I talk a lot about summer reading but, I must confess, while I’m just finished devouring the non-fiction title, The Radium Girls,* I’m also pretty heavily into binge watching season. So many of my favourite shows have just released seasons on Netflix and I’m midway through Orange is the New Black as well as The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.** I’m loving them. But, as I’ve mentioned previously, you don’t need a Netflix account to enjoy some great summer viewing, you just need a library card!
As we recover from the first intense heat wave of the summer we seem to be heading into yet another period of intense heat. Temperatures may be uncomfortable or even dangerous so keeping cool is a must. The library is, of course, a great place to go to cool off, and the WPL has 9 locations across Windsor. Of course, while you’re here, make sure to check out some summer reads, pick a show to binge watch. I’ve personally binged and loved Dexter (okay, maybe loved is too strong a word for the last few seasons), Mad Men, Breaking Bad (and its prequel Better Call Saul), Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Love, Bates Motel, and Hannibal. If you prefer comedy, you may want to try Arrested Development, The Mindy Project, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jane The Virgin, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, or classics like Friends, Seinfeld, and Cheers. Of course, we have all of these titles on DVD at the WPL; place a hold and have them sent to the location of your choice for convenient and legal TV viewing.
If you’re lucky enough to be cool at home you might want to check out WPL e-resources including Overdrive, Axis 360, and Hoopla so that you can access WPL resources from the comfort of your own home. Books are my go-to when I’m inside keeping cool, but I’m also a fan of binge watching when I’m hot and tired and just don’t feel like putting in any effort. I’ve been spending a fair amount of time indoors enjoying sun tea and excellent television. Plus, not to brag, but I’ve made sure that my hammock is within wifi range so that I can binge outdoors when the weather allows.
One of my favourite options for downloading is Hoopla, a resource I love for its audiobooks and graphic novels. It’s an excellent resource but it’s easy to get into a groove and forget that there are a variety of excellent resources. For me, I sometimes overlook as a source of television and movie checkouts. Hoopla allows you to check out and download titles. That’s right, you can download to your device so you don’t need an internet connection to watch. Of course, you’ll still need to access the internet to download but the WPL offers free wifi — and knowledgeable staff to help you navigate the resources — so you’re good to go! Hoopla was a real leader in terms of downloadable television and movies and all titles automatically delete when they expire so you don’t have to worry about incurring late fees. Have I mentioned that I love Hoopla? For TV lovers they have an excellent selection of dramas, mystery, education programming including the Great Courses series, Ken Burns documentaries, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and the PBS collection. And every title is available at any time. With 20 checkouts per calendar month you can start binge watching today! 🙂
Don’t forget to check out the WPL to help with all of your binge watching needs. At the Windsor Public Library our mission is to provide Universal Access to the Universe of ideas so we always have a variety of content across all kinds of media. We should have something for every taste so come on down and check things out yourself or ask a staff member at the reference desk for a recommendation.
*You can skip the line, like I did, but accessing an electronic copy, ebook or eaudiobook, through Hoopla. Materials on Hoopla are always available and you never have a shortened loan period regardless of the demand. I can’t say enough good things about Hoopla or this book.
**That’s no longer true. I started this blog last week and finished both seasons in a frenzy of binge watching over the weekend.