Zionsville Times Sentinel

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August 24, 2011

Library offers free downloadable music and language courses

Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library has long been the place to borrow music CDs and language-learning kits, and is now the place to download free songs and language-learning courses.

Zionsville library cardholders can access Freegal, a free music download service from Library Ideas Media Co., and Rocket Languages, an online language learning database.

Freegal features thousands of songs from Sony Music’s catalog of current hits and golden oldies, all available in the MP3 format and ready for downloading. Patrons may search for songs by legendary artists or current pop stars.

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our customers,” library Director Jake Speer said.

With a link located on the library’s website at www.zionsville.lib.in.us, patrons may download three songs each week by simply logging into Freegal with their library card number and password.

Through Rocket Languages online learning courses, any resident wishing to learn Italian, Spanish, or any of the 11 languages offered, can learn for free by visiting the HMMPL website.  A current Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library card and password are required to register for the language learning service.

“Business professionals, students and life-long learners will find Rocket Languages to be a valuable resource as businesses reach out internationally and students prepare for higher learning,” Speer said. “The Zionsville library is proud to offer this learning tool to all cardholders.”

With an HMMPL library card, these download services can be accessed from either home or library computers.

Call 873-83411 or visit www.zionsville.lib.in.us to register for a library card or for more information.

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