06 26, 2019

Meditating in Mentor

By |2019-06-26T06:00:28-04:00June 26, 2019|

Learn about meditation and its benefits during a special program on July 9 at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about meditation and its benefits during a special program on July 9 at Mentor Public Library.

Meditators – from the experienced to the brand new – are welcome to a special program about meditation at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, at our Main Branch.

Chera Inhat from Kemper House will discuss what meditation is (and what it isn’t.) Inhat will also explain how to meditate and its positive effects on the brain as people age. The meeting will conclude with group meditation.

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

By the way, if you’re interested in meditation, we have dozens of books and DVDs on the topic that you can borrow. You can also stream guided meditation sessions online for free using Hoopla and your library card.

06 25, 2019

Make it a makerspace summer

By |2019-06-25T06:00:37-04:00June 25, 2019|

Design wedding favors or home decor at The HUB's makerspace.

Design wedding favors or home decor at The HUB’s makerspace.

Want to customize coasters? Style your own tote bag? Learn how to use a laser engraver or green-screen recording studio?

Then you should visit The HUB inside Mentor High School this July. We’re hosting fun programs that can also serve as an introduction to The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace, including:

  • Adults can craft custom coasters using a vinyl cutter at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.
  • Kids can use the makerspace’s vinyl cutter and heat press to stylize a plain black tote bag into something stellar at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.
  • Green thumbs can use a laser engraver to personalize garden markers at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.
  • Any budding director who wants to increase the production the values on their YouTube channel can tour The HUB’s green-screen recording studio on Monday, July 15. The studio has all the hardware and software a nascent auteur needs, and it’s available to use for free. We’re hosting two introductory sessions on that Monday: one beginning at 2 p.m., the second at 6 p.m. Both sessions will take about an hour.

All of these programs are free to attend. However, due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up to attend online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.

Make a special birthday gift at The HUB's makerspace.

Make a special birthday gift at The HUB’s makerspace.

By the way, if you want to use the makerspace for a specific project, there’s never been a better opportunity. We’ve expanded The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

06 24, 2019

Sphering the Circle

By |2019-06-24T06:00:38-04:00June 24, 2019|

The young artists in our Masterpieces club made colorful spheres from construction paper.

The young artists in our Masterpieces club made colorful spheres from construction paper.

How do you turn 20 circles into a spherical work of art?

With style, naturally… and a lot of glue sticks.

Our Masterpieces at Main Art Club went 3-dimensional this month, crafting colorful spheres out of construction paper.

Each month, the Masterpieces tackle a different art project. They’ve tried paper quilling and painting like Piet Mondrian.

Furthermore, our club is always happy to welcome new members. It’s open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. You can register by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

By the way, kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative at the library. Growns up can join our Crafty Adults club. Each month, they take on a new craft. We’ll meet next at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, at our Lake Branch.

06 23, 2019

Written in the Stars

By |2019-06-23T06:00:34-04:00June 23, 2019|

Ms. Judy tells our young writers the story of the Hydra.

Ms. Judy tells our young writers the story of the Hydra.

The young writers of our Wordplay Writing Club learned the stories behind constellations last week. Then they wrote some star stories of their own.

They redrew the constellations and wrote them new origin stories.

In addition to being a fun writing exercise, it also tied into our summer reading theme: A Universe of Stories.

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 July 10.

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

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.

06 22, 2019

Bubble Fun on the Main Branch Lawn

By |2019-06-22T06:00:31-04:00June 22, 2019|

From shooting stars to bubble fun, Mondays have been marvelous this summer at Mentor Public Library.

Every Monday during Summer Reading, families can join us 1 p.m. on the Main Branch lawn for out-of-this-world games and crafts. Last week, we made our own bubble wands and some enormous bubbles.

You’re invited to see what we make this Marvelous Monday. You can also come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we 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. You can sign up online or call us to register.

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

 

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