01 5, 2023

Mentor Public Library offers guide to streaming services & cord cutting

By |2022-12-29T11:14:26-05:00January 5, 2023|

Learn how you can save money – while still getting the entertainment you want – when you cut cable during a free program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at our Lake Branch.

There are several streaming services out there: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Peacock, and more. MPL Librarian Cailey Williams will help everyone find out what services are worth your money.

She’ll also talk about the streaming services that are free to use with a Mentor Public Library card like Hoopla and Kanopy. Learn how to stream movies, TV shows, documentaries, animated picture books, and more to your preferred device. The program is free to attend and registration is required. Sign up on our website or call us at (440) 257-2512.

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 20, 2020

No Talking in the Library: Taylor Swift & The Chicks

By |2020-08-20T08:00:14-04:00August 20, 2020|

Our reference librarians Meredith and John give their enthusiastic reviews of Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” and “Gaslighter” by The Chicks (formerly The Dixie Chicks.)

They also discuss the joy of women telling their own stories in song, and John shares a great anecdote about his days as a high school volleyball coach.

By the way, you can stream Folklore for free with Hoopla and Gaslighter for free on Freegal.

Join us for a new episode of No Talking in the Library every Thursday. And, for more pop culture with Meredith and John, you can check out the No Talking in the Library archives.

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?

 

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.

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