Did you know your library has over 16,000 (!) streaming videos available to you with no holds and no waitlists (!!) through our Access Video on Demand collection? You can view this amazing collection of documentaries and educational videos from anywhere with an internet connection using just your library card.
Here are five of our favorite videos to get you started:
1.Things You Need to Know…About Brains
From James May’s Things You Need to Know series, this segment will show you how to boost brain power for certain tasks. Check out the entire series for more things you need to know about your brain.
2. The Scarlet Letter
Fans of watching their books come to life will love this collection of almost 60 films from the RetroFilm Archive. “This 1934 adaptation of Nathanial Hawthorne’s classic novel was actually filmed in part in Hawthorne’s hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. It stars the famous actress Colleen Moore as Hester Prynne, the woman forced by her Puritan townspeople to wear the scarlet A as punishment for her adultery.”
3. Finding Oprah’s Roots: Finding Your Own
“In this fascinating and entertaining film, eminent Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. guides viewers through the process of creating their own family histories, based on the experience of discovering his own ancestors and those of the TV pioneer, educator, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. Richly illustrated with clips from the popular PBS documentary Oprah’s Roots: An African American Lives Special, together with previously unseen footage from the original African American Lives series, this film is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in knowing more about their own past and the past of the African American people.”
4. TEDTalks: David Byrne—How Architecture Helped Music Evolve
“As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.”
5. Rick Steves’ Europe: Dublin and Mystical Sidetrips
Planning your dream trip to Europe? Don’t go without first consulting these videos from the Rick Steves’ Europe travel series.
Emily Kean is the Digital Services Librarian at Boone County Public Library and the consortium administrator for Kentucky Libraries Unbound. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Information Science and has managed electronic resources in special and public libraries for over ten years.