The latest Governor's Executive Order closed all libraries to the public through JUNE 12, 2020. Please note libraries are prohibited from offering curbside service under the current order. Staff is working diligently on a phased reopening plan, virtual Summer Reading Program and performances, and some exciting NEW services! In the meantime, you can stay connected to us here...



Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCLS Board of Trustees will meet via conference call at their regularly scheduled time and date of May 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Conference call information is as follows

Dial:  978-990-5083

Access Code: 6924840#

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Puzzling Reads for Middle-Grade Sleuths

Puzzling Reads for Middle-Grade Sleuths

Lately, I've found myself with more time for puzzles - jigsaw puzzles, sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, and of course all those digital escape rooms that keep popping up. But I have always loved books that let me solve their puzzles along with the characters. Good old-fashioned Sherlock Holmes-typ...

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We Love Love

Would You Like a Little Humor With That Romance?

I am a sucker for romantic comedies. From the iconic lines, to the predictable plots, to the part where I want to yell at the characters because this could all be solved if they just talked to each other, they are just such a wonderful form of entertainment. And on top of everything else, rom-coms a...

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Mer May

Hooray for Mer-May

The world can be a little overwhelming lately. That’s something that I think we can all recognize. So when I find something that is joyful and makes me smile, I want to share. That’s how I felt when I heard someone talk about Mer-May (A play on words combining mermaids with May-which somehow is...

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Connecting with Us at Home

During the library closure, our staff has been coming up with new ways to connect with you at home! Here's just a few of the places you can find us online, right from the comfort of your own chair! Storytime! Miss Dani from the Sage Branch has been putting together wonderful storytimes - from ...

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Need a library card? Get one today!

How to Get a Temporary Library Card

Maybe you have meant to get a library card for a while, or maybe you have been telling friends and family about our awesome resources, but found out they don’t have a library card. Well have no fear, because Bay County residents can get a temporary library card to be able to access our digital servi...

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Dad and daughter writing together

Educational Resources for Home Learning

With schools closed, we are sharing some educational resources for children and families:  Watch a virtual storytime:  Miss Dani, one of our children’s librarians, has created a YouTube channel to present virtual storytimes.  Discover the library's digital collectio...

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"women work for the vote (2)" by Oregon State University

Books for Women's History Month

On this date 100 years ago, we only had 18 Amendments to the Constitution (looking at you, Prohibition). But that wouldn't last long, because the 19th Amendment was on it's way to ratification - finally granting women the right to vote. Michigan was one of the first three states to ratify the Amendm...

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Blue Background with Books. Text reads- Things we love: Book Clubs

Looking to Join a Book Club?

It is such a terrible feeling when you want to talk to someone about something you just read and no one else you know has read it yet. We are here to help give you solace in those times of need. You are always welcome to come talk to us about your new favorite (or most hated) books, but sometimes it...

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Calling all caregivers of young children! Did you know that Bay County Library System offers an early literacy program called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? Children can begin the program as babies and may finish the program anytime before beginning Kindergarten. Registration is ongoing.  ...

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book display of the Youth Media Award winners 2020

Best of the Best! Youth Media Awards 2020

Every year, the American Library Association and associated organizations recognize the best and brightest in children's publishing. The oldest medal awarded, the Newbery, has been given out since 1922! Today, there are a number of awards to recognize contributions across the board - illustration, w...

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