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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Job Seekers’ Packet

This 23-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.

ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents.

ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research, and much more.

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Treehouse

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 treehouse@bcplib.org to request access. Be sure to provide your full name and library card number for verification.

Find Treehouse at teamtreehouse.com.

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!

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»