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05 22, 2022

Photo Contest for Kids

By |2022-05-15T16:00:00-04:00May 22, 2022|

Shutterbugs, hit us with your best shot! We’re hosting a photo contest this June. Here’s how it work:

Children (up to the age of 12) can submit an entry into our contest. You submit a photo by emailing it to marilyn.weiss@mentorpl.org between June 1 and June 15. No submissions will be accepted before or after these dates, and only one submission per child is allowed.

Photographs should fall into one of three categories:

  1. Outdoors
  2. Animals
  3. Summer Fun

Photographs can be taken on any device: camera, smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.

Once the submission period ends, all photographs will be uploaded to our Facebook page where you will have one week to vote for your favorite. A local photographer will also select their favorite overall picture.

The crowd favorite for each category and the judge’s favorite picture will win a small prize and be shared on our Instagram page.

By entering the contest, you are granting Mentor Public Library permission to use and display your photograph.

So have fun! We can’t wait to see your photos!

05 1, 2022

Kids can design their own bookmarks for our Bookmark Drawing Challenge

By |2022-04-25T15:14:25-04:00May 1, 2022|

Have a creative kid? Let them make their mark!

Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can design their own bookmark for our Bookmark Drawing Challenge this May.

The theme of their bookmark must be based on books, reading, or one of their favorite characters. Beyond that, kids can be as creative as they want.

Templates for the bookmarks can be downloaded here or picked up from the Children’s Department in our Main Branch.

All bookmark designs must be submitted by May 31st. A winner will be picked from each grade, and then we’ll print the winning bookmarks so everyone can have them.

04 27, 2022

Get ideas for your next road trip

By |2022-04-18T12:56:59-04:00April 27, 2022|

Gas prices putting the kibosh on your vacation plans? Presenter Kristina Ambrosia-Conn will take you on a tour of quirky and cool destinations all within a single tank of gas from Northeast Ohio. Discover unique and lovely locales nearby.

Ambrosia-Conn’s talk will be hosted at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at our Main Branch. The program is free and open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. RSVP on our website or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

04 26, 2022

Discover the history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

By |2022-04-18T12:34:10-04:00April 26, 2022|

You may already be familiar with the beauty of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens – more than 30 themed gardens that beautify the drive along Martin Luther King Jr. and East boulevards in Cleveland – but do you know their history?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was originally named Liberty Boulevard, and it honored the young men from Cleveland who fought and died in World War I. The gardens were planned as a path to represent the many cultures that came together in Cleveland. It’s beautified with fountains, statuary, trees from Japan, roses from Verona, and the soil of more than 40 nations.

People can learn more about the Liberty Gardens’ history at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at our Main Branch. Rebecca McFarland, a fourth-generation Clevelander and expert on local history, will give a free talk on this terrific topic. McFarland’s expertise has been featured on A&E’s Biography and the History Channel.

The program is open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up on our website at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

You can learn more from Ms. McFarland on our YouTube channel:


04 12, 2022

Taking a trip to the Money Smart Store

By |2022-04-13T15:45:33-04:00April 12, 2022|

It’s never soon for kids to learn about money. On Monday, we hosted a program that paired arts and money smarts!

Each kid got a piggy or dinosaur bank and could “buy” supplies to decorate it, but they needed to stay within their budget. The children will also played games that taught basic financial literacy skills like the differences between wants and need.

By the way, for all of the adults, we have hundreds of books and documentaries about money and finances that you can borrow for free. That’s a pretty good use of your money too.

Finally, we hosted a pair of talks from Financial Coach Steve Leskovec from Western Reserve Consulting recently. Both are available to watch on our YouTube channel:

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