Caestecker Public Library Assistant Library Director Christina Lyon explains how to navigate the Hoopla app that the library is using to stream audio and video. She notes the app offers popular movies and TV shows such as Disney musical “Into the Woods.”
Caestecker Public Library Assistant Library Director Christina Lyon explains how to navigate the Hoopla app that the library is using to stream audio and video. She notes the app offers popular movies and TV shows such as Disney musical “Into the Woods.”

   Waiting for the release of the next book in a highly-acclaimed series or the final season in a favorite long-running TV show can be unbearable.

   Especially when the local library has a waiting list for patrons to check out the item, or it may take a few days or weeks for the item to arrive at the library.

   But what if there was a way to circumvent the wait?

   To only press a button and immediately have the book, CD or movie available?

   Such a method is no longer hypothetical at the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake.

   Last week, the library announced its new audio and video streaming service it’s providing through the Hoopla Digital app.

   By downloading the app on a device, such as a smartphone, and creating an account using one’s library card, patrons have free access to 700,000 items consisting of TV shows, movies, eBooks, audiobooks, CD albums and comics that they can instantly borrow.

   Caestecker Public Library Director Linda DeNell noted Hoopla adds new titles to its database on a continual basis.
However, patrons will not have unlimited access since the library has limited each patron to five checkouts per month. That means one could download five movies, books, albums or five episodes of a TV show a month.

   Read the full story, including where the library received the funds and why it began offering this service, in the Jan. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.