Huntington Public: All you need is a library card for this free streaming movie service

From Richmond Times Dispatch

“It’s a streaming service that functions a little like Netflix. It offers classic movies, recent features and documentaries. And like Netflix, it can be viewed on your television, laptop or phone.But unlike Netflix, it’s free.The service is called Kanopy, and chances are it’s available through your local library. All you need is a library card and just about any internet-enabled device, and you can choose from thousands of Hollywood classics, mainstream hits, art-house releases and foreign films. Kanopy won’t divulge viewership numbers—another similarity to Netflix—but the service appears to be growing.“We basically became aware of it via patron requests,” says Thérèse Purcell Nielsen, head of reference at Huntington Public Library. Her branch added Kanopy roughly 18 months ago, she says, and word-of-mouth seems to be driving increases in rentals every month. “It’s almost been self-promoting,” Nielsen says. “It’s been a really fabulous case of a grass-roots movement.”The way it works is simple: Go to, click “Watch Now,” enter your library card number and PIN, then browse the collection (or use the search bar) and make your choice.”

The Huntington Library Hosts Pasadena’s Princesses of Fashion for Industry Runway Show

From Pasadena Now

“For some 14 years the Rodarte label has been synonymous with designs that caress the borders of art, its Pasadena-bred founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy, crowned with the laurels of true creatives.The sisters will host a Rodarte runway show at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens Feb. 5, a first fashion fling for the stately institution.A-List attendees are anticipated for Tuesday’s extravaganza. Cate Blanchett, Kanye West, Beyonce—and lots more—have all been seen wearing the brand.After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Kate and Laura Mulleavy returned home to Pasadena where they started Rodarte. The brand’s first runway collection debuted in September 2005 to critical acclaim, and they never looked back.”

The Huntington Library and the Value of International Research Communities

From The Good Men Project

” In an increasingly insular world, is it more important than ever to create international research communities? Doctoral Candidate Emily Vine reflects on her experiences as an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at The Huntington Library in southern California.Travel abroad is an inherent part of many historical research projects. Some actively choose subject matters which necessitate prolonged periods of time as far away as possible from Mile End: they find global connections within their subjects, spend semesters in archives overseas, enrol in immersive language courses over the summer months.My research is about rituals of birth and death in early modern London. I had resigned myself to the fact that a lot of my material was, in fact, in London. I had not expected to have the opportunity to travel much further west than Kew.This was short-sighted of me. I’ve since realised, happily, that historical research offers the opportunity to be part of an international network of scholars and research institutions which are open even to us souls who study only British history.”

Huntington Library Breaks Ground on $23-Million Final Phase of Chinese Gardens

From ENR California

“The historic Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. has broken ground on the final phase of construction for its massive Chinese Garden. Also known as Liu Fang Yuan, or Garden of Flowing Fragrance, the $23-million project will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking on August 28, with construction expected to wrap-up in 18 months.When complete in February 2020, the garden’s footprint will have grown from 3.5 acres to 12 acres, making it one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world.Inspired by the centuries-old Chinese tradition of private scholars’ gardens, Liu Fang Yuan originally opened in 2008 with eight tile-roofed pavilions situated around a one-acre lake. In 2014, the 100-year-old Huntington Library added new pavilions and a rock grotto.A key element of this final phase is an exhibition complex at the north end of the garden. Comprising a traditional scholar’s studio and an art gallery for changing displays, it will dramatically expand the possibilities for programming related to the garden.”

Newport Beach Public Library is latest to launch high school diploma program for adults

The Orange County Registrar

” Since launching last week, two people have already applied to participate in a state library initiative to help adults obtain a high school diploma and career certificate by completing online courses now offered at the Newport Beach Public Library.The California State Library and The Career Online High School, a career-based online education program for adults, help administer the 18-credit curriculum. Scholarships are available to pay the $1,100 tuition.”

Man stabbed to death during fight in Huntington Beach library parking lot

From ABC 7

” A 37-year-old man died after being stabbed during a fight in the Huntington Beach Central Library parking lot early Friday morning.Authorities said around 12:30 a.m., several people called 911 reporting a person stabbed in the 7100 block of Talbert Avenue. When officers arrived, a man was found bleeding on the ground.Officers rendered aid until paramedics arrived, who rushed the man to a nearby hospital. The man succumbed to his injuries not long after.Detectives at the scene learned a group of people were hanging out in the northeast area of the parking lot when two men got into a fight. During the fight, the victim was stabbed and the suspect fled the scene.”

Huntington Beach: App takes use of library to a new level

From L.A. Times

” The Huntington Beach Public Library is aiming to stay current with the changes in technology through a new digital app. Hoopla Digital, which was adopted by the library in November and is utilized by thousands of libraries across the country, allows library users to digitally check out movies, audio books and comic books for free. More than 300,000 titles are available.”