Branches Open Inside & Curbside

Branches are now open for both inside and curbside service. Masks are required in the buildings. Normal days and hours of operation at each branch apply.

Blog Entries

Blog Type
Early Reader bag contents: 2 crafts, activity, book, toys, and fruit snacks

Introducing Early Bird Reader Bags!

Enjoy a fun surprise for beginning readers (Grades K-2) every month beginning in March! Each Early Bird Reader Bag contains a book to keep, a parent letter with activity suggestions, and a craft. Every month will have a different kid-friendly theme. March's theme will be the Elephant and Piggie seri...

Read More
image of a brain with rainbow colors (brainfuse logo)

Brainfuse Is Here!

We are excited to have Brainfuse, an on-demand, anytime, anywhere, eLearning proram, as the latest addition to our online learning services. Brainfuse offers BCLS cardholders of all ages and levels free access to live, online tutoring, career help, and other skill-building resources.  L...

Read More
MiLibraryQuest logo with mysterious figure holding an open book with footprints and question marks falling out

MI Library Quest: Mystery Edition

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward. ...

Read More
early literacy calendar sample page

2021 Early Literacy Calendar Now Available

Print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars for your family.  Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each month contains learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and ...

Read More
winter storytime flyer

Winter Storytime Session Registration Has Begun!

Storytimes for our winter session (Jan 4- Feb 18) will be held live on Zoom!  Zoom information will be sent automatically (via email) to registered families. Call or register online (via the links below).    Baby Storytime (Ages birth-23 months + participating caregiver)...

Read More
Picture of December's Teen Lit Loot Box

Teen Lit Loot Boxes

We are now offering a subscription service for grades 6-12!  Each box will contain one library book related to the box's theme, a book to keep and a few treats or craft to go along with the theme.  Check out the box, enjoy the books and treats, then return the library book and box.  B...

Read More
Image reads "Just Added: New Books for Families Who Homeschool"

Just Added: New Books for Families Who Homeschool

 To further support local families who have chosen to homeschool their children, BCLS has been updating and expanding our Parent/Teacher Collections. Click on a book's title on our list below to read more about it or place the book on hold:  Big Science for Little People: 52 Activi...

Read More
Read & Stream (words with picture of a remote in front of a tv)

9 Streaming Shows Based on Books

Book adaptations have always been a great point of discussion. Whether you can’t believe how they changed the story or aged up the character or completely dropped a subplot--it is still a treat to see some of our favorite reads on the screen. And while movie adaptations can be events, this last year...

Read More
learning at home with BCLS logo

Learning at Home with BCLS!

Whether you are homeschooling or learning remotely, Bay County Library System has plenty of resources to support your student and family! Our Children’s Department staff has compiled some of our favorite resources to supplement your child’s learning needs.  Special Collections (Available for...

Read More
Future Librarian Training logo

Introducing Future Librarian Training!

In honor of September being Library Card Sign-up Month, we've put together a fun Beanstack challenge to teach kids (Grades K-6) how to use the Library! Earn digital badges as you learn more about our programs and services. To join, visit baycountylibrary.beanstack.org or log into your B...

Read More