Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collections delivers some of the most significant dramatic literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries by leading actors from around the world, all from the curated archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre company and recorded specifically for online listening.
Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries provides an extensive virtual encyclopedia of unique American folk, blues, soul, jazz, and protest songs, as well as a broad range of world music through partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
MOVIES AND INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
Kanopy is a video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films, Great Courses, educational videos, and films for kids that inspire, enrich and entertain that can be enjoyed on your TV, mobile phone, tablets and online. Must have a Benicia library card.
To create an account:
Scroll down the page to click Add a Library Card the first time.
Create Your Account.
Fill out the form.
Select Benicia Public Library.
Click on Kanopy at top of the page to get to the homepage.
You will receive 15 tickets a month. Each film will tell you how many tickets you need and how long you have to watch.
The Great Courses offers learning videos designed to help people to learn new skills at their own pace. All are taught from expert professors! Once you press play on any title in a series, you have access to the entire series for a 30-day window. Access Great Courses through Kanopy. You will receive 15 tickets a month. Each class series will tell you how many tickets you need and how long you have to watch.
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Music Online: The Quest TV Collection, co-created by Quincy Jones & Reza Ackbaraly, offers valuable materials for music history and cultural studies through the preservation of diverse live performances, spanning the evolution of jazz and beyond — representing funk, soul, hip-hop, folk, indie, electronic, blues, and other eclectic world genres.
Dance Online: Dance in Video presents an extensive collection of performances, instructional materials, documentaries, and interviews, showcasing high-caliber performances from the greatest dance companies and performers worldwide, spanning from traditional ballet to hip hop, street dance, and modern dance, offering a unique opportunity for to study and analyze the fusion between styles.
The Broadway On Demand Collection takes viewers from behind the stage to the bright lights of Broadway through masterful plays, musicals, and dance performances, but it also provides a diverse range of unique behind-the-scenes series, documentaries, instructional videos, and more.
National Theatre Collections provides contemporary video productions, modern reinterpretations of classic all featuring acclaimed actors and directors of the highest caliber along with exclusive behind-the-scenes archival content.
The Royal Shakespeare Company Collection with high-definition recordings of The Bard's dramatic canon, featuring the world's finest Shakespearean actors and directors, along with supplementary teaching materials, the Royal Shakespeare Company Collection helps bring Shakespeare to life in the modern age.
Theatre in Videooffers access to hundreds of the world's most important plays, documentaries, and instructional materials, as well as interviews with prominent directors, designers, writers, and actors, providing an authentic behind-the-scenes look at various productions.
Classical Music in Video provide an extensive collection of influential performances and documentaries demonstrating the continuous development of classical music, spanning eras from canonical masters to modern composers.
Opera in Video offers a curated selection of the world's most significant opera performances, featuring top artists, conductors, and venues, providing a valuable resource for studying opera's rich canon.
Tumble Books Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books, chapter books, nonfiction books, and puzzles for children. View books online. Tumblebooks is for use outside of the library.
Online streaming films for kids. Create an account with Kanopy using your library card number and email address.
eBooks for Research: All ages. Find scholarly ebooks in multiple subjects from world-renowned publishers. Create highlights, notes, and bookmarks for later, and share research with others. Download in PDF format and keep for as long as you like. Log in with your Benicia Library Card or Student ID. Training VideosFAQs
eBooks for Research: All ages. Find scholarly ebooks in multiple subjects from world-renowned publishers. Create highlights, notes, and bookmarks for later, and share research with others. Download in PDF format and keep for as long as you like. Log in with your Benicia Library Card or Student ID. Training Videos FAQs
These organizations provide books in different formats, audio, ebook, or braille specifically for the visually impaired.
Nolo Books online. Legal Information Reference Center provides online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Help Tutorial.
Books 24x7 ITPro provides on-demand access to recent unabridged content of thousands of IT and technology books and documents plus videos. The fully searchable, web-based environment is easily accessible from your desktop or mobile devices. The books are not downloadable but you can read them on your computer or tablet. You will need your library card number with no spaces to log in. Tutorial
The Open Library specializes in eBooks that have not been previously made into digital format. These eBooks can be downloaded in several formats including Kindle, ePub, PDF, and DAISY, an audio format for the visually impaired.