The Library Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri

Digital Resources: Great for Entertainment and Education

I’ve never read “The Husband’s Secret,” but I want to now. It’s been one of the most-checked-out audiobooks through the library’s new service, Hoopla, since we rolled it out two weeks ago.

Hoopla lets patrons with a valid library card borrow more than 300,000 movies, music albums and audiobooks straight from a browser, tablet or smartphone, anytime. When it’s due back it just disappears – no late fees. And multiple people can borrow it at the same time – no waiting. Some of the Library’s physical copies have two to 40 “holds,” – proof that Hoopla has already expanded the Library’s ability to provide access to popular items.

Hoopla already has 800 local users who have checked out more than 1,300 items, and the top checkouts so far provide a picture of what’s hot among our e-borrowers.

Hoopla is available by going to and click on “Hoopla.”
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In that vein, it’s a good time to highlight an older resource that provides e-books for kids. The TumbleBook Library, ( or has several formats that provide fun and educational reading options for children.

All materials are streamed online so no downloads are necessary. An Internet connection is required. Some of the stories use Adobe Flash, which isn’t supported by all mobile devices. The iPad & Mobile option lists all of the above content and should work on most tablets and smartphones.

TumbleBook Library is easy to use and great for kids, parents and teachers.

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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