One of my favorite pastimes is to ride in the car while listening to a good book. Yes, as an avid reader I would love to sit down and flip pages, but as a mom I realize that those opportunities are few and far between. I’m grateful for my local library’s connection to Hoopla, the digital library, and the myriad of books available.
This month we started our new homeschool year and have been enjoying our continuation of the Christian Heroes Then and Now series via Hoopla. We love the audio versus be different voices excite the children and help the stories to come alive. Of course, audio books aren’t the only great reads available in this digital library. Our preschoolers enjoy the children’s section and Bear has been really into biographies of his favorite sports icons.
As a homeschooler using My Father’s World curriculum, I’ve realized that there are several other homeschoolers around us on the same schedule. Oftentimes I need to reserve a book at least a month in advance to ensure I will have it in time for our lessons. If our lessons for a certain unit are delayed I can rarely renew the book because another family has already reserved it. Thankfully, Hoopla can help with those hard to find or impossible to renew moments.
Finally, as a professional book hoarder, I’ve been able to stop myself from purchasing every new book I desire. I forgot have fun at used to be to go to the library, find something amazing to read, take it home, read the book, and simply return it. With the digital options you complete the same process at home, at your office, or at Chick-fil-A while your children play after lunch. I’m 100% sure that I have so many books in my personal collection that are available at my local library and via Hoopla. I bet my husband is reading this paragraph while calculating all of the money we could have saved.
This isn’t a review post, but a quick FYI to check with your local library and see if they have a Hoopla account. If they do, you’re well on your way to having a vast collection of books LITERALLY at your fingertips. Use the program and encourage others to do the same because this helps local libraries determine if they should continue their partnership or cancel it. Believe me, you going to want them to continue it. Like, continue it forever.
Happy reading and happy homeschooling,