01 9, 2021

All Booked Up With Cailey & Meg: Resolution Reads

By |2021-01-09T12:00:58-05:00January 9, 2021|

We’re back for 2021! And, in the spirit of the new year, Meg and Cailey share four books that might help with your New Year’s Resolution, including:

  1. Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch
  2. Joy at Work: Organizing your Professional Life by Marie Kondo & Scott Sonenshien
  3. Sleep: Harness the Power of Sleep for Optimal Health & Wellbeing by Petra Hawker
  4. Money Hacks by Lisa Rowan

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, here are some other ways your library card can help you keep your New Year’s Resolution.

12 30, 2020

How Mentor Library can help you keep your New Year’s Resolution

By |2020-12-30T09:00:14-05:00December 30, 2020|

new-year-5798330Depending on what think-piece article you’re reading, anywhere between 88 and 92 percent of New Year’s Resolutions don’t survive the year.

But you can shift the odds in your favor with help from your local library.

We at Mentor Public Library are ready to help you get healthier, save money, learn a new skill, or attain whatever goal you have set for yourself in 2020.

Get Healthier

Want to exercise more, improve your diet, and just generally be healthier?

We have hundreds of exercise DVDs that you can borrow, and even more videos that you can stream: Jillian Michaelsyogapilates, t’ai chi, and more!

We also have dozens of cookbooks filled with healthy recipes waiting for you on our shelves.

Save More & Spend Less

Get money-management and investment advice from the experts, including the Great Courses professors and specialists on Lynda.com. Their courses are free to watch with your Mentor Public Library card. We also have a pair of talks from Financial Coach Steve Leskovec that you can watch at your convenience on our YouTube channel.

Additionally, we offer databases that can save you money on everything from legal forms to genealogy research.

Learn a New Skill or Hobby

You could probably teach yourself how to play chess, draw, or take a better photo. But why not learn from an expert?

Learn how to play chess from a master, how to draw from an internationally acclaimed artist, the fundamentals of photography with the photographers from National Geographic, and how to cook great meals in less time with an expert chef from the Culinary Institute of America.

Or you can learn a new language for free with our Transparent Language database.

And if this is the year that you learn how to play an instrument, you can start by borrowing one of our ukuleles.

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?


01 2, 2020

Jumpstart Your Healthy Diet

By |2020-01-02T06:00:06-05:00January 2, 2020|

Jumpstart your healthy diet with help from a registered dietitian

Jumpstart your healthy diet with help from a registered dietitian on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Mentor Library’s Main Branch.

Nearly a third of all New Year’s resolutions involve staying fit and healthy. If that’s your resolution (or if you just want to eat healthier,) we want to help.

Registered dietitian Melinda Wivell will offer advice on how to jumpstart a healthy diet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at our Main Branch. She’ll explain how to find a diet that sticks. She’ll also discuss popular diets like Keto, and talk about their effectiveness and safety. Bring your questions!

The program is free to attend but registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, we also have a registered dietitian visiting us earlier this month to discuss the sugar in our diets. Melanie Jatsek will discuss the dangers of sugar at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at our Main Branch.

Jatsek will explain how sugar is hidden in nearly all foods, the effects of sugar on the body, and just how addictive sugar is. Jatsek is also a blogger for Heinen’s grocery stores, and she’ll be joined by wellness consultants from Heinen’s.

This program 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.

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