Did you receive a tablet or smartphone over the Holidays? Did you know that you can read ebooks, listen to audiobooks and music, and watch movies and television series on these devices through your local public library for free? The Winona Public Library (WPL) has two apps available to use with your WPL Card – Libby by OverDrive and Hoopla. Libby allows you to checkout ebooks and audiobooks, allowing you to put items on hold and check them out. Hoopla offers instant borrows and you can checkout ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies and television series. You can even watch Hoopla movies and series on your Roku or Amazon Fire TV Sticks.
WPL is offering four classes on how to use Libby and Hoopla:
Libby on Your Mobile Device is a class designed for all wireless devices except for the Kindle Fire and Paperwhite. This is a beginner class for those that have never used the app before. During the class, staff will setup your devices on the app and will walk you through searching the collection, checkout items, putting them on hold as well as returning materials. This class is offered Tuesday, January 10th at 4PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room.
Libby on Your Kindle Fire is for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The OverDrive app previously available to Kindle Fire users will be discontinued in 2023, but the company has recently announced that there will be a way for Kindle Fire users to add Libby to their device as it is not available in the Kindle App Store. This class will walk users through the download process and teach them how to us the app effectively. The class is Thursday, January 12th at 4PM in the Library’s Bell Art room.
Libby: Advanced Lessons is for those already using Libby and is designed for all wireless devices. Participants will learn how to add partner libraries, Rochester Public Library and Traverse des Sioux, create wish lists, and navigate to the Library’s Lucky Day collection as well as a few more tips and tricks. This class is offered Tuesday, January 17th at 4PM in Library’s Bell Art Room.
Hoopla for Your Smart Device is a class for all wireless devices. Users will learn how to add the app to their device, create and account, and check out materials. This class is Thursday, January 19th at 4PM in the Library’s Bell Art Room
If you cannot make any of these classes, stop by the Winona Public Library’s Reference Desk anytime during the Library’s open hours and staff will assist you.
All participants must bring their mobile device and library card. Participants must also know their username and password for their device’s app store.