06 15, 2021

Kids can follow their Roaming Gnomes around the world

By |2021-06-15T12:00:52-04:00June 15, 2021|

Where will your gnome roam this summer?

Where will your gnome roam this summer?

Let your gnome roam this summer!

We’re offering a special program where kids can decorate a gnome, send it to a friend or family member, and follow its adventures across the country (or even the world.)

First, kids (ages three to 12) can pick up a gnome from our Main Branch. Next, the kids can color and decorate their gnomes however they want. Give it a name and a backstory, if they want. Then, send it to a friend or family member.

Have that friend or family member bring the gnome with them when they go somewhere – the beach, park, volcano, wherever – and snap a few photos with their gnome companion. Afterward, send those photos (by text, email or post) to the child, so they can enjoy their gnomes’ adventures too.

Finally, share your photos with us by bringing them to the Children’s Department at our Main Branch or emailing them to kim.sidorick@mentorpl.org. We will be keeping track of and sharing all the places the gnomes visit this summer.

Please share your gnome photos with us by July 31 when our Summer Reading program concludes.

05 26, 2021

‘Imagine Your Story’ with our photo contest for kids

By |2021-05-26T06:00:28-04:00May 26, 2021|

Hit us with your best shot!

Kids are welcome to Imagine Their Story through photography with our photo contest this June. Here’s how it work:

Children (up to the age of 12) can submit an entry into our contest. You submit a photo by emailing it to marilyn.weiss@mentorpl.org between June 1 and June 15. No submissions will be accepted before or after these dates, and only one submission per child is allowed.

Photographs should fall into one of three categories:

  1. Amazing Animals
  2. Adventurous Outdoors
  3. Close to my Heart

Photographs can be taken on any device: camera, smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.

Once the submission period ends, all photographs will be uploaded to our Facebook page where you will have one week to vote for your favorite. A local photographer will also select their favorite overall picture.

The crowd favorite for each category and the judge’s favorite picture will win a small prize and be shared on our Instagram page.

By entering the contest, you are granting Mentor Public Library permission to use and display your photograph.

So have fun! We can’t wait to see your photos!

05 23, 2021

Kick off Summer Reading with a Princess & Pirates Party

By |2021-05-23T06:00:15-04:00May 23, 2021|

Summer Reading sets sail with a Pirates & Princesses Magic Show from Mentor Public Library on Saturday, June 5.

We’re kicking off our Summer Reading program with an online Pirates & Princesses Party at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 5.

Kids can enjoy a magic show from Zap Entertainment via Zoom. (You’ll need to RSVP to get the Zoom link.) Once you sign up, kids can pick up their pirate or princess loot bags from our Main Branch. It’s stuffed with stuff that will help them to participate in the festivities.

Summer Reading starts Friday, June 4, at Mentor Public Library! You can sign up at any of our branches. This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story and we’re hosting programs all summer long about fairy tales, myths and magic.

Of course, kids, teens and adults can win spectacular prizes from Mentor Public Library for reading this summer. Kids (those entering sixth grade or younger) can earn a raffle ticket for every hour they read or are read to. The more they read, the better chance they have to win one of the library’s prizes.

Kids who read at least 20 hours during Summer Reading will also earn a golden ticket and a chance to win a $50 gift card to Target.

Meanwhile, teens (those entering seventh grade and older) and adults can earn raffle tickets two ways. First, they can earn a ticket for each book they read. Next, they can earn up to 10 bonus tickets by completing different challenges. Each ticket means a better chance of winning.

For more information, visit www.mentorpl.org/summerreading.

05 18, 2021

Imagine Your Story with Summer Reading at Mentor Public Library

By |2021-05-18T06:00:50-04:00May 18, 2021|

Summer Reading takes off on Friday, June 4, at Mentor Public Library!

Mentor Public Library is celebrating both the start of Summer Reading and the return of in-person outdoor programming this June!

Once again, kids, teens and adults can win spectacular prizes from us for reading this summer. Kids (those entering sixth grade or younger) can earn a raffle ticket for every hour they read or are read to. The more they read, the better chance they have to win one of the our awesome prizes!

Kids who read at least 20 hours during Summer Reading will also earn a golden ticket and a chance to win a $50 gift card to Target.

Meanwhile, teens (those entering seventh grade and older) and adults can earn raffle tickets two ways. First, they can earn a ticket for each book they read. Next, they can earn up to 10 bonus tickets by completing different challenges. Each ticket means a better chance of winning!

Summer Reading starts Friday, June 4! Patrons can sign up at any of our branches.

This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story and we’re hosting programs all summer long about fairy tales, myths and magic. Magical Mondays, Funday Fridays, and so much more! Some will be hosted online via Zoom, while others will be held in-person outside at our branches (weather permitting.)

Additionally, we’re once again hosting story times daily outside our branches. Visit our online event calendar to see which story times best fit your family’s schedule. Registration is required for all programs, including our story times, before attending. You can sign up for both in-person or online programs on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811.

05 14, 2021

A Slave No More: Discussing the Stories of the Enslaved

By |2021-05-14T16:00:10-04:00May 14, 2021|

The Civil War series that we host with our friends and neighbors from James A. Garfield National Historic Site has returned! This month, Ranger Allison Powell (with help from Ranger Joan Kapsch) uses the biographies of John Washington and Wallace Turnage to discuss common attributes in the stories of the enslaved who escaped to freedom.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, June 9. The rangers will discuss the controversial trial of convicted traitor Lambdin P. Milligan, which involved none other than the man who would be president, James A. Garfield. The talk will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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