Hello! We are getting a lot of new books in this week, and my next post in a few days will be all about those.
I wanted to use this forum to make sure you all know about our new digital service, Hoopla. Hoopla is a streaming service not only for movies, television shows, and music; but there is also a healthy amount of ebooks and audiobooks available. All items are available instantly, so there’s no wait time for any title on Hoopla!
The audiobook selection contains quite a few Holiday books, including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the children’s classic story by Barbara Robinson. There are Holiday titles by David Baldacci (The Christmas Train), Susan Mallery, and Melody Carlson. There are also some classic titles, such as most of Jane Austen’s novels, several by Charles Dickens, and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. For mystery and thriller lovers, there are titles by Sara Paretsky, Lisa Jewell, Greg Iles, and James Grippando.
The ebook selection is just as wide, with titles by Robin Carr, Mary Kay Andrews, Kate Quinn, J. A. Jance, and Daniel Silva. There are even curated collections that are showcased in each format’s landing page. This month features Historical Fiction about women, Fashion Fiction, Holiday Classics, and Book Club selections. If you’re watching and enjoying The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, then you can read the book on Hoopla by Walter Tevis.
The movies and television series are an eclectic mix that includes classics, fairly recent releases, international films, and children’s animated movies. The Holiday offerings are really good. I watched a really endearing movie over the weekend, Journey to the Christmas Star. It is based on a Norwegian folk tale, and the film was produced there. It is originally in Norwegian with English dubbed over, but it’s done well, so it’s not hard to follow. It involves a kingdom, several fun characters including some really cute elves, and a long-lost princess. I highly recommend it for the whole family. Hoopla does offer several of the romance movies set around the Holidays, but there are some classics as well. These include the 1959 version of Miracle on 34th Street, the 1935 version of A Christmas Carol, and one of my favorites, Beyond Christmas. For the whole family, there are several animated Holiday titles to choose from.
To use Hoopla, download the free app (found in either the Google Play Store or the iTunes store). On your computer, tablet or smart phone. Log in with your library card number and PIN and create an account with your email and a password of your choosing. Library staff can offer assistance with this service.