The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Douglas Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting mysfpl.kanopy.com. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.
Offering what the New York Times calls a garden of cinematic delights, Kanopy showcases the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema. Justin Snook, Library Director, feels like this service will fit nicely into the library’s repertoire: “The motto of Kanopy is ‘thoughtful entertainment,’ which is the essence what librarians seek to curate in their collections—we want our media to provide inspiration, education, and personal enrichment, not just kill time.”
Included in the platform is Kanopy Kids: thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common sense Media as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe. Kanopy Kids highlights films that TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos.
Why Kanopy, and why now? Snook stated, “I have seen and heard a lot of discussion recently by Douglas patrons about cutting the cord on cable TV and switching to alternatives. Kanopy provides the library a way to offer content especially to those patrons, though everyone is encouraged to give it a go.” Patrons will initially be alloted 6 play credits per month, with a monthly communal limit to control costs.