Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Try one of the online book clubs at Mentor Library

Pick from more than a dozen online book clubsfrom romances to science fiction, new releases to classics.
Mentor Library has book clubs for art lovers, mystery enthusiasts, teens, seniors, American Girl fans and more.

And they're all great (largely because the people who come to them are wonderful.) Besides, a book club's a fun way to discover new books and chat about them with like-minded folks.

But what if your schedule is too erratic for a traditional book club? Is there still a way for you to participate?

Of course!

There are 14 online book clubs you can sign up for through Mentor Public Library. They include clubs for classics, new releases, romances, science fiction, audiobooks and more. (Here's the full list.)

All you have to do is give your email address. Then, chapters from the clubs' books will be emailed directly to you.

It's a great way to sample books without having to commit to them. You get a couple of chapters emailed to you. If you have time, read them. If you love it, check the book out from your local library. If you don't have time or don't love it, skip the book and try again next time.

And if you really love the book and want to talk about it, each book club has a moderated forum where you can talk about it with other readers.

Check out your options and join a book club that works around your schedule.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Willy Wonka visits Mentor Library for his birthday party

It's the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so we threw a birthday party for that clandestine chocolatier Willy Wonky on Saturday at our Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch.

Kids made their own candy concoctions, tested their Wonkavision and got a taste of our chocolate river. Then Mr. Wonka himself appeared!

He even bore gifts. One lucky child found a golden ticket in their Wonka Bar that provided him with four tickets to the Fine Art Association's performance of Willy Wonka, which runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 21.

We want to thank the Fine Arts Association and Willy Wonka for dropping by!

Even if you missed the party, you should check out the video. In it, Mr. Wonka explains how the Federal Aviation Administration (the other FAA) governs Fizzy Lifting Drink and what became of the ill-fated and iller named Hornswozzie candy.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Art for Adults at Mentor Library

Aileene admires her handiwork during a jewelry-making session Monday at Mentor Library's Main Branch.
If you're older than 13, you may wonder why it's the kids who always seem to be getting crafty.

It's the children who get to make cornucopias or build lava lamps or splatter paint everywhere.

But there are plenty of chances for teens and adults to flex their artistic side at Mentor Library too.

Just in the last year, we've hosted free watercolor painting and inking classes.
Rita carefully threads her beads onto her necklace.
On Monday, the experts from Flux Metal Arts showed how to make beautiful custom earrings-and-bracelet sets. Some people made their jewelry as Christmas gifts. Others loved what they made too much to part with it.

(We need to pause here to thanks the Mentor Community Arts Commission. They sponsored the jewelry-making, watercolor and inking programs. We couldn't do this without them!)

If you missed Monday's program, there's another opportunity to get in touch with your artistic side this year.

On Monday, Dec. 8, at our Main Branch, Jenn Cline from the Ohio Paper Folders will teach a hands-on introduction to origami. See what you can do with just a few pieces of paper. Registration for the workshop begins Nov. 24.
Clare and John search for just the right beads to complete their bracelets.
For more photos from our jewelry-making workshop and other programs, visit Mentor Library's Facebook page.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Making cornucopias with Studio MPL

Eva begins by outlining the pumpkin in her cornucopia.
On Monday, Studio MPL—our art club for kids in first through fifth grade—made cornucopias of self-expression. They made collages from magazines to show what they were thankful for this year.

This continues their theme of self-expression. Last month, they used hair to depict their inner selves.
Remo colors the grapes in his cornucopia.
They've also made sun catchers, painted sunsets, weaved and even garnered inspiration from Jackson Pollock.

Studio MPL meets on the third Monday of each month.

Next month’s session will be Dec. 15 at our Main Branch. You can register for it here.

For more photos from our Studio MPL session, check out our Facebook page. For more information on programs and events for children, teens and adults at Mentor Public Library, visit
Natalie uses rounded geometric figures like spheres and ovals to sketch a turkey.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thanks to the volunteers from St. Gabriel

Michael rolls a fresh layer of paint on the wall.
Volunteers from St. Gabriel Parish visited us this Saturday and painted a pair of our second-floor corridors.

We owe them our gratitude, just as we need to thank all of our volunteers.

No library is better than its community, and we are fortunate to live and work in a great place with wonderful people.
Mother-daughter team of Ina and Daiva give our upstairs corridor a fix-up.
For more photos of our helpful volunteers, visit Mentor Library's Facebook page.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Welcome to our newest Core Card partner

Brightwood Animal Hospital is our newest partner in the Core Card program.
You want to talk about value? Let's talk about the value of your Mentor Library card.

It gives you access to more than 200.000 books, movies and albums. And it also provides you with 24-hour access to our digital services, so you can download music, listen to audiobooks, stream video or read eBooks even when our branches are closed.

But, wait, there's more!

We've partnered with more than a dozen local businesses and organizations who provide you with discounts, just for having a Mentor Library card, as part of our Core Card program.

You can save money at everywhere from Awaken Yoga to Gallery One Art Gallery to Mentor Heisley Racquetball and Fitness Club. And now we've added our newest partner, Brightwood Animal Hospital.

Now, anyone with a Mentor Library card can save $5 on their first express grooming with Brightwood's groomer Chris White. Your pet will look prettier, you'll save money, and all you need is a library card.

Peruse the list of all of our Core Card partners and see how you can get more out of your library card.

Because, at Mentor Library, we want you to check out books, movies, music and your community.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More music, more movies: We're doubling your Hoopla

If you use streaming services like Netflix, YouTube or Spotify, then you should love Hoopla.

It lets you stream more than 300,000 movies, TV episodes, audiobooks and music albums to your smartphones, tablets and computers. You can use it 24 hours a day, and it's as available as your nearest Internet connection or WiFi hotspot.

And, like all of our digital services, it's free if you have a Mentor Public Library card.

Until recently, you could stream up to five audiobooks, movies or albums per month. But that wasn't enough, so we're doubling it to 10!

That means you no longer have to pick between streaming the Frozen soundtrack, Ariana Grande's My Everything, What's Going On, or A Love Supreme; watching To Kill a Mockingbird, My Little Pony or Brewster's Millions; or listening to the audiobook versions of The Hunger Games, King Lear and Veronica Roth's Insurgent, .

You can do it all, and then try something new next month!

To use Hoopla, you need only download its app from the Apple or Android store.

If you prefer to stream onto your computer, you can visit and the site offers all the same videos, music and audiobooks as the app. The Hoopla web site is compatible with browsers Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Once the app is downloaded (or you're on the Hoopla web site,) you only need to provide an email address and your library card number. Then you can browse and borrow from Hoopla’s extensive library and watch or listen wherever they are.

If any of that sounded confusing, MPL Librarian Mary Pelton made a video that walks you through the sign-up process.

On Hoopla, you can borrow a video for three days, a music album for seven and an audiobook for 21 days.

Using cloud computing, you can even borrow titles with your home computer, begin watching on a tablet and resume watching with your smartphone—anywhere there’s an Internet connection.

If you are going somewhere without an Internet connection, then you can download a title using the Hoopla app and watch or listen to it later. (For DRM reasons, downloading is only available on the app—not on Internet browsers.)

In addition to Hoopla, Mentor Public Library also offers several other digital services. You can stream independent films from festivals around the globe using IndieFlix, you can download mp3s using Freegal, borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks using OverDrive, learn another language with Transparent Language or borrow digital versions of magazines using Zinio.

You also have access to dozens of databases with information on topics from auto repair to local history to case law.

And—once more, with feeling—all of these services are free with a Mentor Public Library card.