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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.


Special Events and Programs

Fall Booked for Lunch Schedule
Join us in the Wirt Community Room for book reviews and presentations by authors! Doors
open at 11:30 am. The program runs on the following Fridays, noon-1 pm. Bring a lunch.
Coffee and cookies provided by Friends of the Bay County Libraries. No registration required.
Most presentations are also available to watch on our YouTube Channel!

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Sep 23   Bob (Robert K.) Morris (Author)
Built in Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster
Sep 30   Carlos Ramet (Author)
Ken Follett: The Transformation of a Writer and Ken Follett and the
Triumph of Suspense: A Popular Writer Transcends Genres
Oct 7   Tim Younkman (Author)
Wicked Bay City, Michigan
Oct 14   Ron Rademacher (Author)
Michigan Rediscovered (based on his Michigan Back Roads series)
Oct 21   Rev. Andreas Teich (Reviewer)
1924: The Year That Made Hitler by Peter Ross Range
Oct 28   Margaret Bird (Reviewer)
The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

Book Discussion Group
Registration required at your branch.
Auburn: Thu, Nov 17 & Dec 15, 6-7:30 pm
Tue, Nov 22 & Dec 20, 6-7:30 pm
Tue, Nov 8 & Dec 13, 2-3:30 pm
Wirt:  Thu, Nov 3 & Dec 1, 6 pm; Thu, Nov 17 & Dec 15, 2 pm

Calling All Book Clubs!
October is National Book Club Month! Submit a paperback title that your group would like to read. If your title is selected, your group gets the 1st checkout! Contact your branch for more information

Coats for KidsDo Care FEC color
Drop off a new or gently used coat at any branch Library Sep 6-Dec 20!
Do-Care and your libraries are partnering to keep children warm this Winter!

29th Annual Gift of Reading Program
The Gift of Reading Program is sponsored by the Bay County Library System, in cooperation with The Literacy Council of Bay County. Individuals and agencies in our local community donate new books or money to purchase new books for children in Bay County. Many area agencies arrange for the books to be delivered to families. The Literacy Council will also receive a number of these books to use with children throughout the year.Money or new books may be donated at any library branch, the bookmobile or the library system’s administration office located at 500 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708, or at the Literacy Council headquarters located at 407 West Ohio St., Bay City, MI 48706. Donations are due by Saturday, December 3, 2016, so that they can be delivered to local agencies in time for the Holiday Season.Thanks to generous community support in 2015, over $3,400 was received, allowing for the distribution of over 2,600 books to area organizations. This program continues to be a wonderful opportunity to both introduce a child to reading, and share in the holiday spirit of giving!

If you have any questions, please contact program coordinator Eileen Schulz at the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Ave., Bay City, Michigan 48708, by e-mail to eschulz@baycountylibrary.org, or by calling 894-2837 ext. 2225.


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
Flu and Pneumonia Vaccination & Blood Pressure Clinic
Presented by Walgreens
Tue, Nov 1, 10 am-1 pm (No registration required)
*Knitting and Crochet Club
Wed, Nov 2, 16, Dec 7, 6-7:30 pm (No registration required)
*Auburn Library Writing Club w/ Greg Teachout
Wed, Nov 9, Dec 14, 21, 6-7:30 pm ® begins Nov 15
*Candy Dispenser Craft
Thu, Nov 10, 6-7:30 pm ®
*Holiday Ornament Craft
Thu, Dec 8, 6-7:30 pm ® begins Nov 8
MI Blood Drive (Ages 17+)
Wed, Dec 21, 2-5 pm
Call to register. Drop-ins also welcome.
Registration required for all at 879-3283 ext 202.
(*) Teens are also welcome to attend
® Online registration available
*Faux Leaf Bowl
Tue, Nov 1, 6-7 pm ®
*Before Buying a Tablet or eReader Q & A
Sat, Nov 12, 10-11 am ®
Ask us if it will meet your needs.
*Pinterest for the Holidays
Tue, Nov 15, 5:30-7:30 pm ®
*Gingerbread House Decorating Challenge (All Ages)
Sat Nov 19, 10:30 am-12 pm or 2-3:30 pm (wait list) ®
Come alone or as a team. Prizes for best in category.
*Adult Coloring Night
Tue, Dec 6, 6-7:30 pm (No registration required)
Where registration is required visit the Reference Desk or call 892-8555 ext 202.
® Online registration available
Coloring Club
Thu, Nov 3, 6-7:30 pm ®
Knitting & Crochet Club
Wed, Nov 9, 6-7:30 pm (No registration required)
Painterly Pottery Holiday Ornament
Wed, Dec 7, 6-7:30 pm ®
Where registration is required visit the Fiction Desk or call 893-9566 ext 2200.
® Online registration available
Shadow Lantern Craft
Wed, Nov 2, 6-7:30 pm ®
Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Concert
Thu, Nov 3, 7-8:30 pm ®
Jackie Davidson (New Christy Minstrels) & Gary Brandt will perform in the Kantzler Community Room.
Michigan Traveling Military Museum
Sat, Nov 12, 10 am-4:45 pm
Sun, Nov 13, 1-4:45 pm
WWI and WWII collections of uniforms, equipment and memorabilia will be on display in the Kantzler Community Room. No registration required.
Holiday Greeting Cards
Sat, Dec 3, 1-3 pm ® begins Nov 3