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Build Babies' Brains with LENA Start!

You are your child's first teacher! Children's librarians use storytimes to give caregivers ideas of how to read, sing, and play with your child. You probably spend a lot of your day talking to your child, but did you know it's important to talk WITH them, too?  Even before your child i...

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Writer Resources for Nanowrimo

The Write Stuff

As November begins, so does the annual tradition of NaNoWriMo. If you have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The organization behind it encourages writers to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The goal is to get pen to paper--even if the words aren’t perfect. If you a...

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Monthly Challenges on Beanstack

Hey readers. Are you looking for some inspiration for your next read? We have been changing a few things up here, including our Beanstack challenges. We retired our Read Woke Challenge, and are now bringing you new monthly themes to stretch your reading muscles. In the month of September, we a...

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Children's Books

Recently we surveyed our staff members across branches and departments to hear about their favorite children’s and teen books. Whether we read them in our own childhoods, or love to share them with today’s children, please enjoy some favorites from the BCLS staff! 
Picture Books...

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Summer Storytimes are Coming!

We hope that you will join our children's department staff live on Zoom for one of our fun storytimes this summer, beginning the week of June 14th and running through the end of July!  Baby Storytimes (ages 0-23 months): Wednesdays at 10:30 am 2-5 Year Old Storytimes: Tuesd...

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OverDrive Magazines

Magazines Now Available in the BCLS OverDrive Collection

Our OverDrive digital collection now includes over 3,000 magazine titles which are always available and you can check out as many as you like on your BCLS library card. Just check out a digital magazine issue and you can turn pages and browse articles and photos just like a paper magazine ...

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We're expanding our children's board game collection!

We're expanding our board game collection at our branches to include more games for children and families. Some of these would be excellent choices for homeschooling families or to supplement your child's education.  Here is a list of what you may soon see on the shelves of your branch:...

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Spring Storytime is here!

One of the joys of being a children's librarian is hearing all of the wonderful stories that children and caregivers have about storytimes. I love it when children sing me their favorite storytime song, or recall a game that we played together, or recount a specific book that we'd read together. Sto...

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Early Reader bag contents: 2 crafts, activity, book, toys, and fruit snacks

Introducing Early Bird Reader Bags!

Enjoy a fun surprise for beginning readers (Grades K-2) every month beginning in March! Each Early Bird Reader Bag contains a book to keep, a parent letter with activity suggestions, and a craft. Every month will have a different kid-friendly theme. March's theme will be the Elephant and Piggie seri...

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