Paddi’s Picks – Stream for Free

Did you know you can stream hundreds of movies and TV series for free? You just need to use your library card to create a free account with Hoopla Digital.  Our own Paddi has put together a short list of good stuff she recommends.
Burnt (2015)  starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.  Paddi says: “This movie has about everything in it– drama, laughter, and a really good story.” Synopsis: Adam Jones is a chef who destroyed his career with drugs and diva behavior. He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. 
The Librarian – This adventure series starring Noah Wyle (from E.R.) includes Quest for the Spear, Search for the Judas Chalice, and Return to King Solomon’s Mines. Paddi says the whole series is really fun, with a flavor similar to Raiders of the Lost Ark. They’re great adventure/fantasy/action movies.
The Water Horse – This 2007 family movie tells the story of Angus, a boy living in the Scottish Highlands during World War II. Paddi thinks this is a light and fun movie, while Hoopla describes it as “a sweeping epic rooted in one of the most enduring and intriguing legends of our time.”
If none of these movies float your boat, why not browse our collection of movies just added to Hoopla?
TV Mystery Series
Stream six seasons of Vera, a highly rated mystery series starring Brenda Blethyn as a cranky, solitary investigator who’s great at her job.
Based on the character created by G. K. Chesterton, Father Brown (the first four seasons) is set in a quiet English country village and features gentle, yet perceptive village priest Father Brown and his secretary as they solve crimes.
We also have seven seasons of the great WWII crime drama Foyle’s War.
Looking for additional crime and mystery series? Browse our Hoopla Crime collection!
Documentary Series
America Unearthed (three seasons) – This interesting series originally aired on The History Channel and features a forensic geologist who uncovers hidden facts about American history by studying relics and artifacts found in locations across the U.S.
Alfred Hitchcock: Master of SuspenseFilmed in 1995, this is a wonderful and revealing film about famed horror and suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. You’ll see behind-the-scenes of some of his most famous films including Psycho, Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, Vertigo and many more! Containing interviews, unique production shorts, trailers, film clips, news segments, and more, this collection offers a rare look into the life and times of this man who became a Hollywood legend and the undisputed Master of Suspense!
The National Parks: America’s Best IdeaIf you can’t visit the national parks in person, this PBS documentary by Ken Burns is the next best thing. (We also have several other documentaries by Ken Burns on Hoopla, including Jazz, Jackie Robinson, and The Roosevelts.)
How the States Got Their Shapes (two seasons) – In this documentary originally aired on The History Channel, host Brian Unger hits the road to uncover the history hidden in our maps. From the crooked borders in the east, to the organized boxes in the west, the shapes of the states are more than simple geography.
You can find additional documentaries in the Hoopla Documentary collection.
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