08 30, 2021

Free ACT/SAT Prep Sessions Available at Mentor Public Library

By |2021-08-30T06:00:53-04:00August 30, 2021|

Mentor Library is offering free ACT prep courses to teens on Saturdays, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6.

Mentor Library is offering free ACT and SAT prep courses for teens on Saturdays, Sept. 18 and 25.

Stressed over the test? That’s OK. We’re here to help!

We’re offering two free ACT/SAT prep sessions this autumn. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 18. Its focus will be on the math sections. The next session is Sept. 25. It will focus on the English and reading courses. You can register for both or either on our website.

Both sessions will provide practical experience in terms of the types of questions you’ll see and offer strategies for standardized tests, as well. All sessions will be led by Dr. John Foster, one of our reference librarians at Mentor Public Library. Foster has a doctorate in history from the University of Washington and has taught at both high school and college levels.

By the way, you can also use one of our digital services to help you prepare for your big test. LinkedIn Learning has online video courses about taking the ACT, PSAT and SAT. And it’s free to use with your Mentor Public Library card.

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.

02 3, 2020

Library hosting free Excel, Word & Facebook classes in June

By |2020-02-03T06:00:04-05:00February 3, 2020|

Mentor Public Library is offering free classes for Microsoft Word and Excel this June.

Mentor Public Library is offering free classes for Microsoft Word and Excel this June. Become a Microsoft master!

We’re hosting seven free computer classes at its Main Branch, including sessions about Microsoft Excel and Word. Become a Microsoft master!

The classes include:

  • Microsoft Word—Flyers, Pictures & Drawing Tools at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 to create flyers, manipulate pictures, and to effectively use Word’s Drawing Tools.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and again at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19. In this class, people will learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • introduction to Facebook at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, you will want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy and Lynda. Both offer online video tutorials that are free with your library card.

10 8, 2019

Library hosting free classes on Microsoft Excel, Facebook & PowerPoint

By |2019-10-08T06:00:17-04:00October 8, 2019|

Mentor Public Library is hosting free classes on Microsoft Excel and Word this February.

Mentor Public Library is hosting free classes on Microsoft Excel and Word this February.

We’re hosting eight free computer classes this month at our Main Branch, including sessions on Microsoft Excel, Facebook, and Powerpoint.

The classes include:

  • Microsoft Word—Flyers, Pictures & Drawing Tools at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 to create flyers, manipulate pictures, and to effectively use Word’s Drawing Tools.
  • Excel I at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and again at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. In this class, people will learn how to describe a worksheet and its function; create a basic worksheet and learn how to save it to disk; apply simple formulas to perform calculations; apply simple formatting; and explore options for printing a simple worksheet. (Microsoft Word experience necessary.)
  • introduction to Facebook at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Excel II at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Learn how to create and copy formulas and functions; understand relativity when working with formulas and functions; recognize and troubleshoot errors in formulas and functions; insert, delete and resize rows and columns; and use advanced printing features.
  • introduction to PowerPoint at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Learn how to create and run a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013.
  • Excel III at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. Learn how to hide and freeze columns and rows, use print area and print titles, conditional formatting, and how to create and format charts.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, people will want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy and Lynda. Both offer online video tutorials that are free with your library card.

Lynda offers thousands of online educational courses: from finance to film-making to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to SEO to spreadsheets.

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

Meanwhile, Niche Academy provides videos that explain how to use online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

05 13, 2019

Library hosting free classes on computer, email & internet basics

By |2019-05-13T06:00:47-04:00May 13, 2019|

button-2076_1280We’re hosting seven free computer classes this month at our Main Branch, including introductions to email, the internet and computers, in general.

The classes include:

  • an introduction to computersour most basic class—at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. People will learn the basic skills they need to use a computer, no previous experience required.
  • Microsoft Word—Flyers, Pictures & Drawing Tools at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2013 to create flyers, manipulate pictures, and to effectively use Word’s Drawing Tools.
  • basic Internet skills at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Learn how to navigate the Internet. Participants will need to know how to use a keyboard and a mouse for this class.
  • Microsoft Publisher at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. Learn how to use Publisher to design posters, flyers and more.
  • basic email skills at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30. Learn how to send emails and attachments, as well as reply to other people’s emails.
  • introduction to Facebook at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. The hands-on class will demonstrate basic Facebook features and tips. Please come to class with your Facebook login information and password.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. Learn how to create, format and save PowerPoint presentations.

All of the classes are free. However, registration is required; and, because space is limited, people will want to sign up as soon as possible. You can sign up by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

For more online learning, check out Niche Academy and Lynda. Both offer online video tutorials that are free with your library card.

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