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Library bringing festival films here

GREENFIELD — You may not have the time or money to make it to Cannes or Sundance to attend international film festivals, so the Greenfield Public Library is bringing the films to you.

The library now subscribes to IndieFlix and Zinio, which will allow patrons to watch award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries and read 14 magazines online.

IndieFlix is a premier online streaming service and Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, according to Assistant Library Director Lisa Prolman.

She said all someone needs for access is a Greenfield Public Library card.

Prolman said patrons will access movies and magazines at: www.greenfieldpubliclibrary.org.

She said patrons will have unlimited access to digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on any device that connects to the Internet inside or outside of the library.

IndieFlix can be used with Apple, Android and all other devices that get Internet, as well as with Roku.

“We’re are very excited about these services,” said Prolman. “IndieFlix and Zinio greatly increase the variety of digital media that the Greenfield Public Library offers to our patrons 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Head of Borrowers Services Jane Buchanan said she loves Zinio.

“It’s just like reading the paper magazine but better,” she said.

Prolman said subscriptions to IndieFlix and Zinio will not cost the library much more than it already pays for the actual movies and magazines.

According to the town’s current budget, the library will spend about $10,000 on magazine and newspaper subscriptions and movies this year.

“The benefit to joining IndieFlix and Zinio is that multiple patrons can watch the same movie or read the same magazine at the same time,” she said. “We’re actually getting more for our money in terms of how many can take advantage of it.”

Prolman said patrons will be able to watch a movie or read magazine online for a week and will then have to renew it.

Currently, patrons may sign out a movie for a week, but can only sign out back copies of magazines, because there is only one of each latest issue the library carries, so those must be read in the library.

For more information, call the library at 413-772-1544.

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