03 18, 2019

Kanopy: Your Free Film Festival

By |2019-03-18T06:00:31-04:00March 18, 2019|

If you have a Mentor Public Library card, then you have a free ticket to a film festival with more than 30,000 films, shorts and documentaries, including award winners, critics’ favorites, and box-office smashes.

It’s called Kanopy. And it’s available whenever and wherever you are.

You can use Kanopy to stream films, documentaries and even TV shows from all-around the world. It’s like Netflix, but free.

You can stream classics from the Criterion CollectionA24’s remarkable filmography, or Kanopy’s stunning offering of documentaries from all around the world. Also, if you have kids, Kanopy has a robust collection of educational and entertaining programs for families, including animated masterpieces from GKIDS.

You can watch online or use Kanopy’s app, which is available for free at the Apple and Google Play stores. Each month, you can stream up to 10 different films.

So start watching. Your ticket to a world-class film festival, tailored to your personal interests, awaits.

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:

03 10, 2018

Watch animated masterpieces on Kanopy

By |2018-03-10T06:00:23-05:00March 10, 2018|

Stream animated classics like "Watership Down" for free on Kanopy.

Stream animated classics like “Watership Down” for free on Kanopy.

Our newest digital service, Kanopy, give you access to more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

For free.

You can watch five of them each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—at your convenience.

The Kanopy collection includes animated masterpieces from around the world. Here are nine of our favorites that you can watch.

1. Eleanor’s Secret

Perfect for young children!

A young boy, Nat, goes on an adventure aided by the denizens of a magic library where the characters from classic children’s books come alive.

Starring Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Puss in Boots, Peter Pan and more.

2. A Letter to Momo

A funny, sweet film from the creators of Ghost in the Shell.

Momo has lost her dad, and all she has to remember him by is an unfinished letter that reads “Dear Momo” and nothing more.

She feels lost and alone but, with the help of three supernatural monsters living in her attic, she can find out what her father was trying to tell her.

If you’re a fan of Japanese animation, you’ll also like Patema Inverted and Welcome to the Space Show.

3. Sita Sings the Blues

Director Nina Paley single-handedly animates a film that finds the connections between the Indian epic Ramayana, jazz singer Annette Hanshaw’s, and her own divorce.

She blends them all into the Greatest Breakup Story Ever Told.

4. Kirikou and the Sorceress

The best and best-known film from French animation legend Michel Ocelot.

It recounts the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.

Want more Ocelot? Enjoy his Tales of the Night.

5. Chico & Rita

An Academy-Award nominated film that celebrates music and Cuban culture with an intoxicating cocktail of love, passion, and heartbreak.

Chico is a young pianist; Rita, a spectacular singer. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas.

6. Approved for Adoption

This award-winning animated documentary traces the upbringing of filmmaker Jung Henin, a Korean child adopted by a western family after the end of the Korean War.

Animated vignettes track Jung from the day that he meets his blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents.


7. Wrinkles

The resident conman at a retirement gets a new roommate, a former bank manager who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The two learn that you’re never too old to let someone change your life.

Wrinkles moves freely between the inmates’ daily routines and their more colorful, dementia-induced fantasies, leaving plenty of room for tears and laughter.

8. Millenium Actress

Satoshi Kon, once again, bends space, time and reality to tell the story of a once famous, now forgotten actress.

9. The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness: A Year with the Brilliant Minds at Studio Ghibli

Not an animated film, but a must-watch for fans of animation.

Granted unfettered access to the legendary and notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, this documentary follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli — producer Toshio Suzuki, and directors Isao Takahata, and Hayao Miyazaki — over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

More Kanopy playlists:

02 14, 2018

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the best romances on Kanopy

By |2018-02-14T06:00:56-05:00February 14, 2018|

His Girl FridayOur newest digital service, Kanopy, give you access to more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe. For free.

You can watch five of them each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—at your convenience.

The Kanopy collection also includes classic romantic comedies — just perfect for Valentine’s Day or any date night. Here are 10 of our favorites that you can watch.

1. Charade

A classic, headlined by two cinematic legends.

In this thrilling and romantic masterpiece, Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on holiday in the French Alps. Her newfound romance is interrupted, however, upon her return home, when it is revealed that her husband has been murdered.

2. His Girl Friday

Not to overload this list with Cary Grant, but we weren’t going to exclude this gem from Hollywood’s golden age.

Walter (Grant), a hard-boiled newspaper editor, discovers that his ex-wife and former employee, Hildy (a spectacular Rosalind Russell), is set to marry a wet-blanket insurance salesman. Walter, certain that this is the wrong move for a strong-willed and ambitious woman such as Hildy, decides to sabotage her marital plans by enticing her with one last story — the execution of a convicted murderer.

3. Drinking Buddies

Starring a murderer’s row of comedic talent, including New Girl‘s Jake Johnson, Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston.

Luke (Johnson) and Kate (Wilde) are coworkers at a Chicago brewery, where they spend their days drinking and flirting. They’re perfect for each other, except that they’re both in relationships. Luke is in the midst of marriage talks with his girlfriend of six years, and Kate is playing it cool with her music producer boyfriend. But you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.

4. In the Mood for Love

A milestone from renowned director Wong Kar-Wai.

Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite — until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them.

5. Jules and Jim

Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary Francois Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles.

6. Summertime

Katharine Hepburn never disappoints.

In Summertime, she plays an American spinster whose dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome (but married) Italian man while vacationing in Venice.

7. 2 Days in Paris

The most romantic city in the world could doom one couple’s relationship.

A vacation intended to repair the tattered relationship between Jack (Adam Goldber) and Marion (Julie Delpy) only dismantles it further. The city brings out aspects of Marion that alienate the neurotic Jack even more(to say nothing of her former boyfriends who seem to lurk at every cafe they visit.)

8. Black Orpheus

Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ Black Orpheus brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the twentieth-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

With its eye-popping photography and ravishing, epochal soundtrack, Black Orpheus was an international cultural event, and it kicked off the bossa nova craze that set hi-fis across America spinning.

9. McLintock!

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara… because you deserve nice things.

Aging rancher George Washington McLintock (Wayne) has troubles. Seemingly everyone wants a piece of his enormous farmstead, including high-ranking government men, McLintock’s own sons and nearby Native Americans.

And then his ex-wife shows up.

10. Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!

Don’t Swallow My Heart is set on the dangerous border between modern-day Brazil and Paraguay, where a war is brewing between rival gangs on either side. Caught in the middle, Brazilian 13-year-old Joca has fallen in love with Basano, a spirited indigenous Paraguayan girl, and is determined to win her over regardless of the consequences.

Nominated for the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and for a Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival.

More Kanopy playlists:

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