Photos: Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Mr. Zap finds a coin behind Bryn's ear (much to Bryn's surprise.)

Mr. Zap finds a coin behind Bryn’s ear (much to Bryn’s surprise.)

Libraries rock this summer, and they’re also magical. So we kicked off Summer Reading last week with a magic show from Mr. Zap.

He dazzled families with magic rope and rings, card tricks and other remarkable acts of prestidigitation.

We also dedicated the new Storybook Walk between our Main Branch and Read House during the exceptional evening.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is Libraries Rock. So, throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with musical themes. There will be big-band concerts, rock ‘n’ roll authors, lip-sync battles and more.

Additionally, we’ll host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 4 to July 23 at our Read House. Each week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme, Libraries Rock.

All of the programs are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our event calendar.

Finally, everyone has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

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

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

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Make marvelous music with Makey Makey

Ever heard of Makey Makey? It’s an invention kit that lets you transform Play-Doh into videogame controllers or household items into musical instruments.

And because Libraries Rock this summer, you can use our Makey Makey kit to make some beautiful music at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at our Lake Branch.

Teens can learn how to make a banana keyboard, ruler flute, and cardboard guitar with our Makey Makey.

The program is free. You can register to attend online or call us at (440) 257-2512.

Transform bananas into a keyboard with Makey Makey at the library.

Transform bananas into a keyboard with Makey Makey at the library.

By the way, Summer Reading has begun! This year’s theme is Libraries Rock. So, throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with musical themes. There will be big-band concerts, rock ‘n’ roll authors, lip-sync battles and more.

Additionally, we’ll host Musical Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 4 to July 23 at our Read House. Each week, we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into our Summer Reading theme.

All of the programs are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our event calendar.

Finally, everyone has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program.

Children can win one of 32 different prize packages. And the more the kids read or are read to, the better chance they have to win. Children who read at least 20 hours will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two grand prizes—a $50 gift card to Target.

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

Meanwhile, teens and adults can participate in Summer Reading too by both reading books and attending library programs. They can win gift baskets, including vouchers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or Beachland Ballroom & Tavern, discounts to local businesses, and passes to the City of Mentor’s pools and ice rink.

It’s going to be a fun summer. See you at the library!

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Engineering paper planes

Kids learned about paper engineering — which, as you may have guessed, is another way of saying origami — during our STEAM program this month. They warmed up by making paper hats and hearts. Then, they designed their own paper planes and competed to see whose could fly the farthest.

We loved learning about engineering too.

We loved learning about engineering too.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And we have several programs, services, books and videos for families that want to learn more about any of these topics. For example, our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. We’re learning about chemistry by making ice cream from scratch. Our Lake Branch also has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys. Additionally, kids can check out the new STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk. Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

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Discover Frank Lloyd Wright

Learn about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright during a library program on Wednesday, June 6, at Concord Community Center.

Learn about the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright during a library program on Wednesday, June 6, at Concord Community Center.

Frank Lloyd Wright is America’s most famous architect. He innovated the Prairie style of design and planned hundreds of structures that dot the country (including Lake County)

And his life is as fascinating as his architecture. Both his tempestuous relationships with women and the murders at his Taliesin estate were headline fodder during his lifetime.

Learn about Wright’s work and life during a free library program at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Concord Community Center in Concord Township. The speaker will be architecture enthusiast and our Executive Director Cheryl Kuonen who has studied Wright and visited dozens of his designs across the continental United States.

The program is open to all. Please register by calling the Concord Community Center at (440) 639-4650.

By the way, if you’re interested in Wright, we have several books and documentaries about him that you can borrow.

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Rebekah Frumkin on her favorite books & why she doesn’t like happy stories

Rebekah Frumkin, author of the spectacular The Comedown, visited our region earlier this month.

While here, she discussed what makes a story worthwhile to her, struggled to think of a single happy story that she enjoys, and explained how her philosophy degree helps her as a writer and storyteller.

If you’re looking for a reading recommendation, Frumkin also named books she loved so much that she wished she’d written them, including Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, Hanya Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees and James Hannaham’s Delicious Foods.

Our author series will continue on Tuesday, June 12, when Derf Backderf visits the library.

Backderf wrote the bestselling graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, about his high-school friendship with Jeffrey Dahmer — the awkward and troubled teen who would later become the century’s most notorious serial killer.

Backderf’s talk is both free to attend and open to all. You can RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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