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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Homesteading & Self-Sustainable Living

In recent years, we’ve begun a movement toward a more self-sustainable lifestyle. The cost of living rises the longer you live, so utilizing your own home and property to create a self-sustaining farm has become increasingly popular. The BCPL reference staff has gathered some of the most popular homesteading books together for you in one convenient brochure!

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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

Visit the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center»

Do-It-Yourself: Auto Repair, Maintenance, Restoration

Lots of people own cars, but what do we really know about the upkeep? There’s a ton you can do yourself to save on cost. So, our reference team has compiled a list of BCPL resources and websites that can help you repair, restore, and maintain your wheels. Plus, pick up a few cool books on the history and evolution of vehicles – perfect for the car enthusiast!

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America’s Pastime: Baseball

Bat-and-ball games were already being played in England in the mid-18th century, when immigrants brought their games to the U.S. Eventually, the game began to evolve into what we know as baseball today, and by the late 19th century, baseball was considered the national sport of the United States.

If you want to explore further—including how to play, memoirs and biographies from key figures, and even fiction and movies—check out the printable America’s Pastime Pathfinder to discover librarian-selected resources available in our collections and online.

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»

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) as well as extensive repairs (engine and transmission disassembly) for small engine such as those for boats, lawnmowers, and tractors. Search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type, and model numbers. Use the EBSCOhost—Home Access portal for remote access; a valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location.

Inside the library, explore the Small Engine Repair Reference Center here»