Sign your young reader up for Paws to Read

Kids can share story time with trained therapy dogs during Paws to Read on Aug. 14 at Mentor Public Library's Headlands Branch.

Kids can share story time with trained therapy dogs during Paws to Read on Aug. 14 at Mentor Public Library’s Headlands Branch.

Paws to Read is back!

The program pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.IMG_20180929_133639666

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional belly rub. The program helps build the child’s confidence and makes reading fun for them.

If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. The program works well for dog lovers, but it’s also helped some kids who are scared of dogs get over their phobia.

There will be two 30-minute sessions on Saturday, Feb. 8 at our Headlands Branch: one beginning at 2 p.m.the next at 2:30 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up quickly, so call our Headlands Branch—(440) 257-2000—if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.

The pups are waiting.

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Attend our Van Gogh-themed painting workshop

Learn to paint like Vincent van Gogh on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Learn to paint like Vincent van Gogh on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Back by popular demand!

We’re hosting a Vincent van Gogh-themed painting workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at our Main Branch.

The instructor will be Stephanie Royko, a local art teacher. Painters—from rookies to veterans—will learn ways to emulate Van Gogh’s techniques.

The workshop, including art supplies, costs $20 to attend and is payable at registration. People can sign up for the workshop at our Main Branch. There is only room for 12 people in the workshop; so, if you’re interested, you’ll want to register soon before the program fills.

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Yoga kids!

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.

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Hunt for the last Public Enemy #1 of Northeast Ohio

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.

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Registered dietitian offers advice on cutting sugar from diet

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:

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