Dig­i­tal Hoopla comes to li­braries

Record Observer - - Community - By HANNAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Feel like a quick trip to the is­lands? With dig­i­tal hoopla, the new­est app avail­able through your li­brar y card with the Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Li­brary, you can visit Fiji via a travel video and ex­tend your va­ca­tion while you lis­ten to the sound track of Roger’s and Ham­mertein’s mu­si­cal “South Pa­cific.”

Search by ti­tles, au­thors, and genre and browse hun­dreds of ebooks, au­dio books – in­clud­ing comic books — dig­i­tal movies, TV series and mu­sic. Many cur­rent movie ti­tles are avail­able also. Choose from clas­sics, Dis­ney, the ob­scure and come­dies, in­clud­ing those fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar funny man, Kevin Hart.

Hoopla’s site states it’s “Sim­ple to ac­cess and use, with­out the has­sle of hav­ing to re­turn the items you’ve bor­rowed, all you need is your li­brary card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The free­dom you want is here, now. Sign up to­day!”

A cur­rent li­brary card is re­quired, along with an email ad­dress and pass­word as­so­ci­ated with your li­brary card. If you’re not cer­tain about the sta­tus of your card, or if you need to cre­ate or ver­ify a pass­word, the Queen Anne’s County is able to as­sist.

Queen Anne’s be­gan pro­mot­ing Hoopla on Mon­day, July 25. Ac­cord­ing to Erin Neus­baum, emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy li­brar­ian for the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary, they were able to of­fer the app through their co­op­er­a­tion with the East­ern Shore Re­gional Li­brary Con­sor­tium, a group that en­ables smaller li­braries to com­bine to­gether to in­crease their buy­ing power to of­fer new tech­nol­ogy and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for their pa­trons. Other coun­ties in the Mid-Shore area will be of­fer­ing soon Hoopla soon, said Neus­baum.

“Us­age is start­ing to spike al­ready,” said Neus­baum on the sec­ond day of Hoopla be­ing avail­able in Queen Anne’s. “It is very ex­cit­ing. One of the amaz­ing fea­tures is you can ac­cess ti­tles any time, at mid­night if you like, and from any lo­ca­tion.”

Ti­tles will be chang­ing, sim­i­lar to ser­vices like Net­flix, where new items are added reg­u­larly and some are taken off the list, said Neus­baum.

As al­ways, print ti­tles that can­not be found in the li­brar y or dig­i­tally can al­ways be sourced through the In­ter-Li­brar y Ser vice, Neus­baum noted.

Data or wifi is re­quired to down­load from Hoopla. Af­ter down­load­ing to your de­vice, movies are avail­able for 72 hours; ebooks and au­dio books, 21 days; and mu­sic for 7 days. There is no fee from Hoopla or the li­brary to bor­row or down­load the me­dia.

For those who would like to ac­cess Hoopla, but maybe need more as­sis­tance in be­com­ing fa­mil­iar with the In­ter­net and smart de­vices, li­brary work­shops for In­ter­net, email, on­line li­brary ser­vices, tablets and smart­phones will be held Aug. 17 and 18 with three dif­fer­ent ses­sions both days. Par­tic­i­pants must pre-reg­is­ter to re­serve a spot.

The li­brary is open Mon­day through Thurs­day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m and Fri­day and Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call the Centreville Branch at 121 South Com­merce St., Centreville, 410-758-0980, or Kent Is­land Branch, 200 Li­brary Cir­cle, Stevensville, 410-643-8161.

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