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Come See Us at PLA!

Next week we’ll be at the PLA 2018 Conference in Philadelphia, and we’d love to see you there! You can find us at Booth #837 from March 20-24. Here’s what you can expect when you come by our booth.

Golden Ticket Giveaway

Free candy AND a chance to win…who can resist? Stop by our booth anytime to pick up a chocolate bar and a chance to win a great prize! This offer is only good while supplies last, so come early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Author Signings

Three popular authors will be making appearances at our booth. Visit our booth during the times listed below to get a book signed, and spread the word about their incredible work to your patrons!

Wednesday, March 21

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

LAURIE MORRISON

Co-author of the middle-grade novel Every Shiny Thing

 

Thursday, March 22

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

CLAIRE LEGRAND

Author of the YA fantasy novel Furyborn

 

Thursday, March 22

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

BEATRIZ WILLIAMS

Author of the historical novel The Summer Wives

 

Champagne Toast

We’re looking forward to celebrating hoopla’s five-year anniversary with our library partners. We’ll be hosting a champagne toast at our booth on Thursday, March 22, at 3:00 p.m. Join us!

Alexa, Meet hoopla!

We’re excited to announce a cool new bit of hoopla functionality—integration with Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa! We’ll have a number of devices at our booth, so be sure to come get a full demonstration of all the ways Alexa will allow patrons to interact with hoopla just with their voice.

Come by our booth for any or all of these events, or to learn more about all the ways Midwest Tape and hoopla can benefit your library. We hope to see you there!

March into Spring with hoopla

If you could almost hear the familiar opening strains of Vivaldi’s “Spring” when you flipped the calendar over to March, you’re certainly not alone. The vernal equinox is just days away, with the promise of warmer weather on the horizon. Of course, even aside from the changing of the seasons, March offers a number of celebrations and observances, and hoopla is here with plenty of materials related to each of them.

Most notably, March is recognized as Women’s History Month. In the wake of the ongoing cultural transformation represented by the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement, which have brought increased attention to the issues of gender discrimination and sexual violence, hoopla is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of collections across all our media formats. Included titles highlight women creators, such as in our music collection, as well as both fiction and non-fiction explorations of women’s history, as in our movie and TV, audiobook, and eBook collections. And don’t overlook the comics collection, which features some incredible female heroes—not to mention authors and illustrators.

Although less well known, March is also National Reading Awareness Month, a designation sure to be near and dear to every library’s core mission. The purpose is to promote literacy by encouraging parents, guardians, and other caregivers to read aloud to babies and children for at least fifteen minutes per day. Studies have shown that doing so can vastly improve a child’s literacy skills and prepare their minds for learning when they enter school. hoopla, with its 24/7 access to thousands of age-appropriate eBooks for children, can be a valuable tool for parents as they strive to accomplish this goal. Our wide selection of juvenile fiction and non-fiction eBooks will provide any number of perfect reading choices, and the read-along feature available on a number of eBooks can help children as they transition into reading for themselves as well.

To go along with these month-long observances, a handful of individual days stand out this month. First up is the Ides of March, made famous as the assassination day of Julius Caesar. That’s the perfect day for the famous play by William Shakespeare, available in both audiobook and eBook, as well as the novel by Thornton Wilder. A much less ominous occasion follows, with St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. Patrons can find a collection of Celtic music perfect for their festivities, as well as plenty of other materials related to the holiday and to Ireland itself. Later in the month, March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day, when patrons can use hoopla to read The Hobbit or listen to the epic Lord of the Rings series, among other Tolkien offerings.

Finally, make sure patrons know they can check out and watch Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. hoopla’s Movie of the Month is another in a long line of delightfully dark and twisted films directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter. And, as always, they can keep their eyes on the hoopla digital app and website for incredible new content and collections added daily, all available 24/7 with no holds and no waiting.

Start a Literary Affair on hoopla

When it’s cold and dreary outside, it’s the perfect time to stay inside where it’s warm and get cozy with a good book (or audiobook), and hoopla is here to help. For the weeks running through Valentine’s Day, we’ve teamed up with Harlequin and Avon to bring library patrons the very best of romance! Each week’s collections feature the latest releases from bestselling romance authors, available in eBook and audiobook. So spread the word to your patrons—with simultaneous borrowing, they won’t have to wait to find their next happily ever after.

This week’s theme is Historical Romance, with tales of love and passion set in various eras from the past. The audiobook and eBook collections are live now on hoopla’s website and mobile apps. See below for themes for upcoming weeks:

January 23: Contemporary Romance

January 30: Romantic Suspense

February 6: Paranormal Romance

February 13: Best of Romance

hoopla is your patrons’ destination for all things romance. Happy reading!

The Best of 2017 on hoopla

There are only a handful of days left in December, which means it’s time for holiday parties, pondering resolutions…and year-end best-of lists! With that in mind, we’re pleased to present collections showcasing favorite content for each format on hoopla for 2017. Unlike so many organizations that give you a list of their own favorites, these collections contain the titles that circulated the best with hoopla users. So browse these collections to see what your patrons have been into, and share them to make sure no one misses out on these great titles.

Movies: hoopla is the perfect go-to resource when it’s time for an impromptu movie night. You can find action (Haywire), suspense (Shutter Island), drama (100 Streets), comedy (School of Rock), and romance (Ben & Ara), all in one place! There are animated titles like All Dogs Go to Heaven for the kids, and live-action movies like Agent Cody Banks that the whole family can enjoy. One of our most popular titles is a look behind the scenes at the Broadway smash hit Hamilton!

TV: Binge-watching television episodes is all the rage, and hoopla has patrons covered with our wide selection of shows. This area is particularly strong for kids with Nickelodeon content that includes SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. Lifelong learners will love Great Courses series like The Art of Investing, as well as PBS shows like Genius by Stephen Hawking. There’s also quite a variety of grown-up entertainment, such as The Dead Zone and, of course, The Librarians.

And don’t forget! Watching on your mobile device is great when you’re on the go, but when you’re at home and want to watch on the big screen, hoopla movies and television can be enjoyed on Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku streaming boxes, as well as cast from your device to a Chromecast.

Music: The hottest music of the year is on hoopla, and it shows in this collection. Ed Sheeran? Check. Chris Stapleton? Check. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Jay-Z? Check, check, and check. Lorde and Lana Del Rey? Yep, we have them too. Music lovers will find compilations, soundtracks, even kids’ tunes, and more. And although it came out too late in the year to break into our favorites list, we also have the new Taylor Swift album, Reputation, sure to be popular well into 2018.

Audiobooks: Having a story read to you is one of life’s great small pleasures, and the ever-increasing popularity of audiobooks is a testament to that. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry has been on the bestseller lists since its release. You can also catch Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Murder on the Orient Express, read by Kenneth Branagh, director and star of the movie adaptation currently in theaters. There’s plenty of romance, self-help, and much, much more.

eBooks: Listening to an audiobook is wonderful, but sometimes you want to kick back in the quiet and absorb the written word. This year’s favorites in eBooks run the gamut from kids’ fiction like Rick Riordan’s Ship of the Dead to contemporary adult fiction like Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done to short story collections like Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women. There’s poetry from Rupi Kaur, yoga inspiration from Jessamyn Stanley, and self-help from Brendon Burchard. There’s a great title in here for every reader and every mood.

Comics: Anyone who likes comics will find something to get excited about on this list, and it’s a great place to start for those looking to get into the format as well. You’ll find iconic characters like Wonder Woman, installments in popular series like The Walking Dead, movie adaptations like Coco, standalones like Love Is Love, and so much more. With hoopla’s revolutionary Action View, these outstanding comics and graphic novels come to life on patrons’ screens and devices.

hoopla  is the perfect companion for this time of year. Being able to escape into an eBook or put some music on in the car can make holiday travel much more bearable, and it keeps the library accessible during holiday closures or limited hours. We hope you and your patrons enjoy these favorites, and that they make your winter season that much brighter! We look forward to bringing you even more outstanding media content in 2018.

hoopla for the Holiday

With Justice League in theaters and poised to have another strong weekend, now is the perfect time to remind patrons of all the great DC Comics content available to them on hoopla. There are plenty of new and popular titles featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and even Cyborg—all the superheroes from the movie! There’s even A Very DC Rebirth Holiday, a collection of seasonal superhero tales for those already getting into the yuletide spirit. Patrons can also find Danny Elfman’s incredible Justice League soundtrack, as well as plenty of other related content.

And speaking of the holidays, did you know that the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for reading? That makes hoopla the perfect travel companion, with a wealth of comics and eBooks available 24/7. Right now you can find collections perfect for kids, eBooks that help to make holiday entertaining a breeze, and, of course, all the other content patrons know and love. It’s also the busiest travel season of the year, and playing some music or an audiobook can make a long drive or flight much more pleasant.

From all of us here at hoopla, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Agatha Christie on hoopla

With Murder on the Orient Express currently going strong into its second weekend in theaters, now is a great time to remind or point out to patrons the wide selection of Agatha Christie content available on hoopla! Start with the audiobook of the original novel, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the new film and stars as Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot. From there, hoopla users can browse through a full collection of Christie’s mysteries on audiobook with a variety of narrators, while those who prefer the printed word can also check out her short stories and a number of other works, including her autobiography, on eBook.

The late British author (1890-1976) is the world’s bestselling novelist of all time, and her work has been translated into more than 100 languages. Murder on the Orient Express is the latest in a long line of film and TV adaptations of her work, including David Suchet’s acclaimed portrayal of Poirot and ITV’s Marple series, both of which can be borrowed from hoopla. Needless to say, mystery fans and Agatha Christie devotees will have plenty to choose from, no matter their preferred format, so be sure to point them toward hoopla today!

Paramount Pictures—now on hoopla!

Great news: As of November 1, select movies from Paramount Pictures are now available for patrons in the U.S. to check out and watch on hoopla Digital! The wide-ranging collection currently includes such popular films as Terminator 2: Judgment Day, An Inconvenient Truth, Dead Man Walking, and School of Rock. Make sure your patrons know about this great new addition to hoopla’s content lineup, available at their fingertips 24/7, with no holds and no late fees.

Titles in this collection are subject to change, so check back often to see what new movies are available!

hoopla Service Down

hoopla digital is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Patrons will be unable to access the service through either the app or the hoopladigital.com website until these issues are resolved.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Our technicians are working diligently to solve the problem and hope to have it corrected soon. Keep an eye on this post for further updates.

UPDATE: The problem has now been corrected. Patrons should be able to access the hoopla app and website with no issues.