From CDs to Hoopla: There's Music for All!

Did you know the library still has music CDs available for check-out? Located just before the nonfiction books, near the printers, we have loads of CDs ready for borrowing. While my personal favorites are Broadway showtunes, there are music choices of all genres! From rock to blues to country, you can hear what you love or try something new. Yes, we get new CDs in all the time! We even have rechargeable CD players available for check-out, if you’ve retired your boombox. Just search “CD player” in the catalogue to place one on hold.

Are CDs not your thing anymore? You can also stream music on Hoopla, free with your library card. Hoopla is available in a web browser version or through their popular app for all kinds of materials, including audiobooks, ebooks, and comics too. The great thing about Hoopla is there are no holds! You can instantly borrow up to five items per month. All you need to do is create an account with your email, and login with your library card to access the materials.

If you want to have a go at making your own music, the Library of Things has ukuleles for check-out. Place a hold and grab a book in the 787.89 call number range to learn the main chords. Or search hoopla for ebooks about learning the ukulele. Once you've started to get the hang of it, come join the Ukulele Fun Jam the first Saturday of each month from 2-4pm. Chord sheets are provided for songs, and it's a friendly group that will help you learn. These Saturdays are my favorite as I get to listen to charming, live music.

When you next visit the library, take a listen then too. We always have light music playing at the entrance. Songs chosen by staff range all the way from "Baby Beluga" to the main Star Wars theme. You never quite know what you'll hear.

Finally, we also have Tiny Book Concerts, on various Thursdays at noon. Local musicians of all styles come to play pop-ups in the library's café. Next up is JaM Acoustic on March 9. See the full schedule here.

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