What was new at the library this year?

What's new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

What’s new this year? Well, you can find us in The HUB.

Every year is a busy one at Mentor Public Library, but a lot happened this year.

Your library card has never been more valuable. And we want to take this opportunity to remind you all of the new services we added this year, just in case you missed something.

  1. The HUB – First of all, we added a brand new location this year! We’ve teamed with Mentor Public Schools to help you get connected at MHS’s renovated school library, now known as The HUB. It’s open from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday and available to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and a wide variety of programs.
  2. Makerspace – Another feature of The HUB: a state-of-the-art makerspace with laser engraver, vinyl cutter, T-shirt press, green-screen studio, and more. What do you want to make? Earrings? Clothing? Customized drinking glasses? Music videos? You can make all of that and more with your new makerspace.
  3. Lynda and other new databases – We added 12 new databases to our collection this year. You can now learn about car repair, research your genealogy or study a foreign language. You can also access to thousands of online educational courses with Lynda. Wherever you work, whatever your hobby is — there’s a Lynda course that can make you better at it: from finance to photography, making mobile apps to music composition, from screenwriting to spreadsheets.
  4. Renovated Main Branch – We recently completed a renovation of our Main Branch’s first floor. We’ve added more access to electrical outlets, moved and refurnished our teen area, and replaced carpeting and furniture that was about 30 years old. Most importantly, we added study rooms (probably the most common request we received!)
  5. Kanopy – We added a slew of digital services this year too. Kanopy, for example, is the perfect antidote for those mourning the demise of FilmStruck. It has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. That includes classics like RashomonCharadeA Hard Day’s NightDonnie Darkoand The Great Dictator (and a great collection of kids’ fare, as well.) You can stream any or all of them. For free. With your library card.
  6. Niche Academy – Meanwhile, Niche Academy is the perfect online tool for people trying to figure out how to use all these online tools. Niche offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to use library services like OverDrive, LibbyFlipsterFreegal, Hoopla and KanopyNiche also offers intros for online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
  7. Flipster – Flipster lets you read dozens of popular magazines whenever you want and for free, using your favorite device. You can check out both new and back issues of different magazines, including People, Atlantic, Times, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Highlights, New Yorker, Money, Redbook, Rolling Stone, US Weekly, Vogue and Teen Vogue, Wired, Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Zoobooks, and Vanity Fair.
  8. Deterra bags – Perhaps not the most fun or glamorous new service we’ve added, but certainly an important one. If you have old or unwanted medication in your home, Deterra bags lets you get rid of them safely and for free. You can now get them for free at any of our branches thanks to donations from Western Reserve Junior Service League, Junior Women’s Club of Mentor, Mentor Rotary Club and Friends of the Mentor Public Library. Click here for more info.
  9. Author Talks – We hosted a lot of authors this year. Everyone from Karin Slaughter to Beth Macy, Les Roberts, Stephen Markley, Rebekah Frumkin, Derf Backderf and more visited Lake County. Many came as part of our Off-the-Page author series with our friends from the Lake-Geauga League of Libraries. The league also hosted the first ever Northcoast Writers Showcase with Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline this year. The showcase will return in 2019 with headliner Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers, along with dozens of local authors.

And we’re not done innovating. In 2019, we’re celebrating our 200th anniversary with new programs, new story times, new book clubs, and a whole lot more fun.

We look forward to seeing you then.

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