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01 7, 2022

Get more eBooks & Audiobooks with Hoopla Flex

By |2021-12-28T15:35:02-05:00January 7, 2022|

Our digital collection from Hoopla is getting even bigger!

Now our library has added hundreds of the latest and bestselling ebooks and audiobooks with Hoopla Flex. Can’t find a certain ebook or audiobook in our collection or on Libby? Check Hoopla!

Borrowing an ebook or audiobook from Hoopla Flex works similarly to borrowing one on Libby/OverDrive. It it’s marked as available, you can check it out immediately. You’ll have the audiobook or ebook for 21 days with renewal available as long as there are no holds on the item. If someone has borrowed the item you want, you can place it on hold.

To be clear, Hoopla Flex is a new option for those of you specifically looking for new and bestselling ebooks and audiobooks. If you use Hoopla to read comics, listen to music, or watch movies, you can still do that! Hoopla still has nearly a million different titles of  ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, and TV episodes that you can borrow immediately as part of its Hoopla Instant collection.

Hoopla is free to use with your Mentor Public Library card. You can borrow up to 20 items per month from the Hoopla Instant collection and 10 items from Hoopla Flex. Click here to start browsing Hoopla’s enormous catalogue.

08 11, 2021

Appy Hour: Free Apps & Databases for Back to School

By |2021-08-11T16:00:28-04:00August 11, 2021|

MPL Librarian Ariel Johnson and Mentor High School Student Technology Leader Steven Dohm introduce you to databases and apps that can help students of all ages when they return back to school.

All of them are free to use with their library card or have a freemium version.

The resources they talk about include:

  • LinkedIn Learning – a database filled with video courses led by professionals that can help you improve almost any skill
  • NoveList Plus – a wonderful resource for finding your next favorite book
  • Kids InfoBits – an online encyclopedia made with kids in mind
  • Points of View Reference Center – an excellent resource for researching all aspects of controversial topics
  • Very Short Introductions – a great place to start researching any topic
  • DuoLingo – a freemium app that will help hone your foreign language skills
  • EasyBib – a bibliography generator that makes citation simple
  • Khan Academy – a spectacular free resource with courses on math, science, computing and more
  • Quizlet – flashcards and games designed to help you master any subject
  • Sleeping Tools

Join us next month for another Appy Hour! The next session will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. And for more on our digital services and databases, check out our Digital Spotlight.

06 29, 2020

Study anything for free with the Great Courses & your library card

By |2022-10-03T14:44:19-04:00June 29, 2020|

Whatever you want to learn, there's a Great Courses series about it. And there's a great chance that you can enjoy that Great Courses series for free with your library card.

Whatever you want to learn, there’s a Great Courses series about it. And there’s a great chance that you can enjoy that Great Courses series for free with your library card.

Have you heard of The Great Courses?

They’re a collection of phenomenal lectures series created by esteemed college professors for the general public on fascinating topics like Decisive Battles in World HistoryWriting Great Fiction, and Physics & our Universe.

They’re engaging, enlightening, and understandable. The only downside? They can be a touch expensive to buy.

Fortunately, your Mentor Public Library offers three ways that you can enjoy more The Great Courses for free.

1. Borrow them from us

We have several DVD sets of Great Courses series that you can borrow from our collection, including:

Browse from the dozens of sets in our collection.

2. Stream them using Kanopy

If you’re not familiar with Kanopy, it’s a streaming service that lets you watch some of the world’s greatest films and documentaries. And it’s free with your library card!

It also has dozens of Great Courses series that you can stream onto your computer, phone, tablet, or Smart TV. Typically, you can stream 10 items from Kanopy each month. But, right now, you can stream unlimited Great Courses videos from Kanopy with your Mentor Public Library card.

Learn as much as you want to about historyskillshobbieshumanities and science.

3. Stream audio versions of the Great Courses for free with Hoopla

By the way, if you prefer streaming audio, you can stream more than 100 Great Courses in their entirety as audiobooks using Hoopla. Once again, Hoopla is free to use with your Mentor Public Library card. You can borrow up to 20 items per month from its collection, which also includes audiobooks, movies, music, and comics.

So what do you want to learn first?


12 13, 2018

Library cards for Lake Shore Compact students

By |2018-12-13T06:00:16-05:00December 13, 2018|

One of the Career Technical Education students shows off his new Mentor Public Library card.

One of the Career Technical Education students shows off his new Mentor Public Library card.

We spent a wonderful morning giving Mentor Public Library cards to about 175 Career Technical Education students this Tuesday at Mentor Schools’ Paradigm building.

The students were from the MBA, Allied Health and Graphic Design & Video Production tracks. They all use, an online software training database, to help them with their studies. And the school districts pay so the students can access it.

Recently, became one of the dozens of databases you can use for free with your library card. That means the students and schools can access it for free. All the students need is a library card.

We also had the opportunity to show the students the ebooks, digital magazines, streaming music and video, and other online resources they can use with their Mentor Public Library Card.

This is just the beginning of the process. However, by putting library cards in every Mentor High School students’ hands, we can save the school district $37,500 over the next five years.

This is just one of the ways that Mentor Schools and Mentor Public Library have partnered to (one) save the community money, (two) share resources and (three) make those resources available to you.

Just this year, we opened Mentor High School’s renovated school library — now known as The HUB — to the public. It’s open to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday. We also host a wide variety of programs there each week.

Moreover, you now use The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace!

It contains a:

You can use any or all of these machines to make the project of your dreams. You don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing. For more information, visit our makerspace page.

We’re grateful for our friends at Mentor Schools. Our partnership with them has made our library card more valuable than ever.



05 3, 2018

Kanopy Kids

By |2018-05-03T06:00:53-04:00May 3, 2018|

Kids can learn about science, math, languages and more with popular educational shows on Kanopy Kids.

Kids can learn about science, math, languages and more with popular educational shows on Kanopy Kids.

Have you checked out Kanopy yet? It’s a streaming service like Hulu or Netflix, but it’s free with your library card.

It offers a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

And it may have just become your child’s favorite streaming service with Kanopy Kids.

Kanopy Kids offers video versions of story time classics like Curious George, Where the Wild Things Are, Lon Po Po, Too Many Tamales, Goldilocks & The Three Dinosaurs and The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf.

It also features episodes of popular educational shows. Learn about science with SciGirls or Ready Jet Go, nature with Zooboomafoo or Dinosaur Trainhistory with Liberty’s Kids, reading with Between the Lions and WordWorldand more than a dozen languages (including Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and French) with Little Pim.

You can also enjoy classic children’s series starring Arthur, Daniel Tiger, Maya the Bee and Franklin.

Kanopy Kids even offers celebrated and award-winning animated films like Eleanor’s Secret, Ernest & Celestine and Mia & the Magoo.

You can stream unlimited videos (specifically, from Kanopy Kids) each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—for free.

Kanopy playlists:


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