Kids paint rocket ships that were 3D printed at Mentor Public Library.

Kids paint rocket ships that were 3D printed at Mentor Public Library.

We had a 3D Print-a-Palooza las week at our Main Branch!

First, kids learned how the astronauts use the 3D printer on the International Space Station to print tools and parts.

Then, they checked out the library’s 3D printer and learned about some of the things it can make.

Finally, the kids painted rocket ships that had been printed at our library.

Click here if you want to learn more about Mentor Public Library’s 3D printer and how you can use it.

We celebrated and explored space all season long with our Summer Reading program, A Universe of Stories. Sadly, this year’s program concluded on Sunday. But while Summer Reading may be over, the party has just begun.

Families can celebrate the conclusion of a spectacular summer during our Summer Reading Finale Party.

The party starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, on our Main Branch. The fun begins at 6 p.m. in the Children’s department where cake will be served. We will also have the winners of our summer reading prizes drawn.

You can then make your way down to the Village room for a special presentation of Space Jam. The movie begins promptly at 6:30. Enjoy fresh popped popcorn, bring a blanket if you’d like, and sit back and relax while you enjoy the film.

By the way, this has been one of our biggest summers ever.  More than 1,700 kids (the most ever) have joined our Summer Reading program and read more than 18,000 hours thus far.

And more than 600 teens and adults signed up for Summer Reading, as well. Together, they read more than 4,000 books.

That’s a lot of reading!