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January 22, 2014

What's all the 'hoopla' about?

Libraries offer free streaming/downloading of movies and music

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Moser said people are using these services to such a degree that the Haverhill Public Library has the second highest usage rate in the MVLC, an alliance of 29 public libraries serving 35 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.

Moser says these and future online media offerings aren’t expected to result in fewer people visiting the library in person, although it is something that librarians nationwide are studying.

She said these services not only save patrons from paying rental fees, but they open a world of access to those who can’t easily get to the library.

“Our goal is to have as wide an array of services as possible and appeal to as many patrons as possible,” Moser said.

The library will celebrate “Hoopla” day on Feb. 3 when it officially launches the program. Patrons who stop by the library can see live demonstrations on how the program operates and take part in free raffles for items such as Hoopla T-shirts, late-fee forgiveness cards, DVD rentals and other prizes. Hoopla is a service of Midwest Tape, which provides libraries with media such as CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.

To see what movies, music, audiobooks and TV programs are available, visit Hoopla online at www.hoopladigital.com.

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