I’ve been listening to some solid music lately. Some new artists, some classic artists, some new stuff by older artists and some Prince (hey, that’s what I’m into right now).
I’m exploring this collection of music through the Traverse Area District Library’s latest and greatest digital offering called hoopla. OMURGERD, you didn’t know TADL has a pretty great and growing collection of free digital books, movies, magazines, and information on anything you could or would ever want to know about, and MUSIC!? It’s true, we do.
TADL started offering hoopla about a month ago and it’s been amazingly popular with library cardholders. Basically, it’s an online service to stream or download music, movies, tv shows, and audiobooks on your device or PC.
Personally, I think it’s the coolest offering next to Zinio digital magazines. And it’s definitely the easiest to use. All you need is a valid TADL card and to live in the taxing district, which is Grand Traverse County, Almira, Inland, and Elmwood Townships.
With this new service, there is never a waiting list, you can borrow up to 10 items per month and begin streaming content immediately.You can also download content to view at a later date (in case you won’t have WiFi in your igloo or ice fishing shanty). At the end of the lending period the item just “poof” disappears from your device, so don’t even fret about an overdue item or a fine.
I’m definitely feeling the music collection right now but there are some pretty legit movies, tv shows, and audiobooks available through hoopla too. The entire collection seems to get better all the time, with more than 150,000 titles in the system and new ones added weekly, including 11,000 audiobooks, around 40,000 movies and TV shows, and100,000 music titles, The best part is that all of this material is absolutely free. It’s an excellent supplement to the library’s physical collection with brand new music releases like Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities to Love and music by the “better than Drake” Childish Gambino. He’s the best rapper living, his words, not mine, although Troy does seem to know how to lay it down. And then there is Prince, all of him, and of course the guitar shredding of Grammy nominated St. Vincent.
So, those are my current hoopla faves, my picks. Go ahead, grab your TADL card, log in, and start browsing hoopla for yours.