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.

12 31, 2018

What was new at the library this year?

By |2018-12-31T06:00:12-05:00December 31, 2018|

What's new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

What’s new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

Every year is a busy one at Mentor Public Library, but a lot happened this year.

Your library card has never been more valuable. And we want to take this opportunity to remind you all of the new services we added this year, just in case you missed something.

  1. The HUB – First of all, we added a brand new location this year! We’ve teamed with Mentor Public Schools to help you get connected at MHS’s renovated school library, now known as The HUB. It’s open from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday and available to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and a wide variety of programs.
  2. Makerspace – Another feature of The HUB: a state-of-the-art makerspace with laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, green-screen studio, and more. What do you want to make? Earrings? Clothing? Customized drinking glasses? Music videos? You can make all of that and more with your new makerspace.
  3. Lynda and other new databases – We added 12 new databases to our collection this year. You can now learn about car repair, research your genealogy or study a foreign language. You can also access to thousands of online educational courses with Lynda. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to spreadsheets.
  4. Renovated Main Branch – We recently completed a renovation of our Main Branch’s first floor. We’ve added more access to electrical outlets, moved and refurnished our teen area, and replaced carpeting and furniture that was about 30 years old. Most importantly, we added study rooms (probably the most common request we received!)
  5. Kanopy – We added a slew of digital services this year too. Kanopy, for example, is the perfect antidote for those mourning the demise of FilmStruck. It has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. That includes classics like RashomonCharadeA Hard Day’s NightDonnie Darkoand The Great Dictator (and a great collection of kids’ fare, as well.) You can stream any or all of them. For free. With your library card.
  6. Niche Academy – Meanwhile, Niche Academy is the perfect online tool for people trying to figure out how to use all these online tools. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to use library services like OverDrive, LibbyFlipsterFreegal, Hoopla and KanopyNiche also offers intros for online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
  7. Flipster – Flipster lets you read dozens of popular magazines whenever you want and for free, using your favorite device. You can check out both new and back issues of different magazines, including People, Atlantic, Times, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Highlights, New Yorker, Money, Redbook, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Vogue and Teen Vogue, Wired, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Zoobooks, and Vanity Fair.
  8. Deterra bags – Perhaps not the most fun or glamorous new service we’ve added, but certainly an important one. If you have old or unwanted medication in your home, Deterra bags lets you get rid of them safely and for free. You can now get them for free at any of our branches thanks to donations from Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library. Click here for more info.
  9. Author Talks – We hosted a lot of authors this year. Everyone from Karin Slaughter to Beth Macy, Les Roberts, Stephen Markley, Rebekah Frumkin, Derf Backderf and more visited Lake County. Many came as part of our Off-the-Page author series with our friends from the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries. The league also hosted the first ever Northcoast Writers Showcase with Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline this year. The showcase will return in 2019 with headliner Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, along with dozens of local authors.

And we’re not done innovating. In 2019, we’re celebrating our 200th anniversary with new programs, new story times, new book clubs, and a whole lot more fun.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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