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.

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.

04 29, 2018

Learn by playing with our new STEAM kits

By |2018-04-29T06:00:45-04:00April 29, 2018|

Kids can learn about science, engineering and technology with our new STEAM kits.

Kids can learn about science, engineering and technology with our new STEAM kits.

Kids can learn by playing with the new STEAM kits at our Main Branch.

Experiment with magnetism, electricity and the water cycle with our physics kit. Check out slides with our microscope. Complete circuits; build a motor, telegraph, radio or compass.

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.

Then play, learn, and play some more.

Additionally, kids can play with the new STEAM station at our Lake Branch.

Children as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.

Practice colors and counting with the Color Chameleon. Improve your motor skills with the EMIDO blocks, puzzles, and MagnaDoodle Sketch Board. Learn about science with our Insect Exploration Kit and My First Microscope.

They’ll have fun and learn something too.

12 11, 2017

Lake Branch opening STEAM station for kids

By |2017-12-11T06:00:47-05:00December 11, 2017|

Kids can explore the microscopic world at Lake Branch’s new STEAM Station.

Kids can explore the microscopic world at Lake Branch’s new STEAM Station.

Kids can combine play and learning when they try out the new STEAM Station at our Lake Branch.

(If you don’t know, STEAM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.)

Fledgling scientists as young as two can learn about science, tech and more by playing with our educational toys.

Practice colors and counting with the Color Chameleon. Improve your motor skills with the EMIDO blocks, puzzles, and MagnaDoodle Sketch Board. Learn about science with our Insect Exploration Kit and My First Microscope.

The toys are available for play at the Lake Branch. So the next time you’re visiting for story time or to borrow a book, stay awhile and play.

Your kids will have fun and learn something too.

Nolan builds an iguana and a star out of the EMIDO blocks at Lake Branch’s new STEAM station.

Nolan builds an iguana and a star out of the EMIDO blocks at Lake Branch’s new STEAM station.

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