Recycling & building a better world

Kaitlyn crafts her bottle into a toy, giving it long blonde hair.

Kaitlyn crafts her bottle into a toy, giving it long blonde hair.

During our first Make-It Monday of the summer, we learned one child’s trash is another kid’s planter or even plaything.

Our old friends Bonnie Rice from the city of Mentor and Beth Bollas from the Lake County Solid Waste District showed kids how they could craft old newspaper into planters or plastic bottles into dolls.

We’re hosting Make-It Mondays at 1 p.m. at our Read House on each Monday during Summer Reading.

Every week, we’ll have a different theme, as well as different crafts and games. It’s free and open to all kids. No registration necessary!

This upcoming Monday, we’re building as a team.

Bonnie Rice from the City of Mentor explains how old newspaper can be used to make a planter.

Bonnie Rice from the City of Mentor explains how old newspaper can be used to make a planter.

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Kids can learn sign language at the library

Kids going into fourth and fifth grade can get a free introduction to sign language on Monday, June 12, at Mentor Public Library.

Kids going into second through fifth grade can get a free introduction to sign language on June 12 at Mentor Public Library.

Children can get a free introduction to sign language on Monday, June 12, at our Main Branch.

There will be two 30-minute sessions. The first—for kids going into second and third grade—begins at 10 a.m. The second—for children entering fourth and fifth grade—starts at 10:30 a.m.

Both sessions are free to attend. However, the library does ask that families RSVP ahead of time.

You can register a spot for your children by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

Also, we have a slew of books and videos that you can borrow if you’re interested in learning sign language. You can even take an online sign language course via Gale Courses for free with your library card.

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WWII series continues with focus on Franklin Roosevelt

Learn about the longest-serving US President in our country's history on Thursday, June 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the longest-serving U.S. president in our country’s history on Thursday, June 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Our Major Leaders of World War II series will continue this month with a program focusing on Franklin Roosevelt.

The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, at our Main Branch.

The speaker will be our own John Foster. 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.

Foster will discuss Roosevelt’s life, political career and the pivotal role he played in WWII.

This program is free and open to everyone. People can register to attend online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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

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Make-It Monday: Recycling Crafts

We’re Building a Better World this summer at Mentor Public Library, and we want to help you build something too.

That’s why we’re hosting Make-It Mondays at 1 p.m. at our Read House during Summer Reading.

Today we’re using recycled items to make crafts. Come by and join fun! No registration necessary.

For an example of a recycling craft, see how we transformed an empty toilet paper roll and some pushpins into a cellphone holder.

By the way, you can also sign up for our Summer Reading program when you visit us.

Everyone who participates in the our summer reading program has a chance to win prizes. Those prizes include gift cards from local businesses, tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Botanical Garden, as well as passes to Lake Metroparks Farmpark or the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink. (By the way, thanks to all our sponsors who help make Summer Reading possible!)

The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

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

For more information on our summer reading program, call us or check out our event calendar.

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Fly drones, program droids at the library

Teens, do you want to fly a mini-drone? Program a droid? Better yet, do you want to race one?

You can do all that and more at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at our Main Branch.

Play with the newest tech out there! Learn how to maneuver drones and run them through obstacle courses. Discover how to code mini-robots to make them do what you want.

The program is free, fun and open to all teens. You can sign up for it right now on our website or by calling the library at 440-255-8811 ext. 216.

By the way, if you love playing with new technology, then you won’t want to miss when the Tech Lab visits our Lake Branch tomorrow. Kids and teens can “draw” sculptures with 3D pens, pilot drones, and play with virtual reality goggles. And it’s free to try them all out!

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