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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Alt-PressWatch (KYVL)

This database, provided by Kentucky Virtual Library and ProQuest, contains full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses rather than the mainstream media.The database features over 670,000 articles from more than 230 publications, offering a wide range of unfettered, critical coverage of the news. All of these varied alternative and independent presses are presented in 100% full text, allowing researchers total access to regional, rural, and metropolitan perspectives on local, national, and international issues. Providing an alternative to corporate controlled media, the Alt-Press Watch database presents big stories from small sources.

Alt-Press Watch gives readers and researchers access to distinctive, thought-provoking titles, many of which cannot be found in any other database. Magazines and journals of the independent press such as Broken Pencil, which focuses on zine culture, Dissent, Solidarity’s Against the CurrentThe American ConservativeLeft CurveThe Braille Forum and Earth First! provide in-depth coverage of a broad range of critical issues confronting contemporary society, including environment activism, disabilities, public policy, and facets of the political spectrum.  And alternative newsweeklies like Eugene WeeklyMissoula Independent, and The Village Voice offer non-mainstream perspectives on government, policy, and culture; report on local, national, and international issues; and cover hot-button topics like hunger, abuse, religion, and pop culture. The Alt-Press Watch database includes these titles and many others, providing an unmatched, multi-disciplinary resource for researchers seeking an alternative to mainstream media perspectives.

Alt-PressWatch is accessible through the Kentucky Virtual Library Proquest portal. 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.

BCPL Staff Picks

Find out what your favorite BCPL staffer is reading, what they recommend, and what books, movies, and music you should ask us about! Through this initiative, you can connect with library staff over our shared love of reading and we can introduce you to awesome books and movies—from new releases to a few of our all-time favorites—that you might have never discovered if we hadn’t “picked” them.

Annual Best Books Lists

Every year, a panel of BCPL staff members come together to read and discuss the hottest releases of the year. We chase down the most talked about and most raved about new releases, read them, and decide collectively if they’re worth all the fuss. From this fun cooperative comes our “Best of the Year” Lists. Categorized as Young Readers, Middle Grade/Tween, Young Adult/Teen, and Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, these five lists gather the definitive books we think you shouldn’t miss!

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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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Ultimate Teen Booklist 2016

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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Job Seekers’ Packet

This 24-page PDF has a wealth of information and advice for the job seeker. Contents include:

    • Filing for Unemployment Benefits in Kentucky
    • Tips for Job-Hunting Success
    • How to Fill Out an Online Job Application
    • Resume Elements & Guidelines
    • Determine Your Skills
    • Importance of Keywords and Action Verbs
    • Resume Styles
      • Sample–Chronological Resume
      • Sample–Functional Resume
      • Sample–Combination Resume
      • Sample–Targeted Resume
    • Tips for Writing a Cover Letter
      • Sample –Cover Letter 1
      • Sample–Cover Letter 2
    • Job Interview Tips
    • Free Job Training Resources
    • Job Searching Online
    • Networking
    • Resume Worksheet

Download the Job Seekers’ Packet here»

Career & Technical Education (KYVL)

proquest logoKentucky Virtual Library’s Career & Technical Education Database was created to help Kentuckians searching for a new career. The site includes career advice and insider knowledge on popular industries, as well as resources you might need to get the job you want. This resource is consistently growing to help students and job seekers research using content from magazines, journals, e-books, and blogs.

Subjects include:

  • Accounting
  • Auto mechanics
  • Building trades
  • Computing science
  • Graphic design
  • Healthcare
  • Photography
  • Sales and retail

The Career & Technical Education Database is accessible through the Kentucky Virtual Library Proquest portal. 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.

Small Business Reference Center

The Small Business Reference Center is EBSCOhost database specifically for small business owners and aspiring owners. The site offers a multitude of articles and videos regarding planning and starting a business (or non-profit); the basics of running a business and keeping it relevant in an ever-changing climate; information on legal issues, marketing, and taxes & accounting; as well as start up kits and forms to help you from your first steps into business to your last.

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Personal Finance Resources

Most everybody has to understand how to handle finances at some point in life. So if you’re ready to get your finances in order, our BCPL reference staff has created the right pathfinder for you. This compendium of books and websites will help you gain control of your finances, prepare for unexpected expenses, and help you get on the path to financial well-being.

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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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