Drive-Thru opening at Mentor Public Library

Drive-ThruMentor Public Library patrons will soon have a way to pick up their books, videos and more without even leaving their car.

The drive-thru at our Main Branch opens on Thursday, July 28.

Patrons can now put items on hold—either or on our website or by calling the library—and specify that they want to pick them up at the drive-thru.

Please designate that you want to pick up your holds from the drive-thru.

Please designate that you want to pick up your holds from the drive-thru.

The drive-thru will open each day at the same time as our Main Branch and close 15 minutes before the branch each evening. This will ensure that all patrons in line get their items before the building closes.

Along with the drive-thru, there are changes coming to the traffic flow around our Main Branch.

The drive-thru lane is now exit only. Also, drivers will only be able to turn right from the drive-thru onto Mentor Avenue to prevent traffic backup.

To celebrate its opening, the library will give a free MPL mug, pedometer and memory stick to the first three patrons who use the drive-thru each day from July 28 through 31.

See you at the library!

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Get the most out of your tablet or eReader at Mentor Public Library

Learn how to use your eReader or tablet to check out free books, movies and more at Mentor Public Library.

Learn how to use your eReader or tablet to check out free books, movies and more at Mentor Public Library.

Did you get an eReader or new smartphone recently but have no idea to use it?

That’s OK. We can help you turn your digital doodad into a repository for the books, magazines and even movies you love.

The Mentor Public Library is holding a series of free tutorials in July where we’ll show you how to get the most out of your tablets, eReaders and smartphones.

These classes are free and open to everyone.

The first session is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at our Main Branch. It’s specifically for those with Kindles and Kindle Fires. Learn how to check out eBooks and more on your new eReader.

The second session is for those with tablets (including iPads) and smartphones. It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, at our Main Branch. If you want to learn how to download books and audiobooks onto your tablet or smartphone, this session is for you.

Mentor Public Library offers a lot of digital services that are always available, even when our buildings are closed; and you can use them from the comfort of your own home.

Once you know how to do it, you’ll be able to check out library eBooks, stream audiobooks and even watch movies (depending on what kind of device you use) on your eReader, smartphone or tablet from home.

No excuses: You’re never too old or old-fashioned (or too young, for that matter,) to learn something new.

If you’re pretty tech savvy and think you can figure out how to use your eReader without too much help, we’ve posted a bunch of how-to’s for each device on our website.

But if you want a little more help, feel free to register for one of our classes. Or you can bring your device to the library and one of our reference librarians will show you how to get the most out of it.

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Enter the Drone Zone at Mentor Public Library

Earlier this summer, teens and kids got to check out some our new technology.

They flew mini-drones and programmed Ozobots that you can “code” using color.

If that looks like fun to you, keep an eye on our event calendar. We’re revisiting the Drone Zone later this summer.

Kids can learn the beginnings of coding and have some fun too!

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Surviving our Readlandia Challenge

Hailey holds back her hair while bobbing for Brussel sprouts.

Hailey holds back her hair while bobbing for Brussel sprouts.

Teams of kids tested their mettle with contests during our Readlandia Challenge.

The teams bobbed for Brussel sprouts, raced through sandpits to find puzzle pieces, and had to wear barely thawed T-shirts.

It was a lot of fun! And messy. Super messy.

Keep an eye on our event calendar because we have more fun programs every week. They’re always free, though we do ask you to register for some of them ahead of time.

The teams had to work cooperatively to catch water balloons in a beach towel.

The teams had to work cooperatively to catch water balloons in a beach towel.

While you’re here, sign up for our Summer Reading program—teens and adults too! We have programs and prizes for everyone.

Everybody who participates in summer reading has a chance to win prizes. The more someone reads, the better chance they have of winning.

Kids who read or are read to up to 15 hours will also receive a Library Champion lawn sign and window cling.

For more information on our summer reading programs, call 440-255-8811 or peruse our website.

Katherine wins the challenge for her team by sliding into the barely thawed shirt.

Katherine wins the challenge for her team by sliding into the barely thawed shirt.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Readlandia Challenge.

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Get an expert introduction to birdwatching

Birdwatching: So easy a bird can do it.

Birdwatching: So easy a bird can do it.

You can learn all about birdwatching, including the best local spots to find birds, during an upcoming program at Mentor Public Library.

Andy Avram from Lake Metroparks will teach an introduction to birdwatching at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, at our Main Branch.

Learn what gear you need to get started, the best local birdwatching venues, and what species you might find there.

The program is free and open to everyone. However, we do ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

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