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It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut while heeding the call to stay at home during a health crisis. A phone or video call to friends or family can brighten your day, but there are sleepless nights and dining hours when that won’t do. Why not explore with me what hoopla has to offer?

If you haven’t heard, hoopla is a free digital streaming service for customers of Akron-Summit County Public Library. You can borrow 25 items per month including TV episodes. Hoopla offers movies, music, ebooks, comics, and e-audiobooks too, but today I’m focusing on TV.

Maybe you’d rather browse for yourself instead of reading on. Go ahead, I’m not the boss of you! Here’s the link:

Maybe you’ve used Hoopla, but you haven’t checked what’s new? (Handy hint:  a menu on the television browsing page lets you sort results by what was added in the last 7 days or up to 12 months.)

If you’re still reading along, did you know hoopla’s wildly varied content includes…

  • Bouncy dance workouts like Hemalayaa’s Bollywood Burn and “Dance and Be Fit’s” festival-based Carnaval ---but also soothing yoga and meditation programs?
  • Popular new book-to-screen series like TNT’s serial killer period drama The Alienist, Direct TV’s Stephen King thriller Mr. Mercedes, and BBC’s cozy mysteries Father Brown and Agatha Raisin?
  • History Channel series (which could liven up at-home learning) like How the States Got Their Shapes or the exposé of national institutions America’s Book of Secrets?
  • Foreign period dramas (a chance to brush up on those language skills), like the 1950’s Spanish fashion world set Velvet or a French twist on Agatha Christie mysteries like Criminal Games?
  • Reality TV ranging from competitions like Project Runway Junior to home renovations to slice-of-life offerings like Pawn Stars or Hoarders?
  • Comedies from bubbly family sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show and Dennis the Menace to edgy sketches like The Chappelle Show and Inside Amy Schumer?
  • Made-for-TV fantasy miniseries (perfect for fans of Once Upon a Time) like 10th Kingdom and Merlin and The Odyssey and Arabian Nights?
  • Spooky classics like Unsolved Mysteries and (for 90s Nickelodeon nostalgics) Are You Afraid of the Dark?

My list here is but a small sample---go see for yourself! I hope you’ll be entertained.

By Michelle Steiner, Public Service Assistant
Norton Branch Library