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Scheduled classes are listed on the Calendar of Events. Demand for these classes is high. Be sure to call early to get registered or click on the link (where applicable) to register online.

We offer computer classes in the computer lab, which is located on the second floor of the Wirt Library. Space is limited. If you are interested it is a good idea to call and register early.

The Bay County Library System partners with Delta College’s Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center in offering a “Business Start-Up Seminar,” which is held in the Kantzler Community Room at the Wirt Library.

For those who are interested in learning how to research your family history, we partner with the Bay County Genealogical Society in offering  beginner genealogy classes.


Essential Oils with Lindsey Russell
Make and take natural household cleaning products using essential oils.
Sage: Wed, Mar 7, 6-7 pm ®
Auburn: Thu, Mar 15, 6-7 pm ®
Wirt: Tue, Apr 3, 6-7 pm ® opens Mar 6
Pinconning: Thu, Apr 12, 6-7 pm ® opens Mar 12 

Drop in. Beverages and cookies provided by Friends of the Bay County Libraries.
All sessions will live stream on Facebook.com/baycountylibrary
Apr 13

Jeff Smith (Author)

Becoming Amish: a Family’s Search for Faith, Community
and Purpose 
by Jeff Smith

Apr 20

Dave Vizard (Author)

Murder in the Wind by Dave Vizard 

May 4

Buzz Sodeman (Author)

Stripped Gears, Retired Generals & Grounded Hawks: A History of Minor League Pro Hockey in Saginaw, Michigan by Buzz Sodeman 

May 11 Zachary Branigan (Reviewer)

The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen’s Race to the South Pole by Roland Huntford 

May 18 Michelle Davis (Author)

Finding Hope on Vegas: A Memoir by Michelle Davis 


Bay Community Writing Center @ Wirt

NOW OPEN 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 4-8 pm

Thanks to the Bay Area Community Foundation, Bay City welcomes its first community writing center! On the first and third Tuesday of every month from 4-8 pm, the Bay Community Writing Center (BCWC) provides FREE writing workshops and one-on-one tutoring at Wirt Library. The BCWC is staffed by trained SVSU Writing Center tutors. There is no need to register for the workshops in advance—just stop by!

For more information, visit the website at baycommunitywc.weebly.com, email bcwc@svsu.eduor call (989) 964-2829.

Writing Workshops, 6-7:30 pm
Apr 3: Writing Short Stories

Creative Writing Studio, 6-7:30 pm
Mar 20, Apr 17
Get inspired to write poems, fiction, or nonfiction through creative prompts, followed by time to write and receive feedback from other group members.

 National Library Week: “Libraries Lead”: April 8-14, 2018
Patrons of all ages may enter a drawing (1 entry per day). The drawing will take place at the end of the week – system wide grand prize for a Kindle Fire HD and a 2nd prize drawing for a $25 gift card per branch. Don’t miss these specials offers:
• Free replacement of lost library card (must show ID with current address)
• Amnesty week: return an overdue item with a nonperishable, unbreakable, and nonexpired
food item and erase the item’s fines/fee!
• 1 Free DVD rental per library card per day
• Half price Friend’s Book Sale items

National Volunteer Week: April 15-22
BCLS Staff would like to Thank all of the volunteers who assist at the library branches. We offer volunteer opportunities to service area residents and provide training and supervision to each chosen volunteer. If you have any questions, please call the Administrative Assistant at 989-894-2837 ext. 2225. Applications are available on our website or at any branch.



Ongoing Programs

Book Discussion Group
Registration required at your branch.
Auburn: Thu, Mar 29 & Apr 26, 6-7:30 pm
Tue, Mar 27 & Apr 24, 6-7:30 pm
Mon, Mar 12 & Apr 9, 2-3:30 pm
Wirt: Thu, Mar 1 & Apr 5, 6 pm
Thu, Mar 22 & Apr 26, 2 pm


Branch Events and Programs

Auburn Registration required for all unless noted.  Call 662-2381 ext 200.
(*) Teens are also welcome to attend ® Online registration available
*Needle Crafter’s Club
All hand-sewing crafters welcome. Drop in.Wed, Jan 17, 6-7:30 pm
Wed, Mar 7 & 21, 6-7:30 pm
Wed, Apr 4 & 18, 6-7:30 pm
*Sunrise/Sunset Painting Craft
Thu, Apr 12, 5-7:30 pm ® open Mar 13
*Bird Nest Pendant Craft
Thu, Apr 19, 6-7:30 pm ® opens Mar 20
*Team Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge
Sat, Apr 28, 2-4:30 pm ® opens Mar 27
Registration required for all at 879-3283 ext 202.
(*) Teens are also welcome to attend ® Online registration available
Michigan Waterfalls w/ Author Phil Stagg
Stagg discusses MI waterfalls and shares his stunning photography.
Tue, Mar 13, 6-7:30 pm ® open
*Framed Egg Art
Tue, Mar 20, 6-7 pm ® (WAIT LISTED)
*Jelly Bean Topiary
Tue, April 3, 6-7 pm ® open Mar 3
*Embossed Box Craft
Tue, April 17, 6-7 pm ® opens Mar 17
*Michigan is “Home” Craft
Sat, April 21, 2-3:30 pm ® opens Mar 21
Where registration is required visit the Reference Desk or call 892-8555 ext 202.
® Online registration available
Team Puzzle Challenge
Create a team of friends or family to see who can complete a 500 piece puzzle first! Prize awarded to the
winning team.
Wed, Apr 4, 6-7:30 pm ® opens Mar 7
Coloring Club
Thu, Apr 12, 6-7:30 pm ® open
Where registration is required visit the Fiction Desk or call 893-9566 ext 2200.
® Online registration available
Discover Your Roots: Family History Research for Beginners
Sat, Apr 7, 9:30-11:30 am ®
Intro to Genealogy Databases: Ancestry Library Edition & Heritage Quest
Sat, Apr 14, 9:30-11:30 am ®