Be in the Know: Kanopy and Kanopy Kids

September 13, 2018 | By Baltimore County Public Library

Looking for something new to watch? The library offers access to the Kanopy database of films. All you just need is your library card and an email address to get signed up.

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Kanopy is a catalog of more than 30,000 movies free to watch with no commercial interruptions. They offer films that inspire, enrich and challenge viewers. With hundreds of new films added every month, there’s no shortage of finding what to watch next. Plus you can stream movies anytime and anywhere on the device of your choice with access available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.

Browse movies by subject and categories, including:

  • Oscar Winners
  • Sundance
  • The Criterion Collection 
  • The Great Courses

Set up a watch list to save titles that you want to view later, and get suggestions based on your viewing history. When you’re getting ready to watch “I Married a Monster from Outer Space,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” pops up in the related titles sidebar to add to your list. 

Whether you’re looking to watch the first fully painted feature film, “Loving Vincent,” or you want to explore the culture of the cats who wander the streets of Istanbul in “Kedi,” Kanopy has the movie for you.

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Kid-Approved, Parent-Friendly

Kanopy Kids is perfect for younger viewers too. Browse titles that stimulate social and emotional development, encourage creativity and support respect for community diversity. Find movies for younger kids or older kids, TV series, classic tales, children’s literature, language learning and more.

Each program features a developmentally appropriate age rating provided through a partnership with Common Sense Media. You can also turn on the Parental Controls content filter, which will set up a four-digit PIN that must be entered to watch films outside of the Kanopy Kids collection. 

If your child wants to learn a new language, watch “Little Pim” the panda whose friends can guide your child through language lessons in Spanish, German, Russian and beyond. Or stream “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type” for a story about a group of literate cows and a barnyard strike. Or follow the mischievous adventures of a talking dog in “Martha Speaks” to delight your little one.

Happy watching!

Category: Collection and Materials