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 As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced.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

CURBSIDE ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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).

Library News

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Brainfuse Is Here!

We are excited to have Brainfuse, an on-demand, anytime, anywhere, eLearning proram, as the latest addition to our online learning services. Brainfuse offers BCLS cardholders of all ages and levels free access to live, online tutoring, career help, and other skill-building resources.  L...

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MI Library Quest: Mystery Edition

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward. ...

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2021 Early Literacy Calendar Now Available

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 ...

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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.

Virtual Game Night

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children, Tweens
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Details:
Join us for classic family games like Pictionary, Scattergories, and Boggle - with a virtual twist!  You will need a pencil and paper or white board to participate.   Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.  We ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Children" group.

2-5 Year-Old Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:

Preschoolers develop a love of reading through stories, rhymes, music, movement and more! Ages 2-5 years old. Participating caregiver required.

Winter session begins the week of January 4th.  This session will be held live over Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed to you after registering. ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Children
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Join us for a Choose Your Own Adventure! We'll blend fun activities with Zoom voting to choose the story together, and hopefully survive the adventure. This week, we'll be continuing By Balloon to the Sahara by D. Terman. We'll be making our own d...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:

Stories, songs, and rhymes, followed by a chance for play! Ages birth-23 months + participating caregiver.

Winter session begins the week of January 4th.  This session will be held live over Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed to you after registering. ...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Adults" group.

The Evening Sessions: Kareem Bowen

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Lectures, Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 99
Event Details:
The Evening Sessions Join us on Zoom for this virtual program! The Evening Sessions is a monthly adult program series featuring a fun and engaging mix of presentations, lectures, workshops, demonstrations, author visits, and performances on t...

Disclaimer(s)

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

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...

Disclaimer(s)

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

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:

Stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. Ages 6 & under + participating caregiver.

Winter session begins the week of January 4th.  This session will be held live over Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed to you after registering. ...

Disclaimer(s)

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 "Family" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Animal Family Trivia

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Children
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 50
Event Details:
Calling all animal enthusiasts!  Join us on Zoom for trivia night and compete for a prize! Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.  We request an adult supervise all children participating in case they require assistance ...

Disclaimer(s)

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

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