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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New Beanstack Challenges with Beanstack Logo in Corner

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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young girl writing in notebook

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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father reading to son sitting in his lap

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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OverDrive Magazines

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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Storytime father son

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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Early Reader bag contents: 2 crafts, activity, book, toys, and fruit snacks

Introducing Early Bird Reader Bags!

Enjoy a fun surprise for beginning readers (Grades K-2) every month beginning in March! Each Early Bird Reader Bag contains a book to keep, a parent letter with activity suggestions, and a craft. Every month will have a different kid-friendly theme. March's theme will be the Elephant and Piggie seri...

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image of a brain with rainbow colors (brainfuse logo)

Brainfuse Is Here!

We are excited to have Brainfuse, an on-demand, anytime, anywhere, eLearning proram, as the latest addition to our online learning services. Brainfuse offers BCLS cardholders of all ages and levels free access to live, online tutoring, career help, and other skill-building resources.  L...

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early literacy calendar sample page

2021 Early Literacy Calendar Now Available

Print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars for your family.  Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each month contains learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and ...

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winter storytime flyer

Winter Storytime Session Registration Has Begun!

Storytimes for our winter session (Jan 4- Feb 18) will be held live on Zoom!  Zoom information will be sent automatically (via email) to registered families. Call or register online (via the links below).    Baby Storytime (Ages birth-23 months + participating caregiver)...

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