Digital Hoopla comes to libraries
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.