Travel to Eliot Ness’ Cleveland

Eliot Ness

Eliot Ness

You can travel back to the era of Untouchables and learn about Eliot Ness during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at our Main Branch.

Eliot Ness served as Cleveland’s Safety Director for Mayor Harold Burton during the years of 1935 to 1941. In these short years, Eliot Ness made an impact on the city of Cleveland that has lasted for generations.

Photos and stories will share the Eliot Ness that you won’t get from the movies – because, in this case, the truth is more fascinating than fiction.

The speaker will be an expert from the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Save yourself a seat by registering online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

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Poetry Workshop for kids at The HUB

Kids can make collage poetry during our poetry workshop on Monday, Nov. 5, at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Kids can make collage poetry during our poetry workshop on Monday, Nov. 5, at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Does your child enjoy playing with words? They can come play at our free poetry workshop at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School.

Children will learn how they can make poems in creative ways. For example, they will make “headline” or collage poetry where they clip words from magazines and newspapers and use them to make poems.

We’ll also make blackout poetry — blacking out old book pages to transform them into new poems.

The workshop is free and open to all kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. You can register to attend on our website or call us at 440-205-6011.

By the way, if you child loves writing, then they’ll probably enjoy, our Wordplay Writing Club for kidsWrite On Club for teen writersand, finally, our new monthly Teen Creative Club at The HUB where teens can share their short stories, poetry, photography, music and artwork.

 

 

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Learn coding at the library

The Coding Club at The HUB lets you learn programming at your own pace.

The Coding Club at The HUB lets you learn programming at your own pace.

Would you like your kid to learn coding? Join the Club!

Our Coding Club meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Mentor High School’s HUB. Our next meeting is Nov. 6.

Our club uses Khan Academy online courses, so kids, teens and even adults can learn at their own paces. Find out how to animate drawings, design websites and more.

The club is free to attend and open to anyone in fourth grade and higher. You can register to attend online or by calling The HUB at 440-205-6011.

You can also use Lynda — our newest digital service — to learn coding from home. Lynda offers online tutorials that teach Java, Python, Ruby, Swift and more. You can stream them anywhere and watch as many as you like.

And it’s all free with your Mentor Public Library card.

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Meeting the nocturnal animals of Ohio

Kids learn some of the adaptations that night animals have like big eyes, eras and whiskers.

Kids learn some of the adaptations that night animals have like big eyes, eras and whiskers.

Lake Metroparks introduced us to some of the nocturnal birds and mammals that live in the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center at Penitentiary Glen.

The center receives and rehabilitates nearly 2,000 injured or orphaned animals each year. Those animals include rabbits, songbirds, opossums and more—even peregrine falcons and bald eagles. (However, they don’t take skunks and raccoons because they’re rabies threats or coyotes because they’re not originally from Ohio.) Most of their rescue animals eventually return to the wild.

However, some of their animals are too injured to return and they become animal ambassadors.

We were fortunate enough to meet some of their nocturnal animal ambassadors earlier this month at our Headlands Branch.

We met an opossum named Captain, a screech owl named Rufus, and a barred owl named Hemlock.

We also learned some fun facts about each animals. For example, opossums are the only marsupial—that means they carry their young around in a pouch—native to North America. Also, owls can turn their heads 270 degrees. That’s nearly all the way around!

Marilyn Levand from Lake Metroparks also explained what it takes to be a nocturnal animal that hunts (or avoids being hunted) at night.

Most nocturnal animals have more sensitive eyes, noses, ears or senses of touch than their diurnal counterparts. For instance, an owl can spot its prey from the length of a football field.La

Visit the Lake Metroparks website for more info on the denizens of the Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center.

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Writing scary stories with our Wordplay Club

Our Wordplay Writing Club find spooky words in a Halloween word search.

Our Wordplay Writing Club find spooky words in a Halloween word search.

Our Wordplay Writing Club got in the Halloween spirit by writing spooky stories earlier this month.

They also completed a collaborative story that they began nearly a year ago, Blue Riding Hood & the Future World Hamburger Diner.

HB4116Each month, the writers in our Wordplay Club finds different ways to boost their creativity. For example, sometimes they use randomly selected words to create a story, make nature journals or create poems with refrigerator magnets.

Our club is open to all writers in third through sixth grade. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at our Main Branch. The next meeting is Nov. 14.

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

If your child loves writing, they may also enjoy:

 

 

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