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Over 4000 Free Ringtones!

by Laura C - 0 Comment(s)

Do you like to change the ringtones on your mobile device? Do you like to assign a different song or sound effect for each of your contacts?

Then Freegal Music is the database for you! Freegal Music is one of the newest resources in our e-library, it offers Calgary resident Library Card holders:

  • 3 hours of free music streaming a day
  • and, 3 free song downloads a week

The Freegal Music database, which boasts a collection of over 7 million songs, also contains over 4 thousand ringtones for you to choose from. Ringtones include: pop, rock, R&B, latin, TV and movie themes, and seasonal songs. Plus you can find basic chimes, sound effects and more!

With so much to choose from, you should be able to find the perfect sound to personalize your mobile phone!

Click the album covers below to take you directly to the Freegal Music database. And remember, you will need to sign-in with your Calgary Public Library card to stream or download your free songs.

Sounds and chimes ringtones Popular songs ringtones on Freegal TV and Movie theme ringtones Talking ringtones on freegal Holiday ringtones on Freegal

There are hundreds of fun sound effect and chime ringtones available for download, including things like: "popcorn", "coffee grinder", "seagulls", and "dentist in action" (eek)

You can find thousands of ringtones of your favourite songs like: "Girls just want to have fun", "Welcome to the jungle" or, "Poker face"

TV and Movie themes make great ringtones! You can find TV show themes like, "Knight Rider", "East Enders", "NCIS" or, even, "The Littlest Hobo"

There are a number of "speaking" ringtones on Freegal, but this album of Jonathan Winters ringtones is probably the funniest, even if you don't know who Jonathan Winters is.

Change your ringtone to suit the season. Get ready for Halloween with spooky and paranormal songs like, "Dr. Who theme song", "Witch Doctor" and, of course, "Monster Mash"

Want to find more ringtones on Freegal?

The best way to find ringtones on Freegal Music is to type the term "ringtone" into the search box, click "search", and then refine the search by clicking the "songs" tab. You can browse the songs at the bottom of the screen, and listen to them before you download.

If you find there are more than 3 ringtones on Freegal that you want to download, save the songs to your "wishlist" to download next week!

Check out Freegal

by Stephen - 0 Comment(s)

Freegal

This week the Calgary Public Library went live with Freegal, a digital music provider which allows patrons to access three hours of streaming music every day and download three free songs every week (resets Sundays at Midnight). The great thing about the download option is that you get to keep the songs!

The music collection is amazing, with about 7 million songs from 28,000 labels which includes same-day as street-date releases for new artists as well as classic content in over 100 genres. So whether you’re a big fan of Soul, Salsa, Swing, Schlager… or Sound Effect…? Freegal has you covered!

If you’re in a country mood for some reason this week, Freegal offers classics such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and even Johnny Cash singing Hank Williams. Also available are Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, and one of my personal favourites, Canadian alt-country act, The Sadies.

To get started with Freegal check out our how-to page and enjoy!

Hoopla Is Here

by Pam - 0 Comment(s)

hooplaHoopla is here! With your Calgary Public Library card you can borrow a wide array of music albums, movies, television programs and audiobooks.

What's on hoopla? You'll find over 100,000 full length music albums from a wide range of music labels. Whether you are interested in Neil Young's "A Letter Home", Rascal Flatts' "Rewind", the Black Keys "Turn Blue" or the latest Coldplay album release you are sure to find something to tempt your musical palate. Most albums are released onto hoopla at the same time as the CDs. Check out the New Music Tuesday category for brand new releases. What a great way to keep up!

You can expect to see wide variety of previously released popular movies like "Angela's Ashes", documentaries like "Gasland", foreign films, artistic independent films, and hard-to-find titles. There's a wide variety of exercise and fitness shows in addition to French, Chinese and Spanish films. For the little ones there is a great selection of children's movies such as "Casper's Scare School". I'm going to revisit some good memories this evening with "ET: the Extra Terrestrial".

If you are looking to catch up on old favorites from television, try hoopla. With programs ranging from "Here's Lucy" to "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and "Strawberry Shortcake" there is lots to choose from. Hoopla allows you to borrow stand-alone episodes so that you can watch a program at your own pace and in whatever order you choose.

Audio books round out hoopla content. Over 8,000 audiobooks offer some great features including bookmarking and sleeptimers so that you can savor the audioooks at your leisure. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth and "The Finisher" by David Baldacci are on my favorites list - waiting to be borrowed when I am ready.

Browse through the categories - "New & Notable", "Top Titles", and "Just Added" or take a trip through the many genre categories. You can also use the extensive search feature if you have a particular title in mind. From kids to adults, hoopla is a treasure trove.

With your library card you can borrow up to 12 items a month. The loan period for movies and TV programs is 3 days, music albums - 7 days and audiobooks - 21 days. While you can't permanently download items, you can watch or listen to them as many times as you want during the loan period. All hoopla items are simultaneous use - no waiting. Once the loan period has expired, it disappears from your device.

It's easy to register for a hoopla account with your Calgary Public Library card. Find out what the HOOPLA is all about!

New Local Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

Calgary is fortunate to have a diverse and eclectic music scene. We are lucky to have great festivals like Folk Fest, Sled Island, the Calgary International Blues Festival and many other festivals and great local venues to check out. There is also a plethora of great artists in this city many of whom can be seen at various festivals and shows throughout the city. In the past year there have been a number of new releases from some great local artists. So if you are looking for some new music to check out, why not start with some local talent.

Cowpuncher Ghost Notes

Ghost Notes is local band, Cowpuncher's third full length album. The band recorded the album right here in Calgary and had their album release party on November 22 at the Palomino. The album is a mix of county alt-rock tracks that will appeal to fans of either genre. The album art for the record includes pictures of the band members caked in mud; homage to the volunteers who helped during the Flood of 2013. You can also check out the bands' earlier releases the self-titled Cowpuncher and Call Me When You're Single.

Mission Statement Dragon Fli Empire


Dragon Fli Empire has been active on the local hip hop scene since 2002 and their latest release Mission Statement is their fourth full length album; and the first since their 2009 release Redefine. The video for the first song off the album called "Ain't Going Down" was recently released and features a number of familiar landmarks and icons, including the C-Train, Downtown city scape, the Rockies and a Jarome Iginla jersey on MC Teekay. You can also check out older releases by the band, Redefine and Intermission EP, as well as DJ Cosm's solo effort Time and Space.

My Prairie Home Rae SpoonCalgary born (now Montreal resident) Rae Spoon has had a very busy year. The album My Prairie Home is the soundtrack to a National Film Board production, that documents Spoon's childhood experiences being raised in an Evangelical Christian home and Spoon's experiences with gender identity (Spoon is transgender and identifies by the pronoun 'they'). The film is currently working its way through the film festival circuit and will be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The songs on the album are short, but each song has a haunting, honest, and vulnerable feel to it. If you want to learn more about Rae Spoon checkout their book First Spring Grass Fire, as well as some of their earlier albums including I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets, Love is a Hunter, and Superioryouareinferior.

'Tis the Season for Christmas Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

'Tis the season for new Christmas music releases! Every year around November is when artists across all genres start releasing their Christmas compilations. For the most part, most Christmas releases feature a mix of classic songs as well as a few winter and holiday originals. What’s nice about Christmas music is with so many artists now putting out Christmas albums there’s something for everyone. This year have been a lot of great new releases, so unless you’re Ebenezer Scrooge, check out some Christmas music and spread some Christmas cheer.

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in RedWrapped in Red is Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson's first Christmas compliation. This is a good CD is you are looking to hear some classic songs like Silent Night, Run Run Rudolph or Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, but also good if you are looking for some new classics as well. The first single of the album, titled Underneath the Tree is a great upbeat, festive addition to the Christmas season.

Home for Christmas Susan Boyle

In 2010 Susan Boyle released her first seasonal effort The Gift. This year she is back with another Christmas release, Home for Christmas. The album featuring Susan Boyle's favorite classic Christmas songs including Little Drummer Boy, The Christmas Song, and a very special recording of O Come, All Ye Faithful featuring Elvis Presley. This album will delight fans of the Scottish singer who rose to fame after an inspring performance on Britain's Got Talent.

NOW Christmas

What do Nat King Cole, Justin Bieber, Bing Crosby and Bruce Springsteen all have in common? If you guessed that they are all featured on NOW Christmas you'd be right. This is the prefect collection because it has a bit of everything, classic songs including "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" from Gene Autry and newer songs like Happy Christmas (War is Over) by Maroon 5. This is the latest edition in the successful NOW Christmas series.

If you’ve checked these out and still have room for more Christmas music, also available at the Library are Christmas is Here by Brandon Heath, Musical Gifts from Joshua Bell and Friends by Joshua Bell, A Mary Christmas by Mary J. Blige, Buon Natale: The Christmas Album by Il Volo, A Christmas Album by Bright Eyes, Home for Christmas – Live from Dublin by Celtic Woman, A Family Christmas by Piano Guys and finally for something completely out there Duck the Halls – A Robertson Family Christmas (and yes there are quacking ducks on the CD).

Fresh! Music

by Jan S - 0 Comment(s)

One of my favorite collections to work with at the Library is the music collection. I love finding out what new releases are coming out and new artists to check out. Last fall was a good season for music releases with new music by Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Aerosmith and many more. In the early part of 2013 things have slowed down a bit, but there are some big artists coming out with new albums early on.

Love Songs Destiny

Destiny's Child - Love Songs

Earlier this year Destiny's Child announced a reunion after an eight year hiatus. Of course Beyonce has been busy in the last eight years, but the other girls in the group have held their own with solo releases, although it can't be easy being in Beyonce's shadow. Love Songs is almost exculsively made up of older material, but does feature a new song by the group called Nuclear. The song is produced by Pharell Williams and I was surprised how upbeat and catchy it is. Likely the song will be showcased if the rumors are true and the group takes the stage during the Superbowl Half-time show.

 

Tim McGraw - Two Lanes of FreedomTwo Lanes of Freedom Tim McGraw

If you are a country music fan then you’ll definitely want to listen to Tim McGraw’s latest release. Another singer turned actor this is his newest release after Emotional Traffic which came out just last year. Don’t be fooled by Two Lanes of Freedom when you are listening to it though. The last song on the album is called Highway Don’t Care and features Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; as an ode to Swift the song is listed as track 13 (she has of often said 13 is her lucky number), but there is no track 11 or 12.

Heartthrob Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob

Last but not least is some Canadian (and local) content, Tegan and Sara’s seventh album is my most anticipated album of 2013 so far (it is only February though). I have had the first single, Closer, off the album on constant replay and can’t wait to listen to the full album. With every album the group’s popularity and profile seems to increase, so here’s hoping that Heartthrob continues that trend.

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