09 16, 2021

How to Access LinkedLearning & The Great Courses for Free with your Mentor Public Library Card

By |2021-09-16T06:00:48-04:00September 16, 2021|

Our own Ms. Pelton offers a tutorial on you can learn from experts in practically any field FOR FREE using your MPL library card, LinkedIn Learning, and The Great Courses.

LinkedIn Learning offers video tutorials on thousands of topics from the artistic to the technical. If has short videos, in-depth courses, and in-depth learning paths.

If you have a card with an Ohio public library, then you can use LinkedIn Learning without charge. And you don’t need a LinkedIn account to use it. Visit our LinkedIn Learning page for more details. (By the way, you may be familiar with LinkedIn Learning as Lynda.com. It’s the same useful content with a new name.)

Meanwhile, The Great Courses are a collection of phenomenal lectures series created by esteemed college professors for the general public on fascinating topics from history, science, the art, food, and even travel. 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. 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.

06 29, 2020

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

By |2020-06-29T05:00:27-04:00June 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 four 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. Watch the Great Courses with RBDigital

Just like with Kanopy, RBDigital offers unlimited streaming of The Great Courses. They offer several lectures one:

4. 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?

 

10 9, 2019

Stream movies, TV, concerts, lectures & more with RBDigital

By |2019-10-09T06:00:08-04:00October 9, 2019|

If you’re tired of paying for some combination of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple+, and everything else plus, then you should know that your most cost-effective streaming option is your library card.

You can stream movies and TV with Hoopla, film and documentaries from around the world with Kanopy, and now we’ve added RBDigital so your library card gives you more streaming options than ever.

And you can use all these services – Hoopla, Kanopy, and RBDigital – for free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Here are some of the new viewing options that you have with RBDigital:

  • Anglophiles rejoice! Acorn TV provides you with complete seasons of more than 80 world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain, including Agatha Raisin, Doc Martin, and Foyle’s War. Start browsing now!
  • Never stop learning with The Great Courses Library Collection. Some of the top professors in the world share their expertise on topics ranging from Money Management Skills to the Fundamentals of Photography and Physics and our Universe. Science, art, literature, travel – whatever you love, there’s a course about it. So what do you want to learn next?
  • LY5878-Stingray-Qello-Square-Web-BannerStingray Qello takes you front row for some of the greatest concerts and music documentaries ever filmed. Watch The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Aerosmith, U2, Billy Joel, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, Queen, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jewel, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, Nina Simone, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, and Garth Brooks do what they do best. Ready to rock?
  • Watch favorite and award-winning films, shorts, and documentaries from film festivals all around the world with IndieFlix. Arrange your own personal film festival.
  • Finally, students can use Method Test Prep to prepare for their ACT and SAT.

All you need to use any of these services is a Mentor Public Library card and an email address. You can stream to your computer, Smart TV, or preferred device using the RBDigital app, which is available in the Google Play and Apple stores.

08 9, 2019

Unlimited streaming of the Great Courses for free on Kanopy

By |2019-08-09T06:00:43-04:00August 9, 2019|

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 History, Writing Great Fiction, and Physics & our Universe.

They’re engaging, enlightening, and understandable.

The only downside? They can be a touch expensive to buy.

But that’s no longer a problem since Kanopy allows you to stream them for free! 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!

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 history, skills, hobbies, humanities and science.

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 12 items per month from its collection.

02 8, 2019

Learn how to take better portraits with free photography class

By |2019-02-08T06:00:55-05:00February 8, 2019|

Learn how to take memorable portraits outside of a studio during a free photography class at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to take memorable portraits outside of a studio during a free photography class at Mentor Public Library.

You don’t need an expensive studio to take great photos of people or pets.

Learn how to make the world your studio with a free photography class from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at our Main Branch.

Photographer Steven Manchook will teach you how to take environmental portraits. He’ll show you how to take memorable photos of people and even animals without the trappings of a studio. You’ll learn how to use natural light and minimal equipment (maybe with an added flash or reflector) to transcend the simple snapshot.

Manchook will use several examples – both before and after post-processing – to illustrate his suggestions.

The class is free and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to reserve your spot in the room.

By the way, we also offer several online photography tutorials that are free to watch with your library card.

You can learn from National Geographic photographers on The Great Courses. Watch:

And there are more online tutorials available on Lynda – still free with your library card. The classes include introductions for beginners, iPhone and iPad photography, weekly suggestions, and helpful courses on Photoshop and Lightroom.

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