Libraries are ‘all about that bass’

Eileen Button

Eileen Button

“Hey, Mom, can I have some money?” my daughter asked. (If this isn’t a common question in a household of teenagers, I don’t know what is.)

“For what?”

“I want to buy Beyoncé’s song, ‘Diva,’ from iTunes.”

I suggested she download it for free from the library instead. My daughter scoffed. “You cannot download Beyoncé from the library, Mom.”

And with just a few clicks on my laptop, I proved her wrong. Bam!

While most people have a library card, few take full advantage of the many services that can save big money over time. GDL patrons can access more than 7 million songs and 28,000 labels through the emusic service, Freegal.

Today, the top five downloads include “All About that Bass,” “Take Me to Church,” “Fireball,” “Hot Boy” and “Waves.”

If you’re like me and prefer a more “classic” playlist, you can easily download Foreigner, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Mercy Me and Frank Sinatra.

To begin your free music collection, simply do the following:

1.) Go to the GDL website (

2.) Click on the Freegal box located in the upper right of the home page.

3.) Insert your library card number and PIN. (Your PIN is usually the year you were born.)

4.) Download up to five songs per week.

5.) Save extras on your wish list.

The best part is that the music can be synced between devices, accessed from your laptop, phone or Kindle, and stored in iTunes.

I take that back … the best part is the money saved. Five downloads a week equals more than 250 downloads a year. If everyone in a family of four took advantage of it, they could save $1,000 annually.

And the fact that you can download some free Beyoncé is pretty cool too.

Eileen Button is the Community Relations Manager for the Genesee District Library. She can be reached at

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