08 16, 2021

Discover how to cut cable & save money

By |2021-08-16T06:00:29-04:00August 16, 2021|

Learn how you can save money while still getting the entertainment that you want when you cut the cable cord.

Learn how you can save money while still getting the entertainment that you want when you cut the cable cord.

Learn how you can save money while still getting the entertainment you want when you cut cable.

There are so many streaming services out there: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Apple+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Peacock, and more. MPL Librarian Cailey Williams will help you find out what services are worth the money for you and your family during a free program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at Concord Township Community Center.

She’ll also tell you about some of the streaming services that are free to use with your library card like Hoopla and Kanopy. Learn how to stream movies, TV shows, documentaries, movies and more to your preferred device.

Sign up for the program by calling the Concord Township Community Center at (440) 639-4650.

Find the handout for the program here.

11 26, 2020

COVID-19 and Your Community Library

By |2020-11-26T06:00:29-05:00November 26, 2020|

Mentor Public Library has reopened its Main, Headlands, and Lake Branches to the public, as well as The HUB in Mentor High School.

We have adjusted our health and safety measures to reflect new guidelines from the state and CDC. If patrons or staff are fully vaccinated, then face coverings are optional. All others are still required to wear face coverings while inside our branches.

We have also begun hosting some programs in-person outside of our branches. Click here to visit our online event calendar. Our programs are conducted in accordance with current health and safety mandates/guidelines, which are subject to change. We encourage all attendees to observe these rules so that in-person programing may continue. It is up to the individual to determine his or her level of comfort and acceptable risk when attending programs. If you are concerned about public gatherings, please do not attend.

Notary and passport services are still available by appointment only. You can also pick up printing jobs curbside or at our drive-thru, and even 3D printing jobs at our Main Branch.

COVID-19 is still present in our community. Here’s additional information from the:

We’re following the advice of experts so we can:

  • keep you and our other patrons as safe as possible
  • prevent additional spikes in COVID-19 transmission
  • continue to provide library programs and services to the community
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 22, 2019

Stream classic and quirky Christmas specials with Hoopla & Kanopy

By |2019-11-22T06:00:53-05:00November 22, 2019|

Irving-Berlin-s-Holiday-Inn-Starring-Bing-Crosby-and-Fred-Astaire-Poster-693x1024Want to watch something seasonal? Don’t feel like leaving the house?

We’ve got you covered — whether you’re in the mood for something naughty or nice.

With Hoopla and Kanopy, you can stream tens of thousands of movies, documentaries and episodes of television to your phone, tablet or computer anywhere at anytime. And it’s free with your Mentor Public Library card.

And they’ve got a robust collection of holiday-themed specials. Let’s unwrap some of our favorites:

 

1. Happy Christmas

Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham play hard-partying friends whose carefree perspectives throw one family’s holiday into disarray.

2. Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas

Elmo’s father tells a bedtime story about why everyone leaves cookies out for Santa. In doing so, we meet Elmo’s great-great-great-grandmonster and travel back to when Sesame Street was a very different place. In fact, everyone was so grouchy that Santa didn’t even bother to visit. What can be done to bring kindness, cheer, and the spirit of Christmas to Sesame Street.

3. Jeff Dunham: Very Special Christmas Special

Jeff Dunham invites his puppets (Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, José Jalapeño and Achmed the Dead Terrorist) to join him on his first holiday special.

4. Madeline’s Christmas

There’s not a whole lot of plot to Madeline’s Christmas (but since when has Madeline been about things happening.) Basically, Madeline must take care of her classmates who have fallen ill around holiday time.

5. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

The gang gets in the holiday spirit with the tale of a plucky lawyer who sets out to save Santa Claus from the clutches of a spoilsport zillionaire.

6. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat — along with his friends Sally, Nick, and the Fish — must help a baby reindeer get back to his family in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. They’ll probably learn a thing or two along the way.

7. Unlikely Angel

Dolly Parton plays an angel (naturally) who must help a lonely widowed father if she wants to get her wings.

8. Gumby’s Christmas Capers

A compilation of Gumby skits centered around Christmas.

9. One Christmas

Starring Katherine Hepburn. A young man is sent to visit his estranged father for Christmas in 1930 in New Orleans.  Based on an autobiographical short story by Truman Capote.

10. God Came Near

An Advent Series for families explores the stories of Joseph and Mary, the true history of Saint Nicholas, the hectic holiday season, Christmas traditions, and more

11. Wild Kratts’ Creature Christmas

It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe, their holiday party transforms into a rescue mission.

12. Saving Christmas

Kirk Cameron rescues his brother-in-law, Christian, from the humbugs and gives him a fresh perspective on Christmas.

And now for an intermission called ___ Saves Christmas in which your favorite cartoon or canine protagonist rescues the holiday from nefarious villains:

13. Abbott & Costello: The Christmas Show

This delightful Christmas special stars the hilarious Abbott and Costello and features Margaret Whiting, The Nicholas Brothers, Buster Shaver and Olive, and Tom and Jerry.

14. The Nutcracker Ballet

The classic ballet performed by the Ballet of the Slovak National Theatre. You may also enjoy Getting to the Nutcracker, a documentary that depicts all the hard work it takes to perform the holiday classic, from audition to curtain call. (For a different take, check out Maurice Sendak’s version of The Nutcracker.)

15. Noel

Five strangers come together on Christmas Even in New York City. Features an all-star cast with Paul Walker, Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin, and Robin Williams.

16. Saint Nicholas: The Real Story

Learn about the historical saint from Turkey who partly inspired the Santa Claus myth. (If you’re six years old and reading this, please don’t tell your parents that we called Santa Claus mythical. Also, good job on your reading.)

17. The Gift of the Magi

Based upon O Henry’s short story. A young husband and wife barter their most cherished possessions to buy Christmas gifts for one another.

18. The Christmas Orange

A young boy is outraged when he receives a single orange for his Christmas largess and decides to sue Santa Claus.

19. No Snow for Christmas

A short co-produced by animation legend Bill Plympton  showing the effects of climate change on Christmas

20. Christmas Masterclass

Part of The Great British Baking Show. In the countdown to Christmas, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood feel festive in the kitchen. They share six recipes to bake for your family this holiday, inspired by traditions from all over Europe.

 

10 17, 2019

Stream Sesame Street episodes, music & more for free

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

Take Sesame Street episodes, albums, and ebooks anywhere for free with Hoopla and your library card.

Take Sesame Street episodes, albums, and ebooks anywhere for free with Hoopla and your library card.

Sesame Street celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but we don’t need a reason to celebrate Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and the rest of the gang at 123 Sesame Street.

And your Mentor Public Library card gives you access to Sesame Street – videos, music, and ebooks – practically whenever you want. Whatever device you’re using to read this can also be used to bring Big Bird, Grover and more to your kids.

The best of Sesame Street is available to you right now using Hoopla, which is free with your library card. (Click here if you want an introduction on how to use Hoopla on your preferred digital device.)

eBooks

Hoopla has more than 100 Sesame Street picture books that you can share with your kids. Share classics like “How to be a Grouch” and “The Monster at the End of this Book,” as well as newer books that help teach your children counting, rhyming, potty training, music, and more!

Each of these eBooks are available to you for three weeks once you borrow them. You can even download them to the mobile device of your choice, so you don’t waste data. The eBooks (like all other items on Hoopla) return automatically at the end of their lending period, so there’s no overdue fines.

Movies & TV Episodes

Hoopla has more than 50 Sesame Street videos that you can watch RIGHT NOW, including 24 full episodes: Help Telly teach Jack how to grow his beanstalk; see the entire street battle an epidemic of Mine-itis; attend Abby Cadabby’s first-ever sleepover; or enjoy Big Bird and Snuffy’s talent show.

You can also enjoy Alphabet SongsOnce Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, or travel back to the Mesozoic with Elmo, Abby, and Telly. You can even borrow Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games for those interminable family road trips.

You get to borrow each video for three days, which you can stream and/or download to a mobile device to watch at your convenience.

You can now also stream Sesame Street episodes on Kanopy. Two dozen episodes are available for viewing right now, and streaming on Kanopy Kids is unlimited with your library card. Your child can watch all 24 episodes, if you like. (To be clear, Kanopy Kids offers unlimited streaming. You can stream up to 10 films and documentaries each month from Kanopy’s adult collection.)

Music

Finally, you can stream more than 100 Sesame Street albums with Hoopla. You’ll find most of what you’re looking for on the greatest hits album, but Hoopla also offers such weird and wonderful one-offs as Sesame Disco, Grover Sings the Blues and Elmo’s Lowdown HoedownIt also has Christmas Eve on Sesame Street for when you need to hear “True Blue Miracle.”

You get to stream each album for a week. Once again, you can download to your mobile device, so you’re not burning data while you’re in your car.

You can borrow up to 12 items a month from Hoopla, so start viewing, listening, and (of course) reading.

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