08 18, 2019

Borrowing magazines on OverDrive

By |2019-08-18T15:12:57-04:00August 18, 2019|

You already know that you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive with your library card. (More than ever, now that we’ve joined CLEVNET.)

You may even know that you can use OverDrive to stream videos to your favorite device.

But did you know that you can use OverDrive to read current and back issues of your favorite magazine? It’s true! You can borrow digital editions of Popular Science, Gourmet, HGTV, Reader’s Digest, O The Oprah Magazine and more for free.

You can “check out” as many as issues as you want and read them at their convenience for the next 21 days. You can access them via desktop or the OverDrive or Libby apps. (The apps are free from the Google Play and Apple stores.) All issues automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are no late fees.

By the way, you can also borrow digital issues of popular magazines with Flipster.

You can check out both new and back issues of 56 different magazines with Flipster, 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.

And we’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: All of these digital services and more are available without additional cost. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

05 17, 2019

Streaming video on OverDrive?!

By |2019-05-17T06:00:30-04:00May 17, 2019|

FB graphic 404x404_Streaming VideoYou probably already know that you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from OverDrive with your library card. (More than ever, now that we’ve joined CLEVNET.)

But did you know that you can use OverDrive to stream workout videos, documentaries, and even cartoons to your smart devices?

Now anyone with a MPL card can stream videos via OverDrive to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

If you browse OverDrive’s video collection, you’ll find everything National Geographic documentaries to cooking videos to Sesame StreetYou have nearly 5,000 titles to watch.

You can “check out” as many as 20 videos at a time and stream them at their convenience for the next three days. All videos will automatically expire at the end of the lending period so there are no late fees.

By the way, you can also stream thousands of videos on Hoopla and Kanopy.

And we’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: All of these digital services and more are available without additional cost. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

04 10, 2019

BBC favorites now available for streaming on Hoopla

By |2019-04-10T06:00:55-04:00April 10, 2019|

Anglophiles rejoice! Dozens of your favorite BBC shows are now available to stream for free. All you need is your library card.

Hoopla, one of our digital services, recently added more than 90 seasons of BBC shows to its collection where you can stream it for free 24/7.

That includes modern classics (Upstairs, Downstairs), bawdy comedies (Coupling), murder mysteries with a young Daniel Craig (Ice House), dinosaurs (The Lost World), murder mysteries with dinosaurs (Primeval), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Hawking.

You can also watch BBC’s classic takes on Robin Hood, Sinbad, and Call the Midwife.

And if the BBC isn’t your family’s speed, you can stream Great Courses lectures, Nova documentaries, episodes of Sesame Street, Nickelodeon classicsDisney films, and dozens of other fun and educational TV shows from Hoopla, as well.

You get to borrow up to 12 items a month.

By the way, if you don’t know how to use Hoopla, we’ve made handouts and how-to videos to help. You can also ask one of our librarians how to use Hoopla the next time that you visit us.

03 18, 2019

Kanopy: Your Free Film Festival

By |2019-03-18T06:00:31-04:00March 18, 2019|

If you have a Mentor Public Library card, then you have a free ticket to a film festival with more than 30,000 films, shorts and documentaries, including award winners, critics’ favorites, and box-office smashes.

It’s called Kanopy. And it’s available whenever and wherever you are.

You can use Kanopy to stream films, documentaries and even TV shows from all-around the world. It’s like Netflix, but free.

You can stream classics from the Criterion CollectionA24’s remarkable filmography, or Kanopy’s stunning offering of documentaries from all around the world. Also, if you have kids, Kanopy has a robust collection of educational and entertaining programs for families, including animated masterpieces from GKIDS.

You can watch online or use Kanopy’s app, which is available for free at the Apple and Google Play stores. Each month, you can stream up to 10 different films.

So start watching. Your ticket to a world-class film festival, tailored to your personal interests, awaits.

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 lynda.com, an online software training database, to help them with their studies. And the school districts pay so the students can access it.

Recently, Lynda.com 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.

 

 

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