11 30, 2019

Holiday House Party at Mentor Library

By |2019-11-30T06:00:55-05:00November 30, 2019|

Design and build your own graham-cracker house at our Lake Branch.

Design and build your own graham-cracker house at our Lake Branch.

We’ve got a sweet craft for you!

Kids can design and decorate their own gingerbread houses at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at our Lake Branch.

Our program is free and open to all children from kindergarten through sixth grade. However, we do ask that you sign up beforehand. You can register online or call our Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

By the way, we’re hosting dozens of holiday programs this December – story times, cool crafts, concerts, and more! Check out what’s happening.


11 29, 2019

How do you play the Holiday Saran Wrap Ball Game?

By |2019-11-29T06:00:58-05:00November 29, 2019|

Teens (ages 11-18) can win candy, gift cards, and more surprises during the Holiday Saran Wrap Ball Game at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at our Main Branch.

How do you play the game? You try to unwrap our enormous ball of saran wrap as quickly as you can. You get to keep anything you unwrap – prizes, posters, sweets, and so much more!

Meanwhile, other players roll dice. When they roll doubles, your turn ends and someone else gets to unwrap.

The game is free to play, but you do you have to RSVP. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, this season 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.

11 28, 2019

Holiday programs at Mentor Public Library

By |2019-11-28T06:00:44-05:00November 28, 2019|

Check out all the fun at Mentor Public Library this December.

Check out all the fun at Mentor Public Library this December.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we have a sleigh-full of fun for you and your loved ones.

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

Holiday story times

We’re hosting our Deck the Halls story times at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Friday, Dec. 20, at our Main Branch.

Meanwhile, we’ll have our Jingle All the Way story times at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday between now and Christmas at our Lake Branch. And, of course, are Tyke Time story times at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at our Headlands Branch.

All of our story times will be stuffed with seasonal stories, songs, and crafts.

Join us for a special story time with the Mentor Ice Breakers.

Join us for a special story time with the Mentor Ice Breakers.

Additionally, we’re hosting a few special themed story times this month at the library. Mentor’s hockey team, The Ice Breakers, return to read you some of their favorite stories at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at our Main Branch. You’ll also be able to ask them about being professional hockey players.

Then, our friends from the Mentor Fire Department will join us for a singular story time at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, at our Main Branch. Kids can learn about fire safety and what it’s like to be a fireman.

Finally, we’re having a special reading of the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at our Main Branch. There will also be cookies, hot cocoa, and a craft. Registration is required for this story time, so make sure to reserve a spot for your family.

Family Fun

Kids can search the shelves of our Main, Lake, and Headlands Branches for elves, the grinch, and reindeer, respectively, from now until Christmas. Whenever they find one, they’ll receive a prize.

Additionally, we’re hosting a free holiday concert with the Erie Heights Brass Ensemble at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

Also, we’re screening a trio of free family-friendly films this December. You can watch the classic Miracle on 34th Street at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at our Main Branch. You can also join us for a family film at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at our Lake Branch (Mentor Schools are closed that day) and at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at our Main Branch. We even provide the popcorn.

Teen Time

We’re offering a pair of cool Christmas programs that are all for teens. (In this case, teens means ages 11 through 18.) First, 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!

Then, teens can make can customize their own popcorn during a tasty program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at our Main Branch. They’ll learn how to drizzle, drench and season popcorn with chocolate, cheese, caramel, cinnamon, and more.

Crafty Christmas

We’re hosting a plethora of programs for kids, teens, and adults where you can craft something creative and cool.

For kids

For teens

For adults

One last thing: all of our programs are free to attend. However, most of them require registration. So make sure you sign up online or call us, so we can save you a space.

11 27, 2019

Wrap & Yap at the library

By |2019-11-27T06:00:31-05:00November 27, 2019|

Wrap your gifts with friends at the library on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Wrap your gifts with friends at the library on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Wrapping presents is one of those chores that benefits from company, so why not wrap your gifts with your friends at the library?

We’re hosting a Wrap & Yap from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, at our Main Branch. You bring your presents and whatever boxes you need. We’ll provide the wrapping paper, hot cocoa and festive music.

We only ask that you register beforehand. (Sorry, we have limited space.) You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, 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:


11 22, 2019

Stream classic and quirky Christmas specials with Hoopla & Kanopy

By |2019-11-22T06:00:53-05:00November 22, 2019|

Irving-Berlin-s-Holiday-Inn-Starring-Bing-Crosby-and-Fred-Astaire-Poster-693x1024Want to watch something seasonal? Don’t feel like leaving the house?

We’ve got you covered — whether you’re in the mood for something naughty or nice.

With Hoopla and Kanopy, you can stream tens of thousands of movies, documentaries and episodes of television to your phone, tablet or computer anywhere at anytime. And it’s free with your Mentor Public Library card.

And they’ve got a robust collection of holiday-themed specials. Let’s unwrap some of our favorites:


1. Happy Christmas

Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham play hard-partying friends whose carefree perspectives throw one family’s holiday into disarray.

2. Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

Elmo’s father tells a bedtime story about why everyone leaves cookies out for Santa. In doing so, we meet Elmo’s great-great-great-grandmonster and travel back to when Sesame Street was a very different place. In fact, everyone was so grouchy that Santa didn’t even bother to visit. What can be done to bring kindness, cheer, and the spirit of Christmas to Sesame Street.

3. Jeff Dunham: Very Special Christmas Special

Jeff Dunham invites his puppets (Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, José Jalapeño and Achmed the Dead Terrorist) to join him on his first holiday special.

4. Madeline’s Christmas

There’s not a whole lot of plot to Madeline’s Christmas (but since when has Madeline been about things happening.) Basically, Madeline must take care of her classmates who have fallen ill around holiday time.

5. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.

6. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat — along with his friends Sally, Nick, and the Fish — must help a baby reindeer get back to his family in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. They’ll probably learn a thing or two along the way.

7. Unlikely Angel

Dolly Parton plays an angel (naturally) who must help a lonely widowed father if she wants to get her wings.

8. Gumby’s Christmas Capers

A compilation of Gumby skits centered around Christmas.

9. One Christmas

Starring Katherine Hepburn. A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans.  Based on an autobiographical short story by Truman Capote.

10. God Came Near

An Advent Series for families explores the stories of Joseph and Mary, the true history of Saint Nicholas, the hectic holiday season, Christmas traditions, and more

11. Wild Kratts’ Creature Christmas

It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe, their holiday party transforms into a rescue mission.

12. Saving Christmas

Kirk Cameron rescues his brother-in-law, Christian, from the humbugs and gives him a fresh perspective on Christmas.

And now for an intermission called ___ Saves Christmas in which your favorite cartoon or canine protagonist rescues the holiday from nefarious villains:

13. Abbott & Costello: The Christmas Show

This delightful Christmas special stars the hilarious Abbott and Costello and features Margaret Whiting, The Nicholas Brothers, Buster Shaver and Olive, and Tom and Jerry.

14. The Nutcracker Ballet

The classic ballet performed by the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre. You may also enjoy Getting to the Nutcracker, a documentary that depicts all the hard work it takes to perform the holiday classic, from audition to curtain call. (For a different take, check out Maurice Sendak’s version of The Nutcracker.)

15. Noel

Five strangers come together on Christmas Even in New York City. Features an all-star cast with Paul Walker, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams.

16. Saint Nicholas: The Real Story

Learn about the historical saint from Turkey who partly inspired the Santa Claus myth. (If you’re six years old and reading this, please don’t tell your parents that we called Santa Claus mythical. Also, good job on your reading.)

17. The Gift of the Magi

Based upon O Henry’s short story. A young husband and wife barter their most cherished possessions to buy Christmas gifts for one another.

18. The Christmas Orange

A young boy is outraged when he receives a single orange for his Christmas largess and decides to sue Santa Claus.

19. No Snow for Christmas

A short co-produced by animation legend Bill Plympton  showing the effects of climate change on Christmas

20. Christmas Masterclass

Part of The Great British Baking Show. In the countdown to Christmas, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood feel festive in the kitchen. They share six recipes to bake for your family this holiday, inspired by traditions from all over Europe.


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