Between the Stacks

  • Monday, February 17, 2014

One of my favorite services offered by the library is the free music offered online. If you have a library card, you are allowed to download three free songs each week, and you don't have to return the songs – you can keep them forever!

You can find the link to the Freegal service on the library's website, CCPL.org. Click on the link for Downloadable Media, and then click on the Freegal service. Freegal rhymes with “legal.” The service is run by Sony and there are millions of songs by thousands of artists, both new and old.

All the songs you download are free to you as a member of CCPL, as the library subscribes to the service for you. Type in your library card number and then you can see which are the current most popular downloads, and/or you can search for any artist (or song, album, composer or genre) you're interested in. You won't find every single artist you like, but the more you look around on the site, the more good music you'll find. If you're not sure whether you're going to like something, you can listen to a sample of each song before downloading it.

I listen to a lot of Rock and Americana, and some of my favorite musicians can be found here. There are CDs by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Langhorne Slim and so many more. One of my very favorite CDs last year was “From the Ground Up” by John Fullbright, which I highly recommend.

Other new CDs you can find are the 2013 releases from Tedeschi Trucks and North Mississippi AllStars, and even the new 2014 Springsteen album. Whatever genre you like, you will find it here. In addition to Rock and Americana, there's Jazz, Country, Classical, Soul, Folk, Blues, Gospel, Gypsy, Latin, New Age, Children's – pretty much any type of music you can think of ... and there's even some comedy.

There are also music videos which can be downloaded, and once again, you get to keep them forever. Each music video download counts as two of your weekly downloads.

My songs download and go directly into my iTunes library – easy as pie! If you need any help with navigating the Freegal service, just call us at 843-849-6161 and we can help you get started.

I make a note on my calendar so that each week I remember to get my three, free songs, because you can't save them up and get six the following week. Sometimes I feel guilty about getting this music for free, but I remind myself that I will go see shows and buy merchandise from my favorite musicians and I also talk up my favorite groups, trying to help them build their fan base. One of my favorites, the wildly talented J. Roddy Walston and the Business, have recently been on Letterman and Conan O'Brien for the first time – check them out!

Upcoming programs at Mount Pleasant Regional:

Great Decisions (for adults)

Foreign policy discussion group. See Reference Desk for information.

Group I: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m. “Energy Independence”

Group II: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 4-6 p.m. “Israel and the United States”

Group I: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2-4 p.m. “Food and Climate”

AARP Tax Assistance (adults)

Fridays, Feb. 21, and 28 from 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 24 from 1-4 p.m.

First-come-first-served help with basic tax returns. Priority given to senior citizens.

PLAY: Lego Club (ages 4 and older)

Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2-3 p.m.

What can you build with library Legos?

Fantastic Reads Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, Feb. 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon

Do-It-Yourself Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, March 1 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Read Across American Celebration (all ages)

Monday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's 110th birthday with celebrity reader Victoria Hansen

Stretching with Dr. Erikka (all ages)

Tuesday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Bring you tot for a brief morning stretching session.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club

Wednesday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

Book: “Admission” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Movie: “Admission” with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd (Rated PG-13; 107 minutes)


Winter Babygarten (0-18 months, with a caregiver)

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – Feb. 19-March 12

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. – Feb. 21-March 7

Baby Bumblebees Storytime (ages 6-24 months, with a caregiver)

Thursdays at 10 a.m. – Feb. 20 and 27

Twos and Threes Storytime (for 2- and 3-year-olds, with a caregiver)

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – Feb. 25 and March 4

Fours and Fives Storytime (for 4- and 5-year-olds)

Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. – Feb. 20 and 27

Saturday Storytime (planned for ages 2-6, all ages welcome)

Saturdays at 11 a.m. – Feb. 22 and March 1

Lua Wells is a Library Assistant at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., 843-849-6161, MtPLibrary.blogspot.com, CCPL.org, like us on Facebook). Email MTPReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month.

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