Programming Update

Library programs will be conducted in accordance with current state health and safety mandates/guidelines, which are subject to change. We encourage all attendees to observe these rules so that in-person programming may continue. We encourage masks at our programs and ask that family groups maintain social distance from other family groups. It is up tot the individual to determine his or her level of comfort and acceptable risk when attending programs. If you are concerned about public gatherings, please do not attend.


Main Branch


Family Movie Night Kits

November – March

Starting in November, call the children’s department at 440-255-8811 option 3 and request a movie night kit to be picked up either inside or at the Drive Thru.

Each kit will feature a different movie and 5 picture books to be borrowed. Kits will also include a bag of microwave popcorn and 4 bags of hot cocoa mix.

Family Movie Night Kits are pre-prepared and will include a movie that is rated G or PG. We’re sorry but we cannot accommodate specific movie or book requests as part of the kit. Enjoy the element of surprise.

Movie kits are only available while supplies last with a reservation, so please remember to call ahead and have your library card number ready.


Nonfiction Reading Challenge

January 3 – February 28
Ages 13 and under

Check out 3 non-fiction books and spin the wheel for a prize. One spin, per checkout, per day. Earn a raffle ticket for each non-fiction 3 books you check out. Raffle tickets are entered in for a chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card.  Stop by the Children’s desk for details!


Countdown to Kindergarten Bags

Available beginning January 2023
Ages 3 – 6

Is your little one getting ready to enter kindergarten? Or maybe you’d just like to work on some fun and educational activities together?

Check out our new Countdown to Kindergarten bags! Each bag has 3 unique activities and challenges for you to complete together, along with supplies and instructions. Each bag also has a guide that matches he activities to corresponding state educational standards and childhood developmental benchmarks and milestones.

These bags are for in-library use only and cannot be taken home. Ask at the desk for the complete list of bags and activities.


Winter Story Times

Winter Story Times will run Tuesday, January 3 – Friday, February 24. Head over to our Story Time Page for full listing and descriptions.

Story time schedule is subject to change based on needs and safety of the community. If you have any questions please call 440-255-8811 option 3 for more information.


Tutu WorkshopA purple tulle tutu sits puffed out

Thursday, February 2
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Ages 3 – 5

Let’s celebrate National Tutu day by creating your very own tutu! Registration is required and starts here on January 19.


Take Your Child to the Library DayA family of bunnies makes their way to the library holding bags of books

Saturday, February 4
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
All ages

an all day event in the Children’s Department. There will be a scavenger hunt and craft. Learn what your library has to offer. For all ages. No registration required.


Yoga Kids

Thursday, February 9
1:00 – 1:45 PM
Ages 3 – 6

This special storytime will be led by Darlene Kelbach and our own children’s library associate. Ms. Darlene is a certified yoga instructor. She will guide the little ones and their grown-ups through exercises in breathing and movement, all put together with a story and music. Don’t forget your yoga mat or towel. Registration is required and starts here on January 26.


Mixed-Up Valentine’s Mailers

February 6 – 10
All Day
All Ages

Create a valentine card to send to another kind kid and place it in our MPL mailbox, but do not seal it. Then, keep an eye on your mail and wait for a Valentine to arrive for you from another kid! While supplies last!

 


Valentine Pee-Wee Promenade

Sunday, February 12
1:00 PM
Ages 3 – 6

Dance, play and craft your heart away. Children and adults are encouraged to dress to impress. Snacks will be served. Registration is required and begins here on January 29.


Preschool Dance Party: Snow Ball

Monday, February 13
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Ages 2 – 6

We will dance, move, and groove to some cool tunes. Registration is required and begins here on January 30.


Egg Hatching at the Library

Beginning February 20
All Day
All Ages

We will have an incubator set up and you may even get to see the eggs hatch around 21 days later. We will be livestreaming the eggs once they get close to hatching!


Dinner with the Presidents @ Yours Truly

Monday, February 20
5:00 PM
All Ages

The Children’s Department will have presidential books and a craft. This event is run by Yours Truly and the We Made History group. We do not handle reservations. 

Lake Branch


Storytime Stars at Lake

Tuesdays
10:30am – 11:00am
Ages: 6 months to 5

Children ages 6 months to 5 years are welcome to attend this story time at Lake Branch. Enjoy stories, music, rhymes and a craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512.


Musical Munchkins @ Lake

Thursdays
10:30am – 11:00am
Ages: 0-5

Join us for an interactive musical story time with music, singing, and stories. For children 5 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512.


Super Mario Party!@ Lake

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Grades: 4-8

Want to test your gaming skills? Or just need another player in your party? Grades 4-8 are welcome to join us at the Lake Branch for our video game club! Registration is required.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins January 24, 2023.


Donut Contest! @ Lake

Saturday, February 11, 2023
11:30am – 12:30pm
All Ages

Everyone loves donuts! Join us at the Lake Branch to enjoy a selection of the best donuts Northeast Ohio has to offer! Attendees will be asked to judge their favorites. Registration begins Saturday, January 28th

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512 or register online. Registration begins January 28, 2023.


Saturday Family Story Time @ Lake

Saturday, February 18, 2023 
10:30am – 11:00am

Welcome to a brand new monthly story time for children of all ages! Enjoy stories, music, rhymes and a craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.

For additional information, contact the Lake Branch – 440-257-2512.


Headlands Branch


Headlands Take & Make Craft!

Every Monday
All Day Event

Stop by and grab a craft, or call ahead and we’ll set one aside for you (provided we still have them, supplies are limited).

For additional information, or contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration is required.


Finger Paint Fridays @ Headlands

Fridays
10:00am – 12:00pm

Bring in your little one to explore their creativity!  We’ll provide the paper, paint and aprons – you provide the fun! Perfect for Pre-K!

Registration is not required, but space is limited inside the branch so there may be wait times.  This activity is largely self-directed with limited interaction with staff.

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000.


Groundhog Day Storytime @ Headlands

Thursday, February 2, 2023
11:00am – 11:30am

Head to the Headlands Branch to celebrate Groundhog Day with a storytime and craft focusing on the famous furry rodent.

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins January 19, 2023.


Next Level Video Game Club @ Headlands

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Ages: 8+

Do you enjoy playing games like Smash Brothers, Mario Kart and Nintendo Sports?Come join us at the Headlands Branch as we take turns playing video games for the Nintendo switch.You can also bring your own portable device, and just hang out and meet new people! Ages 8 and up. Registration Required.

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins January 25, 2023.


Headlands Jeopardy

Saturday, February 11, 2023 
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Ages: 8+

Come see what you know or learn something new with us in a fun afternoon of trivia challenges at the Headlands Branch.  Always on the 2nd Saturday of the month!

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins January 28, 2023.


ROBLOX Saturday @ Headlands

Saturday, February 11, 2023
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Each month, we’ll be playing different games from Roblox! In-house computer use will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but you can still join us at the branch on your phone, computer or tablet!  If you plan on attending with your own device, please let us know!

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins January 28, 2023.


Curious Kids @ Headlands

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join us for an evening of arts, crafts & STEM activities.  Each month, we’ll explore our creativity and learn new things about our world through art, science, and most importantly – fun!

For additional information, contact the Headlands Branch – 440-257-2000 or register online. Registration begins February 8, 2023.


The HUB


Wood Valentine Craft @ The Hub

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Ages: 6-11

Join us at The HUB for a little holiday fun! We will be making little Wood Valentines for your to paint and decorate! All designs will be created using The HUB’s makerspace equipment!

This program will repeat on February 8th. Attendees may participate in one session only.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins January 18, 2023.


Valentine’s Day Green Screen @ The Hub

Monday, February 6, 2023
3:30pm – 7:30pm
All Ages

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Stop by The HUB for a fun Valentine photo shoot. Feel free to walk in between 3:30-7:30pm. No registration is required.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information.


Hugs and Cookies @ The Hub

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Ages: 4-12

What could be better then a hug and sweets for Valentine’s Day? Stop by The HUB to make an adorable felt hug with a kind message attached. Also, be prepared to decorate delicious heart cookies.

This program will repeat on Tuesday, February 14th. Attendees may register for 1 session only.

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins January 24, 2023.


President’s Day Proclamations! @ The Hub

Thursday, February 16, 2023
Thursday, February 23, 2023
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Ages: 6-11

Wearing your spiffiest attire, join us at The HUB to make your first proclamation as President of the United States! We will guide you through the writing of your edict. Upon completion, head over to the green room, where you’ll record the reading of your proclamation in the historic Oval Office

This program will repeat on February 23rd. Attendees may participate in one session only. 

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins February 2, 2023.


Makerspace 101 @ The Hub

Monday, February 20, 2023
6:00pm – 7:00pm
All Ages

Learn all about the incredible machines in The HUB’s makerspace! Join us for an informational tour and see examples of projects you can make with our laser engraver, vinyl cutter, t-shirt press, and more!

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins February 6, 2023.


Laser Engraver 101 @ The Hub

Monday, February 27, 2023
5:30pm – 7:00pm
All AgesMakerspace sign image

What to know more about The HUB’s laser engraver? Join us for a deep dive into the process of creating custom cut and engraved projects–complete with a demonstration!

This program is open to the public. The program will be held at the HUB at Mentor High School (6477 Center St). Call the library at 440-205-6011 for more information or register online. Registration begins February 13, 2023.