GRAFTON— On a mission to continue serving their patrons despite closing their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL) has recently unveiled a new way for Taylor County residents to get lost in a good book without ever leaving their homes.
According to TCPL Director Alesha Tocco, the new digital library platform, HOOPLA, is now being offered to all library supporters, in an effort to provide as many services as possible to the community, throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
As stated by the website, https://www.hoopladigital.com/, the program is a groundbreaking digital media service that is offered by local public libraries, and allows individuals to borrow a variety movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and television shows that can be enjoyed on a computer, tablet or phone.
With HOOPLA there is no waiting and many titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment at later time of the borrowers choosing.
The site offers thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily.
Tocco shared that through these difficult times, she believes it is important for people to have an outlet; something that allows them to take a break and “escape” for a while and reading offers just that.
“Reading can take us to a different place, at a different time. It allows us to continue exploring, despite being sheltered at home. We wanted to continue offering that opportunity to our patrons,” she said. “With this program, you will essentially have the Taylor County Public Library at your fingertips.”
She further revealed that the library is offering up to ten titles per month to be borrowed by each Taylor County Library cardholder.
If you already have a TCPL card, simply visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/, and click the “get started today” button. The site will then prompt you to enter your email address along with a password.
Once completed you’ll be able to search for the Taylor County Public Library by entering the zip code, after selected, you will have to enter your library card number thus unlocking access to the digital library.
Don’t have a library card? No need to fret. Increasing their efforts to provide HOOPLA to individuals throughout the county, the library has lifted some of the requirements for obtaining a card.
An application for a card can be found on the library’s Facebook page. This application may be printed, filled out and emailed to the library at [email protected], along with a copy of the applicant’s photo ID.
Alternately, those wishing to apply can call the library at (304)265-6121 but are advised to leave a message if calling after 1:00 p.m., and all messages will be returned promptly.
Application information will be taken over the phone however, applicants must still email a copy of their photo ID.