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Providence Community Library adds streaming service, Kanopy

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy, which includes videos for children, is now available for free through all nine locations of Providence Community Library (PCL).

Library card holders can access films instantly by visiting this page on PCL’s website and following the instructions to sign up for the service. PCL’s 51,000 card holders can watch up to eight videos a month and access each selected video for up to 72 hours.

Films can be viewed on any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, documentaries and other educational and entertaining content in a wide array of languages and includes 164 popular and classic movies in Spanish.

Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films and Movies for the Whole Family. Key titles include the Arthur, Babar, Franklin & FriendsMaya The BeeWild KrattsBetween the LionsLittle Pim, and Nigerian-animated Bino & Fino.

The curated selection of educational and enriching videos available offers developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media and additional parental controls to keep kids safe.

The catalog also includes adult indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces such as  Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George. Also featured are video collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.

“We are very excited to expand our digital services to include Kanopy” said Library Director, Cheryl Space. “Patrons will be able to stream materials on a wide range of devices and because the collection is so diverse, many patrons will be able to enjoy content that reflects their own cultural background and language,” she added.

For more about Kanopy and PCL’s other materials, services and programs, visit provcomlib.org.

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