BCLS Staff In-Service Day

Attention: All Bay County Library System branches will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2023. All online and digital resources will continue to be available.

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

Get in Your Element this Fall with a Library Card!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Bay County Library System joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card. ...

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Familiar Characters, New Stories: Disney Teen Novels

As readers are transitioning from choosing books from the children’s room to the teen section, there is sometimes a want for something familiar but elevated. In the past ten years Disney has been building an amazing selection that features the characters you know and love (or in the case of villains...

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Christmas in July!

'Tis the season to be reading!  Christmas is just six short months away, but you don't need to wait for the snow to fly to get into the holiday spirit.  In the meantime, why not chill out and get into the holiday spirit with one of these holiday reads?   Christmas by the Book - ...

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Get Started with the Libby App From Your Library

The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from the Bay County Library System!  The Libby app, which is created by OverDrive, has replaced the OverDrive app. Here are directions to help you get started with Libby: Instal...

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Don't Miss Author Steve Adelman!

Don't miss this chance to see visiting author and Bay City native Steve Adelman this Saturday, July 8 @ 2 p.m. at the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library.  You can register here via our online events calendar, or feel free to drop in if you find yourself free on Saturday afternoon!  ...

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Teen Collection Spotlight: Books in Verse

Books in verse hold a special place for me. The poetry of the language and the sparseness of the text generates different feelings than traditional prose does. Some people may see it as more musical, more intentional, or more vulnerable. Others may simply rejoice that the books tend to be shorter. R...

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Think Pink This Summer

In Summer We Read Pink

Summer is a great time to find new books. We are busy adding new books to our shelves everyday as more and more are released. And I have noticed that there were a lot of shades of pinks prominent in this year’s selection. I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of these rosy reads. They stretch...

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Libby and the Big Library Read

Bay County Library System resident cardholders can enjoy a National Book Award Finalist novel during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club! From May 3-17, booklovers with a valid BCLS resident library card can join thousands of others around the globe in borrowing Grace M. Cho’s...

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Libby Mags


Did you know that our OverDrive digital collection includes over 3,000 magazine titles which are always available and you can check out as many as you like on your BCLS library card. Just check out a digital magazine issue and you can turn pages, browse articles, and view photos just like ...

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April Releases: Clips from Assorted upcoming releases with pink as a major color

New Teen Titles to Check Out

Is your TBR pile getting low? Well, you’re in luck because I have a list of great teen titles that are all releasing this month. These books are bright bits of sunshine to help us get through this transitional weather time, until we successfully get out of coat weather. A lot are set in the summer o...

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