with one free tanning session) at Titans Gym in Mentor for 300 points
  • two free classes for new clients at Ohana Dojo in Mentor for 300 points
  • free 14-day pass at Anytime Fitness in Concord Township for 300 points
  • 50 percent off the membership joiner fee at Lake County YMCA for 400 points or a free 1-week, family pass for 300 points
  • 25 percent any class pass at Awaken Yoga in Mentor for 50 points
  • six free sessions with a personal trainer when you buy six at Cardio Jam Fitness Studio in Mentor for 200 points
  • $10 off a therapeutic massage at Total Body Image in Mentor for 50 points
  • 15 percent off a 1-hour massage for new clients at Awareness Massage & Wellness Center in Mentor for 50 points
  • a free sample set of Young Living Products & Wellness Items at Turn a New Leaf Wellness in Mentor for 50 points

For a full list of deals, visit MyLibraryRewards.com and enter Mentor’s zip code, 44060, in the search bar. Click here for more info on My Library Rewards.

Resolve this year to get the most out of your library card and your life!

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Learn how to get the most out of our tablet or eReader at Mentor Public Library

Learn how to use your eReader or tablet to check out free books, movies and more at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to use your eReader or tablet to check out free books, movies and more at Mentor Public Library.

Did you get an eReader for Christmas or Hanukkah but have no idea to use it?

That’s OK. We can help you turn your digital doodad into a repository for the books, magazines and even movies you love.

Mentor Public Library is holding a pair of classes in January where we’ll show you how to get the most out of your tablets, eReaders and smartphones.

These classes are free and open to everyone.

The first session is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at our Main Branch. It’s specifically for those with Kindles and Kindle Fires. Learn how to check out eBooks and more on your new eReader.

The second session is for those with tablets (including iPads) and smartphones. It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at our Main Branch. If you want to learn how to download books and audiobooks onto your tablet or smartphone, this session is for you.

If you need one-on-one help, 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.

Mentor Public Library offers a lot of digital services that are always available, even when our buildings are closed; and you can use them from the comfort of your own home.

Once you know how to do it, you’ll be able to check out library eBooks, stream audiobooks and even watch movies (depending on what kind of device you use) from home.

No excuses: You’re never too old or old-fashioned (or too young, for that matter,) to learn something new.

If you’re pretty tech savvy and think you can figure out how to use your eReader without too much help, we’ve posted a bunch of how-to’s for each device on our website.

But if you want a little more help, feel free to register for one of our classes or the Thursday tutorials at our Lake Branch. Or you can bring your device to the library and one of our reference librarians will show you how to get the most out of it.

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What will you learn this year?

hoopla-new-years-resolutionWhat’s your New Years Resolution?

Do you want to lose weight? Learn how to draw or play chess? Want to take better photos or cook more exciting meals?

We can help with all of that.

You can stream classes from the Great Courses series on dozens of topics—everything from philosophy to photography to math—taught by the world’s most respected college professors.

And it’s all free with our digital service, Hoopla, and your Mentor Public Library card.

Here are just 10 resolutions we can help you achieve:

1. Become a Better Cook

Hoopla has not just one but several classes on cooking you can watch for free. (You could even say it’s a 4-course meal of Great Courses.) Check out:

2. Get Healthier

You can stream more than a dozen different Jillian Michaels workouts right now for free, including Beginner Shred for those starting at square one.

Hoopla also offers Great Courses series on changing body composition through diet and exercise and staying fit as you age.

3. Publish Your Book

You’ve finally finished your manuscript and now it’s time to get published. This course leads you through the query-agent-publisher gauntlet and suggests when you should or should not consider self-publishing.

4. Learn Spanish

Get a free introduction to Spanish—30 classes that take you from a beginner’s vocabulary to the more nuanced parts of the language like commands, reflexive verbs, and irregular conjugations.

(You can also learn Ancient Greek, if you’re so inclined.)

5. Become a Chess Grandmaster

OK, maybe not a grandmaster, but you’ll roast everyone else in your chess club with the tactics you’ll learn from this course.

6. Embrace the Arts

Release your inner artist. Learn how to draw, study the greatest piano works ever composed, or finally decode what Shakespeare was talking about.

7. Decrease Stress

Everyone de-stresses differently. Fortunately, Hoopla gives you a cornucopia of options to experience. You can try tai chi or yoga, meditate, or even study the science of stress itself.

8. Become a Better Student

You’re not stupid. But your intelligence might not work the same as someone else’s. This course is filled with advice on how to tailor your education to your strengths. Learn your best way to learn.

9. How to Program

Yes, computer programming is a different language. But it’s a language you can learn, just like any other. Start programming from the very first session, and by the end of the course you’ll have learned a marketable skill.

10. Take Better Photos

Just because everyone has a camera doesn’t mean everyone’s a photographer. Fortunately, you can learn the photography from the professionals at National Geographic. Begin with the fundamentals of understanding your camera, progress to more advanced set-ups, and enjoy special lessons gleaned from decades of professional experience.

They even have a course that specializes in travel photography, in case your resolution is to travel more.

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