CLOSED September 20

All branches are closed on Monday, September 20, 2021 for staff in-service training. Normal hours resume on Tuesday.

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Monthly Challenges on Beanstack

Hey readers. Are you looking for some inspiration for your next read? We have been changing a few things up here, including our Beanstack challenges. We retired our Read Woke Challenge, and are now bringing you new monthly themes to stretch your reading muscles. In the month of September, we a...

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I Heard It on NPR

"Do you have this book?  I heard it on NPR this morning."  It's a question frequently asked of us here at the library and it's usually an easy one to answer.  As long as you had pencil and paper handy, weren't driving at the time, and were able to jot down the title of the aforemen...

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YA Memoirs & Biographies

Whether you prefer reading nonfiction, are looking to shake up your reading, or are hoping to get inspired, make sure you don’t miss out on the Teen Biography section. Full of stories of people from all walks of life, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs have always been a section that I am draw...

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Animal Tales

Animal Tales

Like many people, I love watching the antics of our animal friends whether I’m in my own home with my three dogs or out enjoying nature. Countless books have been written that tell the special stories and true adventures of animals both wild and domesticated. Here are a few favorites available at th...

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So Many Cinderellas, So Little Time.

Amazon Prime released a trailer for their new Cinderella movie starring Camila Cabello (and Idina Menzel and Billy Porter and a lot of other talent). This got me reminiscing about some of my other favorite adaptations of the classic tale. While all fairy tales have provided us with great source mate...

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The One With All The Books: A 'Friends' Reading List

Friends is a TV show beloved by many, one which has cemented itself securely into our hearts and the annals of 90's pop culture.  But have you ever noticed how many of the characters on the show at one time or another read books, gift books to others or use them in other ways?  Here's a sa...

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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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History Hounds Lecture Series

If you have a nose for History like I do, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the free virtual Historical investigation series History Hounds which is now available to all BCLS library card holders.  Each week the good people at the Historical Society of Michigan “sniff” out a new and fascinating historical ...

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Read with Pride: YA Titles

Here are six YA titles to read all year long, not just during Pride Month! You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Representation: Queer) What’s it about? Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But...

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The Case for Crime Fiction

At various points in their lives, many readers may periodically find themselves in a reading slump.  This last year was no exception, and may in fact be one for the books!  This is an occasion when I might find myself turning to what I call my "book comfort food," and where we ca...

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