So 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.
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!
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).
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).
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:
- B-Movies & Horror Films
- Classic Films
- Comedy Films
- Foreign Films
- Independent Films
- Romantic Films
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.
* 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.