Arts & Humanities

BCPL Resources

  • 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!

  • RBdigital

    RBdigital features an easy-to-use website and platform, making download and transfer to portable devices even easier! Plus, all audio content is now iPod compatible. A valid library card is required for use.

  • Poets & Poetry

    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.

  • On Writing

    Often touted as the definitive bible for the aspiring author, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King offers a clever, quirky insight into King’s life and processes. Along the way, he also gives inspiration and encouragement for writers interested in following in his footsteps. Our BCPL reference team put together this writing themed pathfinder to help you find the best books and resources on the craft we have to offer.

  • 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.

  • NoveList Plus

    Look up authors or specific books. Discover readalikes, recommendations, book discussion guides, book reviews, and more for fiction, narrative nonfiction, and audiobooks.

  • Native American Heritage

    In Kentucky, many of us carry Native American heritage in our family lines. Our BCPL staff has compiled this handy list of fiction, nonfiction, and media about Native Americans for those patrons who want to learn more about their heritage.

  • 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.

  • Lynda.com

    Lynda is a premier online learning resource offering tutorials from recognized experts in their fields covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, 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.

  • Literary Reference Center

    This database provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Students, professors and researchers can use this comprehensive database for their research needs, including plot summaries, articles/essays, biographies, book reviews, and more!

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Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts

Bullitt County Arts Council

Kentucky Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts

Regional Arts

Kentuckiana Theatre Guide

Kentucky Author Forum

The Kentucky Center

Kentucky Shakespeare

LOOK - Consortium of fine arts galleries in Louisville.

Mellwood Arts Center

Museums

Art Institute of Chicago

The British Museum

Bullitt County History Museum

Frazier History Museum

Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Guggenheim Museums

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA)

J. B. Speed Art Museum

Kentucky Derby Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum

The Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

Locust Grove Historic Home Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)

Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)

The Muhammad Ali Center

National Gallery of Art

Portland Museum (Louisville, KY)

Smithsonian Institution - 14 individual museums.

United States Holocaust Museum

U.S. Museums by State

The Ancient World

Internet Classics Archive - Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Persian classics in English translation.

Art & Fashion

Artcyclopedia - Search for museums, artists, or artwork by titles, or browse by movement/period. You can also browse artists by gender, nationality, popularity, medium, or subject.

Archives of American Art (Smithsonian Institute)

Art Through Time: A Global View - A thematic approach to art history and appreciation, featuring thirteen half-hour programs, a guide, text, and other Web resources.

AskArt: The Artists Bluebook

The Costume Gallery Research Library

Fashion-Era

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

WebMuseum: Famous Artworks Exhibition - Glossary, artist index, and theme index.

Drama & Dance

Broadway: The American Musical (PBS)

Doolee.com - Index of modern playwrights and plays.

Internet Broadway Database

Inter-play - Online index to plays in collections, anthologies, and periodicals.

Tony Awards

Film & Television

Academy Awards Database (Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences)

AdViews - Digital archive of vintage television commercials (1950s–1980s).

Emmy Awards (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences)

Literature & Poetry

Bartleby.com - Literature, reference, and verse.

Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Favorite Poem Project - View archived videos of notable and ordinary Americans reading and discussing their favorite poems.

Invitation to World Literature -  Offers up literature from "a range of eras, places, cultures, languages, and traditions," hosted by Professor David Damrosch. For each text, visitors can watch the 30-minute corresponding program, read selections from each work, and also explore the historical and cultural context of each work through interactive maps and other features. Performers and artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Philip Glass, and Wole Soyinka are featured.

Literary Criticism Collection on IPL - Search by author, title, or literary period.

LitQuotes - Search by subject, title, or author.

Poetry America - Read poetry, learn to understand it, and hone your writing skills. Features a special teen section.

Poetry Foundation - Poem search tools, audio & podcasts, Poetry Magazine online, etc.

Poetry Society of America - The nation's oldest poetry organization. Links to poetry journals, publishers, and literary magazines

Poets.org - Searchable indexes, audio, and video. Writing and reading resources.

Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 - Nearly 3,000 volumes of 19th century American fiction.

Shakespeare Resource Center

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Music

All About Jazz

American Memory Music Collection - 32 digital collections from the Library of Congress

American Roots Music

The Blues Foundation

Country Music Hall of Fame

Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers - Abridged of not, this site has information on over 500 composers, plus links to other websites, books and CDs about composers, and even sheet music.

Eric Weinstein's Treasure Trove of Music - Information about musical instruments and notation, scales and chords, and much, much more.

Folk Music Archives

Grammy Awards

Music for the Nation: American sheet music collections from 1820–1860 and 1870–1875 - Part of the Library of Congress American Memory project.

National Jukebox - Free streaming audio of historical recordings, including blues, classical/opera, ethnic music, jazz/ragtime, musical theater, and traditional/country music as well as a large selection of religious and spoken word recodings.

Ricci Adams' MusicTheory.net

Philosophy & Religion

Adherents.com - Statistics and religious geography information, plus a detailed list of the influential people in over 100 religions.

The Association of Religion Data Archives

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Internet Sacred Text Archive

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy