Library Corner: How your library card can help you cut the cable TV cord |

Library Corner: How your library card can help you cut the cable TV cord

Anna Szczepanski
Grand County Library District

I often hear about people cutting the cord these days: the cord to cable television, which grows more expensive each year. Some of my friends have not had cable for years. They tell harrowing tales of rabbit ears antennae, combined with streaming subscriptions, fire sticks, Rokus, chromecasting, and a good dose of YouTube. Figuring out the best services for the lowest cost can be daunting.

Most of them do not mention one amazing tool that can help replace (or supplement) cable: your Grand County Library card. If you’re looking to save money and still get the best in quality entertainment, the library had great solutions on its shelves and in the suite of online services.

DVDs are a good option if you want to see the most popular new releases, Oscar-winning films, or television series. For example, I missed the new Amy Schumer comedy “I Feel Pretty” when it was in the theaters, but I heard it is hilarious. So I placed a hold on it in the library catalog and in a few weeks it will arrive at my home library, ready for pick-up.

If you don’t have time to watch an entire movie and are looking for shorter options, the libraries also carry many of the great PBS Nova and Frontline news stories, which do not require a two-hour commitment and a bucket of popcorn. The libraries also have television series like “This is Us” and “old favorites like “South Park.” I am partial to yoga videos, though I often check them out, feel good about myself, and then leave the DVD languishing on the shelf. At least the yogi on the cover is getting more limber.

The library also provides Kanopy, a streaming video service that provides “thoughtful entertainment,” or over 30,000 independent, documentary, and educational films. Browse by subjects ranging from Anthropology to War/Action Films. Grand County Library cardholders can stream up to 25 films per month. This spring, the addition of Kanopy Kids provides commercial free quality content for a younger audience. Check it out at

Anna Szczepanski is the director of Library Resources and Technology at the Grand County Library District.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grand County make the Sky-Hi News' work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User