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Providence Community Library Adds Film Streaming Service, Kanopy

Published Date: 
March 1, 2019

Through Kanopy and Kanopy Kids, Patrons Will Have Access to more than 30,000 Films, For Free

The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy 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 simple instructions to sign up for the service. PCL’s 51,000 card holders are able to 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. The catalog includes 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.

Kanopy Kids categories include TV Series, Learning Languages, Animated Storybooks, Anime Favorites, Classic Films and Movies for the Whole Family. Key titles include Arthur, Babar, Franklin & Friends, Maya The Bee, Wild Kratts, Between the Lions, Little 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.

“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.