01 16, 2019

Join our Shadowhunter Academy

By |2019-01-16T06:00:25-05:00January 16, 2019|

Teens can make runes during our Shadowhunter Academy at The HUB.

Teens can make runes during our Shadowhunter Academy at The HUB.

If your teen loves Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, then they’ll want to join our Shadowhunter Academy at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at The HUB inside Mentor High School.

We’ll make stele, runes, and create stickers using quotes from the books and our Makerspace.

There will be snacks too. Cosplay is welcome, but not required.

Our Shadowhunter Academy is open to all teens. We only ask that you register. You can sign up online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.

By the way, yes, Mentor Public Library has a new location inside of Mentor High School.

Its renovated library — now called The HUB — is open to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It also hosts a wide variety of programs like our Shadowhunter Academy.

Furthermore, The HUB has the aforementioned Makerspace with laser engravervinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printergreen screen studio and more. For more information about it – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

01 9, 2019

Meeting the Makerspace

By |2019-01-09T06:00:28-05:00January 9, 2019|

Ariel, our HUB manager, takes patrons on a tour of the green-screen studio at The HUB's makerspace.

Ariel, our HUB manager, takes patrons on a tour of the green-screen studio at The HUB’s makerspace.

Patrons had an opportunity to tour The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace earlier this month.

Our HUB Manager Ariel showed them the laser engravervinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printergreen screen studio and more.

If you missed the tour but still want to check out the makerspace, you still have plenty of opportunities. 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).

Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing.

Moreover, we’re hosting several programs in January that can serve as introduction to the makerspace’s hardware, including:

  • create custom tote bags with our vinyl cutter and T-shirt press at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
  • get an introduction to the laser engraver at either 5 or 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Get inspired for your next project and leave with an engraved souvenir.
  • learn about the vinyl cutter, as well, at either 5 or 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Discover what you can create with the cutter and get your own vinyl souvenir.

All these programs are free to attend. However, some programs are for different age groups. Also, we do ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online at our event calendar or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

Our HUB Manager shows examples from the makerspace's T-shirt press and large-format printer.

Our HUB Manager shows examples from the makerspace’s T-shirt press and large-format printer.

12 31, 2018

What was new at the library this year?

By |2018-12-31T06:00:12-05:00December 31, 2018|

What's new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

What’s new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

Every year is a busy one at Mentor Public Library, but a lot happened this year.

Your library card has never been more valuable. And we want to take this opportunity to remind you all of the new services we added this year, just in case you missed something.

  1. The HUB – First of all, we added a brand new location this year! We’ve teamed with Mentor Public Schools to help you get connected at MHS’s renovated school library, now known as The HUB. It’s open from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday and available to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and a wide variety of programs.
  2. Makerspace – Another feature of The HUB: a state-of-the-art makerspace with laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, green-screen studio, and more. What do you want to make? Earrings? Clothing? Customized drinking glasses? Music videos? You can make all of that and more with your new makerspace.
  3. Lynda and other new databases – We added 12 new databases to our collection this year. You can now learn about car repair, research your genealogy or study a foreign language. You can also access to thousands of online educational courses with Lynda. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to spreadsheets.
  4. Renovated Main Branch – We recently completed a renovation of our Main Branch’s first floor. We’ve added more access to electrical outlets, moved and refurnished our teen area, and replaced carpeting and furniture that was about 30 years old. Most importantly, we added study rooms (probably the most common request we received!)
  5. Kanopy – We added a slew of digital services this year too. Kanopy, for example, is the perfect antidote for those mourning the demise of FilmStruck. It has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. That includes classics like RashomonCharadeA Hard Day’s NightDonnie Darkoand The Great Dictator (and a great collection of kids’ fare, as well.) You can stream any or all of them. For free. With your library card.
  6. Niche Academy – Meanwhile, Niche Academy is the perfect online tool for people trying to figure out how to use all these online tools. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to use library services like OverDrive, LibbyFlipsterFreegal, Hoopla and KanopyNiche also offers intros for online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
  7. Flipster – Flipster lets you read dozens of popular magazines whenever you want and for free, using your favorite device. You can check out both new and back issues of different magazines, including People, Atlantic, Times, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Highlights, New Yorker, Money, Redbook, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Vogue and Teen Vogue, Wired, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Zoobooks, and Vanity Fair.
  8. Deterra bags – Perhaps not the most fun or glamorous new service we’ve added, but certainly an important one. If you have old or unwanted medication in your home, Deterra bags lets you get rid of them safely and for free. You can now get them for free at any of our branches thanks to donations from Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library. Click here for more info.
  9. Author Talks – We hosted a lot of authors this year. Everyone from Karin Slaughter to Beth Macy, Les Roberts, Stephen Markley, Rebekah Frumkin, Derf Backderf and more visited Lake County. Many came as part of our Off-the-Page author series with our friends from the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries. The league also hosted the first ever Northcoast Writers Showcase with Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline this year. The showcase will return in 2019 with headliner Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, along with dozens of local authors.

And we’re not done innovating. In 2019, we’re celebrating our 200th anniversary with new programs, new story times, new book clubs, and a whole lot more fun.

We look forward to seeing you then.

12 22, 2018

New Year’s Resolution: Make More

By |2018-12-22T06:00:53-05:00December 22, 2018|

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

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

In 2019, we invite you to create with the newly opened makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School.

If you have a Mentor Public Library card, you now have access to a:

Music videos! Personalized T-shirts, posters and pint glasses! Stickers, sculptures and etchings! You can make them with the makerspace.

If this sounds enticing but you’ve never heard of a laser engraver or vinyl cutter, then we can help with that too.

We have several programs this January that will introduce you to the makerspace and its resources.

You can:

  • get a tour makerspace and live demonstration of its equipment at either 4 or 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at  The HUB.
  • use the makerspace’s vinyl cutter to make customized drinkware at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Feel free to use one of our glasses or bring your own.
  • create custom tote bags with our vinyl cutter and T-shirt press at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
  • get an introduction to the laser engraver at either 5 or 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Get inspired for your next project and leave with an engraved souvenir.
  • learn about the vinyl cutter, as well, at either 5 or 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28. Discover what you can create with the cutter and get your own vinyl souvenir.

All these programs are free to attend. However, some programs are for different age groups. Also, we do ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online at our event calendar or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library 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.

Additionally, the price for Makerspace use varies by machine. See Makerspace Pricing @ The HUB for details.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

12 14, 2018

Making the holidays brighter with LASERS

By |2018-12-14T06:00:31-05:00December 14, 2018|

Kids could laser engrave ornaments that

Kids use the laser engraver to make Christmas ornaments at The HUB’s makerspace.

Families got to laser engrave their own Christmas ornaments when they visited the newly opened makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School earlier this week.

The kids personalized ornaments with their favorite things (Darth Vader and unicorns!) or special message to parents and grandparents.

Families watch as the equipment engraves their ornaments.

Families watch as the equipment engraves their ornaments.

Then they got to watch as the laser engraver used light to carve their creations.

You too can make ornaments, personalized T-shirt or other creative Christmas gifts at the makerspace. It’s filled with top-of-the-line equipment, including a:

Just to be clear, you don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor to use The HUB’s MakerSpace. All you need is a Mentor Public Library 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.

Additionally, the price for Makerspace use varies by machine. See Makerspace Pricing @ The HUB for details.

For more information – including policies, procedures, and how to make a reservation – visit our MakerSpace page.

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