September 22nd, 2014

Have You Heard About Hoopla?

hooplaHave you heard?

Cecil County Public Library has launched Hoopla – an exciting new digital resource for movies, music and audiobooks!

With Hoopla, Cecil County Public Library gives you free access to:

- 8 checkouts per month – movies, TV, music and eAudiobooks

- No holds lists and no fines

- Unlimited viewing or listening during your checkout period (once checkout time has expired, item will automatically disappear from your computer or device)

- Over 100,000 titles with new selections added weekly — new, popular, classic and educational titles

- Hoopla carries approximately 80% of albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released (try it before you buy it!)

- Easy to use – just have your library card number and PIN handy

Our staff has been trying it out – and they’ve fallen head-over-heels for Hoopla!  Here’s what one dedicated staff user has to say:

CCPL: What do you think about Hoopla?

LY: My family doesn’t just love books, movies and music – we consume them! My husband and I always have audiobooks in our cars, and we all have eBooks and eAudiobooks downloaded to our devices.  We watch tons of digital movies and television. Hoopla is great – on the go and it’s free!

CCPL: How do you use Hoopla?

LY: We use all of Hoopla’s products – music, movies/television, and eAudiobooks.

CCPL: Where do you use it?

LY: Everywhere! We access our Hoopla materials in our cars, the house, the doctor’s office, at football practice – and even on a family camping trip!

CCPL: Why do you love it?

LY: Hoopla is SO easy to use! Forget having to go through a bunch of steps to get to the media you want. Just register, browse, then checkout.  You can even do temporary downloads if you don’t want to use up your data by streaming! They’ve thought of everything.

For more information and to try Hoopla for yourself, click here or visit any Cecil County Public Library Branch location.

We would love to hear from you! How do you Hoopla?


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September 16th, 2014

Listen Up!

listeningOne of the most often asked questions by parents at the library is how to help their child be a stronger reader. Like books, struggling readers come in all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and cultures. A child’s ability to read is a result of various factors, and may sometimes be influenced by a language barrier, medical condition, or learning disability.

Trained educators know that early intervention can make a world of difference for a child. Many techniques and strategies, some not involving letters or words at all, can dramatically increase a child’s ability to read. One technique is utilizing audio books.

Audio books are CD’s or other forms of digitized media, on which stories are recorded as a person (or sometimes a cast of readers) reads them. The reader’s voices of these books bring characters to life, and the readers adjust the tone, speed, and volume of their voices to dramatize the story to the fullest potential. Many adults love audio books. We listen to them on long commutes back and forth to work. We listen to them while we clean our houses.

Somewhere out there, though, there is a feeling that children must physically read books. That listening to them is somehow cheating; not beneficial. In most cases, that is just not true.
Listening to audio books is actually one technique that can make a dramatic difference in a child’s ability to read. Listening to an audio book, while reading the book simultaneously, is even better! Studies show that listening to a story being read, while reading along, improves comprehension and fluency.

This is where your local library steps in.

Did you know that the Cecil County Public Library has entire collections of audio books for children?  We have audio books for beginning readers, like the popular Bob Books series available as a CD Book, where the CD is packaged directly with the book. Cecil County Public Library offers several CD Book titles in our EZ Reader section, like titles from Cynthia Rylant’s series “Henry and Mudge,” or “Fox in Socks,” by Dr. Seuss.

Classic favorites by award-winning authors, as well as new titles, are available in our picture book area.  Maybe a child in your life would like reading along, while listening to, a book by Kevin Henkes or Patricia Polacco! More challenging CD Books are available in our chapter book areas. We encourage you to check out the book with the CD Book, and listen as you read. We carry a slew of popular titles and series in CD Book format, from Junie B. Jones and  Magic Tree House, to 39 Clues, Little House on the Prairie, and Harry Potter (just to name a few). Why not listen to a children’s book on your way to school or sports practice?

For technology-hungry families, have you considered downloading audiobooks? CCPL has thousands of titles, click here.
Whether you are looking for strategies to help a struggling reader, or just a new way to enjoy a great book, try out an audio book and let us know about your experience the next time you stop by!

What’s your favorite audiobook?


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