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 As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced.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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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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MI Library Quest: Mystery Edition

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and enter to win a reward. ...

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Teen Lit Loot Boxes

We are now offering a subscription service for grades 6-12!  Each box will contain one library book related to the box's theme, a book to keep and a few treats or craft to go along with the theme.  Check out the box, enjoy the books and treats, then return the library book and box.  B...

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9 Streaming Shows Based on Books

Book adaptations have always been a great point of discussion. Whether you can’t believe how they changed the story or aged up the character or completely dropped a subplot--it is still a treat to see some of our favorite reads on the screen. And while movie adaptations can be events, this last year...

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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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Please Don't Stop the Music

I know that when the majority of people hear ‘library’, they think ‘books’. We are pretty well branded there. We have got regular books, large print books, e-books, audio-books. If it's a book, we probably have it or could get it. But there are more than books in a library (both the physical bu...

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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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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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Any teens looking for a Challenge? Try MI Library Quest!

From July 1-30 Teens across the state of Michigan can participate in the MI Library Quest.  Calling all teen adventurers! His Majesty King Thaddeus Brockwright the Third is seeking brave souls to rid his kingdom of the dreaded bronze dragon. Prepare yourself for a daring virtual quest tha...

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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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