01 20, 2019

Mentor Public Library closed on Groundhog Day

By |2019-01-20T06:00:04-05:00January 20, 2019|

It's not his fault.

It’s not his fault.

The bad news: all of our branches will be closed Saturday, Feb. 2, which is coincidentally Groundhog Day.

We need the day to update our equipment in preparation for joining CLEVNET.

By the way, that is the good news for many. We will join CLEVNET this spring.

If you’re unfamiliar, CLEVNET is a consortium that allows libraries and its patrons to share more than 12 million items across 45 library systems and 12 counties in Ohio.

CLEVNET already includes Cleveland Public Library and every other other public library in Lake and Geauga counties. (There are nine others.)

We’ll have more information to share as our join date approaches. But, for now, here’s the gist – we’re closed on Feb. 2; CLEVNET is coming!

01 19, 2019

Making custom tote bags at The HUB

By |2019-01-19T06:00:11-05:00January 19, 2019|

Gwen shows the custom tote bag she made at The HUB's makerspace.

Gwen shows the custom tote bag she made at The HUB’s makerspace.

Kids used the vinyl cutter and T-shirt press to make custom tote bags earlier this week at The HUB’s makerspace inside Mentor High School.

It’s a cool craft with relatively simple steps that you can make also (as long as you have access to a vinyl cutter and heat press, which you do.) First, the kids:

Harper waits for the vinyl cutter to print her design.

Harper waits for the vinyl cutter to print her design.

  1. Printed their choice of design on our vinyl cutter.
  2. Peeled off the design (which, by the way, is the hardest part of the process.)
  3. Put the design on the tote bag and the tote in the heat press. Well, actually we put it on the heat press because the press up to 270 degrees fahrenheit, and we don’t want anyone to burn their fingers.
  4. In 10 seconds, the press forces the design onto the tote.
  5. After a few seconds for everything to cool down, the kids have a trendy tote of their own.

You too can make a tote. The whole craft only costs about five dollars, which pays for the bag itself and the vinyl. If you want to use the makerspace at The HUB, you’ll need to buy your own tote but we’ll provide the vinyl for the design.

Ms. Ariel, our HUB manager, uses the heat press to make custom tote bags.

Ms. Ariel, our HUB manager, uses the heat press to make custom tote bags.

The HUB’s Makerspace is outfitted with a Laser EngraverLarge Format PrinterGreen Screen Studio, vinyl cutter and more. All of which is available for your next project

Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing.

Moreover, we’re hosting several programs in January that can serve as introduction to the makerspace’s hardware, including:

  • an introduction to the laser engraver at either 4 or 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Get inspired for your next project and leave with an engraved souvenir.
  • learn about the vinyl cutter, as well, at either 4 or 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Discover what you can create with the cutter and get your own vinyl souvenir.

All these programs are free to attend. However, we do ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online at our event calendar or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

01 18, 2019

Stretch your limits (a little) with chair yoga at our Lake Branch

By |2019-01-18T06:00:15-05:00January 18, 2019|

Enjoy a free session of chair yoga this Tuesday at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Enjoy a free session of chair yoga on Jan. 30 at our Lake Branch.

You don’t need to be able to do a handstand or reach your leg behind your head to try yoga.

If you’re looking for a low-impact way to get moving and reduce stress, try chair yoga!

We’re hosting a free chair-yoga session at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at our Lake Branch. Our yogi will be Darlene Kelbach. She will teach some positions and maneuvers that can be practiced from the comfort of a chair.

The program is free to attend. However, due to limited space, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at 440-257-2512.

Yoga has been linked to everything from reduced stress and boosted immunity to weight loss and stronger muscles.

Come join us and see what yoga can do for you.

By the way, we have dozens of Yoga videos that you can borrow from us or stream on Hoopla.

01 17, 2019

A puzzling party at the library

By |2019-01-17T06:00:03-05:00January 17, 2019|

Kids can put it all together during our puzzling party on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Kids can put it all together during our puzzling party on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

We’re hosting a program that’s one part puzzle, one part party, and all fun.

Kids from first through sixth grade are welcome to our puzzling party at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Main Branch.

The kids will piece together a puzzle of the library. Once the puzzle is completed, we will put it on display so everyone can admire their masterpiece.

The program is free to attend. We only ask that kids register ahead of time. You can sign them up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

The puzzle party is part of our 200th anniversary celebration this year. You can celebrate with us all year long.

One way to join the party: We’ve compiled a list of 200 books for our big anniversary: everything from Walt Whitman to Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume to Goosebumps.

Anyone can read along with the list. The more books you read, the bigger prizes you’ll win.

If you read:

  • 10 books, you receive a MPL microfiber cloth.
  • 25 books, you earn two free books from the Friends of the Mentor Public Library.
  • 50 books, you receive MPL lip balm. (Yes, that’s a thing.)
  • 75 book, you get a MPL Pint Glass.
  • an astonishing 100 books, you win a gorgeous MPL blanket​.

But reading is its own reward, and you don’t need to read a book a day to make it worth your while. Peruse our list, pick a few favorites, and start reading!

We’re also hosting a year’s worth of donation drives for local nonprofits, amnesty days and special programs to celebrate our 200th anniversary. For more info, visit www.mentorpl.org/200th.

01 17, 2019

Advertisement for Design Services

By |2019-01-17T05:56:07-05:00January 17, 2019|

architecture-1857175_1280The Board of Trustees of the Mentor Public Library intends to contract for design services for an addition and renovation at the Mentor-on-the-Lake branch.

The preliminary project description includes the design and construction of a meeting room, expanding and renovating the staff area, and additional public restrooms. The project budget is estimated around $550,000 plus design services. Design, consulting and permit fees are included as part of this budget. The source of funding is from the capital improvement budget of the Mentor Public Library and through a gift of the “Francis M. Paulson Irrevocable Trust of 1990.” The anticipated date for commencing design is spring 2019.

The architect will provide full architectural services for design of the completed addition and renovation of facilities, including any civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering, signage, equipment and shelving. The design architect will be involved during all phases of the project, from programming through schematic design. The architectural firm also will be required to provide construction observation and management services.

Design firms interested in being considered for a contract to provide full services should reply with a Statement of Qualifications no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Statements received after this deadline will not be considered. Statements of qualification should include information regarding the firm’s history; education and experience of owners and key personnel; the technical and design expertise of the firm’s staff for this type of project; previous library projects completed by the firm; availability of staff; and client and contractor references. Statements of Qualification should be transmitted to Cheryl Kuonen, Executive Director, Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave, Mentor Ohio 44060.

As required by Ohio Revised Code 153.65-153.71, Statements of Qualification will be evaluated and ranked on the basis of qualifications. The Library will enter into contract negotiations with the firm ranked most qualified. The Library reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals in whole or in part.

Approved by the Board of Trustees January 16, 2019

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