12 4, 2018

Research before you buy with Consumer Reports

By |2018-12-04T06:00:55-05:00December 4, 2018|

Check bias-free reviews from Consumer Report before you do your holiday shopping.

Check bias-free reviews from Consumer Report before you do your holiday shopping.

Whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts, a computer, or car, you can get free and unbiased reviews of competing products from our Consumer Reports database.

Read rankings and recommendations on hundreds of types of products: mattresses, car seats for your baby, store credit cards, tablets, TVs, and more. (It also ranks bacon, weirdly enough.)

You can even read other shoppers’ reviews to see if they jibe with Consumer Reports’ assessments.

Consumer Reports doesn’t accept advertising or have shareholders. They also test all products in house. Because of this, they are a trusted source and buying guide.

Get professional insight when you’re shopping this holiday season with Consumer Reports, and get them for free with your library card.

By the way, Consumer Reports is just one of dozens of databases you can use for free with your library card. You can search your family history, check product recommendations, learn a foreign language, fix your carget help with your job search or pick your next book.

08 25, 2018

Check Chilton for car maintenance & repair advice

By |2018-08-25T06:00:16-04:00August 25, 2018|

Chilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Doesn’t matter the year, make or model of your vehicle.

Chilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Doesn’t matter the year, make or model of your vehicle.

What do you do when something’s wrong with your car?

Panic? Send your vehicle to the nearest dealership or mechanic and hope they don’t overcharge you?

Next time, start by visiting Chilton Library — one of the dozens of databases you can use for free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Chilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Doesn’t matter the year, make or model of your vehicle.

It offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, diagrams to simplify troubleshooting, and plenty of pictures and illustrations to make sure you understand what you’re looking at.

You can also get labor estimates on specific repairs to make sure that nobody rips you off.

It even has Automotive Service Excellence test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams, if you’re working on becoming a technician.

And that’s just one of our databases! We have dozens more that can help you when buying a computer, searching for a job, researching your family’s history, learn foreign languages or preparing a legal form.

And they’re all free to use with your library card.

08 4, 2018

Learn about your genealogy & family history with our databases

By |2018-08-04T06:00:01-04:00August 4, 2018|

Research your family's history with HeritageQuest, Ancestry and other databases at Mentor Public Library.

Research your family’s history with HeritageQuest, Ancestry and other databases at Mentor Public Library.

How far back do you know your family’s history? Do you know your great-grandparents? Do you know their great-grandparents?

Do you want to?

It’s amazing what you can learn about your family history with the databases available at Mentor Public Library.

Your library card gives you access to not one, not two, not three, but four different genealogy websites. For free.

They are:

  1. Ancestry — Search for your family’s history through censuses, cemeteries, city directories, military and immigration records, and more public records.
  2. Fold3 — Fold3 allows you to research your family’s military history going back to the Revolutionary War.
  3. HeritageQuest — Similar to our Ancestry database. Browse public records, including censuses that go back to the 18th Century, US Indian census rolls, mortality schedules and more.
  4. African-American Heritage — A genealogy database that specializes in African-American heritage, complete with state-by-state guides and a volunteer-staffed forum.

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.

07 17, 2018

Learn the languages of the world for free with your library card

By |2018-07-17T06:00:40-04:00July 17, 2018|

Learn more than 100 different languages for free with the Transparent Language database at Mentor Public Library.

Learn more than 100 different languages for free with the Transparent Language database at Mentor Public Library.

Foreign languages don’t have to be Greek to you, as long as you have a Mentor Public Library card.

If you want to learn another language but don’t want to spend money on classes, books or software, try the Transparent Language database for free.

Transparent Language offers a simple, intuitive way to learn the basics of more than 100 different languages—pretty much any language you can think of, everything from Albanian to Zulu.

Transparent Language offers dozens of language lessons, which can help you negotiate everyday conversations, as well as vocabulary lists, proficiency tests, and pronunciation and conversation practice for each language.

And language is more than just knowing words and grammar, so Transparent Language includes culture blogs to add variety and depth to your learning experience. There are even interactive games for each language to help you practice.

Transparent Language is also great for people who are learning English. It offers 30 English-as-a-second-language courses, including ones for people who speak Chinese, Czech, Hindi, Polish, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese and more.

So whether you’re visiting France or just want to learn Urdu, check out Transparent Language. It’s just one of the dozens of useful databases available from Mentor Public Library.

07 10, 2018

New databases at Mentor Public Library

By |2018-07-10T06:00:21-04:00July 10, 2018|

Learn about everything from car repair to genealogy with the new databases at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about everything from car repair to genealogy with the new databases at Mentor Public Library.

Do you feel that? Your Mentor Public Library just became even more valuable.

We’ve added 11 more databases to our collection. You can now learn about car repair, research your genealogy or study a foreign language. And it’s all free with your library card.

The new databases include:

  1. Chilton Library — Chilton provides detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Doesn’t matter the year, make or model of your vehicle. You can even get labor estimates on specific repairs to make sure that your mechanic isn’t ripping you off.
  2. Fold3 — The first of three genealogy databases that we’re adding. Research your family’s military history going back to the Revolutionary War.
  3. HeritageQuest — Search for your family’s history through censuses, cemeteries, city directories, military and immigration records, and more public records.
  4. African-American Heritage — A genealogy database that specializes in African-American heritage, complete with state-by-state guides and a volunteer-staffed forum.
  5. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center — The perfect place for the Pinterest-ed. Find gorgeous ideas for experienced crafters or something fun and easy for the entire family.
  6. Home Improvement Reference Center — For the DIYer. Get helpful advice on maintenance, plumbing, electrical, woodworking, remodeling and outdoor projects. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides for any venture.
  7. Kids InfoBits — Kids InfoBits is a neat database for children who are researching animals, music, science, technology, art — almost any topic. Each entry offers pictures, suggested books, and magazine and newspaper articles on the topic. A great resource for any child working on a report or research project.
  8. Oxford Research Encyclopedias — Because Wikipedia doesn’t always have the answer. The research encyclopedias offer more than 11,000 articles — from abacus to Zoroaster.
  9. Small Business Reference Center — A spectacular resource for local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn aboutmarketing, tax law, limited liabilities, working with contractors and the hundreds of other things you need to know to be your own boss.
  10. Transparent Language — Transparent Language offers a simple, intuitive way to learn the basics of more than 100 different languages—pretty much any language you can think of, everything from Albanian to Zulu. It also has more than 30 English-as-a-second-language courses for those learning English.
  11. Very Short Introductions — Because brevity is still the soul of wit. Take a modest dive into hundreds of subjects with these intelligent introductions written by experts in their field. Browse the more than 500 available books.

And these are just our newest databases! We have dozens more that can help you when buying a computer, searching for a job, or preparing a legal form.

And they’re all free to use with your library card.

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