Streaming music with your library card

Your library card provides free access to thousands of new and classic albums. Find out how.

Your library card provides free access to thousands of new and classic albums. Find out how.

You don’t need to spend money on a Spotify membership or iTunes to listen to the newest or best music.

All you need is a library card.

You can use your card to stream hundreds of albums from Hoopla, including the Hamilton Cast RecordingJay-Z’s 4:44Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and the Moana Soundtrack.

Meanwhile, your card also lets you download DRM-free mp3s of your favorite songs from Freegal. Its library is enormous. It includes everything from Carole King to Miles DavisWillie Nelson to Nas.

In fact, Freegal’s collection is so large that it can be overwhelming. So we’ve created some playlists to help you navigate.

And once you download a song from Freegal, you can keep the mp3 forever. Put it on your phone, your computer, your iPod–wherever you want. It’s yours. You can download up to five songs a week.

You also get unlimited streaming on Freegal, if you prefer that.

Whether you want Sesame Street classics to play with your kids, a better St. Patrick’s Day playlist, or to listen to this year’s Grammy winners, you can do it for free with your library.

If you want some help navigating your options for online music, come to the library. We’re hosting a free class about online music on at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at our Main Branch.

The class is free and open to everyone. See you at the library!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Drive-In at the Library

Emmalyn gives her hot rod a spin.

Emmalyn gives her hot rod a spin.

We transformed our Village Room into a drive-in for a special, two-day event.

First, families decorated their “cars” on Thursday. Then, they returned the next day to watch a movie at the library.

It was a lot of fun to watch the kids get creative with their cruisers.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from our Drive-In.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Claire McMillan talks Edith Wharton, summer reads & ‘The Necklace’

Claire McMillan, author of The Necklace, visited us last week and discussed:

  • Edith Wharton’s influence on her, as well as what it’s like to write in Wharton’s historic home, The Mount.
  • her summer reads, including Alissa Nutting’s Made for Love, Roxane Gay’s The Hunger, and Courtney Maum’s Touch.
  • the value of 1920s Cleveland of reading society magazines and travel diaries as research for her novel.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Come to craft night at the library

Take a tattered t-shirt and transform it into a trendy tote on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Mentor Public Library.

Take a tattered t-shirt and transform it into a trendy tote on Thursday, Aug. 10, at Mentor Public Library.

Feeling crafty?

Join us for our Pinterest craft night at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at our Main Branch.

We’ll transform tattered t-shirts into trendy, no-sew totes and show you a few more ways to upcycle your old gear.

We provide most of the crafting materials, but we do ask that you bring a couple of old shirts to work with.

The program is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register ahead of time. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Travelin’ Man Band performing free concert at MPL’s Lake Branch

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free concert at our Lake Branch Wednesday evening.

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free concert at our Lake Branch Wednesday evening.

Are you ready for a good time?

Travelin’ Man Band will perform a free and family-friendly concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at our Lake Branch.

They perform hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s—from Buddy Holly to Bob Dylan, CCR to CSNY. So if you’re eager for some Eagles and ready for some Redding, they’ve got the tunes for you.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket for the outdoors concert. We’ll bring the band.

No registration necessary. See you at the party!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment