PSPL at the Movies

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Join us for an in-person discussion of the 2009 animated film The Secret of Kells.

The Secret of Kells is a fantasy film about the theoretical creation of the Book of Kells, a 9th century illuminated manuscript. It follows Brendan, a young boy living in a cloistered abbey with his uncle and several monks and villagers. Brendan becomes fascinated with the art of illuminated manuscripts, apprenticing with another monk. However, concerns about Viking raiders and the loss of valuable materials from the forest introduce conflict and drama, forcing Brendan to fight for his life on multiple occasions.

Content warning: cartoon violence and death

The Secret of Kells is available for viewing via the library’s free streaming service, Kanopy. To access the film, go to the PSPL home page (, click on the the Digital Resources icon, and then click on the Kanopy image. If you are a first-time Kanopy user, you will need to create an account using a valid email address, a password of your choosing, and your 12-digit library card number. Once you have a Kanopy account, log in to Kanopy, and search for “Secret of Kells” in the search bar at the top of the page. It should be the only result.

For individuals having trouble accessing Kanopy, the library has a limited number of DVDs available for pick-up (first come, first served).