08 7, 2019

Make Your Own Galaxy Shoes

By |2019-08-07T06:00:12-04:00August 7, 2019|

Transform shoes with sharpies and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.

Transform shoes with sharpies and a little bit of rubbing alcohol.

Teens transformed plain canvas shoes into intergalactic kicks earlier this summer at our Main Branch.

Now, we’re going to show you how to do it too. All you need is:HB4116

  1. Plain canvas shoes. You can start with any color; but, if you pick white or light tan, your colors will show better.
  2. Permanent markers. Once again, you can pick your palette. Purples, pinks, blues, and turquoises all look great!
  3. Rubbing alcohol and a sprayer.

If there are any parts of the shoe that you don’t want colored, start by taping them off.

Then, go to work with the Sharpies. There’s no such thing as a mistake here. Make sure you switch up your colors a little and leave some space to blend, but anything you make will be eye-catching and unique.

Finally, use a spray bottle to liberally mist your shoes with rubbing alcohol. This will blend your colors.

If you want, you can also use white paint (fabric, acrylic, or even glitter) to add some stars.

When you’re finished, let the shoes dry for at least 24 hours before you wear them.

By the way, craft credit goes to Every Day Best for inspiring us.


08 4, 2019

Exploring a universe of stories with you

By |2019-08-04T06:00:45-04:00August 4, 2019|

Thank you for a spectacular summer!

Thank you for a spectacular summer!

Thank you for joining us for one of our biggest, busiest and best summers ever!

We concluded with our Finale Party on Thursday. We had cake, crafts, a second-chance prize raffle (courtesy of WINT Integrity Radio,) and a special screening of Space Jam! (Then again, every screening of Space Jam is special.)

This year, we had the most people sign up for our Summer Reading program ever.

More than 1,700 kids read an astonishing 21,627 hours! And more than 600 teens and adults combined to read 4,675 books.

And that’s not even counting the thousands of you who joined us for programs at our branches this summer. Thank you for making this summer so remarkable!

By the way, the summer may be over but the fun never is. Check out our event calendar and see all the fun programs we have coming up! We look forward to seeing you again at the library soon.

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!

07 26, 2019

Meet the Makerspace this August

By |2019-07-26T06:00:20-04:00July 26, 2019|

What are you going to make at The HUB's makerspace this August?

What are you going to make at The HUB’s makerspace this August?

Everyone still has a chance to check out the makerspace at our newest branch, The HUB inside Mentor High School.

We’re hosting a bevy of fun and free programs where people can use the makerspace to create and customize cool accoutrements, including:

  • Driftwood signs that can be used for home or office decoration at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. Adults can use the makerspace’s laser engraver to carve a personalized message on a piece of driftwood found on the shores of Lake Erie.
  • Customized water bottles at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Kids (ages eight through 12) can use the makerspace’s vinyl cutter to personalize water bottles with logos of their favorite Cleveland sports team.
  • Golf bag tags at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8. Adults can customize their gear using The HUB’s laser engraver.
  • Wooden hair bows and bowties at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. Parents or grandparents can make a unique gift for their favorite kid’s first day of school using the laser engraver.
  • Personalized pencil cases at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Meanwhile, kids can personalize a pencil case with glitter, gems and the makerspace’s vinyl cutter.
  • Coffee mugs at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19. Adults will use the vinyl cutter to add some flash to their mug.
  • Coffee cozies at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Keeping with the caffeinated theme, adults can personalize a cozy to keep java warm.
  • Tooth fairy boxes at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22. Kids (ages five through 12) can celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day by making a wooden Tooth Fairy box using some imagination and a laser engraver.

Additionally, people can enjoy guided introductions to:

All these programs are free to attend. However, all of them require registration. You can sign up online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

Patrons learn about the large-format printer at The HUB during a makerspace tour.

Patrons learn about the large-format printer at The HUB during a makerspace tour.

By the way, there’s never been a better opportunity to use The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace. We’ve expanded The HUB’s hours to noon to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

The HUB’s makerspace has a green-screen studio (complete with camera and editing equipment,) laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, large format printer, spiral binder, button maker, 3D pens, sticker printer, and mini-laminator.

People can use any or all of these machines to make the project of their dreams. They don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All they need is a CLEVNET card in good standing. Click here for more details or to make a reservation.

07 25, 2019

Defying gravity at our Out of this World Party

By |2019-07-25T06:00:48-04:00July 25, 2019|

Acrobat Annabella didn’t quite blast off when she performed during the Out of This World Party last week at our Lake Branch, but she certainly blew some minds.

She defied gravity with juggling-sticks, contortionist, and tumbling routines during our celebration of the moon landing’s anniversary.

Kids also designed their own frisbees and completed a 9-hole disc golf course during the party.

By the way, don’t forget to enter all of your books or hours read before our Summer Reading program ends on Sunday, July 28. We want to make sure you get credit for all of the reading you’ve been doing this summer.

And it’s not too late to sign up for Summer Reading, if you haven’t already. Even if you only read one book this summer, you still have a chance to win one of our awesome prizes. And the more you read, the better chance you have of winning.


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