MENTONE — Bell Memorial Public Library now offers wireless printing for patrons’ smartphones or tablets. The library is also currently having a book sale in its main lobby. Stop in and check it out.
New audiobooks added to Hoopla Digital include: “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It” by Kamal Ravikant, “The Country Guesthouse” by Robyn Carr and “Immortality Inc.” by Chip Walter. Teens and Children can browse these titles: “My Very Favorite Book In The Whole Wide World” by Malcolm Mitchell and “Just In Case You Wanna Fly” by Julie Fogliavo. All that is required to use Hoopla’s streaming service is a valid library card. For more information, stop in and speak with a library staff member.
Teen Craft Night will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. Teens will be making Harry Potter jars. All supplies needed will be provided. For more information, contact Natalie Salazar at (574) 353-7234.
Curbside services are always available. Call (574) 353-7234 to request materials. Patrons can also e-mail Stephen Boggs at [email protected].
Demand has certainly risen for Internet hotspots and the library has just added three new units for patron use. The units are free to use; they can be reserved and circulated for one week and are only available to residents in the Bell Memorial Library’s tax district, which includes the town of Mentone and Harrison Township, or to patrons who have purchased a library card. The hotspots use the T-Mobile/Sprint network and have exceedingly good download speeds and connectivity. Just contact the library with any questions.
Another new service is the patron-use VHS videotape converter to digital. Contact Stephen Boggs at (574) 353-7234 or [email protected] to set up a time to come to the library to learn how to use the machine and begin digitizing homemade videotapes. Users will need to bring their own storage device such as a USB flash drive (with a four gigabyte minimum) or an external hard drive. Copying off-air programs is not allowed.
Plans are also being considered to add a document/photo scanner, which will include the 35mm film or slide scanner, a Cricut machine for patron use as well as a 3-D printer. Contact Mr. Boggs at the library for more details.