Google Arts & Culture

A friend of mine works for Google. He was in town recently and was telling me about one of their new projects called Google Arts & Culture. Since that conversation I have spent a lot of time exploring Arts & Culture and want to share it with you as well. It’s incredible!

With Google Arts & Culture you can “explore art collections from around the world; discover inspirational moments, iconic people, and artistic wonders. Search by time or even color.”

Essentially, Google has partnered with museums from all over the world; captured and cataloged their collections and them posted them online, for free, in hi-res images. You can zoom in on the work of your favorite artist to reveal the secrets of a masterpiece. Take virtual, 360 degree (essentially Google Street View-style) tours of the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, National Theater of Korea, Museum of Natural History in Venice, and so on. It really is amazing.

On the Google Arts & Culture homepage there is a menu on the left – select any of the options to explore by Artist, Medium, Movement, Historical events, Historical figures, and Places. No matter what you click you will find something beautiful. Select Artist and you can browse high resolution art from hundreds of artists – Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, Raphael, Freda Kahlo, and so on. Select a piece and zoom in close enough to view brush strokes:

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A close up of Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait


Fan of modern art? Gothic? Minimalism? Post-modern? Whatever you like select Movements from the menu and start exploring. I clicked on the Street Art option and spent about an hour browsing all the images.

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Select Medium and you can browse hundreds of different options – oil painting, ink, textiles, metal, brick, diamond, canvas, clay, wood, etc. Select a medium and view hundreds of high resolution art works in that medium.

Similar story for the Historical events and Historical figures options too. Find the person/event you’re interested in and browse the thousands of results.

Most of Google’s products are kept behind Google’s account wall – meaning you can’t use them unless you are signed into a Google account. This is not true for Arts & Culture – it’s open to anyone. No need to sign in. The only benefit I notice from signing into a Google account was to keep track of your favorite artworks – each piece has a little heart on it. Users can click that heart to mark it as a Favorite – to bookmark it and revisit quickly and easily or to share on social media.

It’s available as an app as well. Free from both the Apple and Google Play stores. And the app is Cardboard-ready too – meaning you can use it to take virtual reality tours of places too. Another benefit of the app: the experimental feature called the “Art Recognizer,” which lets you point your phone at an artwork in a museum and have Google instantly deliver some information about it. Google says it plans to roll the feature to museums around the world, though the company hasn’t specified when this will be completed.

Arts and Culture has so much to offer it’s difficult to even begin describing it. Basically just go there and start clicking – I guarantee you’ll find something you love.

SCDL Mobile App: My Bookshelf

my-bookshelfThe My Bookshelf of the SCDL Mobile app is a quick and easy way to keep track of the items of all formats that you have borrowed from the library.  It can also be used to renew physical items and return any the digital items borrowed.

To access My Bookshelf, tap on the My Bookshelf icon found on the opening screen of the SCDL Mobile app.

NOTE: You may need to drag the blue bar found at the top of the page to refresh the list of items.


  1. Tap the Renew button to renew a single item borrowed from the library.
  2. Tap the Renew all item to renew all physical items borrowed from the library.
  3. Tap the Read now button to read your digital item in the SCDL Mobile app. Note: WiFi is required to use this feature.
  4. Tap the Return button to return the digital item to the library.



Coming Soon: Look for more “at a glance” information and instructions for the SCDL Mobile App.


More Offerings on Hoopla

The Hoopla digital site offers entertainment through movies, music, ebooks, audiobooks, comics and television.  With absolutely no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to your device to enjoy later. Seriously… no waiting!

In addition to entertainment, Hoopla also offers educational programs.  Interested in learning a new language?  Playing Chess?  Practicing Mindfulness?  Photography? Robotics?  Music & the Brain? All About Wine…and more?  All these topics of interest are offered on Hoopla as part of The Great Courses.  Each series is broken up into individual episodes so you can view and learn at your own pace.  So if you’re eager to learn something new, check out The Great Courses offered through Hoopla.


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Spanish                                                 Chess                                               Wine


SCDL Mobile App


The Stark County District Library Mobile app for Android and IOs users is now available in the Google Play Store and the App Store. All you need is your mobile device, WiFi and a Stark County District Library card to bring the catalog straight to you.

I found myself standing in a fabric store waiting for check out when I thought I would practice a little on the SCDL mobile app.  Just while waiting I found three how to books on creating spring wreathes.  I ordered them right there while in line. Over the next few weeks, I will select a section of the app that I think you would enjoy using.

Below you will find the instructions for setting up your SCDL Mobile App using your Stark County District Library card and mobile device.





Wireless Printing on your Mobile Device

Many patrons are already aware that wireless printing is available at all Stark County District Library locations. You can print virtually any document or web page from your Internet connected device to any one of our library locations. That means you can print from your home, office, or coffee shop—anywhere you have internet access.

For most that means they use their computer to go to the wireless printing page on our website and upload their files through the browser. What you may not know is that our wireless printing service is also available for smart phones and tablets. Simply download the free Printer On app from your device’s app store. Add the library location you wish to print to. And then upload the file or URL you would like to print. Instructions with pictures are below.

  1. Search Printer On in your device’s app store.printer-on-_-01
  2. Download and open the app.
  3. Tap “No Printer Selected” at the bottom of the screen.printer-on-_-02
  4. Search for a printer either by Location or Search.printer-on-_-03
  5. Select the Stark County District Library location that you would like to send your prints to. printer-on-_-04
  6. Choose between color or black and white (black and white is 15¢ per copy/impression, and color is 50¢ per copy/impression.) printer-on-_-05
  7. Locate the file you wish to print by tapping on Photos if it’s a photo; Documents if it’s a document; etc. printer-on-_-06
  8. When you find the file tap the printer icon in the top left corner of the screen.

Print jobs will be held in the queue at the location they were sent to for 24 hours.

Printing costs apply. Black and White (B/W) is 15¢ per copy/impression, and Color is 50¢ per copy/impression.





Hoopla: Your Borrowing History

This week’s Hoopla find is the History section of your account.  Hoopla will keep your borrowing history for you. I find this a great way to keep track of the audio books that I have listened to in the past.  To ensure that your history is open, sign into your Hoopla account and select Settings. At the bottom of the screen you will see the History option make sure it is switched to Show.


To check your borrowing history, click on the My Hoopla option at the top of the page.  Then select History to reveal your list of items.


You can use your history for more than just tracking your borrowed items. The title is a link to the record so you may borrow it again if you want. It also holds the return date, format type, as well as the option to hide it from the list.


Just another way to enjoy your Hoopla account.


Hoopla: Filtering Comic Books

As you know I’m a big fan of Hoopla our online digital collection for audio, music and videos.  Did you know that it also has comic books.  Yep, comic books for kids, young adults and adults to borrow and read on their digital readers, smartphones or computers. One of the great thinks I like about Hoopla’s site is the ability to search by title but you can also filter or limit titles by popularity, age, release date and parental advisory.

How do you find these filters?

After logging into your Hoopla account click on the Browse option at the top or the site and then click on comics or other type of format.


At the bottom, right side of the screen you will find the Filter button.


The filter options will appear after you click or tap on the button.


You will know there active filters when the red triangle appears next to the Close or Filter button.hoopla-filter-comic-books-4 I think I’ve found one I’d like to read.  DC Universe The Deluxe Edition.  Why don’t you give one a try?



Hi Everyone,

The holidays are coming to end and it looks like, well, a balmy start to winter.  I confess, I’m the type of person who enjoys a cold, crisp day with gusty winds that promise an evening a snowfall.  I’d heat up the oven with anticipation of a warm loaf of bread and a bowl of hot soup.  Only one more thing would help to top the evening off, music.  Imagine, relaxing to the sounds of soft music as you indulge in an evening of snowfall and comfort foods.  I have stacks of music DVDs just calling my name.  Of course, that means I would need to go through all of them. Uhh…Or I could select the music from Hoopla, the library’s online music and audio catalog.  There were more than 2096 options for me to select from.  Sounds like a lot but all I did was limit to my favorite singers and select the download button.

The best part?  I don’t need to worry about clean up, equipment, or returning the music to the library or even a shelf at home.  Using our Smart TV or computer, I bring up the Internet and log into my Hoopla account from the library website.Viola! Afterwards, the music will return on its own. Maybe, I’ll check out offerings for this year’s 2017 Rock Hall Inductees. I saw quite a few albums by Joan Baez in the Hoopla listings this week.

Have a great day or should I say, have a wonderful evening filled with music


OverDrive Upgrades and Older e-Readers

We are here to help.  SCDL has trained staff who are happy to assist you with accessing digital materials on your mobile device.  Book your appointment today.

OverDrive announced information pertaining to known issues for early editions of e-readers and recent updates.

“Dear Partner,

OverDrive recently upgraded more of our services to HTTPS as part of our continued commitment to security and privacy. While this process was seamless and invisible to the vast majority of users, it resulted in compatibility issues for some older devices and software versions. We apologize for the inconvenience, and have provided solutions and alternatives below (wherever possible).

Sony Reader WiFi
Sony Reader WiFi devices no longer allow users to download eBooks directly on the device. Users can still download library eBooks to the Sony Reader software on their computer, then transfer eBooks from their computer to their Sony Reader.

NOOK GlowLight Plus
Users cannot currently open library eBooks that they’ve transferred to the NOOK GlowLight Plus. Barnes & Noble is aware of this problem and working on a fix, which should be released in a future device software update.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
Some users have had problems downloading eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) 2.0 or below. As a solution, we recommend always using the latest version of ADE (currently version 4.5). Some Windows XP users have continued to experience issues after upgrading ADE, so they may still have difficulty downloading library eBooks. Microsoft discontinued support for XP in 2014, and unfortunately there is no solution for these users at this time.
A help article with this information is available for you to share with staff and users if needed.


Understanding the difference between downloading and uploading

It can be easy to confuse the terms download and upload. While downloading and uploading both involve moving data between computers over a network, the difference is in direction.

Up vs. down

1347291822-300pxDownloading is copying data to your computer from another computer, usually a server. Servers are computers you connect to via the internet that host websites, files, and other data. Even basic tasks, such as visiting a website, checking your email, or watching a YouTube video, involve downloading.

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A matter of speed

Downloading and uploading are also relevant when it comes to paying for internet service. Your internet connection is measured in megabits per second (Mbps). Basically, this is a measurement of how much data you can transfer at any given time, which is also known as bandwidth.

A test in progress at Online speed tests like this measure your internet connection’s download and upload speeds.

Most internet service providers (ISPs) provide more bandwidth for downloading than they do for uploading. This is because most internet traffic in the average household takes the form of downloading data (browsing the web, streaming videos, etc.) rather than uploading.

The difference between these two speeds is often significant—for example, your download speed might be 15 Mbps while your upload speed is limited to only 1 Mbps. In cases like this, you’ll find that it’s quicker to download a file than it is to upload a file of the same size.

To test your download and upload speeds at home, go to and click Begin test.