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Greenwich Library adds kids streaming with Kanopy

August 6, 2018

GREENWICH - Is your little one pleading for a new bedtime story, but the public library is closed for the night?

Never fear, Kanopy Kids is here!

Patrons of Greenwich Library have been enjoying Kanopy, the free video streaming service that’s part of Greenwich Library’s extensive digital resources, since last year. As of May, the service now includes children’s content for kids in preschool and up.

“Patrons of Greenwich Library are now expecting experiences online,” said Eric McCarthy, the library’s manager of resources management.

Kanopy Kids strives to include films and TV series that inspire and inform children, helping them develop empathy, mindfulness and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. The service offers animated storybooks, anime, classic films and more. Titles include “Arthur,” “Babar,” “Between the Lions” and Nigerian animated “Bino & Fino.”

At its launch, the service provided 500 titles with more than 100 to be added each month. Both Kanopy and Kanopy Kids are available on any computer, television or mobile device with apps for Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Tablet, iOS and Android.

Each selection is rated by Common Sense Media to help parents decide what’s developmentally appropriate for their children.

All content is available at no charge with a patron’s Greenwich or Perrot library card. To get started, visit the library’s digital library page or go directly to https://greenwichlibrary.kanopy.com/kids to create an account.

While some might worry the service will simply increase a child’s screen time and digital distraction, parents can always monitor usage, said Deirdre Sullivan, head of children’s services. And parents can rest assured that Kanopy Kids offers a well-curated selection of titles, she said.

“When I looked at Kanopy Kids, I was pleasantly surprised,” she said.

The addition is part of a wider strategic plan to make the library’s collections more readily available to all ages and instill a love of reading, McCarthy said. Children who enjoy an animated book might find it fun to find the actual book in the library and bring it home, too, he said.

“We can tap into that excitement,” he said.

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