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 As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced.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

Winter Reading Program

About the 2021 Program

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Join the Winter Reading Program at your library!  The program is for everyone – whether you are 9 months or 99 years old – because we all need to read or be read to!

HOW IT WORKS

1. Sign-up for our virtual Winter Reading Program! Log your reading online on a computer or the Beanstack app (see below) beginning January 4. Paper logs are available by request.

2. Log 8 hours of reading to complete the program.

3. Keep logging and earn more prize drawing entries for every additional 8 hours.

4. Make sure your reading is logged by the end of the day on February 27, so you can be entered into the prize drawing(s).

More Information

Download Beanstack User Directions (PDF) 

You can sign up, log reading, and manage your account from your smart device! Simply visit your Android or iOS app store and download the free "Beanstack Tracker" app.

Questions? Call your branch or email bclsbeanstack@baycountylibrary.org..

Participate online or via the Beanstack Tracker app. Paper logs will also be available at your branch. Read or listen for a total of 8 hours to complete the program and earn the following:


Children (Grades 5 & Under)
For every 8 hours children read, they will earn 1 raffle ticket to the prize of their choice. Raffles will be held through Beanstack. 

You can change your ticket selection and enter tickets until the raffle closes at midnight EST on Saturday, February 27th. Winners will be notified the next week after the prizes are sent in delivery.  

Raffle Choices include:

  • Regular Monopoly game (2 winners)
  • $25 Meijer gift card (4 winners) 
  • 4 pack of Great Lakes Loons tickets (1 winner)
  • Anomia Game (1 winner)
  • Throw, Throw Burrito game (1 winner) 
  • Game of Life Jr. (1 winner) 
  • Painting Craft Kit (1 winner)
  • Big Creativity Can (1 winner)

Teens (Grades 6-12)
Your name will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Tickets can also be earned to win one of the board games below*, and Great Lakes Loons tickets!

*Board games: Codenames, Exploding Kittens, Pandemic, SW Mandalorian Monopoly, and Taco vs Burrito.


Adults (18+)
Your name will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win 4 tickets to a Great Lakes Loons baseball game or a gift card worth $10, $25 or $50!

 

Upcoming Events

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

Virtual Disney Trivia

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 48
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for a virtual family trivia night!  Answer Disney-themed questions and compete for a prize.   Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.  We request an adult supervise all children participating in ...

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 "Teens" group.

Virtual Teen Craft: No Sew Pillows

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 1
Event Details:
Join us for a virtual teen craft!  Register to reserve your pack of supplies and Zoom code to attend this Teen-only No-Sew Pillow.  Zoom info will be emailed to registrants in advance of the program.  All supplies are provided....

Disclaimer(s)

Participant must be in grades sixth through twelfth (6-12) to register for this program

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

This event is in the "Children" group.

STEAM Explorers: Optical Illusions

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Details:
STEAM Explorers is back! We're kickstarting 2021 with a program all about illusions. Learn about some of the most famous illusions, how pictures can trick your eye and brain, and learn some secrets of illusion magic! We'll make our own illusions...

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.