Hoopla provides library patrons with movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks and eComics, downloadable directly to a computer, tablet or smartphone.   And just like ELPL's other digital collections, there are no late fees - when the lending period ends titles are automatically removed from your device.  Here's how it works:

Checkout periods are as follows - 

  • 3 days for video
  • 7 days for music
  • 21 days for audiobooks
  • 21 days for eBooks and comics

No hold lists! - An unlimited number of people can borrow the same item at the same time.

Listen and watch wherever you want - Like the Cloud Library and Zinio you can use more than one device to access your Hoopla content.  You can borrow a title on your computer and watch it on your tablet.

10 checkouts per month - Every ELPL patron can check out ten Hoopla titles a month.  Once you've reached your limit you can easily add titles to your Favorites list for a future checkout.

Here's how to get started:

1.  Visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/login​ and click the blue Sign Up Now button.
2.  Clik the blue East Lansing Public Library button.
3.  Provide an email address, create a password and enter your library card number. This email password combo will be used to authenticate you as a Hoopla user on any computer or device you use to access Hoopla content.
4.  Click the blue Sign Up Now button to agree to Hoopla's terms and conditions and privacy policy and to complete your registration.
5.  Download the Hoopla app from the App Store or Google Play store on your mobile devices to enjoy your Hoopla checkouts on the go.

Need help getting started with Hoopla?  Schedule a One on One Technology Help appointment with a Techie.


Hoopla Has a New Look!

Hoopla's web interface, or what you see when you login to Hoopla with a browser, not the app, recently received a very nice facelift.  When you log in you are still taken right to your checked out titles, but it is now much easier to find your list of favorite titles.  Just click My Hoopla and Favorites is right there!  The Browse screens, separated by format, are very clean and easy to use and the Settings page is also much cleaner.  Filtering options are now much more robust which is very helpful when browsing through Hoopla's enormous library of digital content.  

Check it out the next time you log into Hoopla, and if you haven't tried this amazing digital collection yet, visit:


to register and get started.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Is there anything more exciting and more terrifying than when one of your favorite books (dare I even say, favorite book, full stop?) gets made into a movie? It’s either going to be amazing and wonderful and everything you’ve ever dreamed of, or a deplorable affront to something you love. I’m in the throes of that emotional roller coaster right now, with the news that Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle is currently being adapted into a movie -- although I am buoyed by the fact that it happens to be starring one of my current actor-obsessions, Sebastian Stan (or, the guy who plays The Winter Soldier in the Captain America movies). As you can imagine, I’m both incredibly excited and highly nervous to see the end product, but in the meantime, it’s a great excuse for me to reread the book for the (redacted)th time.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the story of 18 year old Mary Katherine (or Merricat) Blackwood and her older sister, Constance. They’ve lived in seclusion in their enormous family estate with their elderly uncle Julian for the last 6 years, ever since the rest of their family was poisoned with arsenic at dinner. Constance was arrested but acquitted for the murders, and ever since, their family has been ostracized from the nearby village. Merricat is the only one in the household who ventures into society for groceries and library books, and whenever she does she’s met with taunts and vitriol. Despite the animosity Merricat feels for their neighbors (she spends a lot of time wishing they would all die), she's very content in her life with her sister, uncle, and cat Jonas. She uses wards and homemade magic to protect them from intruders, but when one ward fails, she knows that change is coming -- which it does, in the form of their estranged cousin Charles Blackwood. Charles is determined to establish himself as the head of the family and draw the sisters back out into society, but Merricat is suspicious of his intentions, and as exposure and calamity inch closer and closer to her carefully safeguarded life, it seems like her suspicions will prove correct.

It’s technically a novella, so it’s a short read, but I swear, every time I read it I discover some new layer to it that I’ve never considered. Shirley Jackson is, in my opinion, one of the greatest writers ever (seriously, even if you didn’t love reading The Lottery in high school, check out The Haunting of Hill House, where she basically invents the genre of the haunted house ghost story). She does American Gothic fiction like no others, and for a book with absolutely nothing supernatural, it’s still deeply, eerily unsettling. Jackson puts forth the idea that the creepiest things in the world are both right in your own backyard while still being nothing you would ever suspect so gloriously and with the best turns of phrase that I’m now banned from reading any out loud to my husband for too many interruptions that start with “Okay but listen to this amazing sentence!” I could gush for many more paragraphs (the English major in me is showing), but I’ll just end by saying that you can find Shirley Jackson’s works, including Hoopla and Overdrive eAudiobook versions of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, here at ELPL.

Hamilton: The Revolution

This book is an outstanding companion to the Hamilton cast recording (available on disc or via hoopla). It's the liner notes, deleted scenes, extra features that everybody always wants with their entertainment, presented in a beautiful package. If you have not heard the Hamilton cast recording, listen to it now, then read this. It will amaze and astonish.  You won't want to miss the beauty of the physical text, but, ELPL also owns this as a book on CD.

Many ELPL staff members (and spouses of staff) have been suffering from acute Hamilton addiction.  Jessica Lee-Cullin, ELPL's Teen Librarian, first reviewed the original cast recording in March of this year.

Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

If you aren't a regular reader of graphic novels but would like to give the format a try, the Alex + Ada trilogy, from collaborators Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna,  is a wonderfully accessible entry to the world of graphic novels.  With a compelling premise (think of the movie Her starring Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix), relatable characters and beautiful artwork, there is something for almost all readers to like.  My only complaint -- it is only a trilogy!  

ELPL has Alex + Ada in print and on Hoopla!










Avatar the Last Airbender The Rift

I can't just review this volume without singing the praises of the whole Avatar series. It's a world full of richness and depth, where themes more commonly found in adult entertainment (war, the loss of loved ones, the pain of being an outsider), can be exlpored in a kid-friendly manner. This volume, in particular, brings up the question of balance between tradition and progress, whether one must necessarily be sacrificed for the sake of the other. It also deals with the reunion of estranged family members, and how we form the images of those we love. Oh, and there are giant rock monsters fighting each other. This volume is best enjoyed only if you've seen the cartoon or read the comic adaptation, since it concerns characters established in the past, but really, watching Avatar is a reward in itself. (The animated series, not the movie. I repeat, avoid The Last Airbender movie).

May the 4th Be With You

The last few months have been excellent for Star Wars fans.  The release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015 was a huge success.  It not only attracted new fans to the franchise but also calmed the fears of (most) original fans that Disney was not, in fact, going to corrupt the spirit of Star Wars.  And with the recent release of the official teaser trailer for Rogue One, and the subsequent implosion of the internet, JJ Abrams and the gang at Lucasfilm and Disney have continued to prove to the fanbase that Star Wars is in it for the long haul.  

At ELPL, even during the not-so-great years (I'm looking at you Phantom Menace!), Star Wars books, CDs, audiobooks and movies are always some of the most popular items in the collection.  They circ like crazy and have to be continuously replaced because they are loved so much.  This means that we always have Star Wars related titles on the shelves, for every age group, and, in nearly every collection in the library.  This is a great thing, but sometimes that means it is hard to remember exactly where to look.  Plus you might be missing some great titles.  So we've created the Master List of Star Wars materials broken down by audience and area of the library.  May the force be with you as you browse the collection!

Star Wars titles by audience/age:

Star Wars titles by collection:





The sudden news of Prince's death has shocked us all, and as tributes to the multi-award winning musician, singer, songwriter and producer continue to spread purple across the world, we simply have to take a look back at the extraordinary contribution he made to the music industryCelebrated as one of the most unique and diverse artists of all time, Prince sold over 100 million 

Hamilton: An American Musical

You guys, Hamilton is so good. IT'S SO GOOD. If you haven't yet heard -- or heard of -- the stage musical that has taken Broadway by storm and taken home the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, then my friend, you are IN FOR A TREAT: 



Jen's 58th Grammy Awards Round-Up!

The 58th Grammy Awards on Monday, February 15

Listen to your favorite Grammy Award Nominees through your East Lansing Public Library!

Record of the Year

"Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars on album "Uptown Special"

Muy Caliente Musica

Latin music will forever remind me of my honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.  Recently, I took a Zumba class at the Hannah Community Center and now latin music reminds me of zumba!  Whatever the reason, I love latin music!  It puts me in a good mood, provides a boost of energy and makes me smile - even though I know very little of the Spanish language!  Luckily, ELPL has many awesome latin music choices both on CD and with Hoopla.  Here are some of my favorites:

The Last Don II by Don Omar
La Historia de el Duo by Wisin & Yandel ("The Duo of History")
Double Vision by Prince Royce  (with appearances by Snoop Dogg and J Lo!)  
A Quien Quiera Escuchar by Ricky Martin ("To Those Who Want to Listen")
Dale by Pitbull


To see all of ELPL's latin music cd's, click here

To see all of ELPL's latin music Hoopla downloads, click here

New Music Friday on Hoopla - July 17, 2015







Dropping today:

Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
Alan Jackson – Angels And Alcohol
Tame Impala – Currents
Finding Neverland Broadway Soundtrack – Various Artists
Iron & Wine/Ben Bridwell – Sing Into My Mouth
Anthony Brown & group therAPy – Everyday Jesus
Memphis May Fire – Unconditional: Deluxe Edition
David Osborne – Laughter In The Rain

Coming Soon to Hoopla

July 24th:

Jill Scott – Woman
Ashley Monroe – The Blade
Southpaw Soundtrack – Various Artists
Warren Haynes – Ashes & Dust
Bea Miller – Not An Apology
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet
Hopsin – Pound Syndrome

July 31st:

Finger Eleven – Five Crooked Lines
Descendents Soundtrack – Various Artists
Andrea Bocelli – Puccini: Turandot
Bobs & LoLo – Dirty Feet
Lianne La Havas – Blood
Migos – Yung Rich Nation
Dave Koz – Collaborations: 25th Anniversary
The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

New Music Friday on Hoopla - July 10, 2015








Upcoming New Releases

July 17:

  • Chemical Brothers - Born In The Echoes
  • Tame Impala - Currents
  • Iron & Wine/Ben Bridwell - Sing Into My Mouth
  • Galactic - Into The Deep
  • Anthony Brown & group therAPY - Everyday Jesus
  • Memphis May Fire - Unconditional:  Deluxe Edition
  • Flo Morrissey - Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful
  • David Osborne - Laughter In The Rain


July 24:

  • Jill Scott - Woman
  • Ashley Monroe - The Blade
  • Southpaw Soundtrack - Various Artists
  • Warren Haynes - Ashes & Dust
  • Bea Miller - Not An Apology
  • Kasey Chambers - Bittersweet
  • Hopsin - Pound Syndrome

DC Comics are now live on Hoopla!

All your favorite DC Comic characters are now available on Hoopla.  There's no better way to celebrate this summer's reading theme, Every Hero Has a Story, than by curling up with your favorites.