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 As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced.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!


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).

Reading Challenges


Reading Challenges

How to Participate

You can sign up, log reading, participate in badge challenges, and manage your account from your smart device! Participate online via a computer at baycountylibrary.beanstack.org or on the FREE Beanstack Tracker app from Google Play for Android or the App Store for Apple devices.

From the Beanstack website or app:

  1. Start out by registering yourself or a member of your family.
  2. Fill out a profile for each reader.
  3. Make sure to select "Participate in this program"


Read Woke web banner

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 have compiled lists of recommended reading from various sources to help you discover diverse books for readers of all ages. Simply check off that you have read a book from each category and you will have completed the challenge! There are no deadlines or prizes.

Participate online at baycountylibrary.beanstack.org or via the Beanstack Tracker app.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten banner

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.

If your child has already started the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge either on paper or using a different app, our staff can transition your progress into baycountylibrary.beanstack.org so you can keep going from your current spot. Just contact your branch or email us at bclsbeanstack@baycountylibrary.org.

Future Librarian Training

Children earn digital badges as they discover how to search our catalog, research family history, and other fun activities based on the principles of librarianship!

Participate online at baycountylibrary.beanstack.org or via the Beanstack Tracker app.