03 5, 2022

All Booked Up With Cailey & Meg: STEAM Reads

By |2022-02-27T14:06:10-05:00March 5, 2022|

It’s about to get STEAMy as Cailey and Meg discuss four books about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics … but mostly science. Those books are:

  1. Liquid Rules: The Delightful & Dangerous Substances that Flow through our Lives by Mark Miodownik
  2. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly
  3. What Is Color: 50 Questions and Answers on the Science of Color by Arielle and Joann Eckstut
  4. We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

Most of the books we discuss can also be borrowed as ebooks using Hoopla or Libby.

01 31, 2022

Get Constructive with our New BUILD Club

By |2022-01-24T10:07:35-05:00January 31, 2022|

Kids can learn about engineering and make masterpieces each month with our new BUILD Club.

Each time we get together, the club builds with different materials and completes new challenges. The next meeting is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17, at our Main Branch. The kids will see what they can build with that craft classic – popsicle sticks!

BUILD Club is open to all kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 3.

03 22, 2021

Engineering Egg-u-cation

By |2021-03-22T13:59:19-04:00March 22, 2021|

Mentor Firefighter Jerry Craddock drops one of the egg-drop contraptions that our young engineers built.

Mentor Firefighter Jerry Craddock drops one of the egg-drop contraptions that our young engineers built.

Kids got an egg-u-cation in engineering when they designed their Egg Drop Devices! We tested them this morning with the help of our friends from Mentor Fire Department!

Congratulations to Audrey, Brayden, Brooke, Elizabeth, Gabriel, Holden, Liam, Libby, Peyton, Thomas, and Trevor whose eggs all survived the drop! And to all our young engineers whose eggs got a little scrambled – never fear! – we learn how to build better machines by testing their limits.

Lastly, we want to apologize. Our camera had a mechanical malfunction, so we don’t have any video from the egg drops. All the more reason to try this again soon!

Egg Dropped

02 28, 2020

Teaching symmetry with snowflakes

By |2020-02-28T06:00:53-05:00February 28, 2020|

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library's STEAM program.

Children make enormous symmetrical snowflakes out of colored popsicle sticks at Mentor Public Library’s STEAM program.

Kids learned about symmetry by making snowflakes – both out of paper and popsicle sticks – this week at our Main Branch.

The children not only got to get crafty, but they learned a little about geometry.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. Kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  2. Our Lake Branch has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Our Headlands Branch also hosts a monthly STEAM Club. Curious Kids will meet for a Trivia Night at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children
01 20, 2020

Building roller coasters at the library

By |2020-01-20T06:00:40-05:00January 20, 2020|

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

Sissy and Elena build a roller coaster through the shelves of our Headlands Branch.

We transformed our Headlands Branch into a theme park during our Curious Kids program.

Kids built roller coasters with foam pipe insulation tubes and paper towel rolls. Then they sent marbles down them. They quickly learned that they could adjust their coasters to increase the speed of the marbles. Physics!

By the way, you can perform a similar experiment with pool noodles and marbles, if you want.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

The kids see how much ballast their boats can hold before they sink.

For bonus physics fun, the children also built boats from aluminum foil. Then they saw how many pennies they could stash on board before their boats sank.

Each month, we use games, activities, and even crafts to teach the tenets of STEAM. That stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math, if you’re unfamiliar with the acronym.

But there are a lot of ways the library can help your kid or you learn about science, tech, and more. Here are just five:

  1. Kids can check out the STEAM kits at our Main Branch. Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Design a race car or an amusement park ride. Learn the basics of coding with an Ozobot. Kids can use any of our kits in the library. (Sorry, they’re not available for lending.) Peruse your options at our Children’s Desk.
  2. Our Lake Branch has a STEAM station where fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.
  3. Visit the state-of-the-art makerspace at The HUB in Mentor High School. Library patrons can use The HUB’s laser engraver, heat press, large-format printer, and green-screen studio for school, work, and personal projects. We also have 3D printers that you can use at Main.
  4. Both our Main and Headlands branches host monthly STEAM programs. Full STEAM Ahead will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at our Main Branch. Meanwhile, the next Curious Kids gathering is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, at our Headlands Branch.
  5. Browse our shelves! They’re packed with books full of fun science experiments that you can do with your children

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