12 30, 2020

How Mentor Library can help you keep your New Year’s Resolution

By |2020-12-30T09:00:14-05:00December 30, 2020|

new-year-5798330Depending on what think-piece article you’re reading, anywhere between 88 and 92 percent of New Year’s Resolutions don’t survive the year.

But you can shift the odds in your favor with help from your local library.

We at Mentor Public Library are ready to help you get healthier, save money, learn a new skill, or attain whatever goal you have set for yourself in 2020.

Get Healthier

Want to exercise more, improve your diet, and just generally be healthier?

We have hundreds of exercise DVDs that you can borrow, and even more videos that you can stream: Jillian Michaelsyogapilates, t’ai chi, and more!

We also have dozens of cookbooks filled with healthy recipes waiting for you on our shelves.

Save More & Spend Less

Get money-management and investment advice from the experts, including the Great Courses professors and specialists on Lynda.com. Their courses are free to watch with your Mentor Public Library card. We also have a pair of talks from Financial Coach Steve Leskovec that you can watch at your convenience on our YouTube channel.

Additionally, we offer databases that can save you money on everything from legal forms to genealogy research.

Learn a New Skill or Hobby

You could probably teach yourself how to play chess, draw, or take a better photo. But why not learn from an expert?

Learn how to play chess from a master, how to draw from an internationally acclaimed artist, the fundamentals of photography with the photographers from National Geographic, and how to cook great meals in less time with an expert chef from the Culinary Institute of America.

Or you can learn a new language for free with our Transparent Language database.

And if this is the year that you learn how to play an instrument, you can start by borrowing one of our ukuleles.

12 29, 2020

We’re hosting a Zoom scavenger hunt for kids

By |2020-12-29T06:00:15-05:00December 29, 2020|

Have fun and win prizes during an online scavenger hunt with Mentor Public Library

Have fun and win prizes during an online scavenger hunt with Mentor Public Library

Kids of all ages can have fun and win prizes during our online scavenger hunt. We’re hosting it at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, via Zoom.

It’s free to play. Kids can participate by searching their home for different things. You’ll need to sign up, so you can get the Zoom link. RSVP online or call our children’s department at (440) 255-8811 ext. 220. Prizes can be picked up from the our Main Branch after the scavenger hunt.

Visit our event calendar for more library programs for you and your family!

12 23, 2020

Mentor Library’s Cold War series concludes with focus on 1989

By |2020-12-23T19:00:18-05:00December 23, 2020|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster concludes his year-long series on the history of the Cold War with a focus on the climactic year of 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. Across a divided continent, people strove for freedom and tried to figure out what life would be like without the Iron Curtain. Learn how this pivotal moment still impacts European history.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

12 23, 2020

A Last-Minute Christmas Survival Guide

By |2020-12-23T06:00:15-05:00December 23, 2020|

Dr Seuss Christmas unbranded

All of our branches are closed this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for Christmas.

We hope you have all the holidays books, movies and music you need; but, if you’re left in a lurch these next few days, we can still help. After all, our digital services are always available—even when our branches are closed.

That includes:

COVID-19 has made this year unpredictable. (I’m phrasing it mildly.) Simply put, this has been one of the strangest years in the library’s 200-year history. Thank you for your continued support. One thing that has not changed during this atypical year is that it’s a pleasure and privilege to serve our community. We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

12 21, 2020

Play live-action ‘Among Us’ at the library

By |2020-12-21T06:00:47-05:00December 21, 2020|

We spotted these two crewmates finishing their tasks in electric

We spotted these two crewmates finishing their tasks in electric

If your child likes the popular videogame Among Us, then we have a mission for them this January.

First, kids (ages eight to 12) can register and pick up their 3D printed crewmate from the our Main Branch, starting Monday, Jan. 4. Then the kids can decorate and costume their crewmate however they want, and bring it back to the library for its mission by Jan. 15.

Next, we’ll share pictures of the crewmates as they complete tasks around the Children’s Department. Each week, you’ll be able to vote on our Facebook page about which “crewmate” is an imposter undermining the mission.

It’s free to participate but registration is required. Sign up on our website or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 220.

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