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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, Dec 03, All day
Columbus
Do you like cooking?
This event is full

Fri, Dec 04, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy building things?

Sun, Dec 06, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy crafting?
This event is full

Sun, Dec 06, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy crafting?

Sun, Dec 06, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy crafting?

Mon, Dec 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Columbus
Jim Gill is back in concert!

Tue, Dec 08, All day
Columbus
Jim Gill is back in concert!

Tue, Dec 08, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Columbus - Zoom
Do you enjoy playing bingo?

Wed, Dec 09, All day
Columbus
Jim Gill is back in concert!

Wed, Dec 09, All day
Columbus
Do you enjoy arts & crafts?

Tue, Dec 15, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Columbus - Facebook
Do you enjoy arts & crafts?

Fri, Dec 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Columbus - Facebook
In preparation for the Winter Solstice on the 21st, we?ll read a book about the longest night of the year, with songs and felt stories, too!

Mon, Dec 21, All day
Columbus
Do you love to think about what life was like in the past?

Thu, Dec 31, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Columbus - Facebook
We are going to ring in the New Year a little early!

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

Visit Storytime Central

Virtual Fan Clubhouse: Adventures in History

Do you love to think about what life was like in the past? If you love to read books like the Magic Tree House Books, the I Survived series, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, or the American Girl series then December’s Virtual Fan Club is for you! You can get book recommendations, tell us about your favorite Historical Fiction books and movies, and test your history knowledge in the Time Travel Escape Room! 

Visit the Fan Clubhouse

Not your genre or series? Try visiting one of our past Fan clubhouses!

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 lbailey@mybcpl.org.

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