01 23, 2020

Yoga kids!

By |2020-01-23T06:00:29-05:00January 23, 2020|

Families take a deep breath together during the Yoga Kids story time at Mentor Public Library.

Families take a deep breath together during the Yoga Kids story time at Mentor Public Library.

We mixed poses and prose during our Yoga Kids story time earlier this month.

Our yoga instructor Darlene Kelbach led families (yes, the adults too!) through a series of poses while Ms. Robin read them Yoga Kids by Fearne Cotton.

The kids got have fun while stretching their minds and bodies. Plus, they got to make a craft afterward.

By the way, adults can learn about yoga at the library too. A health professional from Morris Chiropractic will lead a beginner’s yoga session at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the library. She will also explain the benefits of yoga for your overall health, as well as the health of your spine specifically.

All experience levels are welcome to the yoga session. However, you are asked to bring your own mat. The program’s free to attend, but registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

01 22, 2020

Hunt for the last Public Enemy #1 of Northeast Ohio

By |2020-01-22T06:00:35-05:00January 22, 2020|

Follow the hunt for Alvin "Creepy" Carpis the last public enemy in Northeastern Ohio.

Follow the hunt for Alvin “Creepy” Carpis, the last public enemy in Northeastern Ohio.

Discover the life and crimes of Alvin “Creepy” Karpis during a very special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at our Main Branch.

Karpis was the last Public Enemy Number One of the Great Depression era. He plagued Northeast Ohio, reportedly compiling a record of 15 bank robberies, 14 murders, three jailbreaks, two kidnappings, and 54 aliases.

Julie Thompson spent six years researching Karpis’s criminal career for her book, The Hunt for the Last Public Enemy in Northeastern Ohio. But Thompson won’t just discuss her book when she visits the library.

8208-HUNT-cvrInstead, Thompson and a team of actors will reenact one of Karpis’ infamous train heists when he and the remnants of the infamous Ma Barker gang raided the rails in Garrettsville.

After the program, copies of Thompson’s book will be available for sale and signing.

The program is free to attend. However, due to space limitations, registration is required. You can reserve your seat online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

01 21, 2020

Registered dietitian offers advice on cutting sugar from diet

By |2020-01-21T06:00:20-05:00January 21, 2020|

By now, you know that too much sugar is unhealthy. But it’s difficult to cut sugar from the diet when it’s often lurking in supposedly healthy food.

Registered dietician and author Melanie Jatsek explains how addictive sugar is. Then she provides healthier, satisfying alternatives to the sugar-sopped foodstuffs that fill our pantries.

If Jatsek’s talk interests you, we also have some books in our collection that you’ll want to check out:

01 20, 2020

Building roller coasters at the library

By |2020-01-20T06:00:40-05:00January 20, 2020|

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

We transformed our Headlands Branch into a theme park during our Curious Kids program.

Kids built roller coasters with foam pipe insulation tubes and paper towel rolls. Then they sent marbles down them. They quickly learned that they could adjust their coasters to increase the speed of the marbles. Physics!

By the way, you can perform a similar experiment with pool noodles and marbles, if you want.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

For bonus physics fun, the children also built boats from aluminum foil. Then they saw how many pennies they could stash on board before their boats sank.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. Kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  2. Our Lake Branch has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Both our Main and Headlands branches host monthly STEAM programs. Full STEAM Ahead will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at our Main Branch. Meanwhile, the next Curious Kids gathering is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
01 19, 2020

Major Battles of the Civil War: The Battle of Middle Creek

By |2020-01-19T06:00:33-05:00January 19, 2020|

Our Civil War series continues with a spotlight on The Battle of Middle Creek, a lesser-known conflict with local importance because Mentor’s own James A. Garfield led the Union into the fray. Discover how what happened in Kentucky set Garfield on the path to the presidency.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the life of Abraham Lincoln. 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:

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