12 7, 2019

Join the Jedi Arts Academy

By |2019-12-07T06:00:25-05:00December 7, 2019|

Well, at least they're reading.

Well, at least they’re reading.

Padawans can make their own lightsaber and build a droid when they join the Jedi Arts Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at our Headlands Branch.

We’re celebrating the release of The Rise of Skywalker with an afternoon of kid-friendly, Star Wars-themed crafts.

All kids are welcome to join the fun. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 257-2000.

By the way, if you ever feel like visiting a galaxy far, far away, you can borrow Star Wars movies and TV showsbooksmusic, and even video games from us.

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.

10 12, 2019

Meet Savanna, the short-eared owl, at our Headlands Branch

By |2019-10-12T06:00:53-04:00October 12, 2019|

Andy from Lake Metroparks introduces everyone to Savanna, a short-eared owl and one of the Metroparks' animal ambassadors.

Andy from Lake Metroparks introduces everyone to Savanna, a short-eared owl and one of the Metroparks’ animal ambassadors.

Families met one of Lake Metroparks’ animal ambassadors during a special program last week at our Headlands Branch.

Kids learned about Savanna, a short-eared owl, who now lives at Lake Metroparks Wildlife Center in Penitentiary Glen.

Trevor the Trapper shows the families a white-tailed deer pelt.

Trevor the Trapper shows the families a white-tailed deer pelt.

They also heard about what kinds of wild animals roamed Ohio in the 1800s, as part of our 200th anniversary celebration. Trevor the Trapper explained what animals (like the porcupine, mountain lion, American bison) used to roam Ohio but have since been extirpated — that is, to say, they are locally extinct.

There are dozens of animals that used to make Ohio their habitat but can now only be found in zoos or museums. They include mammals like the lynx, birds like the swallow-tailed kite, fish like the alligator gar, and the mustard white butterfly. And some like the passenger pigeon and blue pike are completely extinct.

You can visit the Ohio Department of Wildlife’s website for a complete list of Ohio endangered, extirpated, and extinct animals.

10 7, 2019

Headlands Branch survey

By |2019-10-07T06:00:21-04:00October 7, 2019|

Let us know what you want from your Headlands Branch.

Let us know what you want from your Headlands Branch.

We need you! We’re looking at ways we could improve our Headlands Branch, and we want your opinion.

We’d be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer the eight short questions in our community survey. What do you love? What would you improve?

All questions are voluntary, and all of your answers are both confidential and anonymous.

Thank you for your time and insight.

09 30, 2019

Paint Pouring Party!

By |2019-09-30T06:00:48-04:00September 30, 2019|

Ever heard of fluid art? It’s also called Paint Pouring or Dirty Pouring. We tried it last week with our Masterpieces at Main Art Club.

Instead of painting, you can mix your paint in a single cup and pour it directly onto the canvas. It makes for a stunning, psychedelic image.

Here’s a video if you want to try it at home:

By the way, our Masterpieces at Main Art Club is always happy to welcome new members. It’s open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. You can register online for your children to join or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, art lovers have other clubs they can check out at the library:

  • Studio MPL is now at the Lake Branch! Kids gather each month to make a fun art project. The next meeting is 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us for our Crafty Adults Club at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at our Lake Branch or our Bad Art Club at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at our Headlands Branch. Both are free to join. We provide the supplies. You just bring your imagination.
  • Finally, if you love art, then you should check our Book & Brush Club. Our Collection Development Manager Barb provides  a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements from the club’s book of the month. Their next meeting is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at our Main Branch. This month’s selection is “The Modigliani Scandal” by Ken Follett.

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