05 25, 2019

Mentor Library offers reading tutoring for kids this summer

By |2019-05-25T06:00:00-04:00May 25, 2019|

Don't let your kids' reading skills atrophy this summer.

Don’t let your kids’ reading skills atrophy this summer. Get reading help from a certified elementary school teacher this summer at Mentor Public Library’s Headlands Branch.

Summer is a lot of fun, but the summer slide is not.

The reading skills of children (especially younger ones) can atrophy if they don’t practice over the summer.

So to fight the dreaded summer slide, kids (those entering first through third grade) can practice reading with a certified elementary school teacher this summer at our Headlands Branch.

The children will have 20-minute, one-on-one tutoring sessions where they can practice their comprehension and sight words.

The sessions will be on Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m, starting May 29 and continuing throughout the summer.

These tutoring sessions are free. Furthermore, a child need not live in Mentor or even have a Mentor Public Library card to participate. Call the Headlands Branch at (440) 257-2000 to set up a session.

Want another fun way to fight the summer slide? Participate in our Summer Reading program. The more you read and the more library programs that you attend, the better odds you have of winning a prize!

05 24, 2019

Make stomp rockets at the library

By |2019-05-24T06:00:44-04:00May 24, 2019|

Make stomp rockets at Mentor Public Library.

Teens can make their own stomp rockets on Friday, June 7, at Mentor Public Library.

Teens can blast off when they make stomp rockets during a special program at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at our Main Branch.

The teens will build their own rockets out of plastic bottles and PVC pipes, and then launch them.

The program is open to everyone from 11 to 18 years old. Registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

The stomp-rocket launch is part of our summer reading theme: A Universe of Stories.

Throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with space themes, including:

  • Making galactic jewelry at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School. Teens can use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create their own pendants and necklaces. By the way, as part of our summer reading program, we’re extending hours a The HUB. It be open and available to all (not just Mentor Schools students and staff) from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, starting June 3.
  • The opportunity to learn about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at our Main Branch. Discover some of the combustion and fluid experiments that astronauts have performed in microgravity.
  • A tour across the Milk Way with our Amazing Race across the Galaxy at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, outside of the Read House. Kids will race across the galaxy, completing challenges at each planet where they stop.

Additionally, we’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 3 to July 22 on the lawn of our Read House. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our online event calendar.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

05 23, 2019

Celebrate 50 years of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’

By |2019-05-23T06:00:49-04:00May 23, 2019|

Celebrate a certain caterpillar's semicentennial this June at Mentor Public Library.

Celebrate a certain caterpillar’s semicentennial this June at Mentor Public Library.

This June, Eric Carle’s beloved picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar turns 50 years old.

That’s right! We’ve been enjoying a caterpillar’s very busy month for nearly half of a century. And we’re hosting a pair of programs at Mentor Public Library to celebrate the book’s semicentennial.

First, we’ll celebrate with crafts and a story at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, at our Lake Branch.

Then, we’ll have a special obstacle course at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, at our Main Branch. Kids (ages three to eight) will help their caterpillar through our course and get a tasty treat at the end.

Both programs are free to attend, but we do ask that families register beforehand. You can sign up online on our event calendar or call us.

 

05 22, 2019

A Military History of the American Revolution

By |2019-05-22T06:00:40-04:00May 22, 2019|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster continues his year-long series on the American Revolution by discussing the military history of the Revolutionary War.

Learn:

  • how the colonists defeated the preeminent empire of the era
  • why George Washington was selected to lead the army
  • how the support of other colonial powers like France proved decisive.

This program is the second in a 4-part series about the American Revolution. The first was on the geopolitical and intellectual origins of the Revolutionary War. If you missed it in March, you can watch it now online.

Foster’s series will continue at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, with a program on the making of the US Constitution.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II and US Presidents of the 20th Century.

Finally, if you’re interested, most of Foster’s previous historical talks can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel.

 

05 21, 2019

Pre-K Pop Party is popping all summer

By |2019-05-21T06:00:15-04:00May 21, 2019|

Kids can

Kids can party with us every Wednesday during Summer Reading

We’re throwing a dance party for the pre-kindergarten set all summer long.

Starting June 5, we will throw a pre-k pop party at 11 a.m. every Wednesday during Summer Reading at our Main Branch.

The party will be full of music, movement, rhymes, a story and lots of dancing. It’s open to all 3- to 5-year-olds without an adult. No registration required. It’s perfect for high-energy kids who love to move it.

By the way, Summer Reading begins Wednesday, May 22. We’re hosting a kickoff party with the Chardon Polka Band at 6:30 p.m. that day at our Main Branch, (but you can sign up for summer reading at any of our branches.)

This year our theme is A Universe of Stories. So we’ll host different programs with space themes throughout the summer, including:

  • Making galactic jewelry at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School. Teens can use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create their own pendants and necklaces. By the way, as part of our summer reading program, we’re extending hours a The HUB. It be open and available to all (not just Mentor Schools students and staff) from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, starting June 3.
  • The stomp rocket challenge at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at tour Main Branch. Tweens and teens can make their own rockets using plastic bottles and PVC pipes.
  • The opportunity to learn about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at our Main Branch. Discover some of the combustion and fluid experiments that astronauts have performed in microgravity.
  • A tour across the Milk Way with our Amazing Race across the Galaxy at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, outside of the Read House. Kids will race across the galaxy, completing challenges at each planet where they stop.

Additionally, we’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 3 to July 22 on the lawn of our Read House. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at (440) 255-8811 or visit our online event calendar.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate our Summer Reading program. The more you read and the more programs you attend, the better chance you have of winning.

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