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.

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How to Get a Temporary Library Card

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...

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Educational Resources for Home Learning

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...

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Books for Women's History Month

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...

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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.  ...

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Best of the Best! Youth Media Awards 2020

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...

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Read It Before You See It

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....

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Early Literacy Tip: Books are Love!

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 ...

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All the Best Info: Research Paper Resources

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...

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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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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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