Maybe you have meant to get a library card for a while, or maybe you have been telling friends and family about our awesome resources, but found out they don’t have a library card. Well have no fear, because Bay County residents can get a temporary library card to be able to access our digital servi...Read More
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
On March 23, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order temporarily closing all non-critical services.
All BCLS branches, the Bookmobile, book drops, and Wirt's drive-up window are closed until further notice.
Please enjoy any items you have until we reopen. NO FINES OR FEES during closure.
Digital library services are available 24/7 during closure! Visit our Facebook page for updates and info on services.
NEED A CARD OR FORGOT YOUR PIN? You can register for an instant temporary card HERE.
With schools closed, we are sharing some educational resources for children and families: Watch a virtual storytime: Miss Dani, one of our children’s librarians, has created a YouTube channel to present virtual storytimes. Discover the library's digital collectio...Read More
On this date 100 years ago, we only had 18 Amendments to the Constitution (looking at you, Prohibition). But that wouldn't last long, because the 19th Amendment was on it's way to ratification - finally granting women the right to vote. Michigan was one of the first three states to ratify the Amendm...Read More
It is such a terrible feeling when you want to talk to someone about something you just read and no one else you know has read it yet. We are here to help give you solace in those times of need. You are always welcome to come talk to us about your new favorite (or most hated) books, but sometimes it...Read More
Calling all caregivers of young children! Did you know that Bay County Library System offers an early literacy program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? Children can begin the program as babies and may finish the program anytime before beginning Kindergarten. Registration is ongoing. ...Read More
Every year, the American Library Association and associated organizations recognize the best and brightest in children's publishing. The oldest medal awarded, the Newbery, has been given out since 1922! Today, there are a number of awards to recognize contributions across the board - illustration, w...Read More
Like years past, 2020 is going to be full of book to movie adaptations. Once these titles hit the big screens (or small screens in the case of those being adapted into tv shows), the wait list for the book at the library tends to grow. Get ahead of the line by checking them out and reading them now....Read More
Children who have been read to regularly associate books with the warmth and love they feel when adult reads to them. Share the love you have with the children in your life with these librarian picks that celebrate love and kindness. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just a regular day, sharing books ...Read More
Lately we've been getting lots of requests for help with research papers, and honestly, we love to point students to the best resources we have. Books, databases, and websites can all help you dig deep into whichever subject you've picked for your paper. Here's a few places to make sure you check in...Read More
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...Read More