Are you taller than Zeus, the Great Dane? Can you jump farther than Waffle the Warrior Cat? Challenge yourself, your family, and your friends to break the records of 10 Guinness World Record setting pets! Click the link to find the challenge list. Print it out at home, and tackle the challenges any time. Can YOU break the pet records?
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the virtual programs are so delightful…
Wait, that’s not the lyrics? Well, it should be! Have you taken a look at our virtual calendar of programs recently? There’s something for children of all ages.
On Mondays at 10:30 am, you and your little ones can take part in Let’s Play School storytimes. After the storytime, drop by the library to pick up the Little Moves badge your child has earned!
Our other virtual storytimes are:
Tuesdays @ 11:30am
Wednesdays @ 10:30am
Thursdays @ 7:00pm
And, alternating Fridays/Saturdays @ 10:30am!
Head to our online events calendar for more information!
Stopping by the library? Grab one of our activity bags (while supplies last). They contain a craft themed around the Badge Squad badge of the month: The Betsy Ross. Each week of the month we’ll be introducing a new program for our elementary-aged friends. Check back every Monday to find out how to participate in a virtual escape room, an art show, a downloadable game, and a challenge to beat some Guinness World Record setting pets!
Election Day takes place on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November each year. This year, it’s November 3.
On Election Day we cast our vote, or make our choice, on who we think should make the rules for America. We can cast our vote for our governors, senators, representatives, and even our President.
Once they have been elected, each of these people has a really big job to do. It takes plenty of smarts and skills to run our state and country. All of those elected people must also work together. While they may not see eye-to-eye on every issue, their goal is to do their best to help run our country. One thing we must remember is that the people we vote for work for, and with us, to make our country a better place.
I think one of the greatest ways to see our government working with us is to have them help us out. What better way to help out than to record a special Voting Storytime for us to watch and learn from!
Here we have Senator Maria Collett, Representative Perry S. Warren Jr., Representative Wendi Thomas, and Representative Wendy Ullman reading a variety of books about voting for you to enjoy!
— Shannon Collins., Youth Services Librarian
October 26 – 30 marks this year’s Media Literacy Week! In a world where we’re faced with information overload and evaluating conflicting information sources seems more important than ever, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) promotes “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication.” We’ve rounded up some resources to help get you started.[Read more…] about It’s Media Literacy Week!
I love it when the weather turns cool and you can start to wear sweaters. It’s my favorite time of year. When the leaves turn and fall, and the smell of rot clings to the air like hungry ghosts suffering from denial. I love Halloween when you can put on a costume and pretend to be who you really are.
This is the time of year when we give ourselves a little leeway to face what scares us. And we all know there’s plenty out there to fuel our nightmares. But scary books have always been a solace when times are frightening. It’s good to know these stories are stuck between the dust jackets.
If you’re looking for something spooky, or you want to give yourself a haunt, here is a small sampler:[Read more…] about 13 Tales of Terror
School is back in session and that means that students are working on research assignments. It should be easy, right – just search the Internet? Except, as we all know, EVERYTHING is on the Internet: the good, the bad, and the far-too-much. An important part of research assignments is not just finding information, but selecting the best information for your purposes.
Libraries have been a trusted source for guidance in research for a long time. BCFL has tools for each step of a student research assignment. Here are some chosen just for middle grade students![Read more…] about Research Help for Middle Grade Students
At the library, we know that screen fatigue might be hitting hard where you are. Whether you’re doing virtual learning, working from home, or taking advantage of the digital resources safely at home, we’re all using our screens a bit more than we used to. So we thought we’d share a roundup of family-friendly books that will take you away from the screens and back to crafting, experimenting, and exploring with what you have around the house or from the outdoors![Read more…] about From Book to Creation: Explore, Learn and Create — All Without a Screen!
We get it; between school and work and planning that killer costume, the first few weeks of Fall can be A LOT. And if you signed up for our BCFL Read-A-Thon, you might be finding yourself a few books behind schedule.
But never fear, because October 19 marks the very first day of our Beanstack Book-tober Bash Challenge!
If you’re just tuning in, every month on Beanstack, we give you the chance to read books, beat challenges, and unlock badges.[Read more…] about A New Challenge Approaches!
Love the Baby-Sitters Club and looking for more great reads? These books are full of friends, humor, and lots of heart!
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Having lost her hearing at the age of four, Cece has trouble fitting in and making friends. But then she discovers that her hearing aid gives her certain super powers![Read more…] about Best Books for Fans of The Baby-Sitters Club
Does the crisp October air have you and your kids hankering for some spooky reads? Do you long to stretch your skeleton out on the couch with a cup of your favorite ghoulish hot beverage and page through a chilling tale? Have your little ghosts and werewolves been pestering you for creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky books this season?
Then it’s your monstrously lucky day – put these on your hold list and prepare to be scared![Read more…] about Spooky Reads for the Young and Young at Heart