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The One With All The Books: A 'Friends' Reading List

Friends is a TV show beloved by many, one which has cemented itself securely into our hearts and the annals of 90's pop culture.  But have you ever noticed how many of the characters on the show at one time or another read books, gift books to others or use them in other ways?  Here's a sa...

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Children's Books

Recently we surveyed our staff members across branches and departments to hear about their favorite children’s and teen books. Whether we read them in our own childhoods, or love to share them with today’s children, please enjoy some favorites from the BCLS staff! 
Picture Books...

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History Hounds

History Hounds Lecture Series

If you have a nose for History like I do, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the free virtual Historical investigation series History Hounds which is now available to all BCLS library card holders.  Each week the good people at the Historical Society of Michigan “sniff” out a new and fascinating historical ...

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Read with Pride: YA Titles

Here are six YA titles to read all year long, not just during Pride Month! You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Representation: Queer) What’s it about? Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But...

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The Case for Crime Fiction

At various points in their lives, many readers may periodically find themselves in a reading slump.  This last year was no exception, and may in fact be one for the books!  This is an occasion when I might find myself turning to what I call my "book comfort food," and where we ca...

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MiLibrary Quest: Summer 2021

Let the virtual scavenger hunt begin! MiLibraryQuest: Summer 2021 has begun and teens 6-12 grade are invited to participate! More than 150 libraries throughout Michigan have posted descriptions of interesting and unusual animals on their websites. Teens will search the websites of participat...

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Summer Storytimes are Coming!

We hope that you will join our children's department staff live on Zoom for one of our fun storytimes this summer, beginning the week of June 14th and running through the end of July!  Baby Storytimes (ages 0-23 months): Wednesdays at 10:30 am 2-5 Year Old Storytimes: Tuesd...

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OverDrive Magazines

Magazines Now Available in the BCLS OverDrive Collection

Our OverDrive digital collection now 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 and browse articles and photos just like a paper magazine ...

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We're expanding our children's board game collection!

We're expanding our board game collection at our branches to include more games for children and families. Some of these would be excellent choices for homeschooling families or to supplement your child's education.  Here is a list of what you may soon see on the shelves of your branch:...

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