UPDATED on March 24: All BCFL branches are closed through Sunday, April 5. For up-to-date news on how the COVID-19 Pandemic is affecting library services and programs, visit our COVID-19 Action Plan page.
We are happy to announce that we are again purchasing titles from Macmillan Publishers now that the company has lifted the embargo on eBooks it instituted last fall (see BCFL’s original response here). A major publisher, Macmillan is the parent company of several popular imprints such as: Tor; Henry Holt; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; St. Martin’s Press; and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Head over to cloudLibrary to check out the newly purchased titles, which are already in our catalog. These titles include books for adults, as well as additions to our selection of popular read-along eBooks for children.
We know it’s hard to be stuck at home with little ones who have become used to a daily routine. We thought providing resources for doing an “at-home” storytime might help any families or little ones missing their weekly storytime routine at the library!
Below are some songs, rhymes, and stories you can access from the comfort of your home! All you need is a library card! We recommend breaking up stories with 2-3 songs or rhymes in between; however, you know your little ones best![Read more…] about Missing Library Storytime? Here’s How You Can Have Storytime at Home!
Last week, we published a list of kid-friendly resources to help and inspire families and children, working and learning from home. But we recognize that adults stuck at home during COVID-19 restrictions need inspiration, too! So, for the older crowd, here’s a list of online and digital resources to help you create, get healthy, learn, and have fun. Oh, and for those of you new to this cooking thing, we offer a few suggestions for places where you can get help with that, too.
- Get crafty with eBooks and eMagazines from:
- Free classes at Bluprint
- Free classes at Creativebug
Get Healthy and Move
- Get fit with Hoopla
- Glo: free yoga, pilates, and meditation classes
- YMCA of Bucks County: free online fitness challenges, workouts, and stress management and mindfulness classes
Say hello to Boredom Busters Bitez, an extension of our Boredom Busters publication.
Starting today, we will release three different Boredom Buster activities per day – each with a different theme. Visit our Boredom Busters’ page daily, download the activity files, and have fun! The themes for this week are: In the Garden, Mindfulness, Make-Believe, Pond-Life, and Jam Out!
Here you are a few days into COVID-19 restrictions, maybe working from home, and helping your children adjust to a life that includes remote learning, homeschooling, and social distancing. Maybe you could use a little inspiration and help with adjusting to your new normal. We’ve put together this great list of free resources that includes ways to get your kids learning, having fun, moving, listening, and exploring.
Explore the Earth
Fun & Games[Read more…] about Resources for Families and Kids: Have Fun and Learn While Social Distancing
The library may be closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we are always open online. There are a myriad of ways you can use our website and e-library to read, listen, learn, and stay informed while you’re at home practicing social distancing. Here are a few.
You’ll need a library card to access many of these resources. If you don’t have one, apply for an ecard, which will give you access to our e-resources. Once we reopen, you can visit us and trade up for a full-service library card.
Engage in fun activities, complete challenges, and earn badges with Let’s Play School (for kids ages 3–5) and Badge Squad (for kids ages 5–14). Download activity cards from our website, then visit us when we reopen and your child will receive a real cloth patch for each badge they’ve earned.
Kids & Teens
Learn something new, sharpen your skills, or get tips on working from home with online courses from Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning). Use Brainfuse and LearningExpress to get resume help, brush up on core skills, practice for your GED, and more.
The Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
March 14 is International Ask a Question Day. It is also the birthday of Albert Einstein, who said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
The library is a great place to get questions answered.
A Quakertown patron recently asked, “How many items are housed in the library?” Answer – On December 31, the size of Quakertown’s collection was 66,835. Of course, 20% is checked out at any given time.
A Bensalem patron asked, “Where is the cloud?” Answer – The cloud is a collection of servers housed in massive, acre-filling complexes all over the world. Our data lives in these places, often called “server farms”, and we can access it from anywhere on any device.
Other common questions asked at libraries are:
Why do pigeons bob their heads when they walk? Answer – Because it helps them to see.
How did the grapefruit get its name? It doesn’t look like a grape. Answer – Because grapefruits grow in clusters on trees like grapes.
Why do mosquitoes bite me and not my friend? Answer – Because some lucky people produce chemicals that smell bad to mosquitoes.
Ask yourself questions to find out what makes you tick with The Question Book by Mikael Krogerus.
Kids can have fun with trivia by reading Why, Fly Guy? A Big Question and Answer Book by Tedd Arnold, or Quiz Whiz 6 : 1,000 Super Fun Mind-bending Totally Awesome Trivia Questions.
— Ceil H., CMD Manager
Celebrate Women’s History Month with these new children’s biographies written about brilliant and courageous women who have made a difference in our world.[Read more…] about Seven Biographies for Kids for Women’s History Month