06 30, 2019

WorldCat: For those hard-to-find items

By |2019-06-30T06:00:02-04:00June 30, 2019|

WorldCat_Logo_H_ColorThere are more than 12 million items in CLEVNET, but no library consortium (no matter how big) has everything.

So we’ve joined WorldCat to bring you those hard-to-find books, movies, and CDs. With thousands of libraries around the world participating, WorldCat is the planet’s largest network of library content.

Here’s how it works: If you’re looking for an item that’s not in CLEVNET, you can contact one of our librarians. We will search for it in the WorldCat catalog.

If we can find it, we’ll order it for you. When it arrives, you get the item for three weeks. (Sorry, no renewals.)

One caveat: Some WorldCat libraries charge to borrow things. Whenever possible, we’ll try to get your item from a library that lets you borrow it for free. However, if we can’t, the patron pays the other library’s fee. If there is a charge, we’ll check with you before we order the item to make sure you still want to get it.

Three more details:

  • The overdue fee for WorldCat items is $5 per day.
  • Patrons can only have five WorldCat items out at any given time.
  • If a WorldCat item is requested but not picked up, there will be a $5 charge to the patron.
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.

06 28, 2019

Support Project Hope during our Year of Giving

By |2019-06-28T06:00:44-04:00June 28, 2019|

Support Project Hope, Lake County's only homeless shelter, this July during our Year of Giving.

Support Project Hope, Lake County’s only homeless shelter, this July during our Year of Giving.

We’re hosting donation drives all year as part of our 200th anniversary celebration.

In July, we’re collecting for Project Hope, the only homeless shelter in Lake County. Project Hope provides safe temporary housing to those who need it, as well as support groups, mental health outreach and survival skills workshops.

You can support Project Hope in their mission by donating items from their wish list at any of our branches. The list includes:

  • AA, AAA, D size batteries
  • Home Depot gift cards
  • Decaf coffee
  • Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Cereal (no Cheerios)
  • Cough drops
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Aluminum foil
  • Saran wrap
  • Foot powder
  • Men’s deodorant
  • Women’s deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Chapstick
  • Travel-size shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Men’s T-shirts Large and XL (new)
  • Earplugs
  • Lysol spray
  • #13 and #33 trash bags
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Air freshener (the automatic kind)

For more ways to help, you can visit www.projecthopeonline.org.

Our Year of Giving continues all year. The calendar is:

July – Project Hope
October – Forbes House
November – Broadmoor/Deepwood

Thank you for giving if you can! And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

06 27, 2019

Bookends Blast Off!

By |2019-06-27T06:00:46-04:00June 27, 2019|

Kids can customize their own bookends on Wednesday, July 10, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Kids can customize their own bookends on Wednesday, July 10, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Kids can decorate their own bookends during a fun program at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, on our Main Branch lawn.

It’s the perfect project for children who like to make a mess and those who’d rather tidy up. The mess-makers will have a blast customizing their craft, and the tidy-ers will love having a bookend to keep their personal library organized.

The program is free but we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

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.

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.

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