Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

This rich resource provides pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more covering today’s hottest social issues. It’s an excellent resource for debaters, students, and educators alike. Content explores current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, law and politics, health and medicine, and more.

Your gateway to:

  • 20,100+ pro/con viewpoints
  • 19,200+ reference articles, including topic overviews
  • 12,700+ charts and graphs, along with other statistical information
  • 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups
  • Special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association
  • Full-text newspapers and periodicals from multiple perspectives, including: The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist and Education Week, and more.

Special features include:

  • Educator Resources
    Find tools to help educators and students get the most out of Gale In Context resources. There are lesson plans and activities to put concepts into practice!
  • Topic Finder
    Visualize connections between search terms and topics and view relevant articles for those topics.

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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints is provided by Kentucky Virtual Library. A special username and password are required for home access; ask at any BCPL service desk for the login credentials or call the main library at 543-7675.

Fiero Code

Fiero Code: Learn-to-code software Learn computer programming skills through a series of quick tutorials and gamified projects! Choose from a variety of “workouts” and “missions” as you learn to build websites, video games, phone apps, animations, and more. Plus, explore career opportunities in computer programming, start your own project in the Create module, or join a live coding challenge.

The Fiero Code software provides an accessible, easy-to-navigate coding journey geared toward youth ages 8–18, but adults can enjoy Fiero Code, too! It’s a great, low-commitment way for all ages to learn and practice their coding skills, and more adult-focused content for career-building is coming soon.

Coding languages include:

  • CSS
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Scratch
  • SQL

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An e-mail and valid Bullitt County Public Library card are required to set up your account.


Would you like to join a Code Club or other coding-related programs?

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Not convinced Fiero Code is right for you?

Here are just a few of the benefits of learning to code with Fiero Code:

  • Project-Based Learning
    Coders have numerous opportunities to build real-world websites, video games, apps, animations, and more from scratch.
  • Story-Based Learning & Gamification
    Make learning fun to stay engaged and achieve the outcome you want. Maintain progress with Streaks and Top Projects—and don’t forget to level-up your personal avatar. As you complete each Fiero Code workout and mission, you’ll unlock gear and other items to customize your avatar. 
  • Maker & Robotics
    Experience the thrill of coding a robot and use with devices including Ozobot, Sphero, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey. 
  • Self-Guided / Self-Paced
    Be empowered! With Fiero Code, you can choose the projects and topics that interest you and do it at your own pace. H
    op from discipline to discipline and from tutorials to projects (and back again) with ease.
  • Support from Fiero Code
    With a built-in discussion board moderated by Fiero Code coders and staff, you will never be left without support. 

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

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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.

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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
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  • 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!

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIN-Learning button LinkedIn Learning 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.

Please note: LinkedIn Learning requires that users be at least 16 years old, but a public LinkedIn profile is not required for access.

You just need your library card and PIN to get started! If you have a public profile you do not want linked to your LinkedIn Learning account, you may be asked to provide a Library ID instead of your e-mail. Our Library ID is bcplibky.

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Treehouse

***Based on user feedback and an interest in trying something new, we have decided to cancel our Treehouse subscription, effective April 12th. You can check out the Treehouse website if you’d like to maintain your Treehouse account with your own subscription. In the meantime, we are excited to introduce a new learn-to-code experience: Fiero Code!***

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Treehouse is an online video and interactive learning platform that specializes in teaching people of all ages how to design and develop websites and mobile apps. Tracks include web development, web design, iOs and Android app development, WordPress development and design, game development, and various programming languages, including HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby. Courses are taught through short videos, with quizzes, code challenges, and other activities to help reinforce new skills and concepts. Their Career Program serves as a “guided tool to help you prepare for a new job in technology.”

Interested in learning to code or exploring the other courses offered via Treehouse? E-mail [email protected] to request access. Be sure to provide your full name and library card number for verification.

Find Treehouse at teamtreehouse.com.

Mango Languages

Mango—Language Is an Adventure web banner Make language your next adventure…

Learn practical conversation skills for over 70 languages with this comprehensive language-learning system focused on teaching much more than just words and phrases. Mango utilizes an engaging interface and intuitive, interactive tools to deliver practical language skills and valuable cultural insights that enhance your understanding of the language.

Each lesson combines real-life situations and audio from native speakers to immerse language learners in a whole new world. Strategically placed memory-building exercises help you to retain information, and grammar notes and critical thinking exercises provide you with the foundation to more intuitively understand the language and adapt lessons and vocabulary to new situations. In no time at all, you’ll be able to confidently navigate all sorts of everyday communications—getting directions, ordering a meal, making new friends, and more!

  • Mango also offers fully interactive feature films to help users master new languages. Films provide a breakdown of each line of dialogue and build on all foundational language skills, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture.
  • Mango includes more than 20 Classroom English and ESL courses specifically developed for native speakers of other languages.

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Learn anytime, anywhere!

Learn on your computer or mobile device. Mango includes downloadable lessons for offline learning, so you can truly take Mango with you on the road! Plus, sync across devices for a seamless learning experience.

The Mango Languages app is available for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire.



How will YOU Mango?

World language courses include:

  • Arabic
    (Egyptian, Iraqi, Levantine, MSA)
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
    (Cantonese, Mandarin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Haitian Creole
  • Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Irish
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Russian
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
    (Castilian, Latin American)
  • Swahili
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese
  • And more!

Novelty & specialty courses include:

  • Arab Etiquette (MSA)
  • Mandarin Chinese– Business, Feng Shui, Zodiac Signs
  • Shakespearean English
  • French— Argot French, Romance, Wine & Cheese
  • Italian– Carnival of Venice, Horse Race of Siena, Romance
  • Japanese– English Loanwords, Mimetic Words
  • Oktoberfest German
  • St. Patrick’s Day Irish
  • Pirate
  • Russian– Slang, Superstition
  • Castilian Spanish– Flamenco Dancing, Soccer Celebration
  • Latin American Spanish– Business, Legal, Medical, Romance, More

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LearningExpress Library

Offers practice tests, e-books, and skill-building courses for students and adult learners. Many courses are available in Spanish. Includes specialized learning centers for different interests and age groups, including:

Adult Core Skills – Improve your skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Career Preparation – Prepare for an occupational exam, build workplace skills, and more.
School Center – Test preparation and tutorials for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Computer Skills – Enjoy video courses on topics ranging from computer maintenance and internet safety to popular software programs like Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop.

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Driving Tests

Driving TestsPrepare yourself for the road! Presented in partnership with Driving-Tests.org, this resource offers convenient access to state-specific information. Includes both current DMV manuals and multiple practice tests for standard vehicles, motorcycles, and CDL written tests.

No library card number or personal information is needed! This resource is also great for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of Kentucky’s traffic laws or interested in getting their motorcycle or CDL license.

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ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy

ABCmouse FREE at our library! Now available in the library AND at home!

The award-winning ABCmouse curriculum is designed to help young children ages 2–8+ build a strong foundation for future academic success. Subject areas include reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. ABCmouse is 100% educational, with more than 10,000 interactive learning activities ranging from books and videos to games, puzzles, songs, art activities, printables, and more—including more than 1,200 learning activities in Spanish.

Best of all, kids love it!

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More to know:

  • You can access ABCmouse at any BCPL branch on any public computer or on a personal laptop connected to our Wi-Fi—no account required! To use ABCmouse on your mobile device while connected to our Wi-Fi, download the ABCmouse app.
  • When ABCmouse is accessed with ABCmouse Bring Learning Home, your account can be shared by up to three children in a household, each with their own avatar, profile, and progress tracking on the ABCmouse Step-by-Step Learning Path.
  • For more information or help navigating the site, check out this curriculum overview from ABCmouse.

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Explora

Explora - An EBSCOhost Experience

Let learning take flight in Explora!

Whether you are completing research for a school project or just looking to satisfy your curiosity about a topic of interest, Explora can help you achieve your goals. Explora offers reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

With Explora, you can…

  • Search for articles, e-books, news, videos and more using a single search box
  • Browse popular topics by category to get research ideas
  • Read Topic Overviews to gain the background information you need to start your research
  • Limit results to articles that match your reading level
  • Hear HTML articles read aloud with EBSCO’s Text-to-Speech feature
  • Use the citation tool to build your list of references/works cited
  • Get research tips on identifying relevant sources, citing them properly and avoiding plagiarism

Explora is designed to meet the unique needs of its users, supporting both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. 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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EBSCOhost

Let your research begin with EBSCO! Access FULL-TEXT magazine and journal articles, or choose from a selection of special-topic databases such as Academic Search Complete, Agricola, ERIC, GreenFILE, MasterFILE Premier, Newspaper Source, PsycINFO, Regional Business News, Teacher Reference Center, and more.

Current databases include:

 

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