Ease of use means everything...

Contemporary American life is extremely busy and always on the go. Work commitments, family, friends, hobbies, pastimes, and a multitude of other activities that I cant fully list consume much of our day. Sometimes, the app technology we have access to can be anything but labor saving. I prefer my apps to be as accommodating as possible, that means the fewer steps the better.

Enter HOOPLA, one of my favorite library apps. The HOOPLA app downloaded quickly to my device (IPhone), the registration portion was quick & painless, and downloading content from HOOPLA is lightening fast. I use the HOOPLA app primarily for music, there many popular and smaller indy acts available for download. I use HOOPLA to build a quick and ready playlist whenever I'm faced with a long drive or a long weekend.

School Resources @ Your Library

studentSummer is over and that means it's back to school time.  Did you know that besides some cool new shoes and sharpened pencils, there's something else you need to succeed in school?  Your library databases!  We have an incredible amount of resources available online, such a magazine and journal articles, essays and links to controversial topics (perfect for persuasive essays), online practice tests and skill building exercises for SATs, and so much more.  You can access all of these great resources from home with your library card, or come in to the library and we will be happy to walk you through these tools.&n

Free movies on us.


Did you know we're not all and exclusively about paper books?

With your library card you can also enjoy streamlined videos and music!

Just follow the links here and explore our databases that offer movies and music on Hoopla,

Flipster, which offers you magazines in a digital format and my favorite..... drumroll.....

TUMBLEBOOKS!  These are digital books for kids.  Many of them are the type we play/read during our Story TIme where the book reads itself.

All these are available FREE with your library card.


Using Your Library for Investment Research

Better InvestingWould you like to improve your investment knowledge?  BetterInvesting™ Houston Chapter will present a seminar on the investment resources offered by libraries.  The resources covered will include, among others, Value Line Investment Survey and Morningstar.  BetterInvesting™ of the national Association of Investors Corp was founded in 1951 with the mission to provide a program of sound investment information, education and support that helps create successful lifetime investors.  

Anyone who has an interest in building wealth is encouraged to attend.

Where: Spring Branch-Memorial Library

When: Monday, August 17, 6:00-7:00 pm

Cost: Free

TGIF Programs Hosts Tech Q&A This Friday Morning

Please join TGIF Programs in the upstairs Training Lab this Friday at 10:30 AM for our Technology Question and Answer Series. This will be a great time to ask Freeman Library staff and other attendees about computers, smartphones, devices, and eContent from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.

Did You Know? Test Guides Online

Need to study for the GED, GRE, or SAT? Both test guides and practice tests based on official exams are available online through an HCPL database called Learning Express Improved. The database features different Learning Centers to help with adult learning, computer skills, college preparation, and high school equivalency.

Valueline's New Interface

Value Line recently debuted a new and improved interface.  We have developed a PDF with information on where to find your favorite reports.  In addition, there is also a video from Value Line that explains the changes.

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