05 26, 2021

‘Imagine Your Story’ with our photo contest for kids

By |2021-05-26T06:00:28-04:00May 26, 2021|

Hit us with your best shot!

Kids are welcome to Imagine Their Story through photography with our photo contest this June. Here’s how it work:

Children (up to the age of 12) can submit an entry into our contest. You submit a photo by emailing it to marilyn.weiss@mentorpl.org between June 1 and June 15. No submissions will be accepted before or after these dates, and only one submission per child is allowed.

Photographs should fall into one of three categories:

  1. Amazing Animals
  2. Adventurous Outdoors
  3. Close to my Heart

Photographs can be taken on any device: camera, smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.

Once the submission period ends, all photographs will be uploaded to our Facebook page where you will have one week to vote for your favorite. A local photographer will also select their favorite overall picture.

The crowd favorite for each category and the judge’s favorite picture will win a small prize and be shared on our Instagram page.

By entering the contest, you are granting Mentor Public Library permission to use and display your photograph.

So have fun! We can’t wait to see your photos!

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?

 

11 25, 2019

Jeffrey Stroup is your tour guide through ‘Abandoned Cleveland’

By |2019-11-25T06:00:00-05:00November 25, 2019|

Photographer and urban explorer Jeffrey Stroup has spent the last 15 years capturing pictures of Cleveland’s abandoned factories, mansions, malls, churches, and more. He’s collected his best images in his new book, Abandoned Cleveland.

Stroup visited us earlier this month to share his photos and anecdotes from more than a decade of combing the forgotten parts of our region.

Afterward, we interviewed him and he offered advice for aspiring urban explorers and the single scariest thing that ever happened to him while investigating an abandoned building.

By the way, you can visit our YouTube channel for dozens of more interviews with authors, including bestsellers like Christina Baker Cline, Paula McLain, Karin Slaughter, and Bernie Kosar.

10 26, 2019

Take better photos with your cell phone

By |2019-10-26T06:00:27-04:00October 26, 2019|

Cell-phone photographers

Amateur photographers can learn how to get the most of their cell phone during a free photography class on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Amateur shutterbugs can receive professional guidance during a free cell-phone photography class at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at our Main Branch.

Photographer Steven Manchook will offer practical advice on how to shoot better photos and how to edit them with just a cell phone.

This class is open to all. We only require that you register to attend. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, we also offer several online photography tutorials that are free to watch with your library card.

You can learn from National Geographic photographers on The Great Courses. Watch:

And there are more online tutorials available on Lynda – still free with your library card. The classes include introductions for beginnersiPhone and iPad photographyweekly suggestions, and helpful courses on Photoshop and Lightroom.

02 8, 2019

Learn how to take better portraits with free photography class

By |2019-02-08T06:00:55-05:00February 8, 2019|

Learn how to take memorable portraits outside of a studio during a free photography class at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to take memorable portraits outside of a studio during a free photography class at Mentor Public Library.

You don’t need an expensive studio to take great photos of people or pets.

Learn how to make the world your studio with a free photography class from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at our Main Branch.

Photographer Steven Manchook will teach you how to take environmental portraits. He’ll show you how to take memorable photos of people and even animals without the trappings of a studio. You’ll learn how to use natural light and minimal equipment (maybe with an added flash or reflector) to transcend the simple snapshot.

Manchook will use several examples – both before and after post-processing – to illustrate his suggestions.

The class 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 to reserve your spot in the room.

By the way, we also offer several online photography tutorials that are free to watch with your library card.

You can learn from National Geographic photographers on The Great Courses. Watch:

And there are more online tutorials available on Lynda – still free with your library card. The classes include introductions for beginners, iPhone and iPad photography, weekly suggestions, and helpful courses on Photoshop and Lightroom.

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