01 17, 2022

Paws to Read is back!

By |2022-01-16T15:40:25-05:00January 17, 2022|

Paws to Read is back!

After nearly two years of hiatus, we were excited to welcome back our furry friends last week. We want to thank the volunteers, readers, and wonderful therapy dogs who made it happen!

If you’ve never heard of Paws to Read, it’s our program where we pair children with trained therapy dogs. The pups make an ideal audience—supportive, adorable and happy to listen to the reader—and all they ask for in return is the occasional belly rub. Paws to Read is open to any kids who can read independently between the ages of six and 12 years old.

Our next sessions will Thursday evening, Feb. 10, at our Main Branch. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Each child gets 30 minutes to read with their therapy dog. Registration is required and opens two weeks before each respective date. We only have so many therapy dogs volunteering; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate. Call us to register at (440) 255-8811.

04 1, 2021

How to Become a Reading Wizard this spring

By |2021-04-01T08:00:49-04:00April 1, 2021|

Earn your badges, wand, and spell book by becoming a Reading Wizard this spring at our Headlands Branch.

Earn your badges, wand, and spell book by becoming a Reading Wizard this spring at our Headlands Branch.

Kids can transform into Reading Wizards this spring.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Kids can visit the our Headlands Branch and pick from one of five wizarding paths: History, Nature, Feeling, Time, and Connection. Each path comes with five different reading challenges.
  2. You win a badge for each challenge you complete.
  3. If a child completes all five challenges, they will become a Reading Wizard and get their own magic wand.
  4. And for those of you who reaaally like a challenge, you can complete all five paths – for a total of 25 challenges – and become a Rainbow Wizard. These prismatic polymaths get their own spell book and will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble.

Children have until the end of May to earn their wands and spell books.

01 20, 2020

Building roller coasters at the library

By |2020-01-20T06:00:40-05:00January 20, 2020|

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

We transformed our Headlands Branch into a theme park during our Curious Kids program.

Kids built roller coasters with foam pipe insulation tubes and paper towel rolls. Then they sent marbles down them. They quickly learned that they could adjust their coasters to increase the speed of the marbles. Physics!

By the way, you can perform a similar experiment with pool noodles and marbles, if you want.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

For bonus physics fun, the children also built boats from aluminum foil. Then they saw how many pennies they could stash on board before their boats sank.

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. Both our Main and Headlands branches host monthly STEAM programs. Full STEAM Ahead will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at our Main Branch. Meanwhile, the next Curious Kids gathering is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
01 17, 2020

Bring your family to Game Night at our Headlands Branch

By |2020-01-17T06:00:35-05:00January 17, 2020|

You can play classic and new board games during Family Game Night at our Headlands Branch.

You can play classic and new board games during Family Game Night on Jan. 29 at our Headlands Branch.

You’re all invited to Family Game Night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at our Headlands Branch.

Learn how to play a new board game. Practice an old favorite. Most importantly, enjoy spending time with your friends and family.

We’ll have games for all ages to play. (You’ll soon be able to borrow some of these games from us as part of our Library of Things.) No registration is required to attend. You can just drop in and enjoy Game Night with your loved ones.

11 10, 2019

Supersized fun at our Headlands Branch

By |2019-11-10T06:00:59-05:00November 10, 2019|

Kids play a giant-sized version of Jenga at Mentor Public Library's Headlands Branch.

Kids play a giant-sized version of Jenga at Mentor Public Library’s Headlands Branch.

Kids can play super-sized versions of games like Snakes & Ladders, Tic-Tac-Toe, and Memory at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at our Headlands Branch.

The program is free. We only require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 257-2000.

By the way, if your kid loves games, we host a video game club at our Main Branch.

MPL Arcade meets the third Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. at our Main Branch. In addition to Wii U games, we also play tabletop and board games, so kids can still have fun while they’re waiting for a controller.

And, of course, we have hundreds of video games that you can borrow from us, including titles for Nintendo Switch.

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