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With CPL's e-media services, you can bring e-books, movies, music and more to wherever you are, any time of the day. There are many ways to do it:

On your Smart Phone: Libby (OverDrive), Hoopla, or Cloud Library

All of our e-media services have apps available in the Google Play or Apple store, but due to the size of smartphone screens and the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, phones are great for audio. As portable entertainment, music or audiobooks are convenient when you're on the go, or busy around the house. (*Be sure to download items while connected to wi-fi. Items will delete when they are returned.)  ​We recommend: Hoopla offers both music and e-audiobooks, but audiobook aficionados will want to use Libby (OverDrive) and Cloud Library as well to maximize their options.

On Your E-Ink Reader: OverDrive or Cloud Library

The best bet for 21st century bookworms, e-ink e-readers such as the Kobo Clara HD or Kindle Paperwhite are portable, use very little battery power, and are easy on tired eyes. They don't support apps, reducing distractions so you can focus on reading. Take the library with you wherever you go! We recommended: Though Cloud Library content can be transferred to non-Kindle readers with the Windows app, OverDrive has the best selection of new e-books, and works with both Kindle and ePub formats. 

On Your Tablet or Kindle Fire: RBdigital Magazines

Tablets offer a mix between the portability of a smart phone and the screen size of a computer. iPads, Kindle Fires and other tablets are especially good for reading e-books or watching video. Tablet e-readers like the Kindle Fire also offer e-reader capabilities, as well as a wide selection of apps. As we mentioned above, you can find apps for our e-media services in your device's app store, so your options are wide open. ​We recommend: Tablets offer a lot of options, but we think the reading experience offered by RBdigital Magazines is great on larger tablets. 

On your TV: Hoopla or Kanopy

Sit back and relax with streaming video. There are a variety of ways to stream content to your TV, including devices like Roku, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast, or directly connecting your TV to your computer with an HDMI cable. See this video from TechBoomers, or this article from CNET, for more information on how to send video from your computer to your television. We recommend: It's a toss-up. Kanopy has a great selection of foreign and independent film, as well as children's television. For British television or popular films, Hoopla is your best bet.

On Your Computer: Alexander Street Press

Fortunately, you can enjoy any of our services from your Mac or PC. All of our e-media services will run directly through your web browser. Enjoy-the world is your oyster! We recommend: Alexander Street Press offers great background music while you work, from Bach to Bossa Nova.

Man listening to audiobook on smart phone

Movies and music and e-books, oh my! We have something for everyone, whether you're an avid e-audiobook listener, a parent in search of family-friendly videos, an e-book fan working through a classic detective series, or someone looking for your favorite summer driving music, your CPL library card offers a wide variety for every type of reader (or listener, or watcher). If you are looking for...

The Newest E-Books: ​OverDrive 

Offering a large catalog of e-books and e-audiobooks, OverDrive also has the newest e-books. Read on your smartphone, Kindle, or other device, even on your computer. 

The Newest E-Audiobooks: Cloud Library 

Cloud Library has a selection of e-books and e-audiobooks, but its best content is the new e-audiobooks added every week. Listen on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

Always-Available E-Books, E-Audiobooks, and Comics: Hoopla

Offering thousands of titles, including high-resolution graphic novel pages, Hoopla content is always available. A great option for voracious readers who are working through long series or want to explore new authors.

Popular Magazines: ​Rbdigital Magazines 

Read current issues of popular magazines in high-resolution on your device with RBdigital. We recommend a tablet or laptop, for best viewing.

Movies and Television: ​Kanopy and Hoopla (Tie)

Hoopla's selection is much larger, and has a higher check out limit with something for everyone, while Kanopy specializes in independent film and world cinema. Both Kanopy and Hoopla also have great selections of quality children's video: for feature films we recommend Hoopla, while Kanopy offers a more impressive selection of children's television. 

Popular Music: Hoopla 

Hoopla lets you stream full albums from artists in every genre, including same-day new releases from top artists.

Runner Up: Alexander Street Press - If you like rare tracks, world music, jazz or classical music, Alexander Street Press is your destination for thousands of songs from around the world and throughout history. 

coffee, smart phone and earphones

Podcasts are radio shows for the Internet age, and it seems there's one or more on every topic. Though they have existed for years, podcasts have become so popular that you can now find one (or more) on pretty much any topic you can imagine: including books! You can listen on your smart phone or other device with your phone's standard podcast app, or download an additional app to manage your subscriptions. If you're looking for new ways to engage your love of reading, these podcasts provide regular book discussions, author interviews, news, and other information to take book lovers to the next level:

  • What Should I read Next? - Blogger Anne Bogel talks to readers about books they love, books they hate, and what you should read next
  • Just the Right Book - Independent Bookstore owner Roxanne Coady helps you find the next great book while keeping you up-to-date on the world of publishing
  • All the Books! - another Book Riot podcasts, this one focuses on each week's new release titles-
  • Books of Your Life with Elizabeth - Goodreads co-founder Elizabeth Khuri Chandler talks with interesting people about the books that shaped them
  • Smart Podcast, Trashy Books - Each week author Sarah Wendell talks with authors, publishers, librarians and more about the world of publishing about one of the most popular fiction genres around: romance
  • By the Book - Hosts Kristen and Jolenta read a self-help book, then try to live by its teachings. Hilarity ensues
  • Fictional - Modern and relatable retellings of classic fictional works, for readers who just don't have time to go back and read all the classics
  • Mugglecast - For Harry Potter fans who can't get enough, this podcasts dissects every aspect of that magical world. 
  • Overdue - A podcast about the books you have been meaning to read, and still haven't gotten to just yet...
  • The Librarian Is In - We can't finish this list without reminding you that librarians live to help you find that next great book! In this podcast, the New York Public Library talks about books and culture, and what to read next

If podcasts are still a mystery to you, check out this great tutorial from TechBoomers. It focuses on using an iPhone, but the process is also similar on Android phones.

Virtual Town Hall flier

Residents of Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Livonia are invited to attend a Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 - 8:00PM. This event will be co-hosted by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and Wayne County Commissioners Terry Marecki and Melissa Daub to address how the Prosecutor's Office is responding to COVID-19, increased instances of domestic violence during the Stay-at-Home Order, reducing the jail population, the Prosecutor's Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and more.

To join the Virtual Town Hall on May 14, go to https://zoom.us/j/5485243984, or call 1-646-876-9923 and enter the following code: 5485243984#

For questions about the event, or to submit a question to be asked during the event, please email district10@waynecounty.com.

Leia and R2 recreation

Happy Star Wars Day! Every year on May the 4th we celebrate a galaxy far, far away and our love of all things Star Wars. This year, Deb was inspired by the art recreation challenge to imitate a classic scene from Star Wars. 
There is also a 24-hour livestream of free content on Twitch all day on May the 4th, 2020. 

The Library may be closed, but you can still enjoy Star Wars on Hoopla. Here are our top 5 Star Wars items in Hoopla:

  • Star Wars comic series (2015) (comics) - The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far - the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet!
  • Star Wars Trilogy soundtrack by John Williams (music) - Each time the screen goes black and you see those words- "A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away"...the music blasts through you and you're a kid again. Few things bring back the memory of the first time you saw that screen crawl like John William's classic score. 
  • Star Wars Rebels series (ebooks) - Meet the Rebels crew! Your favorite Star Wars Rebels heroes are ready to fight the evil Empire! Ranging from early readers to chapter books, these stories bring Star Wars cannon to younger readers.
  • Why We Love Star Wars by Ken Napzok (ebook and audiobook) - Celebrate the greatest saga ever told: All of us who are deeply influenced by the epic saga of Star Wars have our favorite moments. What began as one movie about good people, evil oppressors, and the space wizards that stood between them has exploded into a franchise that continues to grow in stature, importance, and myth through discussions, debates, and daydreams.
  • Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (video) -Like none before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over pop-culture. This documentary looks at the toys' history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.
video chat

This is a lonely time, and though many of us connect with others through posting platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, it can be difficult to stay at home all day with the same people. Eventually, as we begin to miss our friends (and even our coworkers), and wonder: how can we gather while staying safe?

The answer is a virtual social hour, in which multiple people join a video chat to share an experience: a book discussion, playing a game, even chatting over an end-of-the-day beverage. Virtual social hours are a great way to see the people you miss while protecting public health.

3 Tips for a Successful Social Hour

  • Keep it small - limit the group size so you are likely to hear each other. Video chats make it possible to see that someone is preparing to speak, so limit the number of participants so you can pay attention and not talk over each other. Depending on which software you use, try to select a view option that lets you see a grid of each person's video, instead of putting one person front-and-center while they talk.
  • Set a purpose - Are you discussing a specific topic (such as the most recent Hoopla Book Club Hub selection)? Sharing tales of parenting in the trenches with your mom group? Perhaps you're hosting a virtual dinner party? Whatever the reason, setting a purpose can make it worth the trouble to change out of our "day pajamas" and into normal clothes (at least from the waist up).
  • Choose a platform everyone can use - if you are gathering your entire family for dinner, don't choose software that will frustrate friends and family with a complicated installation or expensive subscription requirements. Choose something that will be easy enough for your most tech-phobic participant, and maybe do a practice run beforehand. 

Comparing Three Popular Options

There are MANY different programs out there to help you find a virtual space for friends to meet. Here are some popular options that accommodate groups of 10 or more; are available for Android, iOS, and Windows; have free options, and are helping friends and family come together across the country right now. 

Zoom 

Zoom seems to be everywhere recently due to its heavy use in online education (which has grown exponentially in the last month), and its newfound popularity in businesses. Anyone can use it to attend a meeting, though hosts must have accounts and their account status is what affects limitations on meeting size and duration. Tutorials are available here.  

Pros - High-quality video and an intuitive interface. Some fun and useful advanced features available in free accounts, including very fun Virtual Backgrounds. Multiple users can share their screens with the group. 

Cons - Groups meetings are limited to 40 minutes unless the host has a Pro account. (Host can immediately re-start a meeting if needed.)

Cost - Free for basic access, with Pro accounts available for $14.99/month

Google Hangouts

Google products are everywhere, even for people who aren't "power-users". Many of us use Google as our default search engine, or Google Maps to find directions. Google Hangouts, Google''s "everyday" video chat has been around for years, and its getting even more use these days. Tutorial available here. 

Pros - If you are a Google user, Hangouts easily fits into your other Google products, such as Gchat, Calendar and Gmail. The interface is one of the easiest to understand, too, if you aren't looking to use advanced features. It has no time limit on meetings, even for free accounts.

Cons - Google Hangout requires a Google login, which are free to create but may be a nuisance if you don't have one already. Though it limits free accounts to 25 users, for our purposes this isn't much of a drawback: we think 25 is plenty.

Cost - Free, though there are business-level upgrades starting at $6/month.

Skype

Skype has been around since 2003, and is one of the longest-running options for making calls on your computer. They're now owned by Microsoft, so if you have a Windows 10 computer it's possible you already have it set up on your device. Tutorial available here. 

Pros - Getting set up for a call is very simple with Skype. There is no time limit on calls, and the web feature allows you to blur your background so no one can see how messy your house is right now.

Cons - Skype is not known for its video quality compared to Zoom and Hangouts, and audio calls perform much better. Its free features aren't as fun as Zoom's.

Cost - Free for computer-to-computer calls, but paid options exist for calls directly to phone numbers, or international calls. Rates vary by country, but are generally under $10/month US, or Skype Credit (a pay-as-you-go option) can be purchased as well. 

Hoopla homeschooling resources

Do your kids miss going to school? (Do you miss sending your kids to school?) Hoopla can help! Here is a collection of always-available titles Elementary-age children can learn with (and enjoy) during their time at home.  

Not only are Hoopla titles always available, but at this time Hoopla has curated a list of more than 1,100 "Bonus Borrow" titles that are free to checkout and do not count against your monthly limits. We've put together a list of our favorites. (Educational Bonus Borrows are marked with an *)

 

 

MDHHS logo

If you are struggling with uncertainty, fear, and isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, or any other non-emergency mental health concerns, free help is available by phone. Call 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753)  to speak with a Certified Peer Support Specialist. The call is free, provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Lines are open seven days a week, 10 AM to 2 AM.

The State of Michigan MDHHS has launched these warmlines to connect people struggling with persistent mental health challenges to certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises.

This is not a substitute for emergency mental health care. Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

Keep Calm and Read Books

The world is a bit crazy right now. If you turn on your TV or scroll through social media it is hard to ignore the news, and easy to feel anxious or overwhelmed. Though the disruptions may feel endless, Queen Elizabeth of England made a rare television broadcast to remind her country and us all that this too, shall pass. 

If you're seeking calm during this turbulent time, these books can help: 

At Home Fitness videos

Exercise is not only good for our bodies, it's proven to help our minds as well. If your routine is thrown off by gym closures, check out these great at-home options that are always available from Hoopla. 

Not only are Hoopla titles always available, but at this time Hoopla has curated a list of more than 1,100 "Bonus Borrow" titles that are free to checkout and do not count against your monthly limits. We've put together a list of our favorites. (At-Home Fitness Bonus Borrows are marked with an *)

  • Rodney Yee Yoga for Beginners* (video) - If you are new to yoga, Gaiam's Yoga for Beginners video is an ideal place to start. Learn the importance of proper alignment while gaining the tools to establish a successful Yoga routine that can enhance your daily life.
  • My Yoga: Who Needs Coffee? *(video) - Answer: Most of us, Tara. If you're looking to kick the caffeine habit, try this short and energizing practice from Tara Lee that will work out all the kinks in your body and leave you feeling great.
  • Cardio Burn Walking for Weight Loss (video) - This unique walking fitness workout program shows you how to boost the fat- and calorie-burning power of fitness walking and fit it into your schedule.
  • Mari Windsor Flat Abs Pilates* (video) - Master Pilates instructor Mari Winsor targets your midsection and core. Strengthen your powerhouse and get a smaller waist, flatter abs and a longer, leaner look.
  • Jillian Michaels 10-Minute Body Transformation* (video) - A series of 10-minute workouts, all completely different to stave off boredom and prevent plateaus. Mix and match based on your schedule and how much time YOU have to exercise. As always, Jillian offers modifications and progressions for every move in each workout.
  • Bollywood Burn with Hemalayaa (video) - As you dance, you'll lose weight; tone your core, hips, and thighs; and kiss stress good-bye. So liven up, let loose, and laugh like Hemalayaa does. It's that much fun!
  • The RBG Workout by Bryant Johnson* (ebook) - Have you ever wondered what keeps Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the Supreme Court's favorite octogenarians, so sprightly? She owes it in part to the twice-weekly workouts she does with her personal trainer, Bryant Johnson. From planks to squats to (full) push-ups, this simple but challenging workout will have you getting fit in no time. 

 

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