Author Scott Raab discusses hometown pride and Cleveland sports

Scott Raab, author of You’re Welcome, Cleveland and The Whore of Akron, visited the library to talk about his love for Cleveland and its sports teams.

Raab spent decades interviewing celebrities for GQ and Esquire, and he’s mastered both sides of the Q & A. Watch our videos where he discusses:

  • the last time sports made him cry
  • his affection for Cleveland
  • why people care so passionately about sports
  • how his feelings gradually changed toward Indians mascot Chief Wahoo
  • the one thing he has in common with James Joyce.

By the way, if you’re a local sports fan, you won’t want to miss when Terry Pluto visits us on Tuesday, Feb. 13

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Cracking the case with the Library Detective Agency

Peter dons his official detective sunglasses and his official detective mustache.

Peter dons his official detective sunglasses and his official detective mustache.

Young detectives had fun investigating the case of the missing bookmobile during our Library Detective Agency program last week.

The kids scoured the library for clues. They examined footprints, fingerprints and tire tracks. The sleuths even interrogated suspects like the mysterious Ivana Steel, charming Robin Banks and mulleted Dan Gerous.

Ultimately, they identified the perpetrator—the aforementioned Gerous, but it was a simple misunderstanding and not a crime—and had a lot of fun doing it.

Visit our Facebook page for more fun photos from the program.

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Using math and chemistry to make art

Our young artists adjust the beads in their pixel art before it gets melted.

Our young artists adjust the beads in their pixel art before it gets melted.

Our STEAM kids used math and chemistry to make art earlier this week.

(If you don’t know, STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science Technology Engineering Art Math. So using three out of five ain’t bad.)

First, our kids designed pixel art, graphing their ideas onto the page. (That’s where the math comes into play.)

Then, they recreated those designs with colored beads.

Finally, we used an iron to melt those beads into a suncatcher—or ornaments, if the kids prefer. (That’s where the chemistry comes into play.)

Our STEAM series returns next month with a program focused on math on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at our Main Branch.

The program is free and open to all kids in first through fifth grade. However, registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 219.

By the way, young scientists can also check out the Picking Up STEAM Club at our Lake Branch.

Kids from kindergarten through fifth grade can learn about science, math and more with interactive experiments.

The next club meeting is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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Special story time will mix books and yoga for kids

Kids can recreate the story of Peter Rabbit with yoga poses during a special story time at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can recreate the story of Peter Rabbit with yoga poses during a special story time at Mentor Public Library.

Kids can stretch their minds and bodies during a fun program that combines story time and yoga.

The children will listen to Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and recreate the story using yoga poses.

This special story time will be 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at our Main Branch.

The program is free to attend and open to all kids from three to six years old, along with an adult. Families should bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Also, we do require that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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Borrow Nintendo Switch games from Mentor Public Library

You can borrow Switch games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2 from Mentor Public Library.

You can borrow Switch games like Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2 from Mentor Public Library.

Did your kid get a Nintendo Switch for the holidays? Would you rather not spend hundreds of dollars on games for them?

Easy solution: Borrow the games from us.

Yes, we loan video games too, including titles for XBox One, Playstation 4, and Wii U.

And we have popular Switch titles like Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Minecraft.

By the way, if your children like video games, we have a pair of gamer clubs they can join.

Teens can check out our Clashing Controllers Club. On the third Wednesday of each month, they face off in Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and other games at our Lake Branch.

And children who are too young for Clashing Controllers can join MPL Arcade. Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, at our Main Branch. In addition to Wii U games, we also play tabletop and board games, so kids can still have fun while they’re waiting for a controller.

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