04 9, 2019

Getting green with Mentor Public Library

By |2019-04-09T06:00:45-04:00April 9, 2019|

So many crafty programs for Earth and Arbor Day! Make collages, reusable totes and more.

So many crafty programs for Earth and Arbor Day! Make collages, reusable totes and more at Mentor Public Library’s branches.

We’re celebrating both Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 26) soon, so we’re hosting three programs that week where families can find the fun in going green.

First, families can make Earth Day collages any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at our Headlands Branch. You can create landscapes, planets or anything else you can imagine out of recycled magazines. No registration required. All ages welcome.

Next, kids can make crafts out of recycled materials during our monthly Green Kids Craft Lab at 6 p.m. this Wednesday, April 24, at The HUB inside Mentor High School. This month’s theme is (naturally) I Love the Earth. Once again, no registration is required.

That same day, adults can make their own crafty, reusable totes at 6:30 p.m. at our Lake Branch. Like our other programs, this one is free to attend. However, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call our Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

Additionally, if you’re looking for another way to recycle, you can come to the Friends of Mentor Public Library’s book sale that weekend. Restock your bookshelves for next to nothing on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.

The money from these book sales supports library programs and services, including summer reading, author visits, children’s story times and programs, as well as programming for teens.

Finally, if you’re looking books or DVDs to help discuss Earth or Arbor Day with your kids, we literally have hundreds in our collection that you can borrow.

02 26, 2019

Wiggle & Play at our Lake Branch

By |2019-02-26T06:00:11-05:00February 26, 2019|

Half of our Wiggle & Play Club is dedicated to active play with educational toys.

Half of our Wiggle & Play Club is dedicated to active play with educational toys.

If your kids love story time but their attention span doesn’t always last until the end, then they should check out the Wiggle & Play Club on the first Wednesday of each month at our Lake Branch.

We have 15 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs. Then, the kids enjoy 15 minutes of active play with educational toys.

It’s the perfect recipe of literacy, learning and fun for little listeners on the go.

Our next Wiggle & Play get-together is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at our Lake Branch. No registration is required and kids of all ages are welcome.

By the way, we host story times at all of our branches and almost every day. Peruse our event calendar to see which of our story times best fit your family’s needs and schedule.

And, remember, while we love reading with your children, their favorite story times will always be the ones that they share with you.

 

02 20, 2019

Lake Branch expanding thanks to generous donation

By |2019-02-20T17:26:18-05:00February 20, 2019|

Mentor Public Library Executive Director Cheryl Kuonen (left) and Board of Trustees President Diane Wantz thank Charles N. Higgins Jr., the trustee of the

Mentor Public Library Executive Director Cheryl Kuonen (left) and Board of Trustees President Diane Wantz (right) thank Charles N. Higgins Jr., a trustee of The Francis M. Paulson Irrevocable Trust of 1990, for the trust’s support of the library.

Mentor Public Library’s Lake Branch will receive a substantial upgrade and expansion this year – in large part thanks to the generosity of Francis “Bud” Paulson.

The Francis M. Paulson Irrevocable Trust of 1990 provides for the creation of the Beryl B. Paulson Memorial Endowment Fund, and the fund is donating $250,000 toward the project.

Lake Branch’s expansion will include the construction of another meeting room. This addition will be permanently known as The Beryl P. Paulson Annex and Meeting Room in honor of Paulson’s wife.

The new meeting room will make it possible for the Lake Branch to host more and bigger programs.

Beryl Paulson and Francis “Bud” Paulson passed away in 2005 and 2017, respectively. They actively used and supported Mentor Public Library throughout their lives.

Francis Paulson served on the library’s Board of Trustees from 1958 to 1966. His tenure included several important events for Mentor Public Library, including:

  • The expansion of the library’s Main Branch on Mentor Avenue
  • The establishment of the first branch in Mentor-on-the-Lake
  • The acquisition of the Headlands Branch from the Fairport Harbor Public Library
  • The separation of Mentor Public Library from the school system.

“The Paulsons’ gift is overwhelming in its generosity,” Mentor Public Library Executive Director Cheryl Kuonen said. “Every library is a reflection of its community, and extraordinary gifts like the Paulsons help the library accomplish extraordinary things.”

02 5, 2019

Kids can go on a snowshoe adventure at our Lake Branch

By |2019-02-05T06:00:29-05:00February 5, 2019|

Kids can strap on snowshoes and have an adventure on Monday, Feb. 18, at our Lake Branch.

Kids can strap on snowshoes and have an adventure on Monday, Feb. 18, at our Lake Branch.

Want a cool adventure for kids when they’re off school for Presidents’ Day? How about snowshoeing?

Our friends from Lake Metroparks will teach kids (third through sixth graders) how to use snowshoes during a special program at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at our Lake Branch.

The program is free. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at the Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

A couple of notes for those who want to participate:

  • Make sure you wear boots and, in general, are dressed for winter weather. The Metroparks will provide snowshoes for the kids to use, but you still don’t want to show up in sneakers.
  • This program requires at least four inches of snow to work, so keep your fingers crossed. Feel free to call us to confirm if we got enough snow.

 

01 31, 2019

Make your own shirt at the Lake Branch

By |2019-01-31T06:00:03-05:00January 31, 2019|

Use transfers and fabric paint to customize your own shirt at the library.

Use transfers and fabric paint to customize your own shirt at the library.

We’re commemorating our 200th anniversary in 2019 and offering ways to celebrate all year long.

Adults can make themselves a gift – a library-themed T-shirt – during a special program at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at our Lake Branch.

You can get creative and use different mixed-media methods to customize your shirt, including acetone-based transfers and fabric paint and markers.

This mixed-media extravaganza is free to attend and open to all adults. However, we do require that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call the Lake Branch at (440) 257-2512.

By the way, if you’re interested in customizing your own shirts but can’t come to the program, you can always use the vinyl cutter and heat press at The HUB’s makerspace.

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