12 31, 2018

What was new at the library this year?

By |2018-12-31T06:00:12-05:00December 31, 2018|

What's new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

What’s new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

Every year is a busy one at Mentor Public Library, but a lot happened this year.

Your library card has never been more valuable. And we want to take this opportunity to remind you all of the new services we added this year, just in case you missed something.

  1. The HUB – First of all, we added a brand new location this year! We’ve teamed with Mentor Public Schools to help you get connected at MHS’s renovated school library, now known as The HUB. It’s open from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday and available to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and a wide variety of programs.
  2. Makerspace – Another feature of The HUB: a state-of-the-art makerspace with laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, green-screen studio, and more. What do you want to make? Earrings? Clothing? Customized drinking glasses? Music videos? You can make all of that and more with your new makerspace.
  3. Lynda and other new databases – We added 12 new databases to our collection this year. You can now learn about car repair, research your genealogy or study a foreign language. You can also access to thousands of online educational courses with Lynda. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to spreadsheets.
  4. Renovated Main Branch – We recently completed a renovation of our Main Branch’s first floor. We’ve added more access to electrical outlets, moved and refurnished our teen area, and replaced carpeting and furniture that was about 30 years old. Most importantly, we added study rooms (probably the most common request we received!)
  5. Kanopy – We added a slew of digital services this year too. Kanopy, for example, is the perfect antidote for those mourning the demise of FilmStruck. It has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. That includes classics like RashomonCharadeA Hard Day’s NightDonnie Darkoand The Great Dictator (and a great collection of kids’ fare, as well.) You can stream any or all of them. For free. With your library card.
  6. Niche Academy – Meanwhile, Niche Academy is the perfect online tool for people trying to figure out how to use all these online tools. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to use library services like OverDrive, LibbyFlipsterFreegal, Hoopla and KanopyNiche also offers intros for online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
  7. Flipster – Flipster lets you read dozens of popular magazines whenever you want and for free, using your favorite device. You can check out both new and back issues of different magazines, including People, Atlantic, Times, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Highlights, New Yorker, Money, Redbook, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Vogue and Teen Vogue, Wired, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Zoobooks, and Vanity Fair.
  8. Deterra bags – Perhaps not the most fun or glamorous new service we’ve added, but certainly an important one. If you have old or unwanted medication in your home, Deterra bags lets you get rid of them safely and for free. You can now get them for free at any of our branches thanks to donations from Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library. Click here for more info.
  9. Author Talks – We hosted a lot of authors this year. Everyone from Karin Slaughter to Beth Macy, Les Roberts, Stephen Markley, Rebekah Frumkin, Derf Backderf and more visited Lake County. Many came as part of our Off-the-Page author series with our friends from the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries. The league also hosted the first ever Northcoast Writers Showcase with Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline this year. The showcase will return in 2019 with headliner Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, along with dozens of local authors.

And we’re not done innovating. In 2019, we’re celebrating our 200th anniversary with new programs, new story times, new book clubs, and a whole lot more fun.

We look forward to seeing you then.

12 30, 2018

Holiday House Party at the Library

By |2018-12-30T06:00:12-05:00December 30, 2018|

Emily carefully festoons her graham-cracker house with frosting and gumdrops.

Emily carefully festoons her graham-cracker house with frosting and gumdrops.

Kids decorated graham-cracker houses with some sweet accouterments during our Holiday House Party last week at the Lake Branch.

The children customized their homes with gumdrop landscaping, cereal shingles, M & M eaves, and frosting—a blizzard of frosting.

12 28, 2018

Introducing the Busy People’s Book Club

By |2018-12-28T06:00:14-05:00December 28, 2018|

We’re starting a new book club that’s perfect for people whose schedules are too hectic to join a book club.

Too busy for a book club? We have a book club for that!

Too busy for a book club? We have a book club for that!

The Busy People’s Book Club has no deadlines or meetings, just good books.

Starting on the first Monday of January, people can pick up a new book each month, along with discussion questions, information about the author and other interesting facts.

You can read and consider each month’s book at your leisure, whenever your busy schedule allows.

January’s book is The Dry by Jane Harper. You can pick it up from the reference desk at our Main Branch.

If you’re looking for a more active book club, we host 10 each month. Peruse their descriptions to find the one that suits your interests.

12 27, 2018

Making masterpieces at Main with Mondrian

By |2018-12-27T06:00:31-05:00December 27, 2018|

Tableau I *oil on canvas *103 x 100 cm *signed b.r.: P M 21

Kids can create artwork like Piet Mondrian during our first ever Masterpieces at Main art club meeting.

Do your children like playing with color and shapes? Are they, in short, artsy?

We’ve got a new club that they’ll love – Masterpieces at Main, which meets at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at our Main Branch. The first meeting will be Jan. 10.

Each month, they’ll try out a new art project with Ms. Robyn from our Children’s Department. In January, they’ll use grids and primary colors to make artwork like Piet Mondrian.

The club is open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And they don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, they will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

You can register online for your children to join or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

If you or your family love art, then we have more clubs you’ll enjoy:

  • Studio MPL returns in a new place but with a familiar face. Ms. Lisa will guide children through different artists and techniques. Now at the Lake Branch! The next program will be 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Call or register online to attend.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us for our Creative Connections Club. Each month, we’ll explore new mediums and techniques. We’ll meet next at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at our Lake Branch.
12 26, 2018

Win prizes for reading with us

By |2018-12-26T06:00:04-05:00December 26, 2018|

Celebrate our 200th anniversary and win cool prizes for reading.

Celebrate our 200th anniversary and win cool prizes for reading.

Mentor Public Library is commemorating its 200th anniversary in 2019. (Funny, we don’t feel old.)

We’re going to celebrate by – what else? – reading. And we want you to celebrate with us!

We’ve compiled a list of 200 books for our big anniversary – everything from Walt Whitman to Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume to Goosebumps. The list includes authors from when Mentor Library Company first formed in 1819 to modern favorites.

The more books you read from our list, the bigger prizes you’ll win.

If you read:

  • 10 books, you receive a MPL microfiber cloth
  • 25 books, you earn two free books from the Friends of the Mentor Public Library
  • 50 books, you receive MPL chap-stick. (Yes, that’s a thing.)
  • 75 book, you get a MPL Pint Glass
  • an astonishing 100 books, you win a gorgeous MPL blanket​.

But reading is its own reward, and you don’t need to read a book a day to make it worth your while. Peruse our list, pick a few favorites, and start reading!

And check here for more ways you can enjoy 200 years of Mentor Public Library.

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