02 22, 2019

Give to Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers this March

By |2019-02-22T06:00:01-05:00February 22, 2019|

You can support Lake-Geauga Recovery Center by donating toiletries at any of our branches during the month of March

You can support Lake-Geauga Recovery Center by donating toiletries at any of our branches during the month of March

As part of our 200th anniversary celebration, we’re collecting supplies for a different locally based nonprofit each month this year.

In March, we’ll collect donations for Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers has helped thousands of Lake and Geauga County residents on their paths of recovery from substance use disorders.

You can support their mission by donating toiletries for Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers’ Residential Treatment facilities, including:

  • travel-sized soaps, shampoos and conditioners
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • deodorant
  • shaving cream or lotion
  • feminine hygiene products.

We’ll be collecting donations at our Main, Lake and Headlands Branches all through March.

By the way, our Year of Giving continues all year. The calendar is:

July – Project Hope
October – Forbes House
November – Broadmoor/Deepwood

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

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.

06 21, 2018

Get free opiate-deactivating Deterra bags from Mentor Public Library

By |2018-06-21T06:00:50-04:00June 21, 2018|

People can dispose of their old and unwanted prescription medication using the free Deterra bags available at Mentor Public Library.

People can dispose of their old and unwanted prescription medication using the free Deterra bags available at Mentor Public Library.

Have old or unwanted medications in your house? Get rid of them safely — and for free — using Deterra bags, which you can get at any of our branches.

It could be a lifesaver.

Deterra bags have a deactivation system that will make old and unwanted medications nontoxic, so they can be disposed of in an environmentally safe way. People can then throw out medicines like oxycodone or fentanyl that might otherwise be abused.

The opiate epidemic that has rattled our country is far from over. More than 42,000 people fatally overdosed on opiates in 2016 alone, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

And 80 percent of heroin addicts start by misusing prescriptions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Those prescriptions are often found in the medicine cabinet of a friend or relative.

So getting rid of your medication is not just a matter of cleanliness. It could save the life of a loved one.

The Deterra bags are available at the circulation desks of each of our branches. You can get one today.

If you’d rather not use Deterra bags, for whatever reason, we encourage you to take your unwanted and expired medication to any of the approved Pharmaceutical Collection dropoff locations in Lake County.

One final note: We’d like to thank the sponsors who are supporting this program. The Deterra bags were purchased with grants from the Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library.

deterra flyer

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