We’re always looking for ways to access popular materials and fill the gap in our collection of films that we can’t buy.
To that end, the library now offers a free, streaming movie service, IndieFlix, that gives you unlimited access to thousands of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from more than 50 countries. (A private subscription would cost you $69 a year.)
The film-festival hits include the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, SXSW and more. You can stream films from almost any Internet-enabled device including Android and Apple products, and directly to your TV through Roku and Xbox.
The first time you use IndieFlix, you need to create an account. If you do this outside the library, you must enter your valid library card number. Once logged into IndieFlix, you can browse films by genre, length, recently added titles and ratings. You can also browse topic channels from action to zombies, or by title, actor or director.
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Just by chance, a thoughtful girl named Elisa found another way to fill a gap in one of our collections.
As Elisa and her parents were planning her 10th birthday party, she asked her guests to forego gifts and bring a new book that she could donate to the library district so other kids could enjoy them.
Her parents talked to library Collection Services Manager Lisa Sampley, who provided them with a wish list of book titles that appeal to 10-year-olds.
Elisa’s 10th birthday was a success, and last week, Elisa’s father delivered six new books: “Holes” by Louis Sachar; “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle; “Beezus and Ramona” (two copies) by Beverly Cleary; “Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp” by Wanda Coven; and “Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers” by Dav Pilkey.
Elisa’s mother summed it up in a brief email: “The gift of reading is more valuable than any other type of gift.”
If you know a child who’s likely to pick up one of those new titles, you can thank a young girl named Elisa.