The Charlotte County Library System has recently started to offer a service called Hoopla.
Hoopla allows you to borrow digital movies, TV shows, audio books and music through a home PC, iPad or Android device. It is a free service to Charlotte County resident card holders. There are over 300,000 titles available online — from newer movies to classic television programs to educational documentaries.
To get Hoopla, simply go to the Charlotte County Library System home page at charlottecountyfl.com/Library and click on the Hoopla image to download the application. Or you can go directly to the Hoopla website at www.hoopladigital.com/home and enter your library card information. You will need an Internet connection, an email address, an active Charlotte County library card and your PIN. After you enter your library information once, the application will store this data for you. You may check out eight items per month — movies and TV shows check out for three days, music checks out for seven days and audio books check out for 21 days.
If you get a message stating that the “service is unavailable” this means that our library system has reached its daily limit of item checkouts. If you have any questions about Hoopla or need to update your library account, please call us at 941-681-3736 or stop in and see any library staff person.
The Friends of the Englewood Charlotte Library are meeting at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in the library meeting room. The meeting is open to the public and they are always looking for new members and ideas for library programs and fundraisers. The Friends of the Library meet monthly from November through May to discuss program plans, fundraising ideas and other Friends of the Library business. Come to a meeting and make some new ‘Friends.’
The Friends of the Library run a ‘gently used’ bookstore in the library. The store has great deals on old and new books that are in good condition. They also have recent magazines, paperback books and some children’s books. The Friends book store inventory is always changing so be sure to stop in often.
The discussion group Café Philo meets from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday. Café Philo is a group that gathers to have stimulating dialogue about the larger questions of life in an informal setting. It is open to the public for people who are seekers, wishing to share and learn from and with others. Discussion topics are posted weekly on the library community bulletin board.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday come see me at Beach Story Time at the pavilion next to the playground on Englewood Beach. Beach Story Time is for children and their parents or guardians of all ages. We read a story about the closest holiday; this month our theme is St. Patrick’s Day. After we read a story there are pictures to color and a fun St. Paddy’s Day rainbow craft to make together. See you at the beach!
Lynda L. Citro is the librarian supervisor at Englewood Charlotte Public Library. She can be reached at 941-681-3739.