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
12 8, 2019

Testing popsicle-stick catapults

By |2019-12-08T06:00:21-05:00December 8, 2019|

Kids built fortresses from plastic cups and catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubberbands, and plastic spoons last week at our Main Branch. Then they used their artillery to pelt each others’ fortresses.

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. Each of our branches host monthly STEAM programs. The programs at Lake and Main are on hiatus for the holidays and will return in January. However, the Curious Kids Club is meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 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
11 14, 2019

Celebrating Day of the Dead with art

By |2019-11-14T06:00:37-05:00November 14, 2019|

Elizabeth decorates her sugar cookie skull during our art club's Day of the Dead celebration.

Elizabeth decorates her sugar cookie skull during our art club’s Day of the Dead celebration.

The young artists of our Masterpieces at Main art club filled our story-time room with brightly colored skulls last month.

They weren’t being macabre. Instead, the kids were making artwork inspired by Dia de los Muertos. The holiday is an opportunity for families in Mexico and parts of Central America to get together, celebrate, and remember loved ones who have passed on.

The kids got in the spirit by painting alfeñique skulls, decorating sugar cookies, and even coloring marshmallows with edible gels—all with bold and bright colors.

By the way, our Masterpieces at Main Art Club is always happy to welcome new members. It’s open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

We’re taking a brief hiatus for the holidays, but we’ll be back in January.

In the meantime, art lovers have other clubs they can check out at the library:

  • Teens and tweens can make melted crayon art at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The HUB. Create a unique piece of artwork using crayons and a hair dryer. Register to attend online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.
  • Studio MPL is now at the Lake Branch! Kids gather each month to make a fun art project. The next meeting is 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us for our Crafty Adults Club at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at our Lake Branch or our Bad Art Club at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, at our Headlands Branch. Both are free to join. We provide the supplies. You just bring your imagination.
  • Finally, if you love art, then you should check our Book & Brush Club. Our Collection Development Manager Barb provides  a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements from the club’s book of the month. Like our Masterpieces at Main Art Club, Book & Brush will also return in 2020.

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