Library announces “Hoopla”


MASON CITY, Iowa – If you’re tired of paying big costs for mobile media, a free alternative is now available at a local library.

The Mason City Library is the first public library in the state to offer public access to thousands of movies, television shows and music through an application called Hoopla Digital.

Library members can use the application from almost anywhere with internet access.

Those with the Mason City Library say it’s a chance to help embrace technology’s expansion.

“What it allows us to have is a 24 hour branch of the library through our website because if you use the library to log into our databases such as Hoopla or Ebsco host, it’s more valid and reliable. Plus it’s easier for you,” said Mary Markwalter, Mason City Library Director.

As an added bonus, for the entire month of March, the library is holding an ongoing promotion.

If you sign up, you will be entered to win a Samsung 10.1 Galaxy Note Tablet.

“You have a lot of enhanced services within the library and this is how we bridge that digital divide and kind of level the playing field for people who can’t afford to purchase books online,” said Markwalter.

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