Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tra-La-Laa! Captain Underpants at Mentor Library

Angelina soars through the air!
Tra-La-Laa!

We dedicated our final Marvelous Monday—our summer-long celebration of heroes—to Captain Underpants and his "creators" George Beard and Harold Hutchins.

Kids made capes with their own Professor Poopypants-endorsed monikers. (For example, I'm Chim-Chim Banana Brain.) They also used toilet-paper rolls to stop the nefarious Turbo-Toilet 2000 and completed a Captain Underpants-approved obstacle course.
Chase lofts a roll at the dreaded Turbo Toilet 2000.
This may have been the final Marvelous Monday, but everyone still has until Saturday, Aug. 1, to log their summer-reading hours and books. (On that note, please remember to log your hours if you're a kid or books if you're a teen or adult at any of our branches by this Saturday. We want to make sure you get credit for all the reading you did!)

And we still have fun programs coming up:
Families can also join us for our End of Summer Reading party from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, at Mentor Public Library’s Read House. Kids can meet animal superhero Keith Gisser and the rescued reptiles of Herps Alive. There will also be games, crafts and kids can see if they won one of the prizes from Mentor Library’s summer reading program.
Ms. Amy gives Sierra her superhero cape.
For more photos from our Captain Underpants Marvelous Monday, visit Mentor Library's Facebook page.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Folk duo Simple Gifts performing at MPL's Read House

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, also known as the folk duo Simple Gifts, will perform a free concert this Wednesday at MPL's Read House.
Sometimes, the simplest gifts are the sweetest.

Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshion—collectively known as Simple Gifts—play 12 instruments between the two of them, everything from pianos and fiddles to hammered dulcimers and tablas.

Simple Gifts also create their own arrangements of Irish jigs, American reels, Gypsy melodies, Balkan dance music and more.

On Wednesday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., they will perform a free concert at Mentor Public Library's Read House. Fun for the whole family and no registration is necessary.

Get a taste of Simple Gifts by checking out the videos on their YouTube page, then come see them perform live this Wednesday.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BeachFest!

Christine and Olivia (on the right) try to decide what color they should top off their sand art with.
We want to thank everyone who made sand art at our tent or grabbed a book or two from our Pop-Up Library Saturday at BeachFest!

We hope you had as much fun as we did.
Allison and Brian smile as they add another layer to Allison's sand art.
We'll be having more Pop-Up Libraries in August, as well. You'll find it during the Mentor Rocks concerts, Matt Henk Benefit Softball Tournament, Concord Community Days, Mentor CityFest and more!
Christopher shows us his almost finished jar.
For more—seriously, a lot more—photos from BeachFest, check out Mentor Library's Facebook page.
Also, to the artist who sculpted an enormous Velveteen Rabbit, thanks for making us cry at the beach.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Learn how to save seeds & preserve herbs at Mentor Library


Did your garden grow more greenery than you know what to do with?

Learn how to preserve your herbs and save your seeds during a free presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Karen Kennedy from the local chapter of the Herb Society of America will explain how to preserve herbs for use at a later date, as well as how to dry seeds so they can be shared or planted later.

Mentor Public Library patrons can practice their seed-saving skills while using MPL’s seed library, which launched earlier this year.

With the seed library, gardeners can borrow heirloom and organic seeds from Mentor Library for free.

Here’s how it works: Anyone with a MPL card in good standing can check out seeds from the library for their own garden. The library’s collection includes more than 100 varieties of seed, including herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit.

People can check out as many as 15 types of seed per year.

With the seed library, people check out the seeds from MPL’s collection, grow them into plants, save some of the seed and then, finally, return those seeds from the propagated plant.

For more information on either Kennedy’s talk or the seed library, call Mentor Library 440-255-8811 ext. 241.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Mentor Library

Angelina, Sofia, Olivia, Marko and Kristian strike a radical pose during our TMNT-themed Marvelous Monday.
No need to be shell-shocked. We just dedicated this Marvelous Monday to four adolescent, reptilian, martial-arts enthusiasts.

Yes, that's right. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Kids made their own shells, domino masks and balloon katana at the Read House on Monday and the results were—I have to say—radical!
Aven and Bryn look ready to knock out some Foot Clan lackeys.
They also demonstrated their ninja bonafides by completing an obstacle course and perfecting the art of tossing sewer lids.

When they were finished, they chowed down on—what else?—pizza.
Owen grabs a snack (with a little help from his mom.)
We've had a great summer of Marvelous Mondays, and there's still one left. Join us at 1 p.m. on July 27 at the Read House for games and crafts. This week's hero is none other than Captain Underpants.

No registration is required. Just come out and have a good time.
Violet and Roman try to decide which color mask they want.
And there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for summer reading at Mentor Public Library.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.
Colton decorates his shell shield.
For more photos from Marvelous Mondays, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Comics scholar will discuss the women of 'Avengers' at Mentor Library



We've been talking about heroes all summer long, so it's no surprise that we have a program dedicated to the hottest heroes of the summer (give or take Ant-Man or Chris Pratt.)

Comics scholar Valentino Zullo will present on the history and impact of one of comics' most influential group of superheros, The Avengers, at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 23, at Mentor Library's Main Branch.

Zullo will pay special attention to the increased roles that superheroines now play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"As Marvel’s cinematic universe continues to expand, so does its sense of diversity," Zullo said. "In particular, the representation of women has become ever more prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe both on the big screen and on TV."

Zullo's discussion will trace a brief history of the superheroine in comics from early representations at the onset of World War II to our current era with Black Widow and Scarlet Witch on the big screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Marvel’s embrace of a feminist worldview in their TV shows Agent Carter and Agents of Shield.

He will explore the ways that women in comics have been presented, from the complicated and often critiqued hypersexuality, to the current representation of more realistic, powerful women.

"Together we will discuss the evolving state of feminism in the Marvel cinematic universe and consider the changing comics world through the figure of the superheroine," Zullo said.

Zullo is a doctorate student in the English department at Kent State University. He also holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

His talk is free and open to everyone. You can register for it on Mentor Library's website.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

'Bark'-ing up the right tree with Paws to Read

Teah reads to our newest Paws to Read dog, Hattie.
Looking for a way to encourage your kid to read? If they like dogs, then Paws to Read at Mentor Library is the perfect program for them.

Paws to Read pairs young readers (between the ages of six and 12 years old) with therapy dogs, who listen to the children as they read.

The dogs make an ideal audience—supportive and adorable—and all they ask for in return is the occasional ear scratch.
Claire touches Kody's paw as she reads to her about Horrible Harry.
Registration for our next sessions start Aug. 5. There will be two 30-minute sessions on Aug. 19 at our Main Branch; one beginning at 6:30 p.m., the next at 7 p.m. We only have so many therapy dogs; so, unfortunately, there’s a limit on how many kids can participate each month.

Furthermore, those spots tend to fill up fast, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child would enjoy Paws to Read.
Diva listens as Braden reads to her about the president.
By the way, there’s still time to join the more than 1,400 kids who have signed up for our summer reading program.

For every hour a child reads or is read to, they receive a raffle ticket that can help them win one of dozens of cool prizes—from telescopes and microscopes to Lego sets and Superhero Barbie. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

If a child reads 20 hours by Aug. 1, they will be entered into a special raffle to win one of two $50 gift certificates from Toys ‘R Us.

Mentor Library also has a summer reading program (and prizes) for teens and adults, as well. For more information about summer reading, call 440-255-8811 or visit Mentor Library’s website.
Ruckus and Taylor share a good book.
You can find more Paws to Read photos on Mentor Library's Facebook page.