08 17, 2021

Join our New Book Club for Nature Lovers

By |2021-08-17T06:00:24-04:00August 17, 2021|

Join us to discuss E.O. Wilson’s “Half-Earth” during the next meeting of our Gathering Moss Book Club.

All are invited to the Gathering Moss Book Club – our new book club for nature lovers, green thumbs and anyone else interested in the natural world around them

We’ll meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Mentor Headlands Community Center (9096 Lake Overlook Drive, Mentor.) We’ll talk about popular naturalist Edward O. Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life.

Register online or call our Headlands Branch at (440) 257-2000 to RSVP for the discussion.

Two more tips for any green thumbs out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.

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 25, 2020

Sign your young reader up for Paws to Read

By |2020-01-25T06:00:06-05:00January 25, 2020|

Kids can share story time with trained therapy dogs during Paws to Read on Aug. 14 at Mentor Public Library's Headlands Branch.

Kids can share story time with trained therapy dogs during Paws to Read on Aug. 14 at Mentor Public Library’s Headlands Branch.

Paws to Read is back!

The program pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.IMG_20180929_133639666

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional belly rub. The program helps build the child’s confidence and makes reading fun for them.

If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. The program works well for dog lovers, but it’s also helped some kids who are scared of dogs get over their phobia.

There will be two 30-minute sessions on Saturday, Feb. 8 at our Headlands Branch: one beginning at 2 p.m.the next at 2:30 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up quickly, so call our Headlands Branch—(440) 257-2000—if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read.

The pups are waiting.

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.

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