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Music downloads now available from the library

March 29, 2011
By RANDY BRIGGS, Pine Island Public Library

The Lee County Library System is now offering Freegal, a “free and legal” music download service. If you are paying to download music to your computer or listening device, you now have an alternative. Freegal provides access to hundreds of thousands of songs from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog. This covers 50 record labels and over 100 genres of music. With your library card number and PIN you can access Freegal from the library website, on your home computer. Genres include rock, classical, R&B, country, easy listening, children’s music, and many more. You can listen to a small sample of each track to be sure you are getting the version you want. Patrons may download up to three free songs per week Monday through Sunday. Your count is set back to zero on Monday morning, and then you are able to download three more tracks that week.

Give it a try. Paying for your music can really add up and these songs are free for library users. And for more free enjoyment, watch out for our programs, storytimes and meetings. On Wednesday, April 6, at 1 p.m. the Pine Island Genealogy Group meets. Everyone with an interest in genealogy is invited to attend. That evening at 6 p.m. author Thomas Crumm will discuss his book “What is Good for General Motors? Solving America’s Industrial Conundrum.” Tom’s parents Allen and Edna were long-time Pine Island residents. So much of America’s industrial might is tied to the auto industry that renewed leadership, profitability, and jobs would have an impact on all of us. Tom will discuss what needs to be done to get American manufacturing back on track.

And to keep the children active, educated and entertained, Miss Tonya is offering Family Storytime on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. Bring the children or grandchildren to the library for stories, songs, and crafts. They’ll have a jolly time! Lillian Bradley’s April 28, book discussion will be Geraldine Brooks’ “Year of Wonders.” Reserve your copy today.

This is a good time of year to enjoy books by our local authors. Randy Wayne White’s “Night Vision” is making the rounds. Robert Macomber’s latest novel “Honor Bound” will be available shortly. Be sure to reserve a copy for a good read. You can also go on hold for the latest Stephanie Plum adventure. Janet Evanovich’s “Smokin Seventeen” already has dozens of patrons on the waiting list. This book comes out in June and promises to be a great summer read. Don’t delay.

As season winds down we are not quite as hectic at the library (except during storytime.) We’re located just northwest of Pine Island Center by the pool and the Museum of the Islands. Please give us a call at 533-4350 or better yet, swing by to see us. We’re open Tuesday through Saturday.

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The winners of the recent Pine Island Tennis Club tournament are Sharon Napolillo and Jim Cherfoli.



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