10 7, 2021

Discover All about the Moon

By |2021-10-07T06:00:54-04:00October 7, 2021|

Show your lunar love for our program on the moon this October 21 with Chris Mentrek from Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park.

Explore the earth’s nearest neighbor during an out-of-this-world program we’re hosting with Chris Mentrek from Geauga Park District’s Observatory Park.

Mentrek will share tips on observing the moon using telescopes, binoculars, or even just your eyes. He’ll also explain the phases and cycles of the moon and how different cultures have marked them. Finally, he’ll offer a preview of the upcoming lunar eclipse in November.

Mentrek’s talk will be hosted live via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. The program is free to enjoy, and registration is required to get the Zoom link. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, Mentrek visited us earlier this year to discuss star maps and apps that can help amateur skygazers identify constellations, planets, comets, and even satellites overhead. You can watch that program on our YouTube channel.

07 30, 2019

3D Printing in Space

By |2019-07-30T06:00:55-04:00July 30, 2019|

Kids paint rocket ships that were 3D printed at Mentor Public Library.

Kids paint rocket ships that were 3D printed at Mentor Public Library.

We had a 3D Print-a-Palooza las week at our Main Branch!

First, kids learned how the astronauts use the 3D printer on the International Space Station to print tools and parts.

Then, they checked out the library’s 3D printer and learned about some of the things it can make.

Finally, the kids painted rocket ships that had been printed at our library.

Click here if you want to learn more about Mentor Public Library’s 3D printer and how you can use it.

We celebrated and explored space all season long with our Summer Reading program, A Universe of Stories. Sadly, this year’s program concluded on Sunday. But while Summer Reading may be over, the party has just begun.

Families can celebrate the conclusion of a spectacular summer during our Summer Reading Finale Party.

The party starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, on our Main Branch. The fun begins at 6 p.m. in the Children’s department where cake will be served. We will also have the winners of our summer reading prizes drawn.

You can then make your way down to the Village room for a special presentation of Space Jam. The movie begins promptly at 6:30. Enjoy fresh popped popcorn, bring a blanket if you’d like, and sit back and relax while you enjoy the film.

By the way, this has been one of our biggest summers ever.  More than 1,700 kids (the most ever) have joined our Summer Reading program and read more than 18,000 hours thus far.

And more than 600 teens and adults signed up for Summer Reading, as well. Together, they read more than 4,000 books.

That’s a lot of reading!

06 16, 2019

Stellar shows coming to City of Mentor’s amphitheater

By |2019-06-16T06:00:41-04:00June 16, 2019|

Follow the Bright Star

Follow the Bright Star Touring Theatre into space during a pair of free performances on Saturday evening, June 29, at the city of Mentor’s amphitheater.

Kids can blast off when the Bright Star Touring Theatre company lands in Mentor this summer.

Bright Star is a theater company that brings fun and educational shows to your community. They’re performing a pair of free shows on Saturday evening, June 29, at the city of Mentor’s amphitheater.

It’s a perfect evening of entertainment for families with kids from preschool to sixth grade.

First, at 6 p.m., enjoy Jack’s Adventure in Space, where a student’s imagination takes him on an out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system.

Then, at 7:15 p.m. watch One Small Step. This tale traces the history of flight and space travel from the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk to the moon and beyond!

Admission is free. No registration required. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is hosted by the City of Mentor.

06 2, 2019

Making your own 3D glasses

By |2019-06-02T06:00:08-04:00June 2, 2019|

Kids use their 3D glasses to look at photos from the Mars Rover.

Kids use their 3D glasses to look at photos from the Mars Rover.

Kids made their own 3D glasses during a STEM program last week at our library. They then used their new specs to check out photos from NASA’s Mars Rover.

It’s not too complicated to make your own 3D glasses. You only need red and blue cellophane (Important: the red goes in the left frame; blue on the right), paper frames, and some tape.

And we have plenty of programs scheduled for this summer that’ll have you seeing stars. Our Summer Reading theme is A Universe of Stories, so we’re hosting several programs with space themes, including:

  • Making galactic jewelry at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School. Teens can use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create their own pendants and necklaces. By the way, as part of our summer reading program, we’re extending hours a The HUB. It be open and available to all (not just Mentor Schools students and staff) from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, starting June 3.
  • The stomp rocket challenge at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at tour Main Branch. Tweens and teens can make their own rockets using plastic bottles and PVC pipes.
  • The opportunity to learn about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at our Main Branch. Discover some of the combustion and fluid experiments that astronauts have performed in microgravity.
  • For one special evening, Aimee Bogner – an electrical engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center – will introduce everyone to Orion, NASA’s newest spacecraft, during a program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at our Main Branch.
  • A tour across the Milk Way with our Amazing Race across the Galaxy at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, outside of the Read House. Kids will race across the galaxy, completing challenges at each planet where they stop.

Additionally, we’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 3 to July 22 on our Main Branch’s lawn. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate Mentor Public Library’s Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

05 28, 2019

NASA engineer to discuss Orion spacecraft at Mentor Library

By |2019-05-28T06:00:44-04:00May 28, 2019|

Learn about the NASA spacecraft that will take humanity beyond the moon during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the NASA spacecraft that will take humanity beyond the moon during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

We’re hosting a program that will put stars in your eyes.

For one special evening, Aimee Bogner – an electrical engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center – will introduce everyone to Orion, NASA’s newest spacecraft, during a program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at our Main Branch.

Orion is designed to take humans farther into space than ever before. Bogner will provide an overview of the Orion spacecraft, its scheduled missions, and NASA’s plans for future journeys to the moon and beyond.

For the first time in a generation, NASA is building a human spacecraft for deep-space missions that will usher in a new era of space exploration. A series of challenging missions awaits, and this new spacecraft will take humanity further than it has ever gone before, including to the vicinity of the moon and Mars.

Everyone is welcome to learn more at Bogner’s talk. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Learn from and about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station during a special program on Monday, June 10, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Learn from and about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station during a special program on Monday, June 10, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Coincidentally, our Summer Reading theme this year is A Universe of Stories. So throughout the summer, we’ll host different programs with space themes, including:

  • Making galactic jewelry at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at The HUB inside of Mentor High School. Teens can use the laser engraver in The HUB’s makerspace to create their own pendants and necklaces. By the way, as part of our summer reading program, we’re extending hours a The HUB. It be open and available to all (not just Mentor Schools students and staff) from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, starting June 3.
  • The stomp rocket challenge at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at tour Main Branch. Tweens and teens can make their own rockets using plastic bottles and PVC pipes.
  • The opportunity to learn about some of the experiments performed on the International Space Station at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, at our Main Branch. Discover some of the combustion and fluid experiments that astronauts have performed in microgravity.
  • A tour across the Milk Way with our Amazing Race across the Galaxy at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, outside of the Read House. Kids will race across the galaxy, completing challenges at each planet where they stop.

Additionally, we’re hosting Marvelous Mondays at 1 p.m. each Monday from June 3 to July 22 on the lawn of our Read House. Each week the we’ll offer different games, crafts and activities that tie into space, planets and even aliens. Then, families can come to Freaky Fridays at 11 a.m. each Friday at our Lake Branch. Every week, we’ll have stellar activities for kids. No registration is required to attend Marvelous Mondays or Freaky Fridays.

And that’s just a smattering of the dozens of programs we’re offering this summer. They are free to attend, though some require registration. To sign up, you can call us at any of our branches.

Finally, everyone – kids, teens and adults – has a chance to win prizes when they participate in our Summer Reading program. The more people read and the more programs they attend, the better chance they have of winning.

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