Monday, January 7, 2019

Kanopy: Free Movies w/ Library Card

The public library from my old house is much closer to my cottage than the public library of the town where I pay taxes. Last month I turned in my old library card from 1975 (sniff) and got a new one from The Library of the Chathams because they had just gotten the KANOPY streaming service for card holders. I can stream 10 free movies per month and many of them are current Golden Globe winners.

These photos are screen shots from my laptop. Click either photo to enlarge. I pulled up Kanopy from the Madison NJ library so it wouldn't show my log-in information. Click here to see the website. Don't try to log in because you will need to log in to your own local library to see if they have Kanopy https://www.kanopy.com. Hope this isn't too confusing. Read the articles below first.
The New York Times wrote a great introduction to this service that streams 30,000 movies and documentaries. My librarian told me academics love it for the meaty content and many colleges offer it to students and staff. Even die-hard movie fans who see everything that comes out at movie houses will still find something they haven't seen. Read the article and be amazed. You can call your library to see if they have it or are planning on getting it. I am happy my library picked 10 as the number of free movies for members. The Morristown library near me only offers 6 to their members. It's an arbitrary choice for each library. If you live in a small town where they will never get this service, I remember reading somewhere that you can get it as an individual for $150.00 annually. That is about the same price as Amazon Prime though it doesn't stream TV shows. I would imagine an individual membership might offer unlimited access but I'm not sure. 

Anyway, I just wanted to make you aware that this exists. It streams to your computer, iPad, or phone or other mobile devices. You can stream through your TV with Apple TV or Roku or Chromecast too.
Check it out, I know you will love Kanopy. Hooray for Libraries!

PS: I had to mail something today and the postmaster said first class stamps are going up to 55 cents each starting 1/27/19 so buy some forever stamps before then. 

7 comments:

The Queen Vee said...

Boo hoo, my library doesn't offer this service. I've been quite disappointed with our local county libraries, SLC County has fantastic libraries but we can't access them because we don't live in that county. Really good libraries are such a great resource and gift to a community. So happy for you that despite having to change cards (53 years) and library you have found it to be well worth while.

lisa said...

That is so cool! Thanks Rosemary.

Content in a Cottage said...

lisa -- I hope your library has Kanopy. Good luck.
xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

The Queen Vee -- Victoria, I can still go to my old library since it's closer to my cottage than my new one. I could have joined my new library when I bought my cottage in 2001 but it's in the outermost eastern part of my town and not at all convenient. BUT I couldn't get Kanopy without changing my card. It's good for any library in Morris County. I've often said my library card is my favorite piece of plastic. See if Samantha's daughter can get Kanopy at her college and you can share her link when she visits.
xo, Rosemary

annette said...

Thank you so very much,Rosemary. I just signed uo! xo

Content in a Cottage said...

annette -- I am so happy for you. You and I are so lucky that our libraries offer Kanopy to members. I am enjoying my free movies so much and so will you!
xo, Rosemary

The Queen Vee said...

Good suggestion about checking with the university, I'll let you know if it works. I agree, in the past my library card has been my favorite piece of plastic too.