ALL BRANCHES ARE OPEN

Book drops, limited inside service, and curbside available! Normal branch hours have resumed. Read our COVID-19 Response plan here.

NOTE: Per updated CDC recommendations, returned materials are quarantined for at least 7 days before items are checked in. You will still see items on your account during that time, but you will not incur any late fees.

EFFECTIVE JULY 13, 2020...Governor's Executive Order 2020-147
In accordance with the new state mandate, a mask is required to be worn to enter and while inside the library. Masks are available, if needed.

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Learning at Home with BCLS!

Whether you are homeschooling or learning remotely, Bay County Library System has plenty of resources to support your student and family! Our Children’s Department staff has compiled some of our favorite resources to supplement your child’s learning needs.  Special Collections (Available for...

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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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Coming Soon: Virtual Crafts for Kids

We are excited to be offering a new virtual craft series for kids (ages 5-12)! Some of our Children's Librarians will be meeting on Zoom and demonstrating how to make the craft while the kids follow along at home. We will provide all of the supplies for pickup at the branch of your choice up to 2 we...

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Read & Stream: Kids Edition

Sometimes, you just want to stay inside on a rainy day and stream some movies and shows - but where to start? Book adaptations are fun ways to relax with a good book AND a good show, and right now, streaming services are full of them! Check out the list below of some popular adaptations for kids and...

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Introducing the BCLS Read Woke Reading Challenge

Literature is one way to explore difficult issues, such as racism and inequality. In response to many patron requests for books that deal with these important topics, we launched our Read Woke Reading Challenge online! There are 10 categories in the challenge, and we’ve compiled lists of recommen...

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Imagine Your Story

Stories to Spark Your Imagination

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is Imagine Your Story, so it's a great time to explore fairy tales and folktales from around the world - even a few fractured ones. There's something for all ages, from picture books for the family to children, teens, and adults. Check out some that you might...

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten is now on Beanstack!

Great news! You can now participate in our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge on Beanstack (our Summer Reading Program site/app)! Go to https://baycountylibrary.beanstack.com/ to get started.

If you've already started the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge on p...

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Grab and Go Crafts Now Available for Kids and Teens!

Children and teens can now get grab & go craft kits! A new craft comes out every Monday through August 17th and is available while supplies last on a first come, first served basis at all of our locations. Our branches that are closed on Mondays will put new crafts out on Tuesdays...

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Dads of All Kinds

Literature is full of great father figures: Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol, Arthur Weasley from the Harry Potter series, Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, Mathew Cuthbert from the Anne of Green Gables series, and Horton the Elephant from Horton Hatch...

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What's New? Creativebug!

We are pretty bummed to not be seeing everyone's faces this summer for in-person programming, but making lemonade out of lemons, this helped prompt the library into finding an amazing new resource for crafting called Creativebug! Creativebug has been billed as a "Netflix for Crafters" and that de...

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