Fact: DVDs are quickly becoming obsolete. MCFL families have a new option: stream free movies instantly with Kanopy, a resource for libraries and schools offering viewers over 30,000 award-winning documentaries, classic and world cinema, and indie films. Kanopy Kids was launched last May with a broad collection of “thoughtful entertainment” ranging from classic films, to exceptional TV series, to science and history films with engaging academic content.
- Story Time – 190 videos of picture books, historical narrative nonfiction and biography
- Kids Movies – 150+ fantasy, historical, shorts, animation, humor, anime, classics, and more
- Kids TV – nearly 1,200 educational and entertaining videos from children’s film studios around the globe, preschool through elementary grades
- Educational – 500 videos with STEM connections in science, math, history, language, and nature as well as food and nutrition for healthy bodies
- Languages – 49 videos from Little Pim and BBC’s Muzzy, to teach Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Korean, and English
- Beloved Characters – 150+ videos starring favorite children’s characters such as Cinderella, Curious George, and Three Little Pigs
Kanopy’s top features
- View films instantly on most devices
- Age ratings – recommended minimum age (from Common Sense Media)
- Viewer comments and ratings – video reviews, comments to reviews, and ranking 1-5 stars
- Parental controls – a PIN is required to watch a title not approved for viewing in Kanopy Kids
- My watchlist – save titles for future viewing
- Viewing history – keep track of videos watched previously
- My playlists – create a personalized list of videos or clips (segments) of videos
- Help for viewers and tips for using the website
How to get started
- Sign up for an account with email address and create a password
- Login in using your MCFL or San Rafael library card number and password
Note: Kanopy is not available to all Marin libraries. Access is based on residence address.
Get inspired by Kanopy Kids: try family movie nights or create personalized special occasion, travel, or commuter playlists. Do you have a birthday party coming up or a holiday vacation planned? Curate a Mo Willems story time playlist, a medley of favorite movies, or a Spanish for Kids playlist for your Cancun getaway. Kanopy makes building your own playlists so quick and easy!
With the portability of any device (and WiFi access), think plane rides and hotel/rental condo enjoyment. Eliminate the hassle of waiting for a movie to become available, visiting a library to pick up a video, or packing already-full suitcases with DVDs. Sign up for a Kanopy account today!