Celebrate the month of love with a variety of romance movies on Kanopy and Hoopla using your library card. Kanopy and Hoopla are a couple of San Mateo County Libraries’ online resources that offer streaming video, audio and eBook content. Whether you're partial to a new feel-good romance or a classic, here are a few suggestions to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.
Nominated for six Academy Awards, Carol features the love affair of two women from different backgrounds. Set in the 1950s, these two young women feel an immediate spark that quickly develops into something larger than they could have imagined.
This modern tale depicts the story of Julie and her quest for love. As she navigates the ups and downs of her life and career, Julie is eager to seek a realistic perspective of her identity.
From the producers of Hot Fuzz, Man Up centers around Nancy who is mistaken for Jack’s blind date. Nancy, in turn, decides to go with it and see how their relationship plays out.
On a winter evening, Jack and Jill separately encounter a fortune teller who predicts that they will both meet the love of their life before the end of the year. Coincidentally, the end of the year is only five days away.
Books to Screen
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
From the author who wrote the novel titled The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, this new-release centers around A.J. Fikry and his bookstore. Fikry’s wife has died, his store is in trouble and his rare edition of Poe poems has been stolen. Yet, when a peculiar package appears, Fikry is given the opportunity for a fresh start.
Adapted from the bestselling book by Sally Thorne, The Hating Game follows an ambitious young woman named Lucy and her work nemesis, Joshua Templeton. Determined to make a strong impression as an employee, Lucy establishes a merciless rivalry with Josh that ultimately complicates her feelings of attraction towards him.
Based on the novel by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, Lóri, a carefree teacher, is not interested in commitment. Yet after meeting with Ulysses, a philosophy teacher, Lóri has second thoughts. With Ulysses, Lóri learns to love and face her own shortcomings.
Released in 1947, The Bishop’s Wife is a classic romantic film that focuses on a bishop who is visited by an angel in human form tasked to help him build a new cathedral and mend his marriage.
A married couple suddenly finds their relationship collapsing as the wife’s dependence on alcohol threatens their connection.
Affluent Wendell Armbruster Jr. finds true love when he visits Italy after learning that his father and his secret mistress have died in a car crash. When the mistress’ daughter arrives, the bodies of their parents suddenly disappear. Wendell and the mistress are brought together to solve this perplexing mystery and perhaps find love along the way.
While Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay are engaged to other people, their first encounter influences them to meet several months later at the top of the Empire State Building. Yet, when a catastrophe occurs, their romance takes an unexpected turn.
How to Use Kanopy
If this is the first time you've tried Kanopy through San Mateo County Libraries, watch this useful tutorial. The tutorial has several sections, so stick around for the duration to get the most out of it. If you're using a computer, smartphone, or tablet, we’ve got you covered!
How to Use Hoopla
Hoopla works similarly to Kanopy. Watch this tutorial to learn how to log on to Hoopla to access thousands of movies, eBooks, audiobooks and more.