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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August 19th, 2014

A “Berry” Sweet End to Summer

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“Blackberry” has a certain connotation these days – a small hand-held device used for constant communication, right?

Well, at our house, instead of technology, we think of plump, dark, juicy berries, hanging in heavy clusters off riotous berry canes along a homemade fence. After planting a few bushes last fall, we were rewarded with a bumper crop of the most delicious blackberries we’ve ever eaten. We have blueberries and raspberries, too.

We’ve been picking daily for weeks, and started counting our bounty in gallons, not pints. We’ve eaten fresh berries to our heart’s content; we’ve frozen them for smoothies and made berry muffins. But now what?

My cousin told me about a curious fruit drink called a shrubthat you can make to create a home-made soda. Instead of making a simple syrup with berries and sugar, you add cider vinegar, too, to give it a more savory, sophisticated flavor when added to plain seltzer water. You can use your choice of berries.

CCPL has hosted local canning expert and author, J.R. Coffey, for a number of programs over the summer, including on Wednesday, August 20 at the Perryville Branch.

If you haven’t or can’t make his delicious and informative programs, check out this great list of canning and preserving resourcesand have you checked out CCPL’s Pinterest canning page?

I’ve also been getting ideas for using my berries from a variety of cooking magazines that CCPL offers via Zinio, which are digital magazines that I can download and keep on my home computer, or even my blackberry!

What are your favorite ways to preserve the taste of summer?

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