12 13, 2018

Library cards for Lake Shore Compact students

By |2018-12-13T06:00:16-05:00December 13, 2018|

One of the Career Technical Education students shows off his new Mentor Public Library card.

One of the Career Technical Education students shows off his new Mentor Public Library card.

We spent a wonderful morning giving Mentor Public Library cards to about 175 Career Technical Education students this Tuesday at Mentor Schools’ Paradigm building.

The students were from the MBA, Allied Health and Graphic Design & Video Production tracks. They all use lynda.com, an online software training database, to help them with their studies. And the school districts pay so the students can access it.

Recently, Lynda.com became one of the dozens of databases you can use for free with your library card. That means the students and schools can access it for free. All the students need is a library card.

We also had the opportunity to show the students the ebooks, digital magazines, streaming music and video, and other online resources they can use with their Mentor Public Library Card.

This is just the beginning of the process. However, by putting library cards in every Mentor High School students’ hands, we can save the school district $37,500 over the next five years.

This is just one of the ways that Mentor Schools and Mentor Public Library have partnered to (one) save the community money, (two) share resources and (three) make those resources available to you.

Just this year, we opened Mentor High School’s renovated school library — now known as The HUB — to the public. It’s open to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday through Wednesday. We also host a wide variety of programs there each week.

Moreover, you now use The HUB’s state-of-the-art makerspace!

It contains a:

You can use any or all of these machines to make the project of your dreams. You don’t need to be a student at Mentor High School or even a resident of Mentor. All you need is a Mentor Public Library card in good standing. For more information, visit our makerspace page.

We’re grateful for our friends at Mentor Schools. Our partnership with them has made our library card more valuable than ever.

 

 

12 12, 2018

Discover the online resources from your library

By |2018-12-12T06:00:51-05:00December 12, 2018|

Learn how to enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks, stream music and video, and more with your favorite device and library card.

Learn how to enjoy eBooks, eAudiobooks, stream music and video, and more with your favorite device and library card.

You’re a savvy person. You already know you can use your library card to borrow everything from books to hotspots, traffic cones and ukuleles.

But did you know you can use it to stream music and video? Borrow eBooks and audiobooks? Take online classes? Did you know that your library card can serve as a free substitute for Spotify, Netflix, Hulu or Audible?

It also gives you access to a state-of-the-art MakerSpace with a green-screen studio, laser engraver and T-shirt press.

In short, your library card does a lot — more than we can list here. However, you can learn all your card provides and the ways it can save you money during a special program at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at The HUB in Mentor High School.

Discover how you can always have eBooks, music, movies and more on-hand with your library card and preferred device (smartphone, tablet or computer.)

The program is free and open to all. You can register to attend online or call The HUB at 440-205-6011.

By the way, yes, Mentor Public Library has a new location inside of Mentor High School.

Its renovated library — now called The Hub — is open to everyone for study, quiet tutoring and more from 3 to 8 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It also hosts a wide variety of programs like any other branch of Mentor Public Library.

Furthermore, The HUB features the aforementioned makerspace that’s available to use — say it with us now — with your library card.

05 3, 2018

Kanopy Kids

By |2018-05-03T06:00:53-04:00May 3, 2018|

Kids can learn about science, math, languages and more with popular educational shows on Kanopy Kids.

Kids can learn about science, math, languages and more with popular educational shows on Kanopy Kids.

Have you checked out Kanopy yet? It’s a streaming service like Hulu or Netflix, but it’s free with your library card.

It offers a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

And it may have just become your child’s favorite streaming service with Kanopy Kids.

Kanopy Kids offers video versions of story time classics like Curious George, Where the Wild Things Are, Lon Po Po, Too Many Tamales, Goldilocks & The Three Dinosaurs and The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf.

It also features episodes of popular educational shows. Learn about science with SciGirls or Ready Jet Go, nature with Zooboomafoo or Dinosaur Trainhistory with Liberty’s Kids, reading with Between the Lions and WordWorldand more than a dozen languages (including Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and French) with Little Pim.

You can also enjoy classic children’s series starring Arthur, Daniel Tiger, Maya the Bee and Franklin.

Kanopy Kids even offers celebrated and award-winning animated films like Eleanor’s Secret, Ernest & Celestine and Mia & the Magoo.

You can stream unlimited videos (specifically, from Kanopy Kids) each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—for free.

Kanopy playlists:

04 1, 2018

Master online resources with Niche Academy

By |2018-04-01T06:00:17-04:00April 1, 2018|

We offer a dizzying amount of tools online: databases for research; online classes; digital resources where you can read eBooks and magazines, listen to music and audiobooks, and watch videos.

It can be confusing to find the resources you want and learn how to use them—intimidating even. So we’re offering a new service, Niche Academy, that teaches you how to use all of them. Niche Academy offers short video tutorials that you can watch for free and at your convenience. Learn how to:

Niche Academy also offers videos that explain how to use online tools like Gmail, Goodreads and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. All of these video tutorials are available for free. You can watch as many as you like at mentorpl.org/niche.

01 20, 2018

Watch some of the world’s best films with Kanopy & your library card

By |2018-01-20T06:00:52-05:00January 20, 2018|

IANYN Web BannerYou can stream some of the greatest films ever made for free.

All you need is your library card and our newest digital service, Kanopy.

Kanopy has a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

And you can watch 10 of them each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—for free. Indulge your inner cinephile with masterpieces by Akira Kurosawa, Greta Gerwig, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Orson Welles and more.

Kanopy also has an excellent collection of animated story books and educational kids shows for children.

You can watch online or use Kanopy’s app, which is available for free at the Apple and Google Play stores.

So start watching. It’s like having a world-class film festival, tailored to your personal interests, at your beck and call. For free.

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