Positive Reflections of Older Adults in Movies

It’s not so easy to find movies about characters in the 60+ age category, let alone ones that depict older adults in a positive light. Fortunately, some are available for free viewing on Kanopy and Hoopla attesting that seniors can indeed lead interesting and meaningful lives.

My Old Lady Movie PosterMy Old Lady, a 2014 English movie adapted from Israel Horowitz’s book by the same title, can be streamed on Kanopy.  This sophisticated portrait of a lady in her 90’s shows someone in full control of her sharp mind carrying on with her profession. She handles a scheming guest trying to displace her from her Paris home and deals with the drama which plays out when we learn family secrets about the intruder! With Maggie Smith in the lead role some delightful dialogue reminiscent of the one-line ‘zingers’ from the TV series Downton Abbey embellish this film and Kevin Kline holds his own. Well worth watching.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, inspiring older adults appear frequently among foreign language flicks, particularly from France where “joie de vivre” continues in later years. A noteworthy French movie from 2011 is All Together: Et si on vivait tous ensemble which not only shows five friends courageously living together when one of them can no longer live alone, but also successfully handling problems on their own which inevitably come with aging. Iconic actor Jane Fonda depicts graceful aging through her character Jeanne, while the other four actors lend creativity and feistiness to their character depictions. The taboo topic of sex in older life is also candidly depicted and the film is thought-provoking and modern.  Continue reading “Positive Reflections of Older Adults in Movies”

Learning From Home

Homeschool is the new school for Washington through the rest of the 2019-2020 year. Teachers are finding ways to connect with parents and classes, providing online and printed resources as best they can to keep pace with their students’ need for knowledge. Families can also find valuable resources through the library to supplement their home classroom learning for all ages.

The Everything Kids Joke BookStudying at home is tough. Focusing in an environment that we associate with play can take some getting used to. You can make the transition easier with some brain teasing puzzles and word games from Michael Dahl’s The Everything Kid’s Joke Book, recommended for kids 7-12. Break up lesson time with laugh breaks! Make reading its own reward with silly puns! Build vocabulary with story jokes. While you can’t print from Overdrive materials, kids can copy crosswords and “picto-laughs” to finish. Fun in the classroom can maximize motivation, especially when the classroom is at home. Continue reading “Learning From Home”

Dinner in a Movie: Dining In with SPL Streaming Services

When our video streaming queue, filled with murder mysteries and whodunnit crime documentaries, no longer looked as inviting, or the pile of books we had brought home stayed unread, or the housework we said was going to get done remains as unfinished as ever, it seems many of us are resorting to the kitchen to find our creative sides. Who knew the pantry and the fridge would yield the entertainment we now crave since being stuck at home?

Everyone is showing off their baking projects and homemade dinners paired with their chosen libation. Not everything turns out tasting perfectly, of course…not at first, anyway. But we’ve got instructional and inspirational videos that might help. (Think: YouTube without the mean comments)

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Escape to Hoopla!

Right now the world can be a lot, but Hoopla has something for all ages to escape when you need to check out for a bit.


Avatar, the Last Airbender: Fun for the whole family! Ang, the last Airbender, finally comes back to help save the world after being trapped in ice for 100 years! This shorter animated series is sure to be a win for the whole family – even for the cabbage man.

The Great British Baking Show: This is British reality TV in its most wholesome form! Watch contestants bake their way to glory, but without the mean spirited manner you see in many other cooking competition shows. If you are hungry now, maybe save this one for later? Or perhaps, be inspired by it!

Lumberjanes: This comic takes us to Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hardcore lady-types who earn badges as they explore mysterious things in the forest.  Friendships are forged and become the power that holds them together. Continue reading “Escape to Hoopla!”

Films about Obsession Available for Streaming in Kanopy

These days it’s hard not to be preoccupied with the pandemic. Are you constantly refreshing the news? Stuck on social media? If so, here are three films about obsession to help you get out of your head and into someone else’s.

Zodiac movie posterJake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo are all in peak form in David Fincher’s Zodiac. The film follows Robert Graysmith (Gyllenhaal), a cartoonist turned writer who becomes consumed with finding the identity of the Zodiac killer. While the early parts of the film are concerned with the Zodiac Killer’s crimes, the majority of the movie is spent following Graysmith as he becomes singularly obsessed with the Zodiac killer. Based on Graysmith’s real-life memoir, Zodiac is part police-procedural, part thriller and proves that films can be scary without venturing into horror movie territory. In true Fincher fashion, the film is dark and moody, and with a run time of 2 hours 42 minutes, it’s sure to keep you occupied. Continue reading “Films about Obsession Available for Streaming in Kanopy”