Have you used our newest digital service, Hoopla yet? I hope you’re using it not only for movies and television shows, but for audiobooks and ebooks as well. There are so many great titles available with no wait period: Faithless in Death, number 52 of the “In Death” series by J.D. Robb, is available on audio; The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is available in both audio and ebook, as is The Huntress, also by Kate Quinn; Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology is also ready for you to check out and listen to; and if you need some dysfunctional Southern family humor to brighten your day, listen to Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. I laughed out loud several times while listening to it myself! Hoopla has several ebook titles by Elena Farrante, the Italian writer of the Neapolitan Quartet: The Lost Daughter, My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, The Days of Abandonment, and The Lying Life of Adults.
There have been some fascinating movies, television shows, and documentaries on Hoopla lately. I recently watched Promised, a movie about a modern-day arranged marriage. It was sweet, romantic, poignant and uplifting all at the same time! If you like to scare yourself with movies, there are a few choices available: The Shadowman, which is as scary as it sounds; if you like film noir, then check out Across the Hall, a sophisticated, clever thriller; and if you like BBC television, you can binge-watch all three parts of Archangel, a murder thriller starring Daniel Craig. The Great Alaskan Race is a good family-friendly pick; its about a group of mushers who travel over 700 miles to save children from an epidemic. It’s a fascinating up-close view of mushing through Alaska. To follow up that movie, watch the National Geographic documentary, Extreme Alaska: Denali National Park.
Hoopla also provides themed, curated lists of all available formats, and this month’s theme is Women’s History Month. Included in the collection are books for adults and children, such as Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore and a graphic novel, Marie Curie: The Radium Fairy by Montellier. Women’s History Month movies include Dolly Parton: Queen of Country and RBG, the documentary of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life.
If you’re in the mood for something Irish, there are books, audiobooks, music, and movies available in the Irish Heritage collection. You can listen to traditional Irish music with the album Shoe the Donkey by Francie McPeake, Love Songs of Ireland by Mary O’Hara, and quite a few others. The music collection even includes Celtic Woman 3: Ireland! Several of Frank McCourt’s books are included in both ebook and audio format, and you can watch the series 1916: The Irish Rebellion featuring Liam Neeson. I recommend the very romantic and haunting movie Ondine starring Colin Farrell.
For National Craft Month, Hoopla has curated a list of ebooks to help learn new crafts, including knitting, drying flowers, soapmaking, and beer brewing. There’s even a book about Cricut crafts, which offers tips for all of the Cricut machines.
Please try Hoopla out!