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  • ABCmouse.com for Libraries

    ABCmouse is an online educational resource for children ages 2 to 8. The site features a wide variety of lessons and learning activities, including books, videos, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, printables, and more. You can access ABCmouse for free at all BCPL locations!

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    Alt-PressWatch (KYVL)

    This database, powered by Kentucky Virtual Library and ProQuest, contains full-text newspapers and magazines from alternative, independent presses rather than the mainstream media. Articles range from 1970–today, and cover issues regarding government, policy, culture, religion, and more. Alt-PressWatch is accessible through the Kentucky Virtual Library Proquest portal.

  • America’s Pastime: Baseball

    Explore baseball through the librarian-selected resources highlighted in this Library Pathfinder. Pathfinders are guides for suggested reading, browsing, and viewing on popular subjects and authors.

  • American Roots Music

    Explore and discover Roots Music—from Allison Krauss to Elvis Presley—through the librarian-selected resources highlighted in this Library Pathfinder. Pathfinders are guides for suggested reading, browsing, and viewing on popular subjects and authors.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    The largest online family history resource available, with access to both domestic and international records. Access is available inside the library only.

  • Annual Best Books Lists

    Discover your BCPL staff’s favorite books of the year, from 2011 to the present. Books are selected annually in 6 categories: Young Readers, Middle Grade/Tween. Young Adult/Teen, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction.

  • Author Guide: Anne Perry

    Anne Perry is New Zealand–born American author best known for her historical detective fiction.

  • Author Guide: Debbie Macomber

    American author Debbie Macomber is a wildly successful romance and contemporary fiction writer. More than 200 million copies of her books are in print, and she’s won numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Magazine Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award and the coveted Romance Writers of America RITA Award, among others.

  • Author Guide: J.D. Robb

    J.D. Robb is the internationally bestselling pseudonym for the the powerhouse of romance, Nora Roberts. Roberts—a highly prolific writer with over 200 novels in her backlist—picked up the pseudonym in 1995 at the urging of her publisher, so they could publish more of her work each year.

  • Author Guide: Jane Austen

    English author Jane Austen was born December 16th, 1775 and through her relatively short life of 41 years, she published six novels that have since become classics. Austen’s prose is first and foremost a biting, ironic critique on 18th-century British gentry, and secondly, a compelling comment on the dependent social standing of women in her time. Notably, her novels mark a transition from novels of sensibility to 19th-century literary realism.

  • Author Guide: John Grisham

    John Grisham is a multiple award-winning author and household name. The American author has published an impressive backlist of novels, from searing crime thrillers (A Time to Kill) and uproarious comedic fiction (Skipping Christmas). Grisham’s novels have been translated into over 40 languages, and nine of his bestsellers have movie adaptations.

  • Author Guide: Nora Roberts

    Nora Roberts could be considered one of the most popular and prolific authors of the 20th century. She has published an amazing 200+ novels over a nearly 40-year career, between her well-known contemporary romance Nora Roberts pen name and her equally successful J.D. Robb romantic suspense pseudonym.

  • Author Guide: Stephen King

    Not many authors can claim the level of fame and success Stephen King has experienced in his long and illustrious career. He has published an astonishing number of novels, many of which have been adapted for feature films and television shows.

  • Author Guide: William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare is an enigmatic yet important literary figure in history. Our reference librarians have compiled this pathfinder with a complete listing of Shakespeare’s works, recommended reimaginings, and movies based on his plays.

  • Auto Repair Reference Center

    Information for do-it-yourself repair and maintenance for most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. Technical Service Bulletins, recalls, and updates are added regularly. A valid library card is required for use outside a BCPL library location.

  • 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! From new releases to our all-time favorites, you can connect with us over our shared love of reading and maybe even find a new favorite you might have never discovered if we hadn’t “picked” it.

  • Business Source Premier

    Created especially for the business searcher performing market research or looking for specific country economic data, company profiles, and industry information.

  • Caldecott Winners

    Love picture books and stunning illustrations? Learn more about past Caldecott Medal Winners with this Library Pathfinder listing the winners since this esteemed award’s debut. Pathfinders are guides for suggested reading, browsing, and viewing on popular subjects and authors.

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    Career & Technical Education (KYVL)

    Kentucky Virtual Library’s Career & Technical Education Database was created to help Kentuckians searching for a new career. It includes career advice and insider knowledge on popular industries, as well as resources you might need to get the job you want.

  • College Prep

    From choosing a school to filling out FAFSA forms and submitting applications, preparing for college can be overwhelming. Check out the librarian-selected resources highlighted in this Library Pathfinder to get the help you need. Pathfinders are guides for suggested reading, browsing, and viewing on popular subjects and authors.