04 20, 2021

Learn more with LinkedIn Learning from your library

By |2021-04-20T12:00:00-04:00April 20, 2021|

Lynda – one of our databases, which provides free access to thousands of online educational courses – is turning into LinkedIn Learning on May 5.

What does this change mean for you? Probably not too much. You won’t need to create a LinkedIn profile to access courses from experts on everything from screenwriting to SEO to spreadsheets. All you’ll (still) need is your card number and PIN.

If you’ve already been using Lynda, all your history (classes, certificates, learning paths, etc.) should transition to LinkedIn Learning. To err on the side of caution, we recommend printing or downloading any certificates just to be safe.

Watch the educational courses on LinkedIn Learning for free with your library card.

Watch the educational courses on LinkedIn Learning for free with your library card.

If you haven’t used Lynda yet, check out LinkedIn Learning! (After May 5, of course.) Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a course that can make you better at it: from finance to film-making to photography, and making mobile apps to music composition,

It also offers training for popular software and developer tools, including the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and several coding languages.

The educational videos range from quick introductions to deep dives into specialized topics.

And they’re all free to watch with your library card. All you need is your card number and PIN to create your profile.

Once you’ve done that, you can immediately browse the more than tens of thousands of educational videos waiting for you. And LinkedIn Learning’s collection is constantly updated so you can stay ahead of the curve in your chosen field.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy. It’s free to use with a Mentor Public Library card.

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?

 

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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