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Teen Adventurers!

Bay County Library System is participating in the sixth statewide MiLibraryQuest for teens. Grades 6-12 are eligible to participate.   What is MiLibraryQuest? MiLibraryQuest is a virtual scavenger hunt for teens throughout the state. This winter’s theme is Dungeons & Dragons and ...

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Celebrity Memoirs

The recent success of Prince Harry’s memoir reminded me that we are in somewhat of a celebrity memoir boon. Many of us enjoy reading about the ups, downs, and other intimate details of the lives of famous people and who better to spill the dirt than the stars themselves.  Hope you enjoy this li...

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2023 Michigan notable books

Michigan Notable Books 2023

Every year a selection committee facilitated by the Library of Michigan comes together and pores over 100s of books that were published the previous year. Fiction, non-fiction, as well as children's and teen titles are all eligible for consideration as long as they meet the criteria: books must be w...

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2023 Teen Books with covers of Unseelie, Song of Silver Flame like Night, Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling, The Island, The Wicked Bargain, and Queen Bee

Teen Books to Look Out For!

While I may not have finished reading everything I wanted last year, that isn’t going to stop me from getting excited about some 2023 book releases. These teen books are all coming out in winter 2023… Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman -  Iselia “Seelie” Graygrove looks just like her twin, Isol...

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Passport to Reading

All aboard!  Bon voyage!  Take a trip this winter without leaving home with our new Passport to Reading program for adults! Visit any BCLS branch to pick up your very own passport.  Read or listen to 12 books or audiobooks (fiction or non-fiction) set in at least three different co...

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Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate and learn about the history of our country’s indigenous people, with an array of books available at BCLS libraries. Here’s a sampling of some nonfiction titles and historical novels to get you started. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indige...

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Press Play and Jam Out

Get 2022 Music from Your Library

Have you heard? A lot of really great music came out in 2022, and I’m here to remind you how much of it you can get from your library. We have two main sources for music, CDs (yes we still have awesome CD collections) and the app Hoopla. Each branch has their own physical music collection that is co...

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The Return of the Rom-Com

Despite romance's bestselling spot atop all other fiction genres, it has a long history of not being respected by "serious" readers and is often derided as fluff. Things have come a long way since Harlequin first began publishing romance in the late 1940's, and although Harlequin is still very much ...

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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories & Haunted Tales at BCLS

Now that Fall is in full swing, many of us are in the mood for a good ghost story. Whether it’s classic tales of hauntings or modern takes on these spooky tales of the macabre, BCLS libraries have a great selection from which to choose. Here’s just a small sampling to get you started. In addition...

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Young Adult Dragon Tales with a Dragon in a Moon

Here Be Dragons...

Whether ferocious beast or fearsome companion, dragons still loom large in fantasy. You may have a favorite in a popular television show or movie, but the literary world has a lot of cool takes on the mythos of dragons as well. If you are looking for some YA adventures with fantastical creatures, th...

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