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Virtual Events for Adults and Teens


  • Tech Open Lab- All Questions Welcome!  
    Do you have tech questions? Join our technology staff on Zoom and ask away!  Each program will focus on a different theme, but all general tech inquiries are welcome. Topics can include Microsoft Products, Web Applications, Social Media, Email, and how to use your personal digital devices. Register today by sending an email to

    • Monday, September 28: 3-4 p.m. Powerpoint
    • Tuesday, October 6: 5-6 p.m. Google Apps
    • Monday, October 12: 3-4 p.m. Video Conferencing (Zoom, Google Meet, House Party)
    • Tuesday, October 20: 5-6 p.m. Word
    • Monday, October 26: 3-4 p.m. Excel
    • Tuesday, November 3: 5-6 p.m. Social Media
    • Monday, November 9: 3-4 p.m. Powerpoint
    • Thursday, November 19: 5-6 p.m. Google Apps
    • Monday, November 23: 3-4 p.m. Video Conferencing (Zoom, Google Meet, House Party)

  • Virtual Book Clubs
    We are moving our librarian-led book discussions online this fall.  Registration  is  open.

  • Virtual Teen Club, Wednesday, September 30, 4 p.m.  Teen Game Night
    Teens aged 13-18 are invited to join us for our Virtual Teen Club on Zoom. Registration is required.

    • Wednesday, October 28. 4 p.m.  Haunted Teen Trivia

  • Virtual Teen Book Club, Wednesday, October 14, 4 p.m.
    We will be discussing American Royals by Katharine McGee. Register to received meeting room details.

  • Virtual Teen Advisory Board (TAB), Wednesday, November 11, 4 p.m.
    Join us to discuss books and programming ideas for teens. You’ll also get the chance to review books to purchase for our teen collection.  Register to receive meeting room details.

  • History Comes Alive–ON DEMAND THIS OCTOBER, videos will be available starting on October 1st
    Join us at your convenience to watch two interesting history lectures any time during the month of October

    • When Force Was An Option: The Bitter Election of 1800
      Presented by: Professor Bruce Zellers
      Professor Zellers from Oakland University discusses the election of 1800, a turning point in the young nation when, due to a constitutional quirk, both Thomas Jefferson and his vice-presidential running mate earned the same number of electoral college votes.
    • The 19th Century Origins of Football: From Folk Football to Soccer, Rugby and American Football
      Presented by: Historian Jim Craft
      Mr. Craft’s presentation will recount the history of early forms of folk football that have existed in Britain for nearly 1000 years. Jim will then explore how the game evolved between 1863 and 1913 into the three most prominent forms of football we know today: Soccer, Rugby Union, and Gridiron (American) Football. This is largely the story of three different approaches to making the traditional folk game safer and more interesting.

  • Film Talk with Dr. Tara Hayes –Night of the Living Dead, Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m.
    Join us online for discussion of “Night of the Living Dead” led by Dr. Tara Hayes, Professor of English at Oakland University.  Registration is required and begins September 29.


Virtual Events for Families and Youth


  • Live Weekly Family Story Times at 11 a.m.:
    Join your BTPL Youth Services librarians for a live, interactive virtual story time for families of all ages every week! Register to receive your Zoom link/login.

    • Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
      9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15
    • Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
      9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9

  • Art Lab (Live!):
    Ms. Nicole and Ms. Andy will lead artists, ages 10 – 13, step-by-step through a creative project on Zoom! Material packets will be provided for registered attendees. Register to receive your Zoom link/login. (Space for Art Lab is limited.)

    • Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.
      9/17, 10/15, 11/19, 12/17

  • Book Discussion Groups: 
    • Due to the uncertainty of school schedules for the fall, youth book discussions are on hold at this time.

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

New Videos


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
  • TumbleMath: eBooks about math for grades K – 6

All BTPL Youth Databases


Resources for Adults & Teens

  • 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
  • NEW:  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
  • Testing and Education Reference Center:  Prepare for tests, research college programs, and find tuition assistance and career advice.
  • AudioBookCloud:  Online audiobook library collection with unlimited streaming access
  • RomanceBookCloud: A curated collection of romance ebooks
  • TeenBookCloud:  Graphic novels, enhanced novels, ebooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks

All BTPL Adult and Teen Databases

Web Resources


Business and Employment Resources

Games and Activities

Mental Health and Wellness