Explore Science, Technology & More

As many of you have heard, technology is a BIG part of Bullitt County Public Library's new strategic plan. To that end, we are making technology—and all of the STEAM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics)–a major area of focus as we plan new events and programs.

Through programs like Wonder On, Picture This, Digital Tech Lab, and Makerspace, we provide hands-on opportunities that fuel creativity and foster a passion for learning and technology. We are committed to offering students fun experiences that serve to enhance and encourage engaged learning. By engaging young minds in STEAM activities beyond the classroom, our goal is to support the schools' efforts in that area and to help build a community that actively values these critical building blocks of education.

Recommended monthly STEAM programs include:

Please click the link for further details, including meeting dates, times, and locations.

Digital Tech Lab

Hang out and create at BCPL! On the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of each month, explore cool tech tools and techniques you can use to pursue your digital passions. A new topic—and sometimes an awesome guest speaker!—will be featured each month. We’ll also have drinks and snacks if you just want to chill and hang with your friends. Middle and high school ages.

Makerspace

Hang out and make art at BCPL! On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, explore your artistic limits! Raid our maker cart and choose from a variety of art supplies and tools—from high-tech equipment like our Wacom art tablets to low-tech supplies like oil pastels and fine-line drawing pens. Then, use our supplies and your imagination to make your artistic visions a reality! We’ll often host special art, design, and craft instructors, and new art project will be featured each month. We’ll also have drinks and snacks if you just want to chill and hang with your friends. Middle and high school ages.

Minecraft Meetup

Join other Minecrafters to explore, build, battle, and survive in exciting virtual worlds, including River Cloud, BCPL’s own Minecraft realm. Plus, we’ll have more Minecraft-themed games, crafts, free refreshments, and Roblox access! Ages 9–15.

Picture This

Photo editing doesn’t have to take expensive software or oodles of knowledge. Let us teach you how to make your pictures pop like a professional’s using GIMP, free software always available at the library! Ages 8 and up.

Science in the Library

Join us for hands-on science experiments that will blow your mind! Ages 8–12.

Wonder On

Question everything! Delve into a cave of wonders as we explore the things we don’t understand, like What makes a building stand? Or what are stars made of? If you have the curiosity of an explorer, join us for fun experiments and activities that will help you find the answers you seek! Ages 5–11.

And check out these online resources, too!

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    Explora

    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.

  • 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.

  • Kentucky Virtual Library

    In addition to EBSCO and LearningExpress resources that can be accessed directly from our website, KYVL also provides access to Britannica Digital Learning, Scholastic GO!, and Proquest. A special username and password are required for access; ask any BCPL librarian for the login credentials.

  • OCLC FirstSearch Databases

    FirstSearch is a collection of databases that includes access to magazine articles. World Cat lists books and materials kept in other libraries around the world. If you are looking for material that is not available in Bullitt County and have a Bullitt County Library card, you may request that an item be “Interlibrary Loaned” using the online request form from World Cat.

  • Lynda.com

    Lynda is a premier online learning resource offering 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 fit into a busy schedule. To get started, you just need your BCPL card number and PIN.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • LearningExpress Library: Computer Skills Center

    Enjoy video courses on topics ranging from computer maintenance and internet safety to popular software programs like Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Photoshop.

  • LearningExpress Library: School Center

    Test preparation and skills improvement tutorials for elementary, middle, and high school students. Topics include mathematics, English/language arts, and more.