Staff List: Susie's Kanopy Recommendations for Teens

If you don’t already have a Bellingham Public Library card, you can sign up for one online here.

When you get your card you can link to Kanopy a free on-demand streaming service and watch up to ten films a month here.

Kanopy is well-curated and doesn’t underestimate the intelligence or good taste of the viewer and its selections are wide-ranging.

If you have antsy pre-teens and teenagers that you are trying to keep engaged, Kanopy has some incredible titles, including those listed here.

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    A coming of age comedy with a recommendation for age 13+ on Common Sense Media. The film follows eighth-grader Kayla through the final days of the school year. Gucci! Take a look at what parent reviews on Common Sense Media have to say.

    BONUS! Mikayla Nicholson, Education Outreach Manager introduces Eighth Grade

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    More coming of age but in the New Zealand bush as foster child Ricky upends the lives (that need upending) of his new foster parents. We recently screened it at PFC in our Kid Pickford series and sold out the house to 11-year-olds. It is cheeky, hilarious, touching and worth a look.
    Common Sense Media Review.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    Bittersweet, endearing and repellant (just like adolescence) Ladybird follows a heretofore loving teen through a very rocky year as she navigates the gulf between teenage and adulthood. It touches on many real-life things—sex, drinking, total self-involvement, betrayal, parental desperation—that dot the map of life. Not for conservative viewers, probably best for kids over 14, expect some awkward moments discussing the film with your teen.

    Common Sense Media Review

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    Oh my. Are parents always right? Does Father know best? Yikes! Here is a large family living off of the grid, trying to come to grips with the loss of their mother and wife. The bus doesn’t always steer straight in this powerful depiction of what happens when the center doesn’t hold, when certitude becomes desperation and when kids grow up. Common Sense Media says best for age 16+ parents say it’s OK for 12-year-olds. I say read the reviews and decide for yourself.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    A troubled veteran and his budding teen daughter are living off the grid in a forested Portland park. The city is walking distance away. A series of events disrupt their close relationship, roles are reversed and life is not easy. Good for serious teens age 13+