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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Library now offers free music downloads

  • The Morehouse Parish Library prides itself on offering educational and entertaining material free of charge. Books and movies aren't the only items available for one's reading and viewing pleasure, free songs can now be obtained as well, offering music to the ears of library card holders.
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  • Freegal Music Service began Wednesday as part of the libraries joint effort with Library Ideas network of Public Library websites, which allows card holders to access over three million songs. Under the terms of the agreement, three songs can be downloaded a week in the MP3 format. Once the songs are downloaded to a phone or computer, they remain permanently, until the holder deletes them.
    MPL librarian Ellen Highsmith said it's easy and fast to use Freegal. You must first obtain the Freegal app, which is free, and can be downloaded to any Apple or Android device. It is available in the iTunes app store or Google play.
    After the Freegal app is acquired, visit the Morehouse Parish Library website. Once on the website, "Freegal" can be seen at the top right side of the screen.
    "If you click on Freegal, it will talk you through it," Highsmith said. "You can download songs from over 10,000 different music labels."
    Highsmith said the new service is being offered as one of Trailblazers newest ventures. Trailblazers consists of libraries from 13 parishes in Northeast Louisiana. It was created to help increase the readership population of smaller libraries by allowing them to communicate and exchange ideas.
    Delta Jr. High eighth grader Regi Johnson said being a music lover, this is a great idea for students like himself.
    "It's something to keep me entertained while doing schoolwork," Johnson said. "This is also a great opportunity for people who don't have a lot of extra money to take advantage of."
    To download the free Freegal Music tracks, visit www.youseemore.com/morehouse.
    Highsmith said she's hoping this will be popular with all Morehouse Parish residents, but especially teens.
    "I hope teenagers will like the new service," she said. "I know parents will like it because it's free and we opted for no bad lyrics."
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