MENTONE — The Bell Memorial Public Library is currently holding a book sale in its main lobby during normal business hours.
Items available for purchase include books and DVDs.
BMPL also has a new phone number at (574) 893-3200.
Teen Book Club takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16. Teens and young adults interested in joining should contact Natalie Salazar at (574) 893-3200.
The library will also be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the teen room. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Story Hour takes place at 10 a.m. every Friday in the children’s room. Children listen to stories and complete a craft. This week’s theme is “spring.” Stories being read are “Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms,” “Everything Spring” and “A Little Book About Spring.” Children will be making a cherry blossom tree for their craft project.
Curbside services are always available. Call (574) 893-3200 to request materials. Patrons can also e-mail Stephen Boggs at [email protected].
Demand has risen for Internet hotspots and the library has just added three new units for patron use. The units are free to use and can be reserved; they can be circulated for one week and are only available to residents in the BMPL 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.
BMPL now offers wireless printing from smartphones and tablets. Users must use the MENTONEWLAN for this to work.
People using wireless printing will need to know how to print from their own device. Library staff cannot provide support for printing or other issues on patron-owned equipment.
- Be sure you are connected to MENTONEWLAN.
- Open the item to be printed and select the “print” command.
- Search for the CANON MF642c series printer.
- Click on the printer icon to begin the print process.
This is a new service and library staff are still learning how to use the machine. If there is an issue with the machine, leave a note for Mr. Boggs or e-mail him at [email protected].
Another new service is the patron-use VHS videotape converter to digital. Contact Stephen Boggs at (574) 893-3200 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 4 GB 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 a 35mm film or slide scanner, a Cricut machine for patron use as well as a 3D printer. Contact Mr. Boggs at the library for more details.