By Dot Bergin

April meeting highlights: A new film service, new officers, new study rooms, and a successful book sale!

K is for Kanopy!

It’s the latest online service offered by the Bedford Free Public Library.  You can stream films and videos on a range of subjects-drama, comedy, business, technical, and children’s films-up to 10 per month.  And you have three days to view a film.  See the easy sign-in process below. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, users now have access to the 30,000 items in the Kanopy collection.

At their April 9 meeting, the Trustees were pleased to hear that Kanopy is now live. Along with Kanopy, the Library provides access to many electronic resources.

Kanopy sign-in process:

  • Go to the Library web site and select E-Resources; choose Kanopy. You may sign in with either Gmail or Facebook. You will then be asked to submit your Library card number and pin.  Once that is accepted, you are all set.
  • You may download up to 10 films per month, with three days to watch a film.  Credits reset on the first of the month.
  • Access Kanopy from any device: iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and more.

For technical help with accessing Kanopy, please get in touch with Rand Hall, Head of Reference and Adult Services. Hall is always willing to share his technical expertise with patrons.

Trustees Elect New Officers

As is customary at the April meeting, the Trustees elected new officers who will assume their positions on July 1. Elizabeth Hacala is the new chair, Mike Pulizzi is vice-chair, and Alma Hart, the newest Board member, is secretary.

New Study Room Guidelines

Assistant Library Director Noreen O’Gara reviewed the usage rules for the new study rooms on the Periodical Floor.  Although they have only been in place two weeks, the sleek, glass enclosed rooms are already being fully utilized.  The staff will monitor usage but for now, it’s “first come, first served” for room use and there is no time limit.  O’Gara is still awaiting signage to indicate that the first two rooms are accessible and there will also be a sign honoring Charles Hume, whose donation of a historic Bowie knife, sold at auction, raised the funds for installation of the rooms.

Book Sale Success

Director Richard Callaghan reported that the Friends of the Library April book sale was eminently successful, raising some $7500 to support programs.  The eagerly-awaited summer reading program is but one of the many special events made possible by the Friends (and by readers like YOU, who regularly donate books to the sale.)

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