The Pioneer Library System is offering an early Christmas present to its cardholders in the form of two new services debuting this month.
Hoopla and Kanopy, a pair of services for viewing movies and other digital media, each became available for use by PLS cardholders on Dec. 17. The services come in addition to all of the other benefits for PLS cardholders, including use of the existing OverDrive service for downloadable materials.
Hoopla features more than 650,000 movies, television episodes, audiobooks, comic books and eBooks that are available for download immediately with no wait list. Cardholders will be able to borrow up to six items per month from Hoopla.
Most movies and TV episodes are available for 72 hours from the borrowing time, while most music albums are available for seven days and most audiobooks, comic books and eBooks available for 21 days.
Cardholders need to visit the Hoopla website or download the Hoopla app to set up their account using their Pioneer Library System library card number.
Kanopy features about 30,000 movies including feature films, documentaries and many other topics. Like Hoopla, cardholders will be able to view six movies per month which are viewed directly through the site rather than downloaded.
It also features a “Kanopy Kids” section with a collection of age-appropriate movies separated into age groups, themes and topics.
Find out more about the new services, or any of the programs and services offered through the Pioneer Library System by visiting any of our 12 libraries or through the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available through the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices.
All PLS branches will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th, for Christmas! We will resume regular hours on Wednesday, December 26th.
Check out some of these tips on how to Cozy Up Your Home for the Holidays (article 20 Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for the Holidays by Sarah Richardson in Good Housekeeping, accessed via MasterFILE Premier)!
PUT YOUR TREE IN THE WINDOW
Set it up so everyone, inside and outside, can enjoy it. Homeowner Martha Fell decorated the family's tree with one dominant shade (red) and mixed cherished ornaments with new ones matching the room's color palette.
- HANG AN INDOOR WREATH
Tie a wide piece of ribbon in a knot at the top and leave the ends long for a fresh take on the big red bow. Deck out your windowsill like a mantel.
- FORMAL WITH A TWIST
Try an icy blue and silver color palette. For the name card, tie a store-bought tag to a metallic glass ornament.
- PRETTY PLAYFUL
Use chalkboard paper for your tablecoth, and write the names of guests above the plates. Make napkin rings by stringing cranberries on a thin wire, tying it into a circle with a sprig of eucalyptus.
- MAXIMIZE FIRESIDE SEATING
Skip the sofa. Group chairs around a plush ottoman or a coffee table to create an intimate gathering spot that's ideal for family game night. Hot toddy, anyone?
Can't wait for us to open? Read from home with the Pioneer Library System Connect App!
With our app you can:
- Use the physical catalog
- Renew & place holds
- Pay fines
- Read eMagazines
- Use self check machines
- Locate library events
Do you know all those heroes that everyone knows and loves? Well, this isn't a day for them. December 21 is a day to celebrate all those underappreciated characters, the underdogs: the characters that save the day in smaller ways.
Check out one of these books to read and give your appreciation to these unsung heroes!
Coming in Spring 2019, the Pioneer Library System is introducing a new and exciting concept for our library community: PLS Reads! All 12 branches will share the experience in reading different combinations of genres and formats to create opportunities for discussions, comparisons, panels and creative programs surrounding the significant book themes.
Since this is a community endeavor, we need you to make your voice heard! Below are three paired options and we need your vote to determine the winning selection. What do YOU want to read?
Voting will be available through December 31, 2018 in our survey form. A set of the winning books will be awarded at the end of the voting period, so make sure to vote!
A creative pairing of memoirs, with one a classic non-fiction and the other a ground-breaking graphic novel.
Night: Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. This book is the terrifying record of Elie Wiesel's memories of the death of his family, the death of his own innocence, and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man.
Maus: A memoir of Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and history.
Option 2: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Original voices in a pairing of two revolutionary fiction novels.
Small Great Things: Ruth Jefferson's career as a labor and delivery nurse and her life change forever when she hesitates before helping a baby in cardiac arrest, because Ruth is African American and the baby's white supremacist parents don't want her touching their child. The hospital tells Ruth to comply with the parents' wishes, but when she's the only available nurse, should she follow orders or try to save the newborn's life?
The Hate U Give: The uneasy balance between Starr Carter's poor neighborhood and the fancy suburban prep school she attends is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Starr is the only person who can say what really went down that night, but what Starr does -- or does not -- say could upend her community and endanger her life.
Option 3: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Unique viewpoints expressed in a pairing of a fiction novel and several non-fiction human interest stories.
The Serpent King: The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City: Evictions used to be rare, but today, most poor, renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today.