Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The joy of Seuss and of reading to children

When I talked with Amy Popik from The News-Herald about Read Across America, we mentioned who read Dr. Seuss to us when we were kids. For me, it was my grandma; for her, her mom.

Now, the actual who doesn't matter so much. It can be an older sibling, parent, cousin, teacher, neighbor, whomever. What matters is that somebody read to us.

And that sort of connection is generational. I share the joy of reading with my child in part because someone shared it with me. And if you hang around long enough at the library, you'll see parents that used to be story-time children reading to their own kids.

And while we love to celebrate Seuss, we don't just celebrate his birthday because of his characters, illustrations, rhymes or even the morals that stay true no matter how old you get. (A person is still a person, no matter how small.) We celebrate Seuss because he shared the joy of reading with so many, and he'll continue to do so for generations to come.
Terri, one of our MPL Board members, reads to the children during a special Seuss story time at our Headlands Branch.
So we hope you joined us for Dr. Seuss's birthday on Monday. We hope you made a candy Cat-in-the-Hat at our Lake Branch, played Seuss-pendous birthday games at our Headlands Branch, or learned the "Green Eggs & Ham" song from Seussical at our Main Branch.

But if you couldn't join us Monday, there's an easy way to make up for it.

Read. Read to someone you love.

If you're looking for suggestions, I like The Lorax and Yertle the Turtle, but it doesn't need to be my favorites. It doesn't even have to be Dr. Seuss.

Just read. It's a beautiful gift to give to anyone. And when the opportunity comes, I know whomever you read to will pass that gift along.
Linsay makes her own Cat-in-the-Hat hat at Mentor Library.
For more photos from our Dr. Seuss birthday party, check out Mentor Library's Facebook page.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pergola Construction With Boy Scout Troop 280: Part 2

These pergolas will look even cooler when the surrounding terrain isn't covered in snow and salt.
Boy Scout Troop 280 is at it again.

Two years ago, they built a beautiful pergola for our Headlands Branch.

Now, troop member Michael Judy (with help from other scouts and volunteers) has built two pergolas along the walkway from our Main Branch to the Read House.

And, yes, they did it in this weather.
We can't thank Mike and the whole troop enough!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Who needs a brush to paint?

Who needs a brush? Ava uses a toy car to paint a rainbow.
You don't need a brush to paint. Almost anything can be your brush if you're feeling creative—marbles, toy cars, yarn, anything.

So we're breaking out the forks, bubble wrap, Q-tips, balloons, sponges, combs, cardboard tubes and plastics bottles—but no brushes—this Saturday to see what you can make.

Any kids who are five years or older are welcome to join us from 3 to 4 p.m. , Feb. 28, at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. You can paint whatever you imagine. The only rule: No brushes allowed!

Kids can register for our program by calling 440-257-2512 or on our online event calendar.
Lily uses a straw to move the paint around her page.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learn about the history of women in aviation at Mentor Library

Queens of the Air: Amelia Earhart, Ruth Nichols and Louise Thaden
What better way to celebrate Women's History Month than to recognize women who defied gravity.

Mentor Library is celebrating the women of aviation during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at the library’s Main Branch.

And Northeast Ohio houses one of the greatest resources in the world for learning about the history of female pilots, the International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.

The museum also has stories, photos, memorabilia and artifacts from more than 6,000 women who have done some amazing things. IWASM Board President Connie Luhta, who is both a pilot and a flight instructor, will share some of these stories at the library on Monday.

She will talk about some of the women who have soared—both local and international, famous and less familiar—including a hot-air balloonist who performed at Napoleon Bonaparte’s wedding and Marge Hurlburt, an English teacher at Harvey High School in Painesville who set a speed record for women before dying during an air show in Iowa. Hurlburt also served as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) in World War II.

Luhta’s talk is free and open to everyone. To sign up for the program, call Mentor Library at 440-255-8811 ext. 216 or register on the library's online event calendar.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday at Mentor Library

Someone is celebrating a Seuss-pendous birthday soon, and Mentor Public Library is ready to party.

On Monday, March 2, all three branches of Mentor Library will commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with story times, crafts, special programs and, of course, cake.

The party will go all day at the library’s Main Branch. Kids can play a Fox in Socks-themed matching game, make a photographic birthday card for Seuss, and make a hot air balloon (just like in Oh, the Places You’ll Go.)

And there will be cake while it lasts.

Meanwhile, at the Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch, the library will host a special story time for children four years and older at 4 p.m. Kids will listen to classic Seuss stories and make a Fox in Socks bag puppet.

Then, the Mentor Headlands Library Branch will have a birthday party for the good doctor at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, cake and Seuss books.

Later in the day, kids can stage their own version of the Seuss classic Green Eggs & Ham. David Malinowski of the Fine Arts Association will teach kids—ages three to seven—basic theater techniques with the Page to Stage program at 6:30 p.m. at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Mentor Library isn’t alone in celebrating Seuss. Schools and libraries across the country remember the man and his stories as part of the annual event, Read Across America. The National Education Association started it in 1998 to honor Seuss and revel in the joy of reading.

Each year, Read Across America is scheduled to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2.

For more information on Mentor Public Library’s many Seuss-themed events, you can visit our event calendar.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: It's like a Book Club for your Mouth

Our Tasty Tuesday series begins this week with chocolate.
Libraries are so much more than books. We're music, movies, story times for kids (and occasionally for adults), as well as programs that stimulate your creativity and encourage you to keep learning all of your life.

Don't get me wrong. We love books. We have more than 150,000 in our collection and that's not even counting eBooks.

But we aren't just about books. We're also a place to go where you can expand your tastes—whether it be in entertainment, information or, in the case of our newest program, your literal sense of taste.

This week we launch our new monthly series, Tasty Tuesdays.

And you don’t need to be a gourmand or foodie to appreciate it. You just need to have taste buds and be curious.

Each month, the library will offer tastings and host discussions on foods from all across the palate. It's like a book club for your mouth.

The first Tasty Tuesday will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Mentor Library’s Main Branch, and they’ll be talking about (and eating) chocolate.

You can register for it on our website.

Bon app├ętit!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Anything is paws-ible with a good book and a good dog

Jake and Claire take turns reading to Jazzy during Paws to Read at Mentor Library.
I've mentioned Paws to Read before, and I'm going to mention it again sometime soon; because it's a great program, and I want as many people as possible to know about it.

Paws to Read is for readers between the ages of six and 12 years old. Mentor Library hosts it on the third Wednesday of the month at either its Main or Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

If your child can read independently but doesn’t like to do it in front of other people, you might try signing them up for Paws to Read. The program works well for dog lovers, but it’s also helped some kids who are scared of dogs get over their phobia.
Newfoundland Wilson and Olivia share a book.
The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Registration fills up quickly, so contact the children’s department at Mentor Public Library soon if you think you child could benefit from Paws to Read. (There is often a waiting list for the program once registration begins.)

For more information on Paws to Read and other children’s programs at Mentor Public Library call (440)257-2512.
Payton gives Caesar a belly scratch in between books.
For more photos from Paws to Read, visit Mentor Library’s Facebook page.