TAG: hoopla

Watch and read: If you like Star Wars…

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on January 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_StarWars_W&R By Kelsey Hudson Eighteen months—we have to wait 18 months to find out what happens next! I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. I think I’ll just curl up under my desk for the next little bit. I may also cry a little. Don’t judge me too harshly. Like a couple million other people, I […]

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Library Hack: Hidden gems of the Digital Library

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HiddenGemsDigitalLibrary By Brian Vander Veen If you’re a regular reader of this blog, I imagine you probably already use OverDrive for downloadable ebooks and audiobooks. You might also use some of our other popular digital resources, like hoopla to stream music and movies, Zinio to browse popular magazines, or Gale Courses to study up on a […]

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Mixtape: Festive holiday albums

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 22, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayAlbums By Clarissa Fidler Music is an essential part of the holidays for me. The day after Thanksgiving, my family typically switches over to all Christmas music, all the time. And with Christmas only a few days away, you better believe that I have Michael Bublé’s Christmas album merrily blasting away in my car. With so many good Christmas alb […]

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Library Hack: hoopla digital comics

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HooplaComics By David Wyatt In addition to the movies, TV shows, audiobooks, eBooks, and music available via hoopla, you can now also check out comic books (graphic novels if you’d rather). It’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a comic book, but while exploring hoopla I was excited to see old favorites like Fables and The Sandman. […]

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Not afraid of subtitles? 4 frightening foreign-language films to watch this Halloween

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on October 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HooplaHorror By Brian Vander Veen I blame 80s hair metal band Dokken. When I first realized that my favorite song from their album Back for the Attack was originally from the Nightmare on Elm Street 3 soundtrack, I promptly ran to the nearest video store, one that apparently had few qualms about letting a twelve-year-old kid […]

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Mixtape: A non-traditional Halloween playlist

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on October 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapeHalloween By David Wyatt This might be heretical, but as far as Halloween-themed music goes I have never been a fan of Tim Burton’s soundtracks, Rob Zombie gets old after the n-teenth time, and Ghostbusters is a little too upbeat for my taste. I get it though—it’s easy to make a list of songs or albums […]

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Mixtape: Punk retrospective

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on October 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapePunk By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, a young college student realized exactly how old I was and started grilling me about 1990s punk music, of which he was a particular fan. And it quickly occurred to me that he, thanks to the web, knew much more about the music of my teenage years than […]

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Mixtape: Contemporary ladies of country music

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on September 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapeCountryLadies By Clarissa Fidler Growing up my dad exposed me to a variety of music genres. He played everything from smooth jazz and disco to pop and classic rock. But of all the genres we listened to, one always reigned supreme—country. It probably had something to do with the fact that it was my mom’s favorite. Modern […]

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Mixtape: Four metal bands for fantasy fans

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on June 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

Audio cassette tape By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, I was lamenting to my long-suffering partner the unfortunate decline of references in popular music to fantasy literature. Although I’m too young to remember much of it firsthand, I had imagined this glorious, idealized decade or so—let’s call it “the long 1970s”—when every van was airbrushed with a […]

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Finding Free Music Without Getting Sued

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on January 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Music By Brian Vander Veen It recently made me feel old to realize that more than fifteen years had passed since the first major peer-to-peer file sharing service, Napster, was launched. Napster lasted only two years before it was shut down by court injunction, but it helped ignite almost a decade of contention between the recording […]

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