05 20, 2021

Genealogy Research: Using Secondary Sources

By |2021-05-20T19:00:46-04:00May 20, 2021|

We have a special presentation to share!

Ms. Lisa, one of our library associates and leader of our Back to your Roots Genealogy Club, explains how you can use secondary sources to answer tough questions in your family’s history.

By the way, your library card gives you access to several genealogy websites, including Ancestry. You can search for your family’s history through censuses, cemeteries, city directories, military and immigration records, and more public records!

You don’t need to know much to get started on our databases—a name, somewhere that person lived and it helps to know his or her approximate birth year. And, frankly, if you don’t know your great-grandfather or great-great-mother’s birth year, it usually only takes a single search to find out.

These databases search through millions of public records: census and immigration information, birth/marriage/death certificates, and more. Not only can you view these documents, but you can email them to yourself and your family members.

And each document that you discover provides more information that you can use to hone your search.

So start searching and explore that family tree!

12 20, 2020

Read the world with PressReader

By |2020-12-20T06:00:57-05:00December 20, 2020|

pr-libraries-digital-signage-en-nov2020You can now read thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world with your Mentor Public Library card and our newest digital service, PressReader.

Read publications from hundreds of countries in dozens of languages! All you’ll need is your library card number and PIN.

There are three ways to access PressReader’s enormous catalog: our website, PressReader’s website, or the PressReader app.

Screen Shot 2020-12-17 at 12.10.02 PMTo visit PressReader from our site, you can click on the link on our front page or databases index and start browsing immediately. If you visit PressReader’s site directly, you’ll need to search for Mentor Public Library, and then put in your library card number and PIN before you can begin browsing.

Finally, you can use PressReader’s app, which is available for Apple, Android, Microsoft, and Amazon devices. Once again, you’ll need to enter your library (that’s us), your library card number, and PIN to sign into the app. You’ll also need an email address to create a profile.

That’s all you need to start browsing periodicals from all over the globe! So start browsing!

By the way, the PIN you need is the same one you use to access your account on our website. If you don’t know your PIN, it’s probably the last four digits of the phone number that we have on record for you. If there’s no phone number on your account, the PIN will be a 4- digit code using your birth month and day. (For example, 0824 for a birthdate of August 24.) If your account has no phone number or birth date, your temporary password will be CHANGEME. Once a PIN is assigned, you can change yours to anything you wish once you sign into your account online.

04 15, 2019

Why your library card is very money smart

By |2019-04-15T06:00:52-04:00April 15, 2019|

Mentor Public Library can help you grow your money.

Mentor Public Library can help you grow your money.

We celebrated Money Smart Week  earlier this month with a week’s worth of programming that focuses on financial literacy.

But, even if you missed those programs, there are still plenty of ways we can help you save money.

1. First and foremost, you can save a lot of money just by using your library card to borrow books and movies. See for yourself with this Library Value Calculator.

And, remember, you can borrow more than books, movies and music from us. We also lend everything from hotspots to ukuleles. And if you don’t want to pay for that Hulu, Netflix or Spotify subscriptions, you can also use your library card to stream TV shows, movies and music too.

2. We also have some very Money Smart databases. You can save money on everything from legal forms to genealogy research.

Want to research something before you buy? You can get free and unbiased reviews of competing products from our Consumer Reports database.

Don’t want to get ripped off when your car needs repairs? Start by visiting Chilton LibraryChilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Don’t want to spend the money on Rosetta Stone? Learn the languages of the world with the Transparent Language database for free. It offers a simple, intuitive way to learn the basics of more than 100 different languages—everything from Albanian to Zulu.

3. Then there’s Lyndawhich provides free access to thousands of online educational courses. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to film-making to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to SEO to spreadsheets.

4. Finally, never forget, we have hundreds of books and documentaries about money and finances that you can borrow for free, which is very Money Smart.

 

04 5, 2019

Draft wills, POAs & more for free with Legal Forms Library

By |2019-04-05T06:00:55-04:00April 5, 2019|

Draft legal forms yourself with Legal Forms Library.

Draft legal forms yourself with Legal Forms Library.

Legal forms can be confusing. Attorneys can be expensive.

Consequently, it can be a pricey venture if you need help creating a will, affidavit or some other legal form.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone set up a database with different legal-form templates that people could view or even download for free?

Someone (or, rather, someones) did. It’s called the Legal Forms Library, and it’s one of the dozens of databases that we offer access to for free.

There are thousands of form templates for all types of topics: divorce, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, wills, estates and more. (So you know, you’ll need to click through to the Legal Forms Library from the Mentor Public Library site for these hyperlinks to work.) And you can view, download or edit all these templates for free. There are also completed samples that you can view as a PDF or Microsoft Word file. This can give you an idea what your finished form should look like.

There are also legal definitions and explanations for each form, so you can understand what you’re reading.

The forms available on the Legal Forms Library include forms drafted by attorneys for a particular legal matter, forms from public records and participating companies and attorneys. “Official” forms for many states are included, as well.

For more information, you can visit the FAQ section of the Legal Forms website.

By the way, you can also use our databases to search your family history, check product recommendations, learn a foreign language, fix your carget help with your job search or picking your next book.

A final disclaimer here: Mentor Public Library cannot provide legal advice. Users should consult an attorney in all serious legal matters.

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.

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