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.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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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. 

About the program

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years while providing children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter Kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading. It is also a great way for children and their caregivers to bond!

Learn more about or register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at your local BCLS branch!

Published by on February 22, 2020
Last Modified March 27, 2020
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