Stream Sesame Street episodes, music & more for free

Take Sesame Street episodes, albums, and ebooks anywhere for free with Hoopla and your library card.

Take Sesame Street episodes, albums, and ebooks anywhere for free with Hoopla and your library card.

Sesame Street celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but we don’t need a reason to celebrate Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and the rest of the gang at 123 Sesame Street.

And your Mentor Public Library card gives you access to Sesame Street – videos, music, and ebooks – practically whenever you want. Whatever device you’re using to read this can also be used to bring Big Bird, Grover and more to your kids.

The best of Sesame Street is available to you right now using Hoopla, which is free with your library card. (Click here if you want an introduction on how to use Hoopla on your preferred digital device.)

eBooks

Hoopla has more than 100 Sesame Street picture books that you can share with your kids. Share classics like “How to be a Grouch” and “The Monster at the End of this Book,” as well as newer books that help teach your children counting, rhyming, potty training, music, and more!

Each of these eBooks are available to you for three weeks once you borrow them. You can even download them to the mobile device of your choice, so you don’t waste data. The eBooks (like all other items on Hoopla) return automatically at the end of their lending period, so there’s no overdue fines.

Movies & TV Episodes

Hoopla has more than 50 Sesame Street videos that you can watch RIGHT NOW, including 24 full episodes: Help Telly teach Jack how to grow his beanstalk; see the entire street battle an epidemic of Mine-itis; attend Abby Cadabby’s first-ever sleepover; or enjoy Big Bird and Snuffy’s talent show.

You can also enjoy Alphabet SongsOnce Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, or travel back to the Mesozoic with Elmo, Abby, and Telly. You can even borrow Elmo’s Travel Songs and Games for those interminable family road trips.

You get to borrow each video for three days, which you can stream and/or download to a mobile device to watch at your convenience.

Music

Finally, you can stream more than 100 Sesame Street albums with Hoopla. You’ll find most of what you’re looking for on the greatest hits album, but Hoopla also offers such weird and wonderful one-offs as Sesame Disco, Grover Sings the Blues and Elmo’s Lowdown HoedownIt also has Christmas Eve on Sesame Street for when you need to hear “True Blue Miracle.”

You get to stream each album for a week. Once again, you can download to your mobile device, so you’re not burning data while you’re in your car.

You can borrow up to 12 items a month from Hoopla, so start viewing, listening, and (of course) reading.

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Zombie Party for Teens

Mentor Public Library is throwing a zombie-themed Halloween party for teens on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at its Main Branch.

Mentor Public Library is throwing a zombie-themed Halloween party for teens on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at its Main Branch.

We’re throwing a Zombie-themed Halloween party for teens at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at our Main Branch.

There will be games, prizes, and candy. Everyone’s invited to wear their costumes.

The fun is open to all teens (in seventh through 12th grade.) We only ask that you RSVP beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

We love Halloween and have spooky programs for kids at all of our branches. You can peruse them on our event calendar and see which ones that you want to attend. Some of our favorites include:

  • Kids can concoct their own Monster Spray (just one spray keeps the monsters away) at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at The HUB inside Mentor High School. For children, ages four to eight. Registration required.
  • Don't forget that you can trick or treat at the library on Halloween.

    Don’t forget that you can trick or treat at the library on Halloween.

    Kids of all ages can dress like their favorite Powerpuff Girl, Crystal Gem, or secret agent from Codename: Kids Next Door during our Cartoon Network Costume Party from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at our Headlands Branch. There will be games, crafts, and cake. Come dressed as your favorite character from any Cartoon Network show – past or present.

  • Families can get in the Halloween spirit with spooky stories by the campfire at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, outside of our Lake Branch. We’ll also have crafts, treats and a pumpkin-toss game.
  • Tweens can munch on mystery candy and try guessing what it is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at our Headlands Branch.
  • Kids (ages two to six) can move and groove during our Preschool Dance Party at on Monday, Oct. 28, at our Main Branch. Registration required. Don’t forget your costume!

Of course, you can also search for specters all month long during the Ghostbusters Scavenger Hunt at our Lake Branch and trick or treat at the library on Halloween.

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James Badal & Mark W. Stone on the Cleveland Torso Murders

This month, we were fortunate to host two of the preeminent experts on the Cleveland Torso Murders. Those experts are:

They were kind enough to let us film their talk at our library, so we could share it with those who could not attend that evening. Watch and learn about this grisly crime spree, including who Badal and Stone think the Torso Slayer is.

Warning: This video includes several graphic crime-scene photos and may be upsetting to some people.

By the way, this talk was part of our Month of Mystery. Throughout October, some of the best mystery and true-crime authors will be speaking at the library, including:

  • Brad Ricca, author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, the phenomenal true story of Grace Humiston, the first woman U.S. District Attorney, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
  • Jane Ann Turzillo, who will take us on a tour of the murderers, tricksters, train robbers, and more in Ohio’s wicked past at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

All of these author visits are open to all, free to attend, and require registration. Additionally, they’re all hosted at our Main Branch.

During our Mystery Month, you can also:

We also have mystery programs for all ages and at all of our branches, so visit our event calendar to see which intrigue you.

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Learn car-care tips at the library

Learn how to prepare your car for winter with the help of local mechanic Bill Snow at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Learn how to prepare your car for winter with the help of local mechanic Bill Snow at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Winter is coming. That means the snow and ice are coming for your driveways and tires.

Local mechanic Bill Snow will offer practical advice on how to prepare your car for winter when he visits our Main Branch at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28.

Snow’s talk is free and open to all. We only ask that people RSVP to attend. They can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, the next time your car needs maintenance, check out Chilton Library — one of the dozens of databases you can use for free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Chilton provides detailed information to help you tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Doesn’t matter the year, make or model of your vehicle.

It offers step-by-step service and repair procedures, diagrams to simplify troubleshooting, and plenty of pictures and illustrations to make sure you understand what you’re looking at. You can also get labor estimates on specific repairs to make sure that nobody rips you off.

And it’s all free with your library card.

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Meet mystery author Vivien Chien at Mentor Library

We were delighted to host Vivien Chien, author of the Noodle Shop mystery series, earlier this month. After her author talk, she sat down for an interview that was as fun and funny as she.

She explained why she enjoys writing mysteries, what a Noodle Shop Mysteries video game would look like, and tells us her favorite places to eat in AsiaTown in Cleveland.

Chien’s visit kicked off a Month of Mystery at Mentor Public Library. Throughout October, some of the best mystery and true-crime authors will be visiting us, including:

  • Brad Ricca, author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, the phenomenal true story of Grace Humiston, the first woman U.S. District Attorney, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
  • Jane Ann Turzillo, who will take us on a tour of the murderers, tricksters, train robbers, and more in Ohio’s wicked past at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

All of these author visits are open to all, free to attend, and require registration. Additionally, they’re all hosted at our Main Branch.

During our Mystery Month, you can also:

We also have mystery programs for all ages and at all of our branches, so visit our event calendar to see which intrigue you.

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