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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.

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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. 

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Looking for a scary story to read or listen to? Below are some ebooks and audiobooks available on Overdrive or Hoopla for all ages.

 

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Spooky Stories for Kids

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Singing is a fun activity to do around the campfire or while walking. What is your favorite camp song? 

 

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Check out one of these fictional stories about the great outdoors while you are enjoying your camping experience.

 

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Children's Books

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Below are some great resources to help you create the best camping experience. 

 

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Available on Hoopla

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Hoopla has many crafting ebooks for all ages. Here are a few about friendship bracelets. 

 

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Kids and Teens:

  • Friendship Bracelets 101: Easy-To-Follow instructions using  embroidery floss for kids and teens.
  • Spectacular Friendship Bracelets: learn to make 35 colorful and classic designs ranging from simple to complicated. These friendship bracelets are chic and simple accessories for you and your best friend to wear on any occasion. 

  • Ultimate Friendship Bracelets Kit: Friendship bracelets never go out of style. And with this fun friendship bracelet eBook, they're easier and more fun than ever! 

 

Adults:

  • Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up: Transform ordinary friendship bracelets from middle school memories to chic contemporary pieces you'll be proud to wear. 
  • Charm Love Friendship Bracelets: A new take on the classic friendship bracelet with 35 fresh, fashionable, and modern designs! 
  • 100 Beautiful Bracelets: Handmade bracelets don't have to look homemade. With designs for 100 different bracelets, this book offers a style for every taste and skill level. 

 

Back to Make a Friendship Bracelet page. 

If your book club can't meet in person, they can still meet online or by phone--and the hoopla Book Club Hub has online books ready and waiting. All of your book club members can check the same book out at the same time, and chose between e-book and e-audiobook. Each title in the Book Club Hub also has online resources, like discussion questions and author interviews.

The Spring 2020 selection is The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, or you can browse the previously selected titles.

We also have some tips on hosting your book group online.

hoopla holidays

Are you looking to fill your December days with the best movies, music and ebooks to get in the holiday spirit? Every month you can use your Canton Public Library card to check out 20 items from Hoopla and read, watch, or listen to them anywhere you have a computer or device. Hoopla content is always available - no holds, no waiting. We've gathered some of the best for the holidays from Hoopla: 

Holiday Movies for Frosty Nights

Holiday Movies Just for Kids

DIY Holiday eBooks

Classic Christmas Music

Holiday Music for Kids

Hoopla Holiday album covers

The library may be closed today and tomorrow (11/28 and 11/29) for the Thanksgiving holiday, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to load up on holiday music! As always, the Library's digital services are available to you wherever you may be with your Canton Public Library card.

Click here to find your next holiday favorite-always available on Hoopla

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