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 As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced.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

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Just Added: New Books for Families Who Homeschool

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Learning at Home with BCLS!

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Introducing Future Librarian Training!

In honor of September being Library Card Sign-up Month, we've put together a fun Beanstack challenge to teach kids (Grades K-6) how to use the Library! Earn digital badges as you learn more about our programs and services. To join, visit baycountylibrary.beanstack.org or log into your B...

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Virtual Teen Crafts Starting Next Month!

Introducing a new virtual craft series for teens (grades 6-12)! Our Teen Librarians will be hosting craft sessions on Zoom and demonstrating how to make the craft while the teens follow along at home. We will provide all of the supplies for pickup at the branch of your choice up to 2 weeks...

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