Switch your notices to TEXT or EMAIL ASAP

After decades of use, our automatic telephone notification system has made its last call. As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced. Effective immediately, we need affected patrons to choose a new method to receive notices:

                TEXT or EMAIL (highly recommended)
                POSTAL MAIL (not recommended due to slow delivery times)

Please contact any BCLS branch library to update your notice delivery. If you were one of the patrons who did not receive a phone notice in early January, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!

CURBSIDE ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

BCLS is providing curbside service only at all branches until further notice. If you have questions or need assistance, call your local branch location. The Bookmobile will continue to operate during this time, with items passed through the window. At Wirt, you are welcome to use either curbside or the pick-up window located on the east side of the building (Madison Ave).

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Brainfuse Is Here!

We are excited to have Brainfuse, an on-demand, anytime, anywhere, eLearning proram, as the latest addition to our online learning services. Brainfuse offers BCLS cardholders of all ages and levels free access to live, online tutoring, career help, and other skill-building resources.  L...

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2021 Early Literacy Calendar Now Available

Print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars for your family.  Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each month contains learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and ...

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Winter Storytime Session Registration Has Begun!

Storytimes for our winter session (Jan 4- Feb 18) will be held live on Zoom!  Zoom information will be sent automatically (via email) to registered families. Call or register online (via the links below).    Baby Storytime (Ages birth-23 months + participating caregiver)...

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Just Added: New Books for Families Who Homeschool

 To further support local families who have chosen to homeschool their children, BCLS has been updating and expanding our Parent/Teacher Collections. Click on a book's title on our list below to read more about it or place the book on hold:  Big Science for Little People: 52 Activi...

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Learning at Home with BCLS!

Whether you are homeschooling or learning remotely, Bay County Library System has plenty of resources to support your student and family! Our Children’s Department staff has compiled some of our favorite resources to supplement your child’s learning needs.  Special Collections (Available for...

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Introducing Future Librarian Training!

In honor of September being Library Card Sign-up Month, we've put together a fun Beanstack challenge to teach kids (Grades K-6) how to use the Library! Earn digital badges as you learn more about our programs and services. To join, visit baycountylibrary.beanstack.org or log into your B...

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Coming Soon: Virtual Crafts for Kids

We are excited to be offering a new virtual craft series for kids (ages 5-12)! Some of our Children's Librarians will be meeting on Zoom and demonstrating how to make the craft while the kids follow along at home. We will provide all of the supplies for pickup at the branch of your choice up to 2 we...

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Read & Stream: Kids Edition

Sometimes, you just want to stay inside on a rainy day and stream some movies and shows - but where to start? Book adaptations are fun ways to relax with a good book AND a good show, and right now, streaming services are full of them! Check out the list below of some popular adaptations for kids and...

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Read Woke reading challenge

Introducing the BCLS Read Woke Reading Challenge

Literature is one way to explore difficult issues, such as racism and inequality. In response to many patron requests for books that deal with these important topics, we launched our Read Woke Reading Challenge online! There are 10 categories in the challenge, and we’ve compiled lists of recommen...

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Imagine Your Story

Stories to Spark Your Imagination

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is Imagine Your Story, so it's a great time to explore fairy tales and folktales from around the world - even a few fractured ones. There's something for all ages, from picture books for the family to children, teens, and adults. Check out some that you might...

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