Travel During the Holidays

Many people travel over the holidays, and while the idea might be festive and cheery, the reality is often stressful and full of regret. This year, prep a little to save yourself some heartache.

A few good travel ideas to make your holiday enjoyable:

If You’re Driving:

Rent a car, or make sure your vehicle is safe enough to drive. Stock your trunk with some essentials like a blanket, flares, bottled water and a bit of food, jumper cables, an inflated spare tire, and a few basic tools.

Have lots of audio options at the ready. Stock your phone with lots of downloaded audiobooks from the library, or bring along some CDs. (We have lots of both. Use Libby for the downloads, or drop by the library for a great selection of audiobooks.) Find a great podcast, and some new music, and make sure you have cables to either connect your phone while in your car, or to charge it when you get to your destination. In fact, bring along TWO sets of phone chargers. You never know when you might leave one on a bedside table at a hotel, or lose one in all the shuffle.

Stock your glove compartment with extra change for tolls, food, or other items you might not be expecting. Bring wet wipes and kleenex (and a roll of toilet paper if you dare).

Don’t forget to bring along some used books from our sale table. You don’t have to worry if you leave them at your destination.

If You’re Flying:

Download ebooks and audiobooks from Libby to make your carry on super light. Not sure how to access our simple download service? Get your library card, PIN, and it’s easy to set up. Download your items before you leave so that you don’t have to eat up your data plan.

Want movies or music to listen to? Hoopla is also a fun option. You can have four items out at a time—movies, music, ebooks or audiobooks—and you don’t have to worry about late fines over the holidays. Not sure what Hoopla is all about? You can find everything you need to know right on our website!

Be a good guest:

If you’re staying with family or friends over the holiday, let them know when you expect to arrive—and when you plan on leaving. A few simple details makes it easier on everyone.

Make your bed every day, and keep your guest room neat and tidy.

Why not bring along a gift for your host? We have some great books for sale at the library as Christmas gifts.

Don’t forget:

We’re closed occasionally over the holidays, but if you forget to renew your items, you can still do it online. All you need is your library card and PIN. And if you forget to bring that, you can always call us and leave a message on our answering machine, day or night. When we’re back in the library, we’ll take care of the updates for you. (613) 257-2702

Hopefully, with a little bit of advance preparation, your holiday will be smooth and festive.!

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Hoopla is Here!

hooplaappIt’s February, and that means we’ve got LOTS of fun things going on at the library. You can drop by our library website to check the calendar, but stay here for a minute and take a gander at this great new addition: HOOPLA!

WHAT IS HOOPLA?

Hoopla is a fantastic streaming service that allows you to borrow movies, music, comic books, ebooks, audiobooks, and TV shows…all with your library card and PIN. And here’s the best part…you don’t have to go on any waiting lists… EVER! All titles are available to everyone, every time you log on.

HOW CAN I ACCESS THE SERVICE?

There are two great ways to use this service——streaming on your computer, or through a device. To use your computer, go to http://www.hoopladigital.com and register. Or, if you have Windows 8 or higher, you can download the app and stream from your desktop that way.

If you want to use a device (phone or tablet), go to the Google Play store, or the App Store, and download the Hoopla App. With a device, you’ll be able to stream your content, or download it for later. It’s so easy, and super fun to use! Plus, you’ll be amazed at the selection.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED?

You’ll need a library card and PIN, but it’s quite easy to get started. Drop by the site, sign in with your email address and a password, and you’ll be asked to set up your account. In a few easy steps, you’ll be streaming TV shows, entire music albums and more!

HOW MANY ITEMS CAN I TAKE OUT?

Because Hoopla is new to our library, you have a limit of FOUR items per MONTH. That means, select carefully. Once you’ve downloaded or streamed those four, you’ll have to wait until the next calendar month for more. But don’t worry, they’re always adding new content to the service, so you’ll have something great to watch or listen to. (And by the way, if you’re streaming or downloading a music album, the ENTIRE album counts as one download…it’s not per song.)

HOW LONG IS THE BORROWING TIME?

Ebooks and audiobooks go out for 21 days.

Music is available for 7 days.

TV and movies are available for 3 days.

Isn’t that easy? And once they expire, you just won’t be able to access them anymore. No returns, no fines.

DID WE MENTION YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT?

If you’re used to downloading eBooks and audiobooks from our library,  you’re probably familiar with the issue of items not being available right away. And those long wait lists can be intimidating. We understand your frustration—it has to do with licensing, and there isn’t much that can be done about that. But Hoopla never has wait lists. You can download or stream whatever you want, when you want. It’s easy, and free with your library card.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE WiFi?

Remember, streaming and downloading will require wifi or a data plan, but if you don’t want to use your own, stop by the library (or any other location with free wifi) and download your items to watch later.

It’s a fun new service, and we’re excited to get using it. Let us know what you think about it! Start Hoopla-ing today!