05 20, 2019

Laketran at the Library

By |2019-05-20T06:00:40-04:00May 20, 2019|

Get on the bus.

Get on the bus.

Want to help the environment? Get out and about? Save money on gas?

You can do all that with LaketranLake County’s public transit system.

Our Main Branch is hosting two programs in June – one for kids and one for adults – where people can learn about Laketran.

First, we’re holding a pair of story times inside a Laketran bus at 11 and 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4. This special story time is for kids (ages three to five) along with a parent.

Next, adults can attend Travel Training at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 10. Travel Training provides instruction for anyone who would like to learn more about riding Laketran, including how to read bus schedules, plan a trip, pay a fare, or use Laketran’s mobile app.

Both the story times and Travel Training are free to attend. But registration is required for either. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811.

Finally, Mentor Public Library is participating in the Libraries Along Laketran program this summer. Laketran and participating libraries will give away “passports.” If someone visits and gets a stamp at all six of the participating libraries along Laketran’s local routes, they will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a free bicycle to encourage environmentally friendly transportation

05 19, 2019

Dance like a Chicken Day?!

By |2019-05-19T06:00:35-04:00May 19, 2019|

We celebrated Dance like a Chicken Day last week. (Yes, that’s a thing. Why wouldn’t that be a thing?)

Kids ran our eggs-stacle course, made crafts, nipped on some feed, and chucked chickens at our targets. (Don’t worry. They were rubber.)

And, of course, we danced the chicken dance.

Always keep an eye on our event calendar for more programs. You never know what totally-not-made-up holiday is coming next.

05 18, 2019

The 14th Amendment: Reinventing Freedom

By |2019-05-18T06:00:45-04:00May 18, 2019|

Our nation has few inconsequential constitutional amendments – maybe the one we repealed – but few, if any, were as revolutionary as the 14th amendment, which addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of the law following the Civil War.

Our series on the legacies and leaders of the Civil War continues with a closer look at this amendment. The experts from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site discuss:

  • what the amendment entails
  • why President Andrew Johnson repeatedly tried to block it
  • how it ended up a vital part of corporate (as well as civil rights) law.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, June 12, at our Main Branch. We’ll learn about Juneteenth. As always, the talk is free and open to all.

By the way, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our Civil War series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

05 17, 2019

Streaming video on OverDrive?!

By |2019-05-17T06:00:30-04:00May 17, 2019|

FB graphic 404x404_Streaming VideoYou probably already know that you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive with your library card. (More than ever, now that we’ve joined CLEVNET.)

But did you know that you can use OverDrive to stream workout videos, documentaries, and even cartoons to your smart devices?

Now anyone with a MPL card can stream videos via OverDrive to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

If you browse OverDrive’s video collection, you’ll find everything National Geographic documentaries to cooking videos to Sesame StreetYou have nearly 5,000 titles to watch.

You can “check out” as many as 20 videos at a time and stream them at their convenience for the next three days. All videos will automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are no late fees.

By the way, you can also stream thousands of videos on Hoopla and Kanopy.

And we’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: All of these digital services and more are available without additional cost. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

05 16, 2019

Meet the makerspace this summer at The HUB

By |2019-05-16T06:00:36-04:00May 16, 2019|

You can use the makerspace's vinyl cutter to make custom stickers, shirts and more.

You can use the makerspace’s vinyl cutter to make custom stickers, shirts and more at The HUB this summer.

We invites everyone to meet the makerspace at our newest branch, The HUB inside Mentor High School.

There’s never been a better opportunity to use the makerspace’s equipment. Starting Monday, June 3, we’re expanding The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

You can engrave photo frames, champagne glasses and more at The HUB.

You can engrave photo frames, champagne glasses and more at The HUB.

Additionally, The HUB hosts programs for all ages.

Those programs include:

Makers can also cross-stitch constellations, laser engrave photo frames, and use digital photos or video clips to create memories on iMovie during programs at The HUB this June.

All these programs are free to attend. However, some programs are for different age groups. Also, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

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