Study everything and anything with The Great Courses, Hoopla & your library card

Hoopla Great Courses

What fascinates you? History? Food? Music? Photography?

Whatever you’re interested in, one of the world’s foremost experts is ready to teach you all about it.

And the classes are free with The Great Courses, Hoopla, and your Mentor Public Library card.

The Great Courses offers hundreds of college courses on dozens of topics—everything from philosophy to math to better living—by the world’s most respected professors. The only downside? It’s a little pricey.

Fortunately, Hoopla has several of their courses available in its collection. (Hoopla is the digital service that lets you stream everything from music to comic books to Nova documentaries to Disney films to your computer for devices.)

And you can check out up to 12 items each month from Hoopla—be it movies, albums, e-audiobooks, or episodes of television shows—for free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Without further prologue, here are some of The Great Courses you could watch right now:

1. How to Stay Fit as You Age

It is possible to transform the process of aging into a positive and, above all, healthy experience. And it all starts with staying fit. Certified fitness and wellness consultant Dr. Bonura helps viewers create and practice a balanced, adaptable fitness program.

If you like that, try Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.

2. The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson—who you’ll recognize from Cosmos—leads marvelous journey to the frontiers of the known (and unknown) universe and introduces viewers to tantalizing questions being addressed by the world’s top scientists.

If you like that, try Black Holes, Tides and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity.

3. The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking

Great-tasting meals begin with an understanding of the fundamentals of cooking. Learn the foundational culinary skills you need to turn out delicious and impressive meals from a professional chef-instructor from The Culinary Institute of America.

If you like that, try Food: A Cultural Culinary History.

4. National Geographic Masters of Photography

Go inside the creative process of the industry’s most sought-after photographers as they reveal their working methods, from the planning stages of an assignment through the execution. Twelve National Geographic photographers teach two lessons each, offering rich insights into how to approach your own images and boost your confidence as you work.

If you like that, try The Art of Travel Photography.

5. The Decisive Battles of World History

Discover the military conflicts that have had the greatest impact in shifting the direction of historical events and shaping our world. Covering nearly 4,000 years, this course explores more than three dozen history-making military engagements, from the landmark battles of the Western world to their counterparts across Asia, India and the Middle East.

If you like that, try Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon.

6. The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles: From Card Games to Sudoku

Whether it’s chess, poker, or Sudoku, most games have this in common: Everything you need to win is rooted in mathematics. Now, using nothing more than a simple grasp of math, you can discover optimal ways to win games and solve puzzles with the speed and accuracy of professional players.

If you like that, try Secrets of Mental Math.

7. Heroes & Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

Study some of the most memorable and important characters ever created—Odysseus, Beowulf, Queen Guinevere,  Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Huckleberry Finn and more—and gain fresh insight into what makes a hero and what makes a character successful.

If you like that, try How to Read and Understand Shakespeare.

8. Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

Mycenae. Delphi. Ephesus. Sardis. To know the cities and sites of Greece and Turkey is to know the beginnings of humanity. Experience these countries through the eyes of an archaeologist as viewers walk through temples, shrines, fortresses, theaters, churches, and so much more.

If you like that, try The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe.

9. The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

The piano has inspired many of the greatest compositional works in the Western concert repertoire: extraordinary pieces celebrated for their compositional mastery, emotional impact, and their creative use of the instrument. In addition to learning about these masterworks, watch as three dynamic concert pianists perform live in our studio.

If you like that, try 30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World.

10. How to Become a Superstar Student

Michael Geisen, the 2008 National Teacher of the Year, give you the vital skills that will carry you through high school, college, and beyond. Packed with advice, tips, tricks, and resources, this course has the power to transform your education.

If you like that, try Stress and Your Body.

If you want to watch any of these videos but don’t know how to use Hoopla, you can check out this video tutorial that one of our librarians made.

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