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.

03 30, 2019

Learning to code at the library

By |2019-03-30T06:00:51-04:00March 30, 2019|

Kids in fourth grade or higher can join our Coding Club that meets monthly at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Kids in fourth grade or higher can join our Coding Club that meets monthly at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Looking at a career in tech? Want your kids to be IT literate?

Either way, you want to know about coding.

Here are four ways we can help you or your children learn coding:

1. We have a monthly coding club for kids at The HUB in Mentor High School. It meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is April 2.

Our club uses Khan Academy online courses, so kids, teens and even adults can learn at their own paces. Find out how to animate drawings, design websites and more. The club is free to attend and open to anyone in fourth grade and higher. You can register to attend online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

Kids can learn the fundamentals of coding without even realizing it when they play with Ozobots.

Kids can learn the fundamentals of coding without even realizing it when they play with Ozobots.

2. If your kid is too young to join the club, they can learn the basic input/output fundamentals of coding by playing with our Ozobots. (They are one of the several STEAM kits available for use at our Main Branch.)

Here’s how it works: Children can create paths for the robots using different colors and lines. Then, the Ozobots use their optical sensors to read the paths and interpret them as commands.

This sort of input-output training is the same process that people use when coding. So when the children play with Ozobots, they learn the logic and language of coding.

3. Additionally, you can also use Lynda — one of our newest digital services — to learn coding from home. Lynda offers online tutorials that teach introductions to coding languages like:

You can stream the tutorials anywhere and watch as many as you like. Lynda is free to use with your Mentor Public Library card.  And all you need is your card number to create a Lynda profile.

Once you’ve done that, you can immediately browse the more than tens of thousands of educational videos waiting for you.

4. Finally, we have dozens of books on coding (for kids and adults) that you can borrow for free.

03 8, 2019

Make catapults, launch marshmallows at our Headlands Branch

By |2019-03-08T06:00:14-05:00March 8, 2019|

Make catapults and launch marshmallows at our Headlands Branch on March 23.

Make catapults and launch marshmallows at our Headlands Branch on March 23.

Go medieval!

Kids can build their own catapults and launch marshmallows at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at our Headlands Branch.

The young engineers can compete for the longest launch and best aim. The winner will receive a prize.

The program is free to attend and open to all kids from nine to 12 years old. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 257-2000.

By the way, we have several books on how to build catapults for both kids and adults, as well as other cool engineering projects you can make with your family. And they’re all free to borrow with your library card!

11 3, 2018

It’s electric! Making circuits with play-dough

By |2018-11-03T06:00:01-04:00November 3, 2018|

Ms. Robin helps Sarah make a circuit with play-dough, clay and two light-emitting diodes.

Ms. Robin helps Sarah make a circuit with play-dough, clay and two light-emitting diodes.

Our STEAM club got a charge out of learning about electricity. (No more puns? OK, we’ll stop.)

The kids made circuits out of play-dough, clay and LEDs, which stands for light-emitting diodes. While we usually use metals to conduct electricity, other household items like play-dough or a potato can also carry enough charge to light a bulb.


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For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym, STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. And here are five resources we have for any family that want to learn more about these topics.

  1. Our Picking Up STEAM Club meets each month at our Lake Branch to explore the weird and wonderful world of science and math. The next meeting is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. We’re using LEGO blocks to learn about engineering.
  2. Our Lake Branch also 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. Additionally, 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.
  4. Our Main Branch is hosting another STEAM program at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. This time we’re focusing on engineering.
  5. We have a brand new coding club at our newest location — The HUB (which is inside Mentor High School.) Join us at 3:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. In this self-paced club, kids (fourth grade and higher) can earn badges as they reach certain milestones. Earn all the badges to become a Programming Wizard! Our next meeting is Nov. 6.

Finally, don’t forget about the thousands of books and videos we have to offer. Whatever niche of science, technology or art your child cares about, we can help them learn more about it.

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