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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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MiLibrary Quest: Summer 2021

Let the virtual scavenger hunt begin! MiLibraryQuest: Summer 2021 has begun and teens 6-12 grade are invited to participate! More than 150 libraries throughout Michigan have posted descriptions of interesting and unusual animals on their websites. Teens will search the websites of participat...

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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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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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We're expanding our children's board game collection!

We're expanding our board game collection at our branches to include more games for children and families. Some of these would be excellent choices for homeschooling families or to supplement your child's education.  Here is a list of what you may soon see on the shelves of your branch:...

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"In Defense of e-Audiobooks" with a teal and yellow background and a book wearing headphones

In Defense of E-Audiobooks

The past few years have solidified my enjoyment of audiobooks. I am now choosing books based on my favorite readers as well as my favorite authors. I listen while walking outside, driving in my car, or even doing activities like knitting or washing dishes. While I am typically a fiction reader, nonf...

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Join us in Reading and Discussing All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kieley with the Justice Read Logo and the Cover of the Book

Justice Read Pick- Bay County 2021

We’re excited to share that Bay County has selected All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely as its 2021 Community Justice Read! This novel tells the story of two teenage boys—one black, one white—and their experiences with a violent act that leaves their school, their comm...

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Spring Storytime is here!

One of the joys of being a children's librarian is hearing all of the wonderful stories that children and caregivers have about storytimes. I love it when children sing me their favorite storytime song, or recall a game that we played together, or recount a specific book that we'd read together. Sto...

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