Recently I signed up for a library card at the Seattle Public Library (SPL). Little did I know that having a library card in Seattle is awesome. I have been checking out books slowly, but steadily. I just read ‘Outliers: The Story of Success‘ by Malcolm Gladwell and I am currently on ‘Ready Player One: A Novel‘ by Ernest Cline. Both books that I have been wanting to read, yet didn’t want to drop money on. Thus, the library.
I also had no clue that the library has kept up the the times. SPL is part of different media share platforms like hoopla, Freegal music, and OverDrive. Each platform gives you an opportunity to stream, download, and/or check-out media! And lots of it.
I just discovered hoopla today. So far I have been able to listen to Jay-z’s, Pearl Jam’s, Bruno Mar’s, Lorde’s and the Arctic Monkey’s new albums. All in one day. And that is just what I have found so far. I am sure there are many other albums I would like to listen too, oh and they have movies, audiobooks, and tv shows. In hoopla’s case you have to ‘check-out’ the material, to be returned at a set date. Saves me tons of cash on media that I just want to check out first before I buy. Also, there is an app for that…
lets you download three songs a week (or one music video and a song). As far as I know that is what you get, no returns, no problems. Lots of selection too. I just got a KRS-One album and working on a newly discovered artist’s album by ‘Meklit Hadero
‘. So chill. They also have a ‘Wish List” you can populate with music you want to have in the future. I am using this as an opportunity to obtain music I normally would not want to have for money, but enjoy none-the-less.
I have been using for audiobooks. I have the app on my phone and I have listened to the bulk of “4-Hour Work Week” (once I hit how to be rich by selling crap part I got sick of it, but learned a bunch about time management and good work habits) and have started into “Spark:The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain”. So far it has just been providing evidence of how good exercise is for the brain, so it better pick up soon I will drop it fast. This is the beauty of the library system, I am not invested! I can drop books and music without the regret of a huge monetary investment.
Maybe I am late to the party, but if you have a Seattle area address, get hooked up with a library card stat
! There are branches all over the place
. If you are in another part of the world, check out you library. Maybe you will be amazed with the new media capabilities, and save a butt load of cash. Either way, my life has totally been enriched just from this simple discovery, so mark me down for a win.
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