Library adds music service
By Dean Shipley
What’s not to like?
There’s all kind of buzz about “likes” on that seemingly ubiquitous social media site on the Internet, but here’s a “like” right in Mt. Sterling at the public library.
It’s called Freegal music. It’s a service through which card-carrying patrons of the library may download popular MP3 music from the library’s website to a home computer, tablet or mobile device, either an Android or I-phone.
“Anything that has Internet access,” said Chris Siscoe, director.
He said the library anted up $1,200 for the annual fee for the service to provide a music source to patrons who have a Mt. Sterling Public Library card. It is the key to gaining access to the service.
Card carriers access the site by first going to the library’s website. A large Freegal logo appears on the left.
Even with a limit of three songs per week, that’s 156 songs per year. The site provides a way to keep track of a person’s downloads. Before a person downloads a song, a clip of it can be heard before the final decision is made.
Library users have a weekly download limit. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.
The genre list is extensive, a literal from A to Z. Plenty of listings exist under each genre. The user will be similar to the proverbial “kid in a candy store” with so many selections available. Picking the “right” three songs in a week could be a fun challenge.
For more information call the library at (740) 869-2430 or access its website at www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org/