ALL BRANCHES ARE OPEN

Book drops, limited inside service, and curbside available! Normal branch hours have resumed. GET REOPENING DETAILS HERE. 
Read our COVID-19 Response plan here.

NOTE: Per updated CDC recommendations, returned materials are quarantined for at least 4 days before items are checked in. You will still see items on your account during that time, but you will not incur any late fees.

EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2020...Governor's Executive Order 2020-147
In accordance with the new state mandate, mask are required to be worn to enter and while inside the library. Masks are available, if needed.

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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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Any teens looking for a Challenge? Try MI Library Quest!

From July 1-30 Teens across the state of Michigan can participate in the MI Library Quest.  Calling all teen adventurers! His Majesty King Thaddeus Brockwright the Third is seeking brave souls to rid his kingdom of the dreaded bronze dragon. Prepare yourself for a daring virtual quest tha...

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Grab and Go Crafts Now Available for Kids and Teens!

Children and teens can now get grab & go craft kits! A new craft comes out every Monday through August 17th and is available while supplies last on a first come, first served basis at all of our locations. Our branches that are closed on Mondays will put new crafts out on Tuesdays...

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What's New? Creativebug!

We are pretty bummed to not be seeing everyone's faces this summer for in-person programming, but making lemonade out of lemons, this helped prompt the library into finding an amazing new resource for crafting called Creativebug! Creativebug has been billed as a "Netflix for Crafters" and that de...

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white letters on black background reading "Read. Watch. Listen. Understand."

Race in America Booklist

In turbulent times, literature is one way to explore difficult issues, such as racism and inequality. To help facilitate conversations, BCLS staff have curated a list of books across our physical and digital collection for our patrons of all ages. Hoopla Collections:  Audiobooks Ebooks...

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Mer May

Hooray for Mer-May

The world can be a little overwhelming lately. That’s something that I think we can all recognize. So when I find something that is joyful and makes me smile, I want to share. That’s how I felt when I heard someone talk about Mer-May (A play on words combining mermaids with May-which somehow is...

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Connecting with Us at Home

During the library closure, our staff has been coming up with new ways to connect with you at home! Here's just a few of the places you can find us online, right from the comfort of your own chair! Storytime! Miss Dani from the Sage Branch has been putting together wonderful storytimes - from ...

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Need a library card? Get one today!

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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