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Get free music downloads at BPL


Free music downloads now available from Boulder Public Library via Freegal


For everyone who’s ever heard a song on the radio and wanted to add it their collection, wanted a hit single off an album, or just wanted to explore the work of new musical artists, Boulder Public Library offers a new, free online music download service.  Freegal Music, a downloadable music service designed for libraries, is now available through the library’s website at:


Freegal is free for all Boulder Public Library (BPL) cardholders who live in Boulder County, and all downloads may be kept permanently. Each library cardholder may download up to three songs per week (156 per year) and keep the songs forever. All that is needed to access this service is a Boulder Public Library card number in good standing.


Freegal Music provides access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, which includes hundreds of thousands of songs, more than 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels. No special software is needed to use the service, and there are no digital rights management restrictions. Downloading of songs is completely free and legal for library cardholders. Songs are downloaded in a universally compatible MP3 format, so they can be saved to any computer, mobile device or MP3 player, including an iPod. Songs can be downloaded at home or at computer stations in libraries via a USB device, such as a flash drive or MP3 player.  One click and you can save the songs to your iTunes or Windows Media Player.


“We are excited to be able to offer this free music download service to Boulder Public Library cardholders,” said Valerie Maginnis, library director. “It gives our patrons access to more of the materials they want, in a convenient, accessible format, while also being highly efficient for the library. We anticipate that this will be a very popular new service.”

More information and answers to frequently asked questions about Freegal are available on the BPL website,  Music can also be found in the library’s catalog by searching for “Freegal.”  BPL offers other music and film streaming services, such as Alexander Street, which offers 30,000 albums for streaming, at:

Finally! A new Boulder Public Library Director named


Maginnis Named Boulder Public Library Director

BOULDER – The City of Boulder today announced Valerie Maginnis will be the new Boulder Public Library director effective June 13, 2011. Maginnis was selected from 78 applicants in a national search. The decision came after public presentations by the finalists and interviews with city staff and members of the Library and the Arts commissions.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected for the position,” said Maginnis. “I am very much looking forward to working with staff, volunteers, and the community to explore ways that the Boulder Public Library can be even more important and relevant to the lives of its current and future patrons.”

Maginnis is currently the director of Library and Cultural Services for the City of Mission Viejo, Calif. She has more than 20 years of experience in city and county libraries. Maginnis holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona.

“The Boulder Public Library is a centerpiece of the community,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “This is a complex organization to lead and requires a dynamic director who can manage the business operations as well as connect with a diverse and passionate community. I believe Boulder has found such a director in Valerie Maginnis.”

Brautigam added that evaluating a national pool of highly qualified candidates was a difficult task, and community input was a significant component of the process.

“Any time an organization conducts an executive search, it is a time-consuming and challenging process,” said Brautigam. “In the case of our library director, the individual must be able to lead a traditional library system as well as manage a performing arts center. I appreciate that so many residents and staff attended the public presentations to provide feedback on the finalists, and I want to thank members of the Library and Arts commissions for participating in the interviews. It was an excellent opportunity for finalists to meet the community and for citizens to provide input.”

Maginnis fills the position vacated on July 9, 2010, by Tony Tallent. She will earn a salary of $128,000 and assumes her role as Boulder Public library director on June 13, 2011.

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City Announces Library Director Finalists, Invites Public to Meet Candidates


BOULDER – The City of Boulder today announced that four finalists have been selected from a nationwide search for the Boulder Public Library director. The finalists were selected from 26 applicants during the extended search.

“Our extended search for a library director enabled us to consider 78 candidates. We believe these finalists are prepared to lead a complex organization like our library system and its performing arts center,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Each of the finalists has significant library and management experience.”

The city will conduct a final round of interviews following a public presentation by each candidate, and a community reception for members of the public who wish to meet the candidates.

Members of the community are invited on Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to hear the candidates’ perspectives on balancing innovation and tradition in a public library context. The presentations will be held in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway. A public reception to meet the candidates will follow from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the lobby.

Finalists for the Boulder Public Library director are:
Ann Kling, assistant deputy director for Public Services, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY
Valerie Maginnis, director of Library and Cultural Services, City of Mission Viejo, CA
Jennifer Miles, acting director, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO
Donna Walker, manager, Neighborhood Libraries, Outreach Services, Child and Family Library Services, Arapahoe Library District, Centennial, CO

Information about the candidates, as well as comment cards, will be available at the public presentations and reception on April 17.

The City of Boulder posted the position in November 2010 and extended the search for a library director in February 2011. The recruitment firm Peckham and McKenney assisted in the nationwide search for the Boulder Public Library director. The city anticipates announcing the selected candidate in May.

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