ODStreamVidSo you’ve added streaming video to your OverDrive collection: now what? It’s time to spread the word and get patrons interested by incorporating streaming video into your library programs. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Story Hour

We offer many short film versions of popular read-aloud books. Switch up your normal story hour session by streaming a favorite like Where the Wild Things Are (Weston Woods), Mr. Wuffles (Dreamscape), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Live Oak), and more!

Click here to view the Storybook Favorites list in Marketplace.

Family Movie Night

Family movie nights are fun for all ages and simple to put together for library staff. Pop some corn and stream a family-friendly film. We have a vast selection to choose from, so you’re sure to find a movie to please everyone. Popular films include: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (Starz Digital Media); Hoodwinked, Too! (Starz Digital Media); and The Velveteen Rabbit (Starz Digital Media).

Click here to view the Family-Friendly Video list in Marketplace.


Book Clubs

As highlighted in our previous Read It and Stream It blog post, many film adaptations of books are available through Marketplace. Have your book club select a title to read and stream, then let the lively discussion ensue! Newly available titles include The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (Music Box Films), The Paperboy (Millennium Entertainment), and As I Lay Dying (Millennium Entertainment).

Click here for a complete Marketplace list of titles.


Film Festival

Host a day-long film festival to attract cinephiles to your streaming video collection. Documentaries, foreign films, indie selections, B-movies – we’ve got it all. Halloween is just around the corner, the perfect time for a horror movie marathon at your library. The Marketplace lists below will help you find the best selections for your own library film festival:


Tutoring and Test Prep

From algebra to the SAT, we have a great collection of videos to supplement your library’s tutoring or test preparation programs.

Click here to view a Marketplace list of titles.


* Public screenings of streaming video requires public performance rights or a public performance license. Contact your Collection Development Specialist for information about title-specific public performance rights.


Michelle Ross is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.

5 Responses to “Promoting streaming video through library programs”

  1. Helen

    I’d like to add a direct link to the streaming content from our website as a “check out what’s new” sort of idea. Is there a good way to do that?

    • Heather Tunstall

      Hello Helen,
      Your account specialist would be happy to help you with any questions you have about changes to your site. Which library do you belong to? I can help put you in touch with your account specialist if you are unsure of how to get a hold of them.

  2. Christine

    Hi – I was looking for Overdrive on Roku. Is it available? I could not find it.
    Thank you,

    • Heather Tunstall

      Hi Chris,
      Thanks for reaching out! Our OverDrive Roku channel has not yet been released, but it is on our road map. We’ll certainly keep you posted when it will be live.