Newspapers.com– World Collections

Newspapers.com–World Collections Powered by Ancestry and distributed by ProQuest, Newspapers.com– World Collections provides online access to 4,000+ historical newspapers.

Dating from the early 1700s into the 2000s, the database contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known regional and state titles as well as small local newspapers from the United States and other countries.  It offers invaluable content for researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers, and students. With ongoing updates and new issues continually being added, there’s always more to be discovered.

Features include:

  • Find newspapers by country, state, and city
  • Discover interesting clipping from other users or create and save your own
  • Link clippings to your family trees on Ancestry.com
  • Set Search Alerts to automatically run your search on newly added newspapers
  • Follow a paper’s “page” or another user’s profile to catch new discoveries related to your own research

Explore Newspapers.com— World Collections

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Learn about the Earth

Celebrat Earth Day logo Let BCPL help you celebrate Earth Day in a meaningful way!

From the bustling activity of spring cleaning to the weather warm-up, spring is the season of renewal. Flowers bloom, wildlife prospers, and spirits lift. BCPL wants to help you enjoy the season to its fullest, beginning with sharing a variety of programs and resources all about protecting and appreciating nature. From gardening events to upcycled crafts to an online Ecology 101 course, we’ve got you covered!

Earth, Nature & Gardening Activities

Plus….

  • Follow our progress as we replant the wildflower garden at Nichols Branch Library and take a peek at our bee hives as they come out of dormancy. (No worries, we’ll have binoculars available!)
  • Enjoy themed scavenger hunts at our Hillview and Mt. Washington locations.
  • Pick up a complimentary mini flower pot printed on our 3D printer at Hillview Branch Library.
  • Browse our Earth Day, spring, and/or gardening displays at all locations to discover inspiring reads for the season.

Recommended Resources

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Staff Picks: Reading for International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On this annual day of commemoration, nations and individuals are encouraged to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of other victims of Nazism. The same UN resolution supports the development of educational programs to remember the Holocaust and to prevent further genocide.

In observance of this important anniversary, we are sharing a few of our favorite stories that help ensure we never forget.

 

Brandy’s Picks

 

Night by Elie Wiesel

I’ve read this book every year since first reading it as a sophomore in high school. It is a reminder that we must speak up when we see something that is wrong; our inaction can have a much larger effect than we ever imagine. Elie survived the unimaginable and made it his life purpose to ensure it would never happen again. He shared his story that we may never forget what happened and to try to ensure it’ll never happen again.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Trilogy by Heather Morris

With each book, you become more and more involved with their stories. Although the characters overlap in the stories, the stories do not overlap; they are each their own stand-alone stories of their own individual experiences. These stories are not always easy to read, but Morris did an amazing job of making sure they are not books you want to put down. I listened to these books as audiobooks, and the narrators do an amazing job of telling their stories; you definitely do not get hung up on the narration and lose track of the book as you do in some audiobooks.

Susan’s Picks

Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman

This book is the compelling biography of a young teen girl’s courageous story of bravery and survival from the Nazi atrocities of the Holocaust.

 

 

The Girls in the Attic by Marius Gabriel

A wounded German soldier of the Reich is returned home to discover that his mother is hiding two Jewish sisters in their attic. He is outraged and feels his mother is a traitor by her act of mercy.  He feels the need to turn the sisters in to the Gestapo until he starts to get to know them better and their unfortunate plight.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

This is a heart-wrenching love story about an Auschwitz-Birkenau prison camp tattooist who falls in love with a young woman waiting in line for her prison camp tattoo. This is another hope and survival tale based on interviews the author made with the Holocaust survivor tattooist, Lale Sokolov, and the Jewish woman he was determined to marry while trying to survive the prison camp.

Tracy’s Picks

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this visually and emotionally rich tale of the Holocaust reimagines the author’s parents’ deportation to Auschwitz and their post-war experiences in America in a world where the Nazis are represented as cats and Jews are symbolically portrayed as mice.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

 This is a truly lovely book; haunting and terribly sad because we know it is based on true events, but also inspirational. Ruta Sepetys’s writing is fluid and emotionally evocative. With a few precise words, she is able to make a powerful statement. It is never overdone or cheaply sentimental. The first sentence grabbed me, and I did not want to put this book down as Lina’s story gradually and painfully unfurled.

The novel is written in short chapters, which makes some of the atrocities described a bit easier to digest. Scenes are not truly graphic, but they are vividly and powerfully depicted. But, again, there is a thread of hope and perseverance that runs throughout, as well as a budding love story to provide balance. Also, there are flashbacks to Lina’s life in Lithuania before the deportation to provide respite and clues to explain why Lina’s family was targeted by the Soviets.
The characters, especially Lina, her mother, and a crotchety old man who is with the family on the train and at the various work camps, seemed real. Of course, several first-person accounts and interviews where included in Sepetys’s research. And the author’s own family history undoubtedly made this an intensely personal story.

 

 

Source: Book News and Reviews

February 22, 2022: Network Upgrades

2/22/22

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: INTERNET ACCESS VIA LEASED LIT FIBER

The Bullitt County Public Library (“BCPL”) in Bullitt County, Kentucky, is now accepting proposals for Leased Lit Fiber bundled with Internet Access to cover the period beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2027. The services requested in this document are part of the E-rate filing for BCPL for the 2022–23 funding year and are necessary for enhancing Internet access at our branches. All bids must include the Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) or the bid will be disqualified. Information about the E-rate program can be found at www.usac.org/e-rate.

Sealed proposals will be received in person or by mail/other shipper to the Contact Person: Joe Schweiss, Executive Director, at the Ridgway Memorial Library, 127 N. Walnut Street, PO Box 99 (only if using USPS), Shepherdsville, KY, 40165, until 5:00 PM EST, February 21, 2022. Only signed paper copies of proposals will be accepted. No proposals will be accepted by electronic means (e.g., fax or e-mail).

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February 22, 2022: Network Upgrades

2/22/22

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: NETWORK UPGRADES

The Bullitt County Public Library (“BCPL”) in Bullitt County, Kentucky, is now accepting proposals for internal network upgrades at our newest location within the BCPL system. The services requested in this document are part of the E-rate filing for BCPL for the 2022–23 funding year and are necessary for upgraded internet services at our new locations. All bids must include the Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) or the bid will be disqualified. Information about the E-rate program can be found at www.usac.org/e-rate.

Sealed proposals will be received in person or by mail to the Contact Person: Joe Schweiss, Executive Director, at the Ridgway Memorial Library, 127 N. Walnut Street, PO Box 99, Shepherdsville, KY, 40165, until 5:00 PM EST, February 21, 2022. Only signed paper copies of proposals will be accepted. No proposals will be accepted by electronic means (e.g., fax or e-mail).

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October 25, 2021: Snow & Ice Removal

10/25/21

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: SNOW & ICE REMOVAL

Bullitt County Public Library (“the Library”) will be issuing a contract for snow and ice removal for the coming winter season. The timeframe will be approximately December 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. The Library will be accepting individual bids that cover any or all library locations, which includes the Library’s Annex building. Contractors are invited to submit itemized proposals per location. Sealed proposals must be received at the Ridgway Memorial Library located in Shepherdsville by 12:00 PM (noon) on Monday, October 25th. This will be a public bid opening.

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Wellness Momentum: Grief & Loss

Recommendations from Jacqueline Hope Derby for further reading or study.

Session 1: The 100 Coins of Energy (Feb. 20th)

Books:

Website: Association of Professional Chaplains


Session 2: The Hurricane of Grief: In the Storm (Feb. 27th)

Books:


Session 3: The Hurricane of Grief: After the Initial Storm (Mar. 6th)

Books:


Session 4: Our Bodies, Our Healing (Mar. 13th)

Books:

Website: Decolonizing Fitness

Authors/activists/humans whose work invites is to listen to our body’s wisdom and honor the wisdom of others. Read their books and look for them on Instagram:

  • Dr. Kira Banks
  • Dr. Shamell Bell
  • Diane Bondy
  • Austin Channing   BCPL Catalog
  • Christena Cleveland   BCPL Catalog
  • Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman
  • Marci Evans
  • Ginny Jones
  • Christy Harrison
  • Trista Hendren
  • Blair Imani
  • Rev. Dr. Jacki Lewis
  • Jeffery Marsh
  • Alisha McCullough
  • Matt McGorry
  • Alok V. Menon aka Alok Vaid-Menon aka ALOK
  • Dr. Jennifer Mulian
  • Anna OBrian
  • Sonalee Rashatwar
  • Shishi Rose
  • Linda Sarsour
  • Jessamyn Stanley
  • Sonya Renee Taylor   BCPL Catalog
  • Dr. Laura Thomas
  • Rozella Haydee White
  • Dr. Joshua Wolrich

Session 5: Using Active, Curious Love to Heal (Mar. 20th)

Books:

 

Explore the full Wellness Momentum Schedule >>

Resolution Solutions

New Year’s resolutions can be much easier to make than to achieve. Sometimes we don’t even know where to begin. We have to step back from the emotional side of setting resolutions and create a step-by-step plan for making them happen. Doing so can lessen anxiety, improve focus, and boost confidence—making success far more likely.

This year, BCPL wants to help you set and keep your New Year’s resolutions! Throughout the month of January, we’ll be exploring some of the most common resolutions people make and sharing how you can use your library resources to reach your goals.

No one is perfect, and the path to keeping your goals won’t be either. If you fall behind, be kind to yourself and get right back on the path. Set your plans, but be flexible, too. And remember, small victories lead to big goals!


RESOLUTION #1

We all have that friend that always seems so calm, cool, and collected. They work full time, maintain perfect relationships with their family, never miss an event, and have it together so well they’d give you the shirt off their back if you needed it.

But here’s a secret you may not know—that exterior is a myth. Nobody lives a completely balanced life. Even the person you think has everything figured out! But we have tips and strategies on how you can feel a little more balanced.

Recommended Solutions:


RESOLUTION #2

Life is so hectic! You get up, take the kids to school, and go to work, then after a long work day, it’s time to pick the kids up, cook dinner (or let’s be honest, it’s probably take out, right? Who has time to cook?), go to bed, and then do it ALL over again the next day. Where are you supposed to fit in being healthy and active?

According to Harvard University, it’s important to our health to stay active. Physical activity keeps our hearts, bodies, and brains healthy and functioning. We all pretty much understand this, but finding time to exercise, eat better, and take care of our mental and emotional needs is difficult in such a fast-paced society.

Recommended Solutions:


RESOLUTION #3

Humans have a deep-seated desire to create, learn, and connect to the world around us. Even if you aren’t an artistically inclined person, everyone has hobbies that give them a sense of satisfaction—whether it’s painting a mountain landscape or collecting back issues of National Geographic. Many of us have hobbies we would love to pick up, but can’t seem to find the chance (or the time) to do so.

Believe it or not, your library is a hotbed of opportunities for you to finally check out that hobby you’ve always been interested in.

Recommended Solutions:


RESOLUTION #4:

Money is an unfortunate necessity in life. We need it to pay for simple living necessities, like a home to live in, water to drink, food to eat, and electricity to keep us warm. People also have an innate desire to make memories, and while there are many things you can do that don’t cost money, a lot of things we enjoy do.

But man—keeping your finances in order is HARD! Saving money, budgeting money, investing your money: these are things they don’t always teach you in school. There are methods we can use to keep our finances in order, but without the knowledge, we don’t know where to start.

Recommended Solutions:

  • Schedule an appointment with a reference librarian. You can get help with a job search or your résumé, build computer skills to boost your employability, learn to use Excel to create a budget, and more.
  • Universal Class
    Courses to consider: Accounting & Bookkeeping 101 for Everyone, Business Budgeting 101, Debt Reduction, Investing 101, Investing 201, Investing 301, Personal Finance 101, Retirement Planning, Understanding Insurance Types & more!

Do you have a SPECIFIC resolution in need of solutions?

Contact us, and we’ll offer possible solutions to aid your progress.

No More Late Fees

December 3, 2021

BULLITT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ELIMINATES LATE FEES

SHEPHERDSVILLE— Bullitt County Public Library (BCPL) has permanently eliminated fines on late materials. “No More Late Fees!” Effective immediately, BCPL will no longer charge fees on late materials.

All previous overdue fees fines have already been forgiven. Eliminating fines allows our customers greater access to all of the resources available at the library including books, DVDs, online classes, e-media and more. It’s important to note that patrons will still be responsible for returning items and paying for any lost or damaged materials.

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Say Goodbye to Late Fees!

No more late fees! Late fees are so 2019…

In December 2018, we eliminated overdue fines on all youth materials. Then at the start of the pandemic in early 2020, we suspended late fees altogether.

Now we’re making it permanent!

Effective immediately, BCPL no longer charges fees for late materials. All pre-existing late fines are also forgiven. Simply bring your materials back. Patrons are still responsible for replacement fees if items are lost or damaged.

Why have we eliminated fines?

We believe no one should be denied access to library materials based on their ability to pay fines. Eliminating late fees removes an access barrier to ensure all BCPL patrons can explore, learn, and enjoy equally.

Plus, studies show that eliminating fines encourages patrons to return overdue materials—making them available for others to borrow once again!

Wait… Does that mean I can just keep all the things?

Materials will still have a due date when you check them out, but you will now have up to THREE opportunities to renew items* as long as they haven’t been requested by someone else. If an item reaches 45 days overdue, patrons must either renew or pay a replacement fee; otherwise, patrons will be suspended from checking out additional material until the overdue items are returned.

*Please note, some items, including Blu-rays, DVDs, and Playaway Launchpads, are not renewable.

When will the charges be removed from my account?

Overdue fees should already be cleared from your account, but if we missed something on your account, let us know. If items were not returned, your account will still have charges for the lost item(s). Simply bring your “lost” materials back to the library and all fines will be forgiven.

Has your library card expired?

You can visit any BCPL location to get your account updated or even request a renewal online! If you don’t have a library card, you can apply for a Digital-Only account online or drop by any of our five neighborhood locations to sign up for a full-privileges account.

Renew My Library Card   Apply for a Digital-Only Account

March 29, 2021: HVAC Preventative Maintenance

3/29/21

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: HVAC PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Bullitt County Public Library (“the Library”) will be issuing a 12-month contract for preventative maintenance on our HVAC equipment to begin April 2021. The Library will be accepting individual bids on each of our library locations, which includes the Library’s Annex building. Contractors are invited to submit itemized proposals per location. Sealed proposals must be received at the Ridgway Memorial Library located in Shepherdsville by 11:00 AM on Monday, March 29th.

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March 29, 2021: Lawn Care & Landscaping

Expired 3/29/21

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPING

Bullitt County Public Library is seeking proposals from qualified lawn care and landscaping contractors to provide bids for a 12-month service period to begin April 2021. Contractors are invited to submit itemized proposals per location for any or all of the following facilities: Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville, Hillview Branch Library, Lebanon Junction Branch Library, Mt. Washington Branch Library, Nichols Branch Library, and the Dorothea Stottman Annex in Hillview. Sealed bids must be received at the Ridgway Memorial Library in Shepherdsville by 12:00 PM (noon) on Monday, March 29th.

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Staff Picks: Great Reads for Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

From September 15th–October 15th, we are featuring stories about Latinx people and books from Hispanic and Latinx authors in our buildings and our online platforms. Here, Lexi from our Mt. Washington branch and Tracy from our Public Relations team share just a few of the titles they’ve loved.

Lexi’s Picks:

Anna-Marie McLemore’s books are amazing. Their writing is phenomenal and is some of the best YA magical fantasy I’ve read. When the Moon Was Ours is my favorite.

 

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado is a memoir where Machado talks about her experience in an abusive relationship using different narrative tropes to look at all the angles. It’s a heavy read, but deeply moving and a book I think everyone should try to read. The audiobook was especially good.

ArtistWorks

ArtistWorks—Find it in Libby. Learn to play an instrument from Grammy winners!

ArtistWorks offers instrumental and voice lessons from world-class professionals. From beginner instruction to advanced classes, aspiring musicians of all skills levels are provided a guided path of video lessons containing everything they need to reach their musical goals.

Learn at your own speed and enjoy the instructional videos on desktop or mobile devices. ArtistWorks is available as a Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Libby Extra. You will need to log in to KLU/Libby with your library card number and PIN to access Extras. Once your ArtistWorks account is created, it will need to be renewed through Libby every 30 days.

Features include:

  • Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Country, Jazz, Rock, and more
  • Hundreds of hours of high quality video instruction
  • Studio quality play-along tracks
  • Downloadable written materials, tablature, and sheet music

Set Up with Libby     Current Account Access

Screenshot displaying Libby Extras

Universal Class

Universal Class - Find it in Libby Learn skills for business and life!

Universal Class offers more than 500 lifelong-learning courses in over 30 subject areas—many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). Courses are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter through a variety of mediums including videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and interactive opportunities with other learners. Universal Class is a great choice for both serious students and casual learners.

Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace. Universal Class is best accessed through a desktop computer and is available as a Kentucky Libraries Unbound/Libby Extra. You will need to log in to KLU/Libby with your library card number and PIN to access Extras. Once your Universal Class account is created, it will need to be renewed through Libby every 30 days.

Set Up with Libby     Current Account Access

 

Extras Screenshot


A wide variety of courses span everything from homeschool courses for the kids (and parents) to business and accounting to dozens of cooking, baking, arts & crafts, and gardening courses. Examples include:

  • Advanced Dog Training
    AREAS OF STUDYclick to enlarge.
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Buying & Selling Antiques & Collectibles
  • Debt Reduction
  • Dream Interpretation
  • Gender Sensitivity Training
  • Haunted Places
  • Interview Skills
  • Introduction to Six Sigma
  • Memory Improvement
  • Retirement Planning
  • Single Parenting 101
  • Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
  • UFO Studies
  • US Citizenship Test Preparation
  • Weight Loss Management
  • Hundreds more!

Library to Host Special “Kinder Camp” for Preschoolers

September 27, 2021

LIBRARY CARDS EMPOWER STUDENTS AND FUEL ACADEMIC SUCCESS

SHEPHERDSVILLE—Bullitt County Public Library (BCPL) is holding free kindergarten readiness boot camps—called “Kinder Camp”—at two locations beginning Saturday, October 9th.

Kinder Camp is a 10-week series designed to equip preschoolers—and their parents and caregivers—with the tools they need to be ready for kindergarten.

Read the full press release PDF»

Library Cards Empower Students and Fuel Academic Success

August 31, 2021

LIBRARY CARDS EMPOWER STUDENTS AND FUEL ACADEMIC SUCCESS

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Bullitt County Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, students, and communities that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

 

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STAFF PICKS: Pirate Books for Kiddos

Ahoy, library buccaneers!

We’re still getting our Pirate on this month at BCPL, and our children’s team is sharing some of their favorite pirate stories to prove it. These stories be treasures indeed!

Squirrel Me Timbers book cover


Ms. Angel says:

I could not stop laughing through Louise Pigott’s Squirrel Me Timbers! I just loved the little squirrel and his adventure. 

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Scooby-Doo!: Pirate's Treasure


Ms. Brandy says: 

My recommendation is Scooby-Doo!: Pirate’s Treasure by Maria S. Barbo. You all know I love all things Scooby-Doo! A treasure hunt, the possibility of a pirate ghost, and Scooby and the Gang—what more could a person hope for? Grab your Scooby Snacks and get ready for a fun adventure!

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Continue reading “STAFF PICKS: Pirate Books for Kiddos”

New York Times Digital

New York Times devices Understand the world. Navigate life.
Access The New York Times here.

Whether you’re managing finances, tackling tough parenting problems, or simply looking to make sense of this moment, rely on original, quality journalism from The New York Times to lead the way. It’s an essential source for fearless reporting, varied perspectives, and practical advice on nearly every topic—from the vital issues shaping our world to the simple pleasures that make everyday life better.

  • The New York Times Digital subscription provides unlimited access to current New York Times articles but does not include New York Times Cooking or Crosswords.
  • Selected articles are also available in Spanish and Chinese.

ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS
*Please note, the READ ON link on NYTimes.com leads to a newsletter subscription page. However, you can bypass or navigate away to explore all that the New York Times Digital subscription has to offer!

Inside the library:

  1. Use a BCPL computer or connect your device to our Wi-Fi.
  2. Register or log in at nytimes.com/register.
  3. You can now enjoy unlimited access to NYTimes.com on any device during your visit.

Outside the library:

Claim your digital access code for full, 24-hour access to unlimited articles on NYTimes.com or in the New York Times app.

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