hoopla Music

I grew up in an age where the radio was the only place to listen to music other than your record player. To be able to stream just about anything you want is still a little mind boggling to me. And while there are a lot of people willing to spend money on Spotify or Apple Music, I am not one of them. To listen to ad free music I love to check out albums on hoopla.

They have an amazing selection of new and old and a wide variety of genres. There are over 30,000 albums available for checkout. Never listened to a Taylor Swift song before (there are still a few us out there!)? hoopla has you covered. Did you see Tracy Chapman perform at the Grammy’s but never listened to her self-titled debut album? Then you are in luck!

hoopla lets you search by genre, trending, featured and more.

And on top of all of that, your patrons now have access to browse, borrow, and listen to their favorite music through Roku. hoopla is the only library service on Roku that offers music, audiobooks, movies, and TV shows.

Tracy – Monroeville Public Library

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Utilizing Creativebug in Programming

It’s February, and even though it’s 30° outside, it’s time to start thinking of summer programming.

Thinking of planning an art program? Creativebug has got you covered with 1,000+ crafting classes and projects on everything from painting to print making. If you find something that interests you, add it to your watchlist for later.

You can also filter your search results by class length, skill level, and instructor, ensuring that you find the perfect craft for your patrons.

Creativebug is free to staff and patrons with the use of their Allegheny County Library card.

Happy crafting!

-Erin, Bridgeville Public Library

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Learn a New Language in the New Year

It is now 2024 and we are coming up on the Lunar New Year now too! What better way to start off your Year of the Dragon than by learning a brand new language! Start of your year with Mango Languages and Little Pim where you and your family can choose from 71 different languages. You can choose languages like French and Chinese or get a little wacky with Pirate.

It is also worth letting your friends in other counties outside of Allegheny know that they too can enjoy the fun of learning a new language from Mango Languages! Mango provides 10 engendered and indigenous languages for free. Don’t let your friends and family miss out and help keep these rich and fascinating languages alive by sharing this information!

Contact your local library for more information and happy language learning!

-Adrianne

Northland Public Library

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Library of Things

A small reminder to advertise to patrons our “Library of Things” collection that so many libraries in the county offer!

From a pottery wheel to leaf blowers to toys – there are so many things besides books on offer!

But as a reminder, not all items are sent through delivery and can only be checked out at the owning library- please make sure to double check with the owning library before requesting for patrons! Check out the Library of Things section today!

Gabi Beikrassouli – Robinson Library

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