02 28, 2020

Teaching symmetry with snowflakes

By |2020-02-28T06:00:53-05:00February 28, 2020|

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library's STEAM program.

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library’s STEAM program.

Kids learned about symmetry by making snowflakes – both out of paper and popsicle sticks – this week at our Main Branch.

The children not only got to get crafty, but they learned a little about geometry.

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. Our Headlands Branch also hosts a monthly STEAM Club. Curious Kids will meet for a Trivia Night at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
02 27, 2020

Our eggs have arrived!

By |2020-02-27T06:00:19-05:00February 27, 2020|

Our eggs should be hatching sometime around mid-March.

Our eggs should be hatching sometime around mid-March.

We have some brand new and very special guests in the children’s department at our Main Branch – a clutch of chicken eggs! You can see them in their incubator, and you may even get to watch them hatch.

We want to thank Jess from Meyer Hatchery. Not only did she deliver our eggs, she also brought some chicks to the library so the kids can see what our birds will look like once they shed their shells.

Our eggs should take about three weeks to hatch, so make sure to come see them. You can even suggest their names.

After hatching, we will have baby chicks for about a week and then we will take them to Chagrin Valley School. So come and visit them anytime while we’re open.

02 25, 2020

Meet the Makerspace this March

By |2020-02-25T06:00:24-05:00February 25, 2020|

Discover what you can create at The HUB's makerspace during a free information tour on Monday, March 9, inside Mentor High School.

Discover what you can create at The HUB’s makerspace during a free information tour on Monday, March 9, inside Mentor High School.

Have you used the Makerspace at The HUB yet?

Patrons like yourself have made wedding favors, jewelry, home decor, clothes, posters, and more. And you can get an informational tour of our Makerspace at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

See examples of what you can make and get some ideas of your own. Register for the tour here or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

The Makerspace includes these awesome machines:

You can use any or all of these machines to make the project of your dreams. You don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All you need is a CLEVNET library card in good standing!

Click here for details on what you can make at the Makerspace!

02 24, 2020

Take a deep dive into Guam

By |2020-02-24T06:00:26-05:00February 24, 2020|

Discover the beauty of Guam -- both above and below the water -- during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Discover the beauty of Guam — both above and below the water — during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

What do you know about the island of Guam? That it’s a US territory and serves as a major US military base?

You don’t need any prior knowledge to enjoy a special program about Guam and its attractions at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at our Main Branch.

Speaker Kevin Magee will take you on a deep dive so you can learn about Guam’s intriguing sights both above and below the water. This includes shipwrecks from both World Wars, Pacific war museums, manta rays, giant clams, anemone fish, native islander culture, and many other attractions normally associated with more popular destinations in the same area of the Pacific.

Whitespotted_boxfish_Ostracion_meleagris_photo_Randall_J_EThis program is free to attend. We only ask that you register. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

And if you want to know more about the island afterward, we know a neat place where you can borrow books and DVDs.

02 23, 2020

Revisit the Battle of Midway

By |2020-02-23T06:00:56-05:00February 23, 2020|

In four minutes, the trajectory of World War II and the fate of the Pacific changed during the Battle of Midway.

Our resident historian, Dr. John Foster, tells the story of the battle and of the incredible heroism of the sailors and naval aviators who achieved victory that day.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, US Presidents of the 20th Century, and the Revolutionary War at our library.

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