08 29, 2022

Makerspace Monday: Awesome Octopus with a 3D Printer

By |2022-08-23T13:18:53-04:00August 29, 2022|

How will you use the remarkable technology available at Mentor Public Library? Watch as one of our 3D printers fabricates an adorable mini octopus. (We got the idea during Summer Reading because our theme was Oceans of Possibilities!)

Click here for the free STL file.

And click here for more information on our 3D printers and makerspace!

This video’s music is The End (No Vocal Version) by Lost European
Exzel Music Publishing (freemusicpublicdomain.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

06 24, 2021

There Be Dragons at Mentor Public Library

By |2021-06-24T16:00:24-04:00June 24, 2021|

Learn how 3D printers work and paint your own dragon during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Kids (ages seven to 12) can paint their own dragon sculpture during a special program that pairs art and technology at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, on the lawn of our Main Branch.

The dragons will be made with the our 3D printer. The kids will learn how 3D printers work and see it in action. Then they’ll paint their own dragon that they can take home.

The program is free to attend, and registration is required. Families can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

And while you’re here, don’t forget to sign up for Summer Reading! Kids, teens and adults can win spectacular prizes for reading this summer. The more you read, the better chance you have to win one of our fabulous prizes. For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/summerreading2021.

07 30, 2019

3D Printing in Space

By |2019-07-30T06:00:55-04:00July 30, 2019|

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!

01 26, 2019

Learn how to use our 3D printer

By |2019-01-26T06:00:24-05:00January 26, 2019|

You can learn how to use our 3D printer to craft jewelry, toys, cell phone cases, widgets and more during a free program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at our Main Branch.

You don’t need to know how computer-aided design to attend or benefit from the class. Librarian Mary Pelton will provide websites where you can find computer files—specifically stereolithograpy (STL) files—that can be printed by the 3D printer.

Make rubberband cars, T-Rex skulls or replacement parts for your skateboards with no design experience.

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

By the way, there is an expense to use our 3D printer. We charge $1 for each hour it takes an item to print, rounding up to the nearest quarter of an hour.

Click here for more information on how to use our 3d printerBy the way, you can also check out the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large-format printer, green-screen studio and more available at the makerspace at The HUB.

11 17, 2018

Makerspace @ The HUB

By |2018-11-17T06:00:14-05:00November 17, 2018|

You can now use the new and emerging technologies

You can use the new and emerging technologies at The HUB’s makerspace to craft what you imagine.


What do you want to make?

Earrings? Clothing? Customized drinking glasses? Music videos?

Starting Monday, Dec. 3, you can do that and so much more, because you will have access to the state-of-the-art Makerspace @ The HUB in Mentor High School. It contains:

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 card in good standing.

The HUB is open to all from 3 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and is located inside Mentor High School (6477 Center St., Mentor, OH). The Makerspace closes 30 minutes before The HUB.


How does it work?

  1. Before you use the Makerspace for the first time:
    1. Read the Makerspace Policy @ The HUB Procedures & Terms of Service
    2. Complete and submit the Makerspace @ The HUB Agreement (PDF/DOC)
  2. Make a reservation by filling out THIS FORM.
    1. Users with reservations will be Submit Buttongiven priority over walk-in users. Staff and equipment availability cannot be guaranteed for walk-in users, so making a reservation is highly recommended.
    2. Reservation requests will be reviewed by HUB staff members in the order that they are received and as quickly as staff availability allows.
  3. A library staff member will contact you to confirm your reservation. When possible, staff will supply an estimate for the cost of your project.
  4. Reply and approve your reservation and cost estimate, if applicable.
  5. Come to The HUB at your reserved time and create your project.
  6. All costs associated with your Makerspace use must be paid before you are permitted to remove your project from The HUB.


What do I need to know?

  • Your use of the Makerspace is subject to the library’s Makerspace @ The HUB Procedures and Terms of Service
  • Makerspace use is available to anyone with a valid library card.
    • Users under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian whose valid library card is in good standing.
    • Users under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult while inside the Makerspace.
  • Maximum time in the Makerspace per person per day: 2 hours
  • Cost: The price for Makerspace use varies by machine. See Makerspace Pricing @ The HUB for pricing information. When possible, the Library will provide a cost estimate prior to the patron’s Makerspace use. This is only an estimate, and the exact and final cost will be determined upon completion of Makerspace use.
  • Materials:  In most cases, users are permitted to bring in their own materials for use in the Makerspace. However, staff must approve the material before it’s used. In some cases, materials may be purchased directly at The HUB. See the Machine-Specific Information section below for details.
  • File Format: Supported file types vary by machine. See the Machine-Specific Information section below for details.
  • Project Size: The size of projects you can make at the Makerspace varies by machine. See the Machine-Specific Information section below for details.
  • Payment: Cash and credit card payments are accepted and will be due upon completion of Makerspace use.  Users are not permitted to remove their project from The HUB until all associated costs have been paid.

Machine-Specific information

  • Laser Engraver
    • Equipment: Epilog Laser Mini 24 (50 Watt)
    • Software: CorelDRAW
    • Click HERE for more information
  • Vinyl Cutter
    • Equipment: Roland Desktop Cutter CAMM-1 GS-24
    • CutStudio
    • Click HERE for more information
  • Large Format Printer
    • Equipment:  HP Designjet Z5200
    • HP Click
    • Click HERE for more information
  • Green Screen Studio
    • Equipment: CAMERA
    • Software available at The HUB: iMovie
    • CLICK HERE for more information
  • 3D Printing is available at our Main Branch 

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