Summer Story Times
Monday, June 7 – Friday, July 30
Registration is required and opens 1 week prior to each storytime. You may register as a group with your friends up to 9 people. Only register 1 persons name per group. No walk-up attendees.
For more details about our various story times check out the complete list on our Summer Reading page.
On Mondays at 1:00 PM, June 7 – July 27, join the Children’s Department for weekly activities pertaining to this year’s theme: Imagine You Story. We will focus on fairy tales and mythology. Each week staff will introduce a different activity or project. Registration is required for all children ages 3 and over, though all ages are welcome to attend. Craft kits are reserved for each registered child. Please register for each week separately.
Kids Photography Contest
Mentor Public Library would like to invite kids to Imagine Their Story through photography this summer! Kids are welcome to take pictures and submit them for judging in our photography contest. Limit one submission per child, up to age 12.
Photographs should fit into the following categories: Amazing Animals, Adventurous Outdoors, and Close to My Heart. Photographs can be submitted June 1 – June 15. The pictures will be uploaded to our Facebook page where patrons can vote on their favorite in each category. The winners will receive a small prize.
Check out the complete list of guidelines for the contest.
Pirates and Princesses Program with ZAP Entertainment on Zoom
On Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 AM let’s celebrate the beginning of our Summer Reading Program with some fairy tale fun. Watch a Pirate and Princess Show put on by ZAP Entertainment. Open to all ages. Registration starts on May 22 and is required to receive the Zoom link.
Summer Reading Begins June 4
Summer Reading is about to begin! Sign up and game sheets will be available beginning June 4! Kids can log their hours of reading, or being read to, for some great incentives.
For every hour kids read or are red to they will earn one raffle ticket for our prize drawings. Extra prizes are awarded for 5, 10, 15, and 20 hours of reading!
NO REGISTRATION AND TICKET DROP OFF IN THE DRIVE THRU
Complete your Hero’s Journey Bingo activities listed on the back of the reading game sheet to win an additional prize!
Last day to turn in your log to receive tickets is Sunday, August 1 at 4:00 PM.
Head on over to our Summer Reading Page for more detailed information.
Come check out this traveling exhibition on the first floor Jun 3 until August 29. This exhibition is made up of over 95 African-American children’s picture books that represent stories and milestones in African-American history.
Pick up a Traveling Panel brochure from the Children’s Department. Look at the Traveling Panels on the first floor and answer questions. Read 3 books from the pamphlet and receive a small prize. Read another 3 and receive a pin!
Virtual Chips and Chapters Club
Check out our new club! Ms. Lisa will read from a chapter book while you eat potato chips and follow along. A different book will be read each session For grades K – 2.
Each participant can pick up their chips 3 days prior either in the Children’s Department or through the drive thru. Please call ahead so that we can ensure the items are waiting for you.
The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18 at 4:00 PM. Register for this event here.
May Reading Challenge
Print out your May Reading Challenge sheet or pick one up at the children’s desk. Turn in your game sheet at or before the end of the month to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
For children entering grade 6 and younger.
The third Thursday of the month, at 10:30 AM join Fireman Jerry from the Mentor Fire Department for 1/2 hour of stories and fire safety tips. Open to all ages.
Register here to for the next session which will be held on Thursday, May 20.
100 Books Challenge
Kids, are you up for a good challenge? If so, here’s what you need to do…
1) Check out your favorite book to read
2) Tell the Children’s Librarians you want to do the 100 Books Challenge and tell them which book you picked to read
3) When you are finished reading or are read to, the next time you’re in the library, as the librarian for the cover of that book and place it on our 100 books mural that will be displayed in the Children’s Area.
4) Each child can read more than one book if they would like to keep participating in the challenge.
This program will run from April 1st through May 30th and is for children entering grade 6 and younger. Good luck!
Virtual Family Story Times
Mix and mingle in our Virtual Family Story Time Room on Zoom! Children of all ages and their families and spend some time together while enjoying stories, songs, and fun!
There will NOT be a craft in this series of story times. Please see our new Weekend Grab-N-Go craft for take home crafts.
Registration is required in order to receive a zoom link and opens two weeks in advance.
Online Family Story Time – Prerecorded
Watch our prerecorded story time at your own convenience! Geared toward children ages 0 – 6. Each week will feature a different themed story time full of stories, rhymes, and songs. You can find new videos uploaded every Monday through March on our Story Time Page, our Facebook Page, and our YouTube Channel. No registration required
Week End Grab and Go Craft
Beginning on Thursday of each week you may call the Children’s Department for our week end craft (while supplies last). Because of space constraints, crafts must be picked up on the day that you call (either at the drive thru or at the Children’s Desk).