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More than 60 Hoopla Hoop for prizes at Abingdon Library

Hoopla Hooping proved to be a big hit at the Abingdon branch of the Harford County Public Library on Tuesday afternoon.

Approximately 64 participants, urged on by family and friends, dipped, shook and shimmied to keep their Hula Hoops going in the competition to kick off the library's new Hoopla app presented by Midwest Tape, the Library's provider of Hoopla digital.

Participants in the Hoopla Hoop event competed in two Hula Hooping heats lasting 30 minutes each. The 24 finalists moved on to a final 45-minute heat, competing for three main prizes: a Toys R Us gift card, won by Renee Thater; a Best Buy gift card, won by Brandon Koop; and the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, won by Aubrey Hoover.

So many of the finalists, 19, made it through the final 45 minutes, names had to be drawn to select the prize winners.

"It's a very exciting day at the library, to see so many people here having fun, a variety of ages, moms and dads, little ones and teens just having a lot of fun with the Hula Hoops," Library Director Mary Hastler, who took a turn at showing off her own hooping skills, said.

A little rusty, maybe, but not too bad.

"I have to say I'm terribly out of practice with a Hula Hoop these days, but kudos to everyone who participated and finished because they really worked hard and thanks to everyone for supporting the library," Hastler added.

The Hoopla app, which can be downloaded from Google Play for Android or the App Store for Apple products, allows folks to browse, borrow and enjoy audiobooks, music, digital video and stream movies by using their library card and signing up at

Borrowed items are automatically returned when the lending period is over. There is a borrowing limit of 15 items per month.

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