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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Blue Background with Books. Text reads- Things we love: Book Clubs

Looking to Join a Book Club?

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...

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book display of the Youth Media Award winners 2020

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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Graphics of person reading and popcorn with text Hot Title Alert 2020 Book to Movie

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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Passing the Baton

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...

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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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Reader's Resources

Are you always on the lookout for a new book? Do you feel that certain authors may not be writing fast enough? Are you aware of what the maximum number of books that can be checked out on your library card is? If this describes you, these tools and helpful hints may be able to aid you in finding mor...

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

For the Love of Cookies

There's something about making cookies when the weather gets cold that just feels... right. Many people have long standing traditions of making dozens of different kinds of cookies with their family and friends in day-long baking parties. Others might sneak in a single cookie, made in their toaster ...

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