Week Three: Monday, July 8: Exploring Cinema

“Adventure Begins at Your Library!”

To celebrate the joy of reading and bestow the spirit of adventure on your summer, the Yonkers Public Library has eight weekly themes to help you get the most out of your summer reading journey.

This week, July 8 to July 14, is “Exploring Cinema.”

Movies are magical. They can make us laugh, cry, cheer, and jeer right alongside the characters up on the big screen. Whether you love watching movies in the theater or you prefer to cozy up at home, there are plenty of great movies out there that it can be difficult to figure out where to start. 

There are so many great movies that have been based on books - from “Harold and the Purple Crayon” to “Dune” to “Wicked”. Books transport us on the page and movies can take us on a journey on the screen, and Yonkers Public Library is the perfect place to pick up both the novel and the movie for the ultimate reading-watching experience!

Check out some of these book-movie pairs on display at the Crestwood Library, or poke around the YPL catalog to find your own book and movie pairing to enjoy this week. You can also check out some of these Recommended Book-To-Movie reads!

A display of movie-themed books and book-to-movie pairings in the Children's Room at the Crestwood Library.
A display of movie-themed books and book-to-movie pairings in the Main Reading Room at the Crestwood Library.

Maybe you’re just looking to cozy up with a good movie this week. Check out these streaming services that you can access for free with your Yonkers Public Library card!


Consider yourself a movie buff? Kanopy has a catalog of more than 30,000 documentaries, classics, and indie films available to stream on your desktop, your mobile device, or through a Roku device. Kanopy uses a ticketing system where every month you receive 60 tickets to stream the movie of your choice. Each film uses a different number of tickets, and the access period is different for each movie. Kanopy is the perfect way to have that perfect movie night this summer. 


You might be familiar with Hoopla for ebooks and audiobooks, but did you know that you can download movies as well? Browse movies and tv shows on your desktop or laptop online or on your mobile device through the Hoopla app. You can download 10 items a month with no holds. So what are you waiting for? Start streaming on Hoopla today!


Do you love watching a musical performance? Medici.TV is the largest video-on-demand catalog for classical music fans with more than 4,000 concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, master classes, and jazz programs. Watch HD performances from top artists and ensembles around the world for free with your library card.

The Shelf 

The Shelf is a streaming service that offers multimedia entertainment in Spanish exclusively for users with active public library cards. 

Watch movies, documentaries, and short films from all eras and nationalities; stream series, mini series, serials and soap operas with new episodes each week; watch theater, opera, classical music concerts and children's plays; and enjoy kids content with parental controls where you can find animated shows and educational games for little ones.

The Shelf es un servicio de streaming que ofrece entretenimiento multimedia en español de uso exclusivo para usuarios de bibliotecas públicas que tengan una tarjeta activa.

Mira películas, documentales y cortometrajes de todas las épocas y nacionalidades. Mira series, miniseries, seriales y telenovelas con nuevos episodios cada semana. Mira teatro, ópera, conciertos de música clásica y obras infantiles; y disfruta de contenido infantil con controles parentales donde podrás encontrar programas animados y juegos educativos para los más pequeños.

Movies at the Library

Looking to beat the heat at the library? Check out our movie-themed programs going on at each branch. Teens can drop in for some afternoon fun with movie-themed Bingo on July 17th at 4:00 PM in Tech Central at the Riverfront Library.

Looking for a flick that’s got you on the edge of your seat? Check out the schedule of movies showing at the Will Library in the Adventure Begins at Your Library Film Series. Each film begins at 2:00 PM in the Will Library Auditorium.

  • July 9: Jungle Cruise (PG-13)
  • July 23: The Lost City (PG-13)
  • August 13: Romancing the Stone (PG)

You can join us for 1000 Book Thursdays @ Crestwood at the Crestwood Library where we show a short movie and read a story based on it every week! It's a great way to keep reading this summer and sign up your little ones for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

There’s even more fun to be had reading this summer! There’s still plenty of time to sign up for Summer Reading on Beanstack. Download the Beanstack app or go to the Beanstack website on your desktop or laptop to create an account for you and your family. Check out this video to help you get started.

Participants can log books on Beanstack from June 1 to August 15 on Beanstack. For every book that you log, your name will be entered into a drawing for different prizes (i.e. Amazon gift card, prize baskets, and more). Each library branch will host its own drawing.

Check out the recommended reading lists Yonkers Public Schools Grades K-12 on the YPL website.

You can check out all of our Summer Reading themed events on the Yonkers Public Library Event Calendar.

This is a collaboration from A to Z!

Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, historical fiction and fantasy. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations. She is pursuing an MS in Information and Library Science from the University at Buffalo.

Z is the Branch Administrator at the Crestwood Library. She enjoys reading books, watching movies, and has been working in libraries for over 30 years.