Discover Hoopla Music

June 19th, 2017

Have you ever seen a movie and really loved the music soundtrack?  How about being able to sample the newest music without paying for it?  Having a birthday party for your kids and need party music?  Are you into meditation or need to relax?  Yes?

The library has the product to meet your needs!

Discover Hoopla music.  A streaming or downloadable media service available to you anytime and anywhere.   Hoopla is like having your public library’s music collection at your fingertips.  Our selection of downloadable music, available for adults, youth and children, can be borrowed for 7 days and you can enjoy up to 8 titles per month.   If you are worried about the content, enable “kids mode” within the settings to filter out any adult content.  At the end of the loan period, the item disappears from your device.  No late fees and no need to return the item to the library.  You can either download the Hoopla app, available in Google Play or Apple App Store or stream music directly to your computer.

There are many categories of music available including music featured on NPR, summer road trip music, comedy, and new age.  There is even a category for New Music Friday where you can download brand new albums.  There is something for everyone.  I personally love to download music to enjoy while running.  There is a category for fitness & workout.  Hoopla offers a great way to explore new music genres with your library card.  So, if you have not tried Hoopla music, maybe you should!


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Hands Free Reading

May 29th, 2017

Planning for the weekend ahead, I find myself in the rare situation of having a day with absolutely zero plans. I intend to take full advantage by running errands, weeding my garden, putting the finishing touches on a quilt, and reading an entire book! How will I accomplish this? I’ll tell you my secret: “hands free reading” with audiobooks!

I listen to audiobooks basically anytime my ears are free. They are a great way to pass the time when you’re doing chores, driving, or anytime your hands are occupied, but your mind isn’t. You can get done whatever you need to get done while also reading a book. Talk about multi-tasking!

Audiobooks have all of the same benefits of more traditional reading, no comprehension or quality is lost by listening to the words rather than reading them.  They are especially great for all of us who feel we’re just too busy to read. If you’re listening to an average-length audiobook (about 11 hours) only on your 15 minute drive to and from work each day, you’ll still have your book done in only about 3 weeks.

In addition to traditional CD books available from any branch, CCPL also offers 3 different ways to check out audiobooks digitally: OverDrive, OneClickDigital and Hoopla. Hoopla has the added benefit that there are no holds, so any book that it carries is available for download immediately.

Our website has how-to guides on how to setup an account and access these books, (http://ow.ly/DD9R30c12dE) or you can come to any branch to have a librarian show you in person. It’s easy!

And audiobooks don’t just have to accompany you when you’re doing chores. If you’re gearing up for your next family vacation and looking to keep everyone happy and occupied on that long car drive, consider an audiobook!


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