07 7, 2019

More Marvelous Mondays

By |2019-07-07T06:00:06-04:00July 7, 2019|

Kids compete in a planetary relay race outside of our Main Branch.

Kids compete in a planetary relay race outside of our Main Branch.

We had another Marvelous Monday this week on our Main Branch’s lawn! Kids ran relays, learned about air pressure, and made moon sand, Saturn CDs and tasty snacks.

Every Monday during Summer Reading, families can join us 1 p.m. on the Main Branch lawn for out-of-this-world games and crafts. You can also come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. You can sign up online or call us to register.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning. Make sure you enter all your books/hours by Sunday, July 28!

07 6, 2019

Building landing gear & blasting off

By |2019-07-06T06:00:57-04:00July 6, 2019|

We learned about air pressure and built landing gear for our marshmallow astronauts when during our STEAM program last month.

Our young scientists tackled three projects in total.

First, they used balloons to learn about air pressure. They blew up balloons and let them fly across our zip lines, propelled by escaping air.

Then, the kids practiced cooperation, working together to “dock” their space craft.

Finally, they used a cup, index card and straw to build a vessel that would survive a 6-foot fall and protect its 2-marshmallow crew.

For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
  2. Our Lake Branch also 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. Additionally, 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.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. This time we’re focusing on art.
  5. Finally, our Summe Reading theme is A Universe of Stories. So we have plenty of programs scheduled for this summer that’ll have you seeing stars, including:

Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday until July 22 on our Main Branch’s lawn. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

07 5, 2019

Out of this World Party at MPL’s Lake Branch

By |2019-07-05T06:00:37-04:00July 5, 2019|

Kids can celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing at our Lake Branch.

Kids can celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing at our Lake Branch.

Families can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with an out-of-this-world party at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at our Lake Branch.

Kids will design their own spaceship Frisbee. Then, they’ll “steer” their spaceship through a 9-hole disc golf course.

Performer Annabella Noelle will also demonstrate some gravity-defying acrobatics for the kids.

The party is free to attend and open to kids of all ages. No registration is required.

By the way, this year’s Summer Reading theme is A Universe of Stories, so we’re offering programs that will leave stars in your eyes all summer.

We’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday through July 22 on the lawn of our Read House. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

06 30, 2019

Sidewalk games at the library

By |2019-06-30T05:50:42-04:00June 30, 2019|

Kids play tic-tac-toe on the Main Branch lawn during another Marvelous Monday.

Kids play tic-tac-toe on the Main Branch lawn during another Marvelous Monday.

We had sidewalk games, paints, chalk, water balloon toss, and galaxies in a jar on another Marvelous Monday this week at our Main Branch!

Every Monday during Summer Reading, families can join us 1 p.m. on the Main Branch lawn for out-of-this-world games and crafts. Last week, we made our own bubble wands and some enormous bubbles.

You can also come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. You can sign up online or call us to register.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

06 29, 2019

Water safety with Firefighter Jerry

By |2019-06-29T06:00:05-04:00June 29, 2019|

Firefighter Jerry explains how to help someone who's fallen overboard from a boat, pulling them back into the boat hand over hand.

Firefighter Jerry explains how to help someone who’s fallen overboard from a boat, pulling them back into the boat hand over hand.

Firefighter Jerry, our friend from Mentor Fire Department, talked to the kids about water and boating safety during a special story time this month at our Main Branch.

The children learned:

  • Don’t go into the water without an adult’s permission
  • Listen to the lifeguard
  • Don’t run around the pool because it might be slippery
  • If they’re on a boat, make sure that they have a life vest and that the vest fits.
  • If someone falls from a boat into the water, you can throw them a rope or inner tube; but do not jump in after them.

Firefighter Jerry joins us for a story time each month. He’ll be back at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at our Main Branch.

The story time is open to all ages. No registration is required.

If your children attend one of our Firefighter Friends story times, they’ll be entered into a raffle where they can win lunch with the Mentor firefighters in December.

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