Children's Services

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Online Children's Services

Print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars for your family. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each month contains learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more.

Select a month below or get all 12 months in one PDF here:

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

The calendar was created by the Public Library Association. For more information on Early Childhood Literacy, visit www.everychildreadytoread.org

young girl writing in notebook

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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Upcoming Events

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Summer Reading Program

All Day 6/7 - 8/7
Virtual
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Everyone, Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Lectures, Music, Performance, STEAM, Workshop
Event Details:
ALL AGES are invited to participate June 7-August 7, 2021! Paper logs are available at your branch and online, or log your reading on Beanstack and the Beanstack Tracker App. Links and instructions on how to use Beanstack, plus downloads, ...
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Meet Up and Eat Up

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library
Registration
Library Branch: Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library
Room: Wirt Lawn
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children, Tweens, Teens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 124
Event Details:
Free lunches for children ages 0-18 will be available at Wirt Library on Thursdays this summer, in partnership with Bay City Public Schools. Each Thursday from June 17-August 5 from 12-12:30, grab-and-go lunches will be provided on the library's fron...

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Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Young Scientists: Hot and Cold

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Details:
Hot and cold science fun guided by a librarian via Zoom.   ...

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This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Puffy Paint Art

1:00pm - 1:45pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
Event Details:
Using simple ingredients, make your own puffy paint and create puffy pictures! All supplies will be provided to registered children. Please indicate which branch you prefer to pick up your supplies from when you register. Supplies will be rea...

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Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This could get messy! Please wear old clothes.

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Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children, Tweens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Join some of our Children's Librarians on Zoom to craft with us! We will be doing craft projects live on Zoom for children ages 5-12.  All supplies will be provided to registered children. Please indicate which branch you prefer to ...

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Please register each person individually, including adults.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

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A is for Art: Gravity Painting

10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
Event Details:
Make rain cloud art using eye droppers, liquid water colors, and gravity! Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. All supplies will be provided to registered children. Please indicate which branch you prefer to pick up your su...

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This could get messy! Please wear old clothes.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Pups & Pages

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Details:
Children read to a therapy dog or dog in training in a one-on-one Zoom session. You will be called to schedule your session the week of the program.   We request an adult supervise all children participating in the session in case t...

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Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

New Kids' Books