04 23, 2019

Popping up at the park

By |2019-04-23T06:00:51-04:00April 23, 2019|

Our Pop-Up Library is always busy when it visits James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Our Pop-Up Library is always busy when it visits James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

It’s National Park Week and there’s no better way to celebrate than with our friends down the street at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. (Lawnfield, to the locals.)

We visited the historic site on Monday for its annual Easter Egg Roll. We had crafts, candy and, of course, free books!

It’s always a good time to visit Lawnfield, but National Park Week is a special time to visit a special place in our region and nation’s history.

By the way,the experts from Garfield National Historic Site also lead our monthly Civil War program.

Each month, they discuss a different topic pertaining to the Civil War, which President James A. Garfield served in. In April, they talked about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, May 8, at our Main Branch. We’ll learn about the Fourteenth Amendment. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

04 22, 2019

Make Pokeball Terrariums for your Favorite Pokemon

By |2019-04-22T06:00:49-04:00April 22, 2019|

Pokeball TerrariumsTeens can enjoy a crafty way to get ready for the release of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu.

They can make pokeball terrariums for their favorite Pokemon during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at our Main Branch.

The program is free and open to all teens (11 to 18 years old.) We even provide the supplies.

We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if your children like video games, we have a club they’ll love.

MPL Arcade meets the third Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is May 16 at 4 p.m. 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.

And, of course, we have hundreds of video games that you can borrow from us, including titles for Nintendo Switch.

04 21, 2019

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By |2019-04-21T06:00:08-04:00April 21, 2019|

No presidential assassination is inconsequential, but Abraham Lincoln’s murder was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. It set the tone for the lengthy and contentious Reconstruction Era – though perhaps not the way in which his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and co-conspirators intended.

Learn all about Booth, his conspiracy to behead the Union, and Lincoln’s final hours from the experts at James A. Garfield National Historic SiteYou’ll discover:

  • how Booth was able to target and kill Lincoln so easily
  • the story of the first woman ever executed by the US government
  • the surprising connection between Edwin Booth (the assassin’s brother) and Robert Lincoln (the president’s son.)

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, May 8, at our Main Branch. We’ll learn about the Fourteenth Amendment. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

04 17, 2019

Celebrating National Poetry Month with our Wordplay Writing Club

By |2019-04-17T06:00:04-04:00April 17, 2019|

Mya and Hudson use the limited vocabulary of refrigerator magnets to create poems with our Wordplay Writing Club.

Mya and Hudson use the limited vocabulary of refrigerator magnets to create poems with our Wordplay Writing Club.

The young writers of our Wordplay Club celebrated National Poetry Month by composing poetry with some unconventional methods.

Old newspapers or damaged books are perfect source material for blackout poetry.

Old newspapers or damaged books are perfect source material for blackout poetry.

They made blackout poetry, which involves blacking out old book pages to transform them into new poems.

They also used refrigerator magnets to compose poems. You can try either or both of these projects at home with your family.

Each 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 scour baby books for character names.

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 may 8.

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

By the way, if you’re an aspiring author, we have hundreds of books on the art of writing that you can borrow with a library card.

04 16, 2019

Discover the green-screen studio at The HUB

By |2019-04-16T06:00:06-04:00April 16, 2019|

Learn how you can use the green-screen studio at The HUB to make your own videos.

Learn how you can use the green-screen studio at The HUB to make your own videos.

Do you want to increase the production values on your YouTube channel or make a music video for your band?

The HUB inside Mentor High School has a green-screen studio with all the hardware and software a budding director needs, and it’s available to use for free.

We’ll even provide an introduction. We’re hosting two introductory sessions on Monday, April 29: one beginning at 5 p.m., the second at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will take about an hour.

You can learn about the production capabilities of the studio and get inspired for your next video project. The introduction is free and open to everyone. However, due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up to attend online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.

Kids use the heat press at The HUB's makerspace to make trendy tote bags.

Kids use the heat press at The HUB’s makerspace to make trendy tote bags.

In addition to the studio, The HUB’s makerspace also has a laser engraver, vinyl cutter, large-format printer, heat press and more – all of which are available for public use.

The HUB is open to all from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is located inside Mentor High School (6477 Center St., Mentor, OH). Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

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