The 'E' in e-music should really stand for ‘easy’ instead of for ‘electronic’ … with one condition. That condition is: It’s easy once you get past the learning curve of a new technological experience! Taking the leap into that new experience can seem overwhelming, especially when an enthused librarian tells you, “Have you checked out Freegal? Hoopla? Do you have a smartphone? Unlimited data? Just sign here!”
A good starting point for your e-music experience at ACPL, one that you’re already familiar with and will probably have little trouble navigating, is your app store. Because digital databases out on the open web can be confusing with their unending unfurling of new tabs, Freegal and Hoopla have both created free apps that sit attractively on the ‘desktop’ of your device and quietly remind you of the wealth hidden away inside. And once inside, the closed environment of the app makes it easy to acclimate to the item catalog and the different functions of the database like streaming, borrowing, and downloading music.
(Now some of you are already throwing up a hand. You’re saying, “Wait! I just haven’t got anymore room on my phone for yet another app!” Well, that’s ok, because you can still access these databases through your browser already installed on your device by visiting our website and logging in to the databases, listed under the "Explore" tab, separately.)
Still not convinced? Don’t worry we’re here for you. Let us make our sales pitch to you in person and even back that pitch up with some good ol’ hands-on demonstration of the e-ease with which you can access Hoopla and Freegal. Stop by one of ACPL’s locations anytime during regular business hours or consider registering for some scheduled time with a librarian at one of our technology help sessions. There’s a whole sea of resources here at ACPL and nothing floats our boat quite like seeing customers dive into something new!
Waynedale Branch Library: Tech Help with Kiera, Every Thursday from 10 am to 11 am. Walk-Ins welcome or call (260) 421-1365.
Shawnee Branch Library: May We Help You? Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 11 am. Register online at www.acpl.info or call (260) 421-1355.
Grabill Branch Library: Tech Time with Craig, Call to make an appointment: (260) 421-1325.