01 26, 2019

Learn how to use our 3D printer

By |2019-01-26T06:00:24-05:00January 26, 2019|

You can learn how to use our 3D printer to craft jewelry, toys, cell phone cases, widgets and more during a free program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at our Main Branch.

You don’t need to know how computer-aided design to attend or benefit from the class. Librarian Mary Pelton will provide websites where you can find computer files—specifically stereolithograpy (STL) files—that can be printed by the 3D printer.

Make rubberband cars, T-Rex skulls or replacement parts for your skateboards with no design experience.

The program is free to attend. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, there is an expense to use our 3D printer. We charge $1 for each hour it takes an item to print, rounding up to the nearest quarter of an hour.

Click here for more information on how to use our 3d printerBy the way, you can also check out the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large-format printer, green-screen studio and more available at the makerspace at The HUB.

01 25, 2019

Have tea with the First Lady at the library

By |2019-01-25T06:00:50-05:00January 25, 2019|

Families can have tea with First Lady Lucretia Garfield and her son, James R. Garfield, during a special program on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mentor public Library's Main Branch.

Families can have tea with First Lady Lucretia Garfield and her son, James R. Garfield, during a special program on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Mentor public Library’s Main Branch.

Families can have tea with Lucretia Garfield and James R. Garfield – the wife and son, respectively, of President James A. Garfield – during a special program at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at our Main Branch.

Families will enjoy tea, make a craft and learn how the Garfield family supported the library through its history.

Throughout the day, kids can also complete a special scavenger hunt throughout the Main Branch in celebration of our 200th anniversary.

The tea is free to attend. However, families must register beforehand. You can sign up online at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

This special tea is just one of many programs and events we’re offering to celebrate our 200th anniversary in 2019. The offerings include amnesty days where patrons can have fines waived for previously lost items and lectures about the history of Mentor. For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/200th.

01 24, 2019

Give to MedWish International this February

By |2019-01-24T06:00:48-05:00January 24, 2019|

Donate your

Save lives and the environment by donating your unneeded medical equipment to MedWish International this February at Mentor Public Library.

As part of our 200th anniversary celebration, we’re collecting supplies for a different locally based nonprofit each month this year.

In January, we’re collecting food and household supplies for McKinley Community Outreach Center.

Next, our Year of Giving continues with MedWish International in February. MedWish saves lives and the environment by collecting discarded medical equipment and supplies that can be used again.

In 2017 alone, MedWish sent out 140 shipments of lifesaving equipment to places that needed it.

And you can help too. MedWish collects all sorts of supplies — some of which you may have around your house — things like:

  • bandages
  • syringes
  • crutches
  • gauze
  • diapers and powdered infant formula
  • thermometers
  • surgical masks
  • catheters.

Here’s a complete list of supplies, equipment and furniture that MedWish collects. We’ll be accepting donations at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches throughout February.

However, if you have something bigger that you wish to give — like wheelchairs, IV poles or furniture — then you might want to contact MedWish directly. Its phone number is 216-692-1685. You can also email info@medwish.org.

Our Year of Giving continues all year. The calendar is:

July – Project Hope
October – Forbes House
November – Broadmoor/Deepwood

Thank you for giving if you can! And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

01 22, 2019

Make the change you want to see

By |2019-01-22T06:00:29-05:00January 22, 2019|

Teens ca

Teens will learn how and where they can make a difference in their community during our Changemaker Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

Is your teen looking for a way to earn volunteer hours and make a difference in their community?

If so, they should come to our Changemaker Workshop at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

They will learn about different places they can volunteer and causes they can support.

The workshop is open to all teens. You can register to attend online or by calling The HUB at 440-205-6011.

By the way, yes, Mentor Public Library has a new location inside of Mentor High School.

Its renovated library — now called The HUB — is open to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It also hosts a wide variety of programs.

Furthermore, The HUB has a state-of-the-art Makerspace with laser engravervinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printergreen screen studio and more. For more information about it – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

01 21, 2019

50 years of the Coretta Scott King Awards

By |2019-01-21T06:00:52-05:00January 21, 2019|

23519374._SY540_The Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate their 50th anniversary this year! For half of a century, the awards have championed authors and illustrators that reflect the black experience in our country.

These award-winning titles fill our shelves, including picture books like:

…nonfiction and biographies like:

…chapter books like:

…and young adult fiction, including:

Borrow a few the next time you visit.

We can think of no better way to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day than by celebrating his wife’s awards and 50 years of beautiful books that tell the stories of black America.


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