Update: Our Main and Headlands Branches will reopen with limited hours and additional safety measures on Monday, June 8. Curbside and drive-thru service will remain available. Click here for details.
We’ve begun the gradual process of reopening after closing our buildings to slow the transmission of COVID-19
Specifically, we will offer drive-thru service at our Main Branch and curbside pickup of library items from our Lake and Headlands Branches, starting Monday, May 18.
You will need to place items on hold at the library before they can be picked up. You can either call us to place holds for you (starting Thursday, May 14) or sign into your account and place holds online (starting Monday, May 18.) You’ll need your library card number and PIN to sign in. You can contact us if you don’t know one or both of those numbers.
Pick up will be available during our branches’ regular hours seven days a week until 15 minutes before the branch closes.
(Please don’t come unless to the library unless you know your holds are ready, and please don’t come to the library and then try to place a hold. This will create delays for other patrons.)
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, MPL staff will abide by best health practices, including wearing facemasks, as dictated by health authorities and the governor’s office.
Additionally, holds that were automatically suspended when Mentor Public Library closed will be unsuspended, and the library will re-notify patrons that their holds are available. The items will also have their pickup-by date extended.
Items can be returned in our dropoff boxes. All returned items will be quarantined for three days before they are circulated again.
In addition to pickup, our staff will be available to answer your reference questions (which includes placing holds for you), starting Thursday, May 14. Call us if you need us.
- Families can enjoy online story times with MPL staff on its Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday until the library’s buildings reopen. (The story times are also archived there so you can watch them at your convenience.)
- At noon every Tuesday on our website and social media, Josh Sebrasky shares different crafts that kids can make at home as part of the our new series, Artpocalypse.
- We’ve re-launched our Pop Culture Podcast, No Talking in the Library. Reference librarians Meredith Tomeo and John Foster discuss culture, books, movies, music, and whatever else they’ve been loving and loathing. We share a new episode at 8 a.m. every Thursday on Facebook, YouTube, and our website.
- And we’ve launched our newest web series, All Booked with Cailey & Meg, in which our Reference Librarians Cailey and Meg discuss what they’ve been reading lately.
For more information on everything the library is still doing while our buildings are closed, visit www.mentorpl.org/news.
Finally, our online services are still available while our buildings are closed. This includes ebooks, audiobooks, streaming music, videos, and more — which are available for free with your Mentor Public Library card.
- Hoopla, Kanopy or RBDigital for movies, TV shows, or documentaries that you can stream
- Hoopla (again) or Freegal for music, as well as Qello for concerts that you can stream
- OverDrive or Hoopla (again again) for ebooks, audiobooks, and comics
- Flipster for online editions of your favorite magazine
- Lynda and Niche Academy for online learning
Also, anyone with a CLEVNET card (that includes you!) has free access to Tumblebooks’ catalogue through Aug. 31. There’s read-along picture books, math help, foreign-language learning, and more! Check out:
- K-6 Children’s eBook Database
- K-6 Math eBook Database
- 7-12 eBook Database
- All Ages Audiobook Database
Finally, Mentor Public Library does not yet have a date for when our branches will reopen to the public. While our branches are not open, all due dates, late fines, and fees have been suspended.
While we miss you and are eager to see you again, we also have to operate under best practices for your health. It will take some time to make these arrangements, and you’ll be be informed when our buildings can reopen. In the meantime, we’re excited to offer curbside and drive-thru pickup.