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Summer reads

Summer is here and we have some great suggestions to keep everyone entertained as we start the new year. 

Connect, learn and be inspired by these free resources available on shelf or online through the library’s collections.

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Suggested reading

Suggested viewing



These free films can be streamed online through Kanopy using your Willoughby Library card.

The Bélier Family

A captivating new star is born in The Belier Family, Eric Lartigau's fabulous, heart-felt comedy hit about a young girl whose close bond to her hearing-impaired family is challenged by the discovery of an extraordinary talent for music.

Summer 1993

The breakout critical discovery of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, where it was named Best First Feature, Carla Simon's autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood seen in years, and marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Two rebels. One million hectares of untamed wilderness. The hunt is on.

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his grumpy foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heart-felt adventure.

Love & Friendship

Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate.

Winner of the ALFS Award at the London Critics Circle Film Awards.


The story of a young woman, Eilis who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, NY where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future - and love, in the form of Italian-American Tony. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim courting her. As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma - a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.

Sound City

Deep in the San Fernando Valley was rock n' roll's best kept secret. Sound City, America's greatest unsung recording studio, housed a legendary, one-of-a-kind recording console, and became the birth place to the seminal albums that defined 20th century music, including Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty and Nirvana.

Find the films on Kanopy

Or try these short films available on Kanopy Kids

The kite    Three fools    Our granny rocks 


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