I recently sat in on a webinar about how libraries have been used over the past month. Of course, with so much of the country under stay-at-home orders, and libraries unable to provide physical services, one would wonder if there has been any change or if we have learned anything about use.
As you might suspect, about 36 percent of library customers indicated that they were using or planned to use digital resources. Additionally, 27 percent of library customers became more aware of their library’s offerings. Another interesting bit of information from this study was that 38 percent of people staying at home were occupying newfound time by watching movies. If you’d like to try to create a Venn diagram of these library customers, I think I can help!
Did you know that MCPL has an interesting and eclectic collection of movies and videos that can be streamed directly to your device? If you visit the online catalog, go to “Advanced Search” and choose “At Any Location” from the “Available At” dropdown. Then check “Streaming Videos” from the format list. This search will find over 50,000 videos you can stream. Many of the videos are instructional or documentaries, but many are classic feature films.
Say, for instance, you’d like to see the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho or Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Both are currently available from MCPL. Interestingly, neither appear to be currently available from Netflix! Feeling super nostalgic? How about checking in with Larry, Curley, and Moe by viewing The Best of the Three Stooges? Maybe you’d like to catch up with Spanky, Darla, Buckwheat, and Alfalfa. If so, you can see The Best of Our Gang Comedies. And, guess what? Neither of these appear to be available on Netflix either!
But maybe you’d like to explore or revisit some popular documentaries. You can start with episode one of Ken Burns’ classic documentary, The Civil War. In fact, there are many Ken Burns documentaries, including Baseball and Vietnam. All of these documentaries are available all the time along with many, many more.
Over the past month, Mid-Continent Public Library customers borrowed 214,000 eBooks and 103,000 eAudiobooks. During the same time, only 1,400 movies were streamed. We seem to have quite a few movies and shows that are just waiting to be discovered and watched by you! Start exploring MCPL’s streaming video collection today!
Steven V. Potter
MCPL Director & CEO