01 21, 2020

Registered dietitian offers advice on cutting sugar from diet

By |2020-01-21T06:00:20-05:00January 21, 2020|

By now, you know that too much sugar is unhealthy. But it’s difficult to cut sugar from the diet when it’s often lurking in supposedly healthy food.

Registered dietician and author Melanie Jatsek explains how addictive sugar is. Then she provides healthier, satisfying alternatives to the sugar-sopped foodstuffs that fill our pantries.

If Jatsek’s talk interests you, we also have some books in our collection that you’ll want to check out:

01 20, 2020

Building roller coasters at the library

By |2020-01-20T06:00:40-05:00January 20, 2020|

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

We transformed our Headlands Branch into a theme park during our Curious Kids program.

Kids built roller coasters with foam pipe insulation tubes and paper towel rolls. Then they sent marbles down them. They quickly learned that they could adjust their coasters to increase the speed of the marbles. Physics!

By the way, you can perform a similar experiment with pool noodles and marbles, if you want.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

For bonus physics fun, the children also built boats from aluminum foil. Then they saw how many pennies they could stash on board before their boats sank.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. 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.
  2. Our Lake Branch 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. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Both our Main and Headlands branches host monthly STEAM programs. Full STEAM Ahead will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at our Main Branch. Meanwhile, the next Curious Kids gathering is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
01 19, 2020

Major Battles of the Civil War: The Battle of Middle Creek

By |2020-01-19T06:00:33-05:00January 19, 2020|

Our Civil War series continues with a spotlight on The Battle of Middle Creek, a lesser-known conflict with local importance because Mentor’s own James A. Garfield led the Union into the fray. Discover how what happened in Kentucky set Garfield on the path to the presidency.

Our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at our Main Branch. We’ll discuss the life of Abraham Lincoln. 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:

01 18, 2020

Explore the Anne Frank House at Mentor Public Library

By |2020-01-18T06:00:18-05:00January 18, 2020|

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, all are invited to explore the historic Anne Frank House.

You can use virtual reality to tour the secret rooms where Anne and her family hid during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II.

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 1, any of our patrons can stop by the Children’s Desk in our Main Branch to sign up for a time slot. To be clear, this virtual tour is open to all, not just children.

Anne Frank was a young diarist who was born a German national but lost her citizenship because of her family’s Jewish heritage. Her family lived in fear and hiding for years until they were apprehended in 1944. All the while, teenaged Anne kept a diary of her experiences. Of course, you are also welcome to borrow Anne’s Diary of a Young Girl from your local library.

By the way, one of our librarians happens to have earned a doctorate in German history, and he has offered several lectures on the Shoah and World War II, including:

01 17, 2020

Bring your family to Game Night at our Headlands Branch

By |2020-01-17T06:00:35-05:00January 17, 2020|

You can play classic and new board games during Family Game Night at our Headlands Branch.

You can play classic and new board games during Family Game Night on Jan. 29 at our Headlands Branch.

You’re all invited to Family Game Night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at our Headlands Branch.

Learn how to play a new board game. Practice an old favorite. Most importantly, enjoy spending time with your friends and family.

We’ll have games for all ages to play. (You’ll soon be able to borrow some of these games from us as part of our Library of Things.) No registration is required to attend. You can just drop in and enjoy Game Night with your loved ones.

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