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Local Education

April 13, 2014

Alexandria library going digital


She said the process for signing up is very user friendly. Users simply download the Hoopla app, sign up and type in their library card number. Once the information is in, they can begin checking out everything from audio books to music albums. As of right now, users are limited to five items a month.

Beth Spade, director of the library's adult program, said the older library members who can't get out to the library as often are really enjoying the Hoopla app. Spade said the program is very user friendly, even for older members.

Leroy Shores, 80, is one of the people Spade has talked to about Hoopla. He said he uses it regularly and is pretty pleased with how it works. His one complaint is the limit of only five titles per month, which is something Manning said could be changed as the library sees how the program progresses.

Shores said the program is also very easy to use, thanks in part to the Hoopla link located on the library's home page online.

"I don't have any problems using the program and I'm 80," Shores said. "If I can do it, I think everyone can do it."

For the most part, Manning said audio books seem to be the popular choice for the Hoopla users. He was worried the downloads might be almost exclusively movies but he said it was encouraging for him to see so many audio book downloads.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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