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Richter: See what all the Hoopla is over new streaming program

| Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, 12:09 p.m.
Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook Like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and you can email Pam at

‘Tis the season for holiday music!

We've all been there, scrambling around this time of year between holiday parties, baking and shopping.

Not often do we get a chance to slow down and listen to our favorite holiday songs. And when we do, we have to hope they come on the radio or we have to purchase the songs.

Not only is your local library here to help with a variety of holiday CDs and DVDs that are available to be borrowed, the public libraries in Allegheny County and at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have a great resource called Hoopla.

Hoopla is similar to the popular streaming service Netflix, but is not limited to movies and TV shows. Hoopla includes music and audiobooks as well.

Get started by visiting your library's website or by going to Hoopla has a free app for your smartphone or tablet; or you can stream content through your computer.

Sign up for an account by selecting your local library. Then enter in your library card number and create an account with a username and password.

There are two options after you have created an account and have found a title you'd like to check out. Titles can be streamed on using a Wi-Fi connection, 3G or 4G. Or on the mobile app you can temporarily download the content to play it without an Internet connection.

TV shows and movies are checked out for three days and music is checked out for one week. Up to eight titles a month can be borrowed.

Hoopla is always adding new titles — about once a week — so be sure to keep checking the site periodically.

There are two benefits of using Hoopla over Netflix: it's free and there's also the option to download content to have it available without an Internet connection.

Slow down this holiday season, grab some hot chocolate and listen to your favorite holiday songs with Hoopla.

Pam Richter is the technology and marketing librarian at the Baldwin Borough Public Library. Follow the library on Twitter @BBPL, on Facebook, like the Baldwin Borough Public Library and email Pam at

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