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Introducing Scholastic Watch & Learn Library

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Scholastic Watch & Learn Library to our list of online resources for kids and families! Featuring high-quality, teacher-vetted videos on everything from science to social-emotional skills, this database is an excellent resource for teachers and homeschoolers to supplement your curriculum. The videos are aimed primarily at preschool and early elementary school students, and new videos are added monthly.

Explore Scholastic Watch and Learn

Fall 2020 Family Advisory Survey

We need your help! We are looking for input to help us to plan programs, services, and purchases for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Take our short survey, and tell us what you think about children's services. 

Take the Family Advisory Survey

Upcoming Events
Tue, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Zoom
Register to be our guest for Disney Trivia!

Wed, Sep 30, All day
Columbus
Read a fall book and make your own fall garland!

Wed, Sep 30, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus
Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes!

Thu, Oct 01, All day
Columbus
Help us decorate this month!

Fri, Oct 02, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus
Are you a fan of magic and things that are a little bit spooky?

Mon, Oct 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Columbus - Library Plaza
Join us on the plaza for some socially distanced toddler and preschool rhymes and songs!

Tue, Oct 06, All day
Columbus
Learn about astronomy, and create your own constellation with glow in the dark stars and planets!

Tue, Oct 06, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Columbus - Zoom
Do you enjoy playing bingo? If so join us for this fun event. Register online on our events page, and expect an email with a Zoom link, password and Bingo card the day before the program.

Wed, Oct 07, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes!

Fri, Oct 09, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy building things?

Sat, Oct 10, All day
Columbus
Register now to reserve your STEAM take-and-make kit. Kit pickup dates are listed in the event description.

Tue, Oct 13, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Columbus - Zoom
Fun with Fairy Tale Trivia!

Wed, Oct 14, All day
Columbus - Take and Make
Register by October 14, and pick up your kit between the 15th and the 19th. Video instructions premier October 20 on Facebook.

Wed, Oct 14, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes!

Thu, Oct 15, All day
Columbus
Help us decorate this month!

Fri, Oct 16, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Zoom
Join us as we talk about all things spooky!

Fri, Oct 16, All day
Columbus
It?s ALIVE! Er, we mean, ALIGHT!

Tue, Oct 20, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Facebook
Artistic Tuesday instructional video. Register for kit by October 14 (see earlier listing in events calendar).

Wed, Oct 21, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes!

Thu, Oct 22, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Facebook
It?s officially Spooky Season, and Mr. Dave is here to deliver some scares! Join us on Facebook or Youtube for this kid and tween focused Spooky Storytelling!

Fri, Oct 23, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Facebook
Have you ever wondered what the library looks like after dark in October?! Join us for a tour of the library that is just a little bit spooky? if you dare!

Tue, Oct 27, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Tis the season for some spooky music!

Wed, Oct 28, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Not to Spooky Storytime!

Thu, Oct 29, All day
Columbus
Help us decorate this month!

If you bookmark any page, make it this one. Your one stop for storytimes, song lyrics, literacy tips, and more.

Visit Storytime Central

Calling all builders!

Do you enjoy building things with Legos? Perhaps you prefer Minecraft, or maybe you like doing DIY projects and using power tools. Whatever it is you like to build or create, we invite you to join the BCPL Builder's Guild! Visit our virtual guild headquarters to complete challenges, get ideas, and share your creations with one another! No registration necessary. Participate whenever you want. Challenges and galleries will be updated monthly. 

Visit the Builder's Guild

Virtual Fan Clubhouse: Dav Pilkey

This month we’ll be talking about all things Dav Pilkey in our virtual Dav Pilkey Fan Clubhouse! Here you can find links to Dav Pilkey videos, activity pages, and sneak peeks! There is also a survey to vote for your favorite Dav Pilkey character- the winning character will be made into a mural that will hang in the Children’s Department! Bring in your Dav Pilkey fan art to the Children’s Desk all month long to have it added to our Fan Art Gallery! 

Visit the Fan Clubhouse

Whether you have chosen to homeschool, study remotely, or participate in a hybrid e-learning program this school year, we are here to support you. Visit our Homeschooling Services page to learn more about homeschooling, or explore our free online tools and resources. We also have a large collection of books about parenting, teaching, homeschooling, and other learning concerns between the children's special collection and the adult nonfiction collection. Finally, don't miss out on our virtual and take-and-do library programs either - they make a great supplement to your learning journey. If there are any resources you are hoping to see that we do not currently have available, please contact Lindsey at [email protected]

Please feel free to share with others - our goal is to support ongoing learning and enjoyment for the families we serve. 

Resources for . . .
Caregivers
Educators
Learn with the Library

Lesson Plans and Materials

Homeschooling

Continuing Education

Everyone

Supporting Black Lives Through Books

Looking for materials to read with your kids to help them to learn and process current events (and the history leading up to them)? Perhaps you would simply like to expose them to diverse voices and perspectives.  Maybe you would like some advice directed at you - the caregiver - for engaging in tough conversations about race, racism, and prejudice. We want to help! We've put together a list of some of the books we have in our department that feature black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) characters, authors, and illustrators. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list - but it is a list of titles we recommend. You can check our catalog for additional titles. We have also included a link to further reading and resources for kids and caregivers, compiled by librarians around the country. 

If there are items we do not have in our catalog that you would like to see, please reach out to us using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Contact the Children's Department