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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

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

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

Sat, Oct 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Columbus
Join us for a socially distanced, Halloween-themed pop-up preschool song and rhyme time at 10:30a.m. on the library plaza. Masks required, costumes optional (but encouraged)!

Mon, Nov 02, All day
Columbus - Take and Make
Reserve your popcorn kit!

Mon, Nov 02, All day
Columbus
This month our fan Clubhouse will be filled with mysteries!

Tue, Nov 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Join Miss Kelly for a new session of Music & Movement. Enjoy music while keeping beat with pool noodles. This program can be viewed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Wed, Nov 04, All day
Columbus
We are so thankful for you!

Thu, Nov 05, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Facebook
Learn all about popcorn!

Fri, Nov 06, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy building?

Sat, Nov 07, All day
Columbus - Take and Make
Do you like cooking?

Tue, Nov 10, 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, Nov 11, All day
Columbus - Take and Make
Register by November 11, and pick up your art kit between the 12th and 16th. Video Instruction premier on November 17 on Facebook.

Fri, Nov 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Join Phebe West from Learn By Heart, as she shares her love for reading along with a reading of one of her very favorite children's books.

Tue, Nov 17, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Facebook
Artistic Tuesday instructional video. Register for kit by November 11 (see earlier listing in events calendar).

Wed, Nov 18, All day
Columbus - Take and Make
Experiment with hoop gliders, paper airplanes, and more!

Fri, Nov 20, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
Join Miss Ferry the Tooth Ferry and her puppets for a Thanksgiving storytime.

Tue, Nov 24, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Zoom
Join us for a family fun evening of trivia all about animals which live in the ocean.

Wed, Nov 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
We'll have a food and gratitude filled storytime to get us in the mood for giving thanks.

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

Visit Storytime Central

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

Virtual Fan Clubhouse: Witches and Wizards

Are you a fan of magic and things that are a little bit spooky? This month our Fan Club is for all things witchy and wizardy! In this Virtual Clubhouse you can find book recommendations, magical recipes, and slime instructions! You can also find our first ever Virtual Escape Room where you will recover a stolen spellbook from a renegade wizard! You can also share book and movie recommendations, and vote for your favorite witch or wizard!

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