Oh la la! What’s New on Kanopy

By Emilie Pichot, Library Associate

Hi there! Here are my thoughts on recent films that I streamed on Kanopy. Both films offer different perspectives on France.

Too Black to Be French?
By Isabelle Boni-Claverie

This documentary takes us through the manifestations of racism in French society, historically and today, zeroing in on how successful and rich black people experience racial discrimination and how French society tries to cover up their colonial history by claiming to be colorblind.

For instance, in France statistics on race are not collected or tracked, which may appear to signal a society without racism, however it only works to make the racism invisible and more difficult to combat. This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.

Stream Too Black to Be French? on Kanopy here.

By Jacques Tati

This film is a lush and humorous depiction of modernity and industrialization. Machines, objects, and functional spaces are characters, too, making sounds, shining lights, and interacting with the protagonist and other human characters throughout the film.

The film brings you into this world with sort of a fly on the wall perspective, letting you observe, from a distance, the protagonist and the rest of the world interact in this metallic, manufactured, slippery, and loud landscape. Favorite scene: So many! But one that stands out is when a tourist asks a vendor for a photo but takes too long to set it up perfectly without any photo-bombers in view and gets asked by a new tourist on site to stand next to the vendor to be in their photo of “the real Paris.” This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.

Stream Playtime on Kanopy here.

How to find films on Kanopy: It’s quite easy to use. Go ahead and log into your Kanopy Account. Click and hover over browse to select a film that interests you.

Happy streaming!

Aquatic Adventures for Kids

Just keep swimming, we mean reading! The Read to Reef Book Club is back this month and Enoch Pratt Free Library is excited to offer these fun books that are sure to make a splash.

Not familiar with Read to Reef? In March, the program allows Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger to receive a Read to Reef bookmark at their local branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library (while supplies last).

After students read five aquatic or conservation-themed books they can exchange their completed bookmark for up to four admission tickets to the National Aquarium. For a full list of the instructions and details on Read to Reef, please visit here.

Dive into these picks:

Dolphins! Strange and Wonderful
By Laurence Pringle

With fascinating facts and detailed, illuminating artwork, dolphin species are introduce to readers of all ages.
Read here
Exploring the Deep, Dark Sea
By Gail Gibbons

Dive deep into the mechanics and discoveries of deep-sea exploration.
Read here
Hey, Water!
By Antoinette Portis

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. 
Read here
Hello, World! Ocean Life
By Jill McDonald

Told in clear and easy terms with featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, babies and toddlers learn about the world under the sea.
Read here

You might want to also check these books out.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
By Jeff Kinney
Read here

Planting Stories : The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
By Anika Denise
Read here
Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish
By Beth Ferry
Read here

Spotlight on Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! We’re excited to celebrate with curated lists from Hoopla. Whether its eBooks, audiobooks, film, or music, Pratt staffers are enjoying seeing women from the past highlighted and how they are inspiring the leaders of the future. Here are some of our favorite picks from Hoopla.

For a full list of eBooks available in honor of Women’s History Month visit here.

Girl, Wash Your Face
By Rachel Hollis
Read here
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Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur
Read here.
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Difficult Women
By Roxane Gay
Read here.

Fans of audiobooks, check out what else Hoopla has to offer for Women’s History Month here.

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Girls Resist!
By KaeLyn Rich
Listen here.
The Mother of Black Hollywood
By Jenifer Lewis
Listen here.
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Yes Please
By Amy Poehler
Listen here.

Interested in more movies for Women’s History Month? Visit here for a full list of recommendations.

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Dark Girls
Watch here.
Served Like a Girl
Watch here.

Hoopla has a not only the latest but greatest from popular female artists. Take a look of a list of featured albums here.

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Thank U, Next
By Ariana Grande
Listen here.
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Golden Hour
By Kacey Musgraves
Listen Here
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Invasion of Privacy
By Cardi B
Listen here.

From the Screen to Paper: Spotlight on Graphic Novels

With bold art work and intriguing stories, graphic novels can appeal to so many readers. This month, we have a list of recommendations that continue the stories of popular characters you might have already seen on the big or TV screen.

From superheroes to literary classics, there’s something for everyone. Click on the cover to reserve your copy today.

Books to marvel over:

Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, Part One
Explore Wakanda even further with the latest graphic novel from Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Read here | Watch Black Panther here
Spider-Man Spider-Verse: Miles Morales
See what adventures Miles Morales swings himself into.
Read here | Watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse here

Classics get a modern update:

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
The story of Little Women is retold for a new audience.
Read here | Read the original here | Watch film here
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Margaret Atwood novel gets a new look. 
Read here Read the original here

Don’t forget to check these graphic novels out.

Incredibles 2: Heroes at Home
Read here | Watch The Incredibles 2 here
The Umbrella Academy
Read here
Green Lanterns: Rage Planet
Read here

What We’re Watching: Indies on Kanopy

By Emilie Pichot, Library Associate

Out of all the films and documentaries that Kanopy has to offer, I’ve been enjoying Independent films a lot lately. Here’s a few of my favorites.

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Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy featuring Michelle Williams and an adorable Labrador dog. Need I say more? This film is a brutal depiction of how anyone can suddenly be very out of luck and experience homelessness in Reichardt’s signature minimalist style. Heads up this film is Rated R for language.

Watch the film on Kanopy here.

Moonlight Movie Poster

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is a gorgeous and gentle portrait of Chiron, a young black gay boy growing up in Miami and his journey to becoming comfortable with himself as he overcomes his struggles with the love and support from unexpected community members. My favorite scene: When the camera focuses in silence on Chiron’s lover’s face. Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout.

Watch Moonlight on Kanopy.

How to find films: It’s quite easy to use. Go ahead and log into your Kanopy Account. Click and hover over browse to select a film that interests you.

Happy streaming!