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Virtual Events for Adults and Teen

  • Virtual Summer Open Labs
    Do you have tech questions? We have answers! Zoom in or call our technology staff in the Computer Center to receive personal one-on-one assistance. Topics can include Microsoft Products, Web Applications, Social Media, Email, and how to use your personal digital device.  Email asktech@btpl.org to get a ZOOM link or call 248-642-5800 extension 121 to set up a date and time.  
    • You may also pre-register for a scheduled Open Lab.  Email the date of your desired session to asktech@btpl.org  or call 248 642 5800 ext. 121 (days) or 404 (evenings).  Day and evening times available each week.
      • Fall sessions will be announced soon!

  • Spikeview for Teens
    Join us Monday, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. for a Zoom meeting with special guest Connor Boundy, Entrepreneur & Business Development Professional. Learn how to use the platform Spikeview to show the real you with an impressively organized online portfolio. Email askteen@btpl.org to register & for Zoom meeting link.

  • Movie Discussion Club, (Virtual @ at the Library)
    This new club will meet the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. Watch the selected movie at home before joining the discussion on Zoom or at the Library.  All movies are available in the Library’s media collection and on Kanopy or hoopla. Open to Bloomfield Township patrons.  To sign up, email AskAdult@btpl.org or call the Library at 248-642-5800 an ask for the Adult Services Desk.  

  • Book Clubs (Virtual & at the Library)
    We are planning on resuming both librarian-led and volunteer-led book clubs at the Library beginning in September 2021.  A Zoom option will also be available for those who wish to participate from home.  To register, email AskAdult@btpl.org or call the library at 248-642-5800 and ask for the Adult Services Desk.

Virtual Events for Families and Youth

 

 

  • Live Virtual Story Times coming back this fall!
    Join your BTPL Youth Services librarians for a live, interactive virtual story times with stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more! (Closed captioning provided.)

     

    • Preschool Story Time, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
    • Little Zoomers Story Time (for infants and toddlers with caregiver), Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
    • Register one time for each multi-week session. Story Time Supply Kits will be available at the Youth Desk for registrants when registration begins.
    • Family PJ Story Time, Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
      The entire family of all ages is welcome to join us for family bedtime story time! Attend in your PJs and settle into a comfy space at home. Register for each story time separately.

Looking for something outside and in person? We are partnering with the E.L. Johnson Nature Center this fall!

    • Wild About Books, Saturdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
      Join us at the nature center for a story time, craft, and outdoor activity. Register at www.bloomfield.org/trees.
      • September 18
      • October 16
      • November 20


  • Virtual Book Discussions, 7:00 p.m. (days vary) 
    Grab your favorite snack and join us for some lively book discussions on Zoom this fall! Discussion and activities following led by one of our Youth Librarians.  Free copies of book will be available at the Youth Desk for registered participants. Digital copies will also be available for download via OverDrive, Libby, and/or Hoopla. Book discussion titles coming soon!


  • Hocus Pocus: An At-Home Interactive Movie Adventure
    • Registration begins October 4.
      • Pick up a kit of props to take your Hocus Pocus screening to the next level! Each kit will contain a list of interactions, props, and instructions for you to use while enjoying this Halloween classic.
        Kits are made for individuals, so make sure to register each participant. 
      • A limited number of copies of the movie will be available for pickup, along with your kits, for those who don’t already own this Disney favorite (1 DVD per family please). 

  • “Let’s Draw Monsters!” Virtual Cartooning 
    Join award-winning cartoonist and illustrator, Rick Stromoski, for a virtual cartooning workshop! For ages 8 – 12. Supply kits will be provided to registered participants.

  • Kits! (available at the Youth Desk while supplies last) 
    • “Talk Like a Pirate Day” Pirate Ship Craft Kits
    • Turtle Friends Sensory Story Time Supply Kits

  • Activities at your own pace:

Youth Services Videos–ON DEMAND
Check out these videos (with closed captioning) from our Youth Services team after nap time, online school, or whenever it is convenient!

New Videos

Many more recorded activities, book talks, crafts, and story times can be found on our Youth Services Vimeo Channel and Story Times On-Demand

Missed some of our Feel-Good Friday videos? Check out our Book Bitz channel for little bits about books you might like to read!

Library Online Resources

 

Resources for Children & Students

  • Anti-Racism Reading List: Books and media for all ages to support conversations about race and racism
  • BookFlix:  Interactive reading experience to explore fiction and non-fiction for grades PreK – 3
  • Brainfuse: Get help with your homework online from 2pm to 11pm daily (excluding some holidays).
  • PebbleGo: Informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy for grades K – 3
  • Read It!: Articles on a variety of subjects that include comprehension supports for middle school – adult ELL and other different learners
  • TumbleBook Library: Children’s eBook database of picture books and read-along chapter books

All BTPL Youth Databases

Resources for Adults & Teens

  • Ancestry.com from Home:  Research your genealogy from home for a limited time
  • Anti-Racism Reading List: Books and media for all ages to support conversations about race and racism
  • NEW:  Brainfuse:  Get help with your homework online from 2pm to 11pm daily (excluding some holidays)
  • Career Resources:  Resumes builders, career research, and vocational testing preparation
  • CreativeBug: 1000+ high-quality instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more
  • Gale Courses:  Sign up for six-week-long classes in a variety of subject areas
  • Homework Help: Find resources to help with your assignments and research
  • Learning Express Test Prep:  Take practice test for the ACT, SAT and more
  • LinkedIn Learning:  Formerly Lynda.com.  Find thousands of online courses in business, software, technology and creative skills.
  • Mango Languages:  Learn a new language
  • Newspapers:  Access our online collection of local and national newspapers

All BTPL Adult and Teen Databases

Web Resources

 
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