The Upper Skagit Library is now offering online access to films and to video learning courses.
The library, which serves residents within the Concrete School District, announced this week that it is providing patrons with access to Kanopy and Lynda.com.
Kanopy is a film streaming service that can be accessed by computer or through an app on mobile devices or televisions. Lynda.com is a video learning service that offers courses on a variety of topics.
The Upper Skagit Library is offering access to both services for the rest of 2019 on a trial run, according to a news release.
If patrons find the services useful, library Marketing Assistant Chazlyn Lovely said the services may become permanent additions.
The library already offers several online services including access to ebooks, audio books, newspapers, Microsoft training, homework help programs and reference databases.
Lovely said library staff are excited to have added entertainment options as well as educational courses that could make a difference in the community.
Classes on Lynda range from filmmaking and graphic design to business and software coding — classes that could help library patrons learn new skills for fun or for a career move, according to the release.
“Lynda’s courses allow people to acquire skills that can help them change careers ... With Lynda, we’re trying to make tools available that will help people reach their goals and potential,” Lovely said in the release.
Kanopy, meanwhile, is a library-based streaming service to rival paid platforms such as Netflix, according to the release. Kanopy offers about 30,000 films — including Oscar winners — and programs from PBS and The Great Courses.
Patrons can access the new services through the Upper Skagit Library website, upperskagit.lib.wa.us. Access to the services requires the use of a valid library card.