01 21, 2022

Mentor Public Library offers guide to streaming services & cord cutting

By |2022-01-19T11:00:34-05:00January 21, 2022|

There are so many streaming services out there: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Peacock, and more. MPL Librarian Cailey helps you find out what services are worth the money for you and your family. She also tells you about some of the streaming services that are free to use with your library card like Hoopla and Kanopy. Learn how to stream movies, TV shows, documentaries, movies and more to your preferred device.


08 22, 2020

All Booked Up with Cailey & Meg: Classic Hollywood

By |2020-08-22T12:00:56-04:00August 22, 2020|

Cailey and Meg discuss four books on their favorite topic — classic Hollywood! — including:

Most of the books they discuss can also be borrowed as ebooks using OverDrive or Libby. All you need is your Mentor Public Library card.

By the way, if you love classic Hollywood, then you should check out our digital service, Kanopy. It has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. You can borrow 10 each month with your library card.

12 26, 2019

Spa Day for teens at Mentor Library

By |2019-12-26T06:00:17-05:00December 26, 2019|

Teens can enjoy a free Spa Day on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Teens can enjoy a free Spa Day on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Do you know a stressed out teen? Give them an afternoon off, and tell them that they’re invited to our Spa Day at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at our Main Branch.

Teens (ages 11-18) will enjoy warm foot baths, nail polish, face masks and more in a relaxing setting. Refreshments will also be provided.

Our Spa Day is free to attend. Of course, due to limited space, registration is required. You can sign up online or call the library at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, we’re hosting several health and wellness programs in January. So if your New Year’s Resolution is to feel better and live healthier, you may want to check out:

  • Kicking the Sugar Habit with registered dietitian Melanie Jatsek at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at our Main Branch. Discover how sugar is hidden in many foods, its effects on the body, and just how addictive sugar really is.
  • Jumpstarting a Healthy Diet with registered dietitian Melinda Wivell at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at our Main Branch. She’ll explain how to find a healthy diet that sticks. She’ll also discuss popular diets like Keto, and talk about their effectiveness and safety. Bring your questions!

You may also enjoy streaming these Great Courses series, which are free to watch with Kanopy and your library card:


11 22, 2019

Stream classic and quirky Christmas specials with Hoopla & Kanopy

By |2019-11-22T06:00:53-05:00November 22, 2019|

Irving-Berlin-s-Holiday-Inn-Starring-Bing-Crosby-and-Fred-Astaire-Poster-693x1024Want to watch something seasonal? Don’t feel like leaving the house?

We’ve got you covered — whether you’re in the mood for something naughty or nice.

With Hoopla and Kanopy, you can stream tens of thousands of movies, documentaries and episodes of television to your phone, tablet or computer anywhere at anytime. And it’s free with your Mentor Public Library card.

And they’ve got a robust collection of holiday-themed specials. Let’s unwrap some of our favorites:


1. Happy Christmas

Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham play hard-partying friends whose carefree perspectives throw one family’s holiday into disarray.

2. Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

Elmo’s father tells a bedtime story about why everyone leaves cookies out for Santa. In doing so, we meet Elmo’s great-great-great-grandmonster and travel back to when Sesame Street was a very different place. In fact, everyone was so grouchy that Santa didn’t even bother to visit. What can be done to bring kindness, cheer, and the spirit of Christmas to Sesame Street.

3. Jeff Dunham: Very Special Christmas Special

Jeff Dunham invites his puppets (Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, José Jalapeño and Achmed the Dead Terrorist) to join him on his first holiday special.

4. Madeline’s Christmas

There’s not a whole lot of plot to Madeline’s Christmas (but since when has Madeline been about things happening.) Basically, Madeline must take care of her classmates who have fallen ill around holiday time.

5. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.

6. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat — along with his friends Sally, Nick, and the Fish — must help a baby reindeer get back to his family in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. They’ll probably learn a thing or two along the way.

7. Unlikely Angel

Dolly Parton plays an angel (naturally) who must help a lonely widowed father if she wants to get her wings.

8. Gumby’s Christmas Capers

A compilation of Gumby skits centered around Christmas.

9. One Christmas

Starring Katherine Hepburn. A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans.  Based on an autobiographical short story by Truman Capote.

10. God Came Near

An Advent Series for families explores the stories of Joseph and Mary, the true history of Saint Nicholas, the hectic holiday season, Christmas traditions, and more

11. Wild Kratts’ Creature Christmas

It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe, their holiday party transforms into a rescue mission.

12. Saving Christmas

Kirk Cameron rescues his brother-in-law, Christian, from the humbugs and gives him a fresh perspective on Christmas.

And now for an intermission called ___ Saves Christmas in which your favorite cartoon or canine protagonist rescues the holiday from nefarious villains:

13. Abbott & Costello: The Christmas Show

This delightful Christmas special stars the hilarious Abbott and Costello and features Margaret Whiting, The Nicholas Brothers, Buster Shaver and Olive, and Tom and Jerry.

14. The Nutcracker Ballet

The classic ballet performed by the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre. You may also enjoy Getting to the Nutcracker, a documentary that depicts all the hard work it takes to perform the holiday classic, from audition to curtain call. (For a different take, check out Maurice Sendak’s version of The Nutcracker.)

15. Noel

Five strangers come together on Christmas Even in New York City. Features an all-star cast with Paul Walker, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams.

16. Saint Nicholas: The Real Story

Learn about the historical saint from Turkey who partly inspired the Santa Claus myth. (If you’re six years old and reading this, please don’t tell your parents that we called Santa Claus mythical. Also, good job on your reading.)

17. The Gift of the Magi

Based upon O Henry’s short story. A young husband and wife barter their most cherished possessions to buy Christmas gifts for one another.

18. The Christmas Orange

A young boy is outraged when he receives a single orange for his Christmas largess and decides to sue Santa Claus.

19. No Snow for Christmas

A short co-produced by animation legend Bill Plympton  showing the effects of climate change on Christmas

20. Christmas Masterclass

Part of The Great British Baking Show. In the countdown to Christmas, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood feel festive in the kitchen. They share six recipes to bake for your family this holiday, inspired by traditions from all over Europe.


09 27, 2019

Host your own Halloween film festival with Hoopla & Kanopy

By |2019-09-27T06:00:48-04:00September 27, 2019|

Host your own Halloween film festival for free. All you need is your library card.

Host your own Halloween film festival for free. All you need is your library card.

Do you like scary movies?

You can host your own Halloween film festival with Hoopla, Kanopy and your library card. (If you’re not familiar with Hoopla and Kanopy, they’re both streaming services that you can use with your Mentor Public Library card. Think of them as Netflix — but free.)

Here are some of our favorite frightening films — any of which you can borrow and start streaming now:

Both Hoopla and Kanopy offer their share of horror classics, including:frankenstein-394281_1280

They also have modern screamers like:


If you’re looking for something funny but still Halloween-appropriate, you’ll enjoy What We Do in the Shadows or even episodes of The Addams Family.

You can stream up to 12 items a month from Hoopla and 10 from Kanopy. There’s also no late fees because the videos automatically return after 72 hours.

You can use either service on your computer, smart TV, tablet or smartphone. Both the Hoopla and Kanopy apps are available for free at the Google Play and iTunes stores.

All you need to get started is a Mentor Public Library card. Click here if you want step-by-step instructions on how to use Hoopla or Kanopy. Or, if you prefer, you can always call or visit us.


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