Did you know you can get tons of new, FREE entertainment for your family from the library?
Yes, your library is still a great place for books, story time, and family programming, but today’s library also offers an amazing collection of magazines, television shows, and books to download. Money saving entertainment is just one click away! If you’re looking to save this year (and who isn’t?) quit paying to rent movies from Netflix, download books from Amazon, or get songs from Itunes, and get your entertainment FREE from your library instead. Here’s a little breakdown of what’s available:
- Zinio: Zinio offers readers free current and back issues of popular magazines. There are no limits to the number you can have, no waiting lists, and no lending periods-keep ’em forever if you like! You can read them on your computer or favorite mobile device. I am a total magazine junkie, and I love that Zinio saves me money, and keeps stacks of mags from taking over my house. Seriously-life changing stuff!
- Hoopla: Hoopla lets you enjoy music, movies, TV shows, and audiobooks. With Hoopla customers can access music albums and audiobooks as well as movies and television shows. There are no waiting lists and no late fees (I LOVE THIS). Download immediately and enjoy music albums for seven days and audiobooks for 21 days. With movies and TV shows, start streaming immediately or download to a computer or mobile device for later viewing within three days. This is so fantastic for kids, but it’s great for the rest of the family, too! My husband’s train commute has gotten a whole lot more interesting, and it hasn’t cost us a penny! Did I mention you can search by genre-like children’s shows?
- OverDrive: E-books and audiobooks Customers using OverDrive can download 30 e-books and audiobooks at a time for up to 21 days. Download available titles, or request to be notified by email when a checked-out title becomes available. I’ll be honest, it took me a while to get on board with this, and I’m seriously kicking myself. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book on a rainy day, and this has been a serious money saver.
You can get more information about all of these tools right here, from the Pierce County Library system. There are also periodic classes if you’d like someone to walk you through the downloading process, or don’t hesitate to ask the friendly folks at your library for assistance.
Don’t have a Pierce County Library system card? I can practically guarantee you’re eligible for one. Just stop in at any branch, and you’ll have a world of entertainment in the palm of your hand in minutes. More information about how to get a PCL library card is here (you’re also eligible if you have a card from most other library systems due to inter-library reciprocity agreements. Yay!) I’d love to hear what great stuff you’ve downloaded lately!
Disclosure: We are Super proud to have a publicity/sponsorship agreement with the Pierce County Library System. As always, all opinions are my own! Please DO tell our library friends, “Thank you,” for their sponsorship whenever you have a chance!