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Passing the Baton

Lee Child surprised fans this weekend when he announced that he will soon stop writing his famous Jack Reacher novels. But don’t worry, his brother will take over for him. Lee is feeling ready to move on and has contemplated killing off his popular character, but wants to honor fans and the legacy h...

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Smitten With Books: Winter Reading Program

Our annual Winter Reading Program has begun! Pick up a log at your branch and return it for your chance to win! Children’s logs will be entered to win a $25 movie theater gift card. Teen and adult logs will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet! All logs must be returned to your ...

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Reader's Resources

Are you always on the lookout for a new book? Do you feel that certain authors may not be writing fast enough? Are you aware of what the maximum number of books that can be checked out on your library card is? If this describes you, these tools and helpful hints may be able to aid you in finding mor...

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Early Literacy Tip: Parents are Teachers!

Parents teach their children from day one and are instrumental in helping children get ready to read. You can begin reading to babies from the first day they are born. Children learn to associate being read to with being cared for by adults. When adults are role models for reading, kids follow their...

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For the Love of Cookies

There's something about making cookies when the weather gets cold that just feels... right. Many people have long standing traditions of making dozens of different kinds of cookies with their family and friends in day-long baking parties. Others might sneak in a single cookie, made in their toaster ...

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Staff Picks: Picture Books for Winter

Winter is the perfect season for reading together when the weather outside is frightful! Here are some seasonal picture book selections for the whole family from the BCLS children’s department staff:  Winter More than just another color book, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wond...

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Best of 2019...in these people's opinions

As 2019 is winding down, it’s a big season for best-of lists. These are a great tool to see if there were any releases this year that you may have missed. They're are also great for gift ideas for the readers in your family. Reading through the different lists you will find some recurring favor...

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Reindeer at Your Library!

It's almost that wonderful time of year - reindeer are coming to a library near you! All four branches of the Bay County Library System will be visited by our furry friends, and we'd love to have you and your family join us! To help get you ready, here are some fantastic reindeer facts: Reinde...

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Early Literacy Tip of the Month: Read Every Day

Reading together with your child is one of the most important ways to develop their early literacy skills! It's as simple as sitting down together every day or night for 10-15 minutes (or more!) and sharing stories. Reading is a great way to introduce children to new words in context. If you se...

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Teen Titles on the Immigrant Experience

Immigration is an experience many of us have never been through. That can make it hard to understand what it means to be an immigrant when reading about it in a history book or hearing about it in the news. From our stable homes it is hard to imagine what would make a person leave absolutely everyth...

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