Discover how to cut cable & save money

Joe "The Coupon Guy" Daugirdas will explain how to save money by cutting cable while still finding the entertainment you want.

Joe “The Coupon Guy” Daugirdas will explain how to save money by cutting cable while still finding the entertainment you want.

Special encore presentation! Joe “the Coupon Guy” Daugirdas will offer his expertise on how families can save money by cutting cable at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, at our Main Branch.

Daugirdas will explain how households can still watch television – even sports and other live events – while cutting their costly cable bill. He’ll guide people through the various streaming-video devices like Roku and Google Chromecast and services like Hulu and Netflix. Most importantly, he’ll explain how families can cut costs while still having entertainment options.

(Don’t forget that the library offers three fantastic streaming services – Hoopla, Kanopy, and our newest, RBDigital– that you can use for free with your library card.)

This program is free to attend. However, we do require that you register beforehand for them. You can sign up on our event calendar or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Finally, we have hundreds of books and documentaries about money and finances that you can borrow for free, which is always a money-smart move.

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‘Frozen’ party at Mentor Library

Elsa leads the kids in a sing-along of (what else?) "Let It Go" during our Frozen Frenzy program.

Elsa leads the kids in a sing-along of (what else?) “Let It Go” during our Frozen Frenzy program.

There’s nothing cooler than a Frozen party!

We celebrate the release of Frozen 2 with a visit from Elsa herself during a special program earlier this month at our Main Branch.

Queen Elsa led story time and a sing-a-long. The kids also made Christmas ornaments, decorated crowns, and frosted their own cookies.

By the way, if your kid loves Disney princesses, then our shelves are filled with booksmusic, and (of course) movies that you can borrow.

Also, this month is stuffed with fun at the library. We’re hosting holiday story times, crafty Christmas programs, and even a concert. See what’s happening at the library this December.

We’re hosting:

  • our first ever Holiday Saran Wrap Ball Game at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at our Main Branch. Teens will try to unwrap a ball of saran wrap as quickly as they can. Whatever they unwrap, they get to keep, including gift cards, candy, and more surprises!
  •  Kids can make Star Wars crafts during the Jedi Arts Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
  • Children (ages four to 12) can make fluffy snow slime at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The HUB.
  • Tweens can make heartfelt ornaments at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, at our Headlands Branch.
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Renovations coming to our children’s area & adult media room this winter

We're upgrading the adult media room and children's area this winter at our Main Branch.

We’re upgrading the adult media room and children’s area this winter at our Main Branch.

We’re renovating the adult media room and children’s area in our Main Branch this winter.

The improvements will happen in two stages. The first begins on Friday, Dec. 13, when we update the adult media room on our first floor. When this stage is finished, the upgraded room will offer improved décor, shelving, and new seating.

We hope to complete the renovation rapidly with as few interruptions to our service as possible. That having been said, from Dec. 13 to 30, the first-floor media room will be closed to patrons. That means some of the DVDs, music, audiobooks, and video games within will be unavailable for browsing.

New and holiday-themed items will be available for browsing and to borrow. Also, these renovations will only affect the media room on the first floor. The children’s media room on our second floor will remain open during the first stage of our renovation.

If you want to borrow any adult media items during this phase, please let our staff know. Either we will get it for you or, if we cannot, we’ll help you borrow it from one of our fellow CLEVNET libraries.

After the media room is renovated, we’ll update our children’s area on the second floor of our Main Branch. We’re replacing furniture, adding a lounge area for families, and UPGRADING THE PLAY AREA. This may also temporarily affect access to some items on our second floor. We’ll update you with more specific information when it’s available.

We apologize for any inconvenience. And, once again, we look forward to completing these improvements quickly. Thank you for your patience and continued support. It’s a pleasure and privilege to be your community library.

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Testing popsicle-stick catapults

Kids built fortresses from plastic cups and catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubberbands, and plastic spoons last week at our Main Branch. Then they used their artillery to pelt each others’ fortresses.

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. Each of our branches host monthly STEAM programs. The programs at Lake and Main are on hiatus for the holidays and will return in January. However, the Curious Kids Club is meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 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
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Join the Jedi Arts Academy

Well, at least they're reading.

Well, at least they’re reading.

Padawans can make their own lightsaber and build a droid when they join the Jedi Arts Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at our Headlands Branch.

We’re celebrating the release of The Rise of Skywalker with an afternoon of kid-friendly, Star Wars-themed crafts.

All kids are welcome to join the fun. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 257-2000.

By the way, if you ever feel like visiting a galaxy far, far away, you can borrow Star Wars movies and TV showsbooksmusic, and even video games from us.

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