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Your Holiday Roadtrip Supply List

The library will be closed Thursday, NOV 23 in observance of the holiday, but our eLibrary is always open — 24-7-365.

For those of you hitting the road, we’ll be here until 9 PM Wednesday night, so load up on stuff to read, listen to, and watch on your long drive.

If your preferred format is a smartphone, tablet, or other device, hit up our eLibrary for downloads or streaming content while on the road. You’ll need a library card to access, so get one now.


The LPL eLibrary Cornucopia overrunneth:

Overdrive | eBooks (including Kindle) and audiobooks
Hoopla | eBooks (including comics) and audiobooks
Flipster | popular magazines galore like Time, People, US, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, etc.
New York Times | Yes! No more 10-article monthly limit! You get unlimited with your LPL card!
Kanopy | 26,000+ indie and documentary films!
State Library of Kansas | eBooks, audiobooks, picturebooks

Attention Hoopla Users!

If you’re a hoopla user, starting Tuesday September 5, you’ll notice a few changes to the service.

After thoughtful evaluation, we’ve made some decisions that will yield a bigger bang for your buck and allow us to focus on what’s in demand. We’ve tried to anticipate questions below, but if we missed something, email Tricia or William for answers.


In a Nutshell:

  • You’ll have a NEW monthly check out limit of 4 per library card (was 5)
  • Audiobooks, eBooks and Comics will still be available for checkout
  • Movies, TV shows, and music will no longer be available for checkout
  • A daily spending limit will apply (see below)

Q: Why are you lowering the monthly checkout limit from 5 to 4?

The library pays an average of $2.19 for every title you check out from Hoopla — regardless of whether you read it or not. In reviewing our stats, we found that the majority of patrons use no more than 3 checkouts. By lowering the checkouts to four, we can better manage the overall cost to the library while evening the playing field between our power users and those who only check out a few titles a month.

Q: Why are Hoopla videos and music going away?

It’s hard for the library to compete with video and music streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Pandora and other sources for cheap or free popular content. In the past year, we’ve found that Audiobooks and eBooks are the most popular formats on Hoopla. By turning off Hoopla videos and music, we can focus our budget on providing the content that’s most in demand and not easily available to you otherwise.

For streaming video, we would encourage you to check out Kanopy. With over 26,000 movies, documentaries, and indie and foreign films from over hundreds of producers, Kanopy provides libraries content that you normally can’t get from consumer streaming services like Netflix, including The Criterion Collection and The Great Courses.

Q: I got a message that says, “Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add favorites and come back tomorrow.” What does that mean?

We now have a daily spending cap on Hoopla to moderate how much we spend on Hoopla each month. For example, when we take the monthly budget of $8150 / 31 days =  $263 per day. When the daily cap has been reached, no one will be able to check out for the rest of the day. This doesn’t mean you’ve lost any of your 4 checkouts — just that you’ll have to wait until the daily limit is reset. This occurs around 7 PM CST.

Q: What time of day is the daily limit reset?

The daily budget resets at midnight universal time, which will vary between 6 PM and 7 PM Lawrence time, depending on daylight savings.

Audiobooks You Should Be Listening to on Hoopla

Sure, that title has a clickbait quality to it, but I’m pretty serious and vocal about my love for all things Hoopla. I’ve sung its praises in the past (mostly because the graphic novel selection is pretty darn great), but only recently have I really delved into the audiobook section.

Mostly because, until recently, I wasn’t exactly a fan of listening to books. Lugging around CDs is always a pain, and I’m still not sure what those MP3 thingies are all about, but listening to a book on your phone while multi-tasking or taking a walk? You mean I can read all the time if I want to?! Read More..

Albums that Influenced Me as a Teen

By now, you’re probably aware of the recent Facebook trend of sharing a list of 10 albums that influenced your teenage years. Perhaps you even made one yourself.

While many see it as a way to reflect on the music that shaped your youth in a meaningful way, others have viewed it as a self-absorbed opportunity to present a revisionist version of one’s past. I’ll take it as an opportunity to promote the library’s CD and digital music collection! Read More..

Holiday Closing

Don’t get stuck in the backseat with nothing to do.

We’ll be closed Thursday, Nov 24 for the holiday, so whether you’re facing a long drive, layover, or just need a break from the commotion, start building your stockpile of books, DVDs, and music while you can.

Don’t forget digital audiobooks, e-books, magazines, and movies for your mobile devices, too—ALL FREE with a LPL card: hoopla, Freading, Total Boox, TumbleBooks, LPL eLibrary, OneClickdigital, and Flipster.

 

 

Four* Hoopla Faves!

I tend to have very strong and vocal opinions about things I dislike. This can be frustrating for my loved ones AND extremely embarrassing for myself when I realize just how wrong I was. I can think of three specific items which eventually  caused me to eat my words:

1.) Cottage cheese, 2.) Tom Waits, & 3.) Digital books. Read More..

Hoopla: Stream for Free, Instantly—24/7

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

Sign up.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.

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