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Hoopla abounds over new download service

The library has changed its music download service from Freegal to Hoopla. For those of you who enjoyed Freegal, Hoopla is a new and improved way to get your favorite music.

With Hoopla, library patrons will be able to download entire albums at once instead of one song at a time. They will also have increased access to e-books, audio books, graphic novels, TV serieses and movies.

If you have a current valid Clark County Public Library card, just go to clarkbooks.org, and click on the downloads tab on the homepage. You will see the Hoopla link when you do. It takes only a couple of minutes to set up your account.

Just click on the “Get Started” link at the bottom of the page. Choose “Clark County Public Library” from the list of participating libraries. Enter your library card number and your library account PIN number. If you do not have a PIN number, set one up for yourself the next time you are in the library. Library staff cannot set up PIN numbers or reveal forgotten PIN numbers over the phone. This is for patrons’ protection. Add your email address, create a password…

Et voila! You are ready to go!

If you need help setting up your account, or if you would like help orienting to Hoopla, come into the library and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable reference librarians, or call 744-5661, ext. 111.

You can use Hoopla on any device — laptop, tablet, iPhone or Android — with the free and seamless Hoopla apps.

While you are in the download section of the library’s webpage, take a gander at the Overdrive e-book, Zinio e-magazine and OneClickDigital Audio services available.

Overdrive is an amazingly eclectic digital book service. A lot of patrons use this service to download books to their e-readers and tablets.

With Zinio, you can download whole issues of magazines and print your favorite articles.

OneClickDigital provides high-quality audio-books 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no waits! Any audio-book in the service can be checked out for up to 21 days with one renewal. OneClick also has a variety of classic literature available as e-books.

So, log on and download to your heart’s content with your tres groovy Clark County Public Library card.

Aren’t you glad you’ve got one? Tell your friends.

Now, here’s a news flash for all you solar eclipse enthusiasts. The library has acquired a couple hundred pairs of cardboard eclipse-viewing sunglasses and they are available to patrons, two pair per family. You can pick them up at the circulation desk.

If you are interested in the eclipse, look at the eclipse display in the library’s front lobby. There you can find out what time the eclipse will be visible in Winchester and also how to build a simple pinhole viewer for watching the eclipse. You can get a lot more information about the eclipse and see some entertaining and educational videos on space.com and nasa.com.

It’s going to be a remarkable event, the first of its kind, here in the U. S., since 1776.

Other programs this week:

— At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Kentucky Picture Show presents a 1960 classic starring Jack Lemon and Shirley MacLaine about a man who tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. This movie won five Academy Awards in 1961. Lemon and MacLaine were nominated for best actor and actress.

— From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Outside the Lines Adult Coloring.

Speaking of celestial events, the Perseid Meteor shower will peak during pre-dawn hours Saturday and Sunday. Get out, lean back in your favorite lawn chair, gaze, and make lots of wishes.

John Maruskin is director of adult services at the Clark County Public Library. He can be reached at john.clarkbooks@gmail.com.