Kanopy

Indie movies. Critically-acclaimed documentaries. Classic films. Celebrated educational series like NOVA, Ken Burns America, and The Great Courses. BCPL’s newest streaming service offers all of this and more.

Kanopy provides easy access—free with your Bullitt County Public Library card!—to a cinephile’s dream library of more than 26,000 films, many of which cannot be  found on popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video. While the Kanopy collection includes some blockbuster films and shows, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Call the Midwife, Kanopy’s biggest claim to fame is their unique and extensive collection of independent, international, and classic films.

Of particular interest, 420 Janus Films—art house and classic films from the Criterion Collection—are included, allowing you to stream cinematic masterpieces like 8 ½, City LightsEraserhead, A Hard Day’s NightSeven Samurai, StagecoachA Woman Under the Influence, and more on your smartphone, tablet, PC, or smart TV. The documentary selection—featuring titles like I Am Not Your Negro, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, Super Size Me, The Red Pill, Don’t Look Back, and Hoop Dreams—is equally impressive.

Another highlight is the wide variety of educational and training videos from suppliers like The Great Courses and PBS. You can browse and explore videos covering Business Skills, Dance, Engineering, History, Photography, Religion & Philosophy, Sports & Fitness, and more. Plus, find instructional videos on topics ranging from refrigeration and air conditioning to first aid and therapeutic massage. There are even curated collections for educators and students that provide lessons in mathematics, languages (including ESL), and science. Teachers can use these in their classrooms with no concerns about licensing—group viewing rights are free!

So next time you have Netflix fatigue and think there are no good movies left to watch, reconsider. Even if indie films and documentaries aren’t usually your go-to for movie night, you could give it a shot. You never know what great entertainment you can find if you step outside your comfort zone.

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Ultimate Teen Booklist

Our intention with this list is to provide a guide to some of the best and most enduring literature written for teens, as well as highlight adult and classic titles with special teen appeal. Plus we couldn’t resist sneaking in a few of our own personal favorites just for fun! This is by no means a complete list and will be updated on an annual basis. In fact, we encourage you to share with us favorite titles you feel would improve the list (see back page). While the materials on this list have been selected for ages 12–18, the books span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We have tried to give a general indication of the appropriateness of each title for different age levels, but these are entirely subjective labels and may vary from individual to individual.

—Tracy Weikel, Committee Organizer

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

hobbies and crafts logoHobbies & Crafts Reference Center has video tutorials, how-to articles, recipes, and more for just about any hobby or craft you can think of. Explore guitar playing, gaming, painting, baking, homebrewing, model train building, origami, cycling, skateboarding, camping, fishing, and many more activities with your Bullitt County Public Library card. You can even browse full-text articles from popular hobbyist magazines such as Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, and Quilter’s World!

Content includes:

  • Full text for nearly 2,000 magazines and books
  • More than 720 videos
  • More than 180 hobby profiles
  • More than 8,400 recipes

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Music Lovers

It’s no secret that music makes the world go ’round. From campfire songs to today’s hottest pop tunes, music permeates daily life for us. Whether we live in a remote Aboriginal tribe or a fast-paced, urban city, music helps us share our stories and relate to one another. Your BCPL reference staff gathered some of our favorite books and movies about music —both fiction and nonfiction — for you to peruse.

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Poets & Poetry

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.” — Edgar Allen Poe

Poetry is one of the rawest forms of literary expression, which means reading poems can often seem like a glimpse into the window of the poet’s mind and soul. The poetry lovers here at BCPL have gathered together this pathfinder to guide you into the world of poets and poetry.

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On Writing

Often touted as the definitive bible for the aspiring author, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King offers a clever, quirky insight into King’s life and processes. Along the way, he also gives inspiration and encouragement for writers interested in following in his footsteps. Our BCPL reference team put together this writing themed pathfinder to help you find the best books and resources on the craft we have to offer.

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Flipster

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that lets users browse digital versions of the latest issues of popular magazines for free, courtesy of the library. Flipster offers convenient access and a user-friendly reading experience. Magazines can be read online with your computer, smartphone, or tablet or downloaded to your mobile device for offline access. Browse our Flipster e-magazines now »

Kentucky Libraries Unbound

Kentucky Libraries Unbound powered by OverDrive allows you to download or stream audiobooks, e-books, digital magazines, and video to your PC, Mac®, or one of many mobile devices. You can check out up to 10 items at a time with your library card and PIN. Certain software downloads are required for some PC used (OverDrive® Media Console™ for audiobooks; Adobe® Digital Editions for e-books).

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Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a premier online learning resource featuring tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, career development, and more. Learning is self-paced and courses and tutorials are broken up into short videos, so it’s easy to squeeze in just a few minutes of learning a day if that’s all the time you have. To get started, you just need your BCPL card number and PIN. Get started now!

OCLC FirstSearch Databases

FirstSearch is a collection of databases that includes access to magazine articles.

World Cat lists books and materials kept in other libraries around the world. If you are looking for material that is not available in Bullitt County and have a Bullitt County Library card, you may request that an item be “Interlibrary Loaned” using the online request form from World Cat.

To access OCLC from remote locations or from your home use the KY Virtual Library.

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Literary Reference Center

This database provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Students, professors and researchers can use this comprehensive database for their research needs, including plot summaries, articles/essays, biographies, book reviews, and more!
Use the EBSCOhost—Home Access portal for remote access; a valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Find authoritative, full-text reference materials online with a simple keyword search or browse available materials by category (biography, business, literature, science, etc.). Some materials include MP3 audio files and translation tools. Explore Gale Virtual Reference Library»

Hoopla

Hoopla is a streaming video, music, e-book, and audiobook service bringing thousands of movies, TV shows, full music albums, and audiobooks directly to your computer or mobile device—with instant, simultaneous access and NO WAITLISTS or late fines, ever! You can also download titles to your mobile device with the Hoopla Digital app for offline access when you’re on the go. Set up your account now!