What does a library have to offer? Traditional answers include books, movies, community space, and programs. Libraries have evolved to include emerging technologies such as eBooks, but did you know we also offer other great digital services?
Flipster is a digital magazine service that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. It’s especially beautiful and convenient for iPad users. To access it click on the Flipster link from the library’s research page found under the Magazines & Newspaper section. Sign in using your valid library card! From the main Flipster page you can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser. Some popular titles include: People Weekly, Car and Driver, HGTV magazine, and many others.
With your library card you also have access to a free movie streaming service. Indieflix features unlimited access to over 4,500 selections of independent films which include the best of Sundance, Cannes, and Tribeca film festivals. To access this service click the link from the library’s research page and find it under the Arts & Humanities subject heading. This service works on all internet devices and even on Roku.
To access any of our digital services including eBooks, you will need a valid library card. If you don’t have a library card (yet) You can apply for a temporary card online here, but you must visit the library within the next 30 days to complete registration. If it has been a long time since you’ve used your card renew it by coming down to the library. If you have outstanding fines to be paid you can do so in person, or online here.
If you haven’t joined the movie streaming bandwagon you aren’t alone. I don’t subscribe to any digital services, but I do check out many of our DVDs. If I am really interested I see the movie at the movie theater. There are matinée times where you can get a discounted ticket, however these seem to be inconvenient for me so I usually pay full price.
Since I frequent the movie theater I was made aware of certain reward programs which are terrific! If you live near a Regal Entertainment theater you must check out their “Regal Crown Club” program! There is a Regal theater located in Farmingdale on Route 110 (the one with the Starbucks in front of it). There is also another Regal in our area in the Deer Park Outlets.
The Regal Crown Card is a free rewards card you use when buying movie tickets, and items from the concession stand. The points add up and entitle you to a free soda, popcorn or even a free movie ticket! If you download the app on your phone you can save your card number in the app so you always have it handy, and it also sends you extra coupons for money off of a soda, or popcorn.
Another rewards program you should check out is from Showcase Cinemas called “Starpass”. This is the Farmingdale Multiplex theater and also Island 16 in Holtsville. Although it seems like it takes a little bit longer for me to get a freebie, this also gives you free food and tickets. The rewards print out on receipt paper, so be sure not to throw it away! I am not sure if the lag in vouchers is because I don’t frequent this theater as much, or it just takes more points to accumulate free items. Members enjoy a waiver of online service fees if you book on MovieTickets.com.
So if you are “old-fashioned” like me and still like to attend movies in the theater don’t pass up on these great reward programs. If you can’t be bothered, don’t forget about our huge DVD collection.