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ALL AGES WINTER READING CHALLENGE 2021-2022


Virtual Events for Adults and Teen


  • Virtual Read-Alouds with Emily
    Settle in—it’s story time! Enjoy a softly read short story, poem, or essay read aloud by an Adult Services librarian. 
    These short form “audiobooks” offer listeners the chance to enjoy a quick, accessible narrative that combines literature with ambient sounds and seasonally-relevant elements.  A new read-aloud will be published every month on the Adult Services Vimeo page, so keep an eye out for new titles!   

  • Movie Discussion Club, (Virtual & @ at the Library)
    This club will meet the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. 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.  
    • February : Wuthering Heights (1939)

  • 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

  • Virtual Story Times 
    Join your BTPL Youth Services librarians for a live, interactive virtual story times with stories, songs, rhymes, movement, and more! (Closed captioning provided.)
    • Family Story Time, 10:30 a.m.
    • Family PJ Story Time, 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.

  • Virtual Art Lab, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.
    Explore different art mediums, some traditional and some not, in this creative program for young people, ages 10 – 13. Material packets for registrants will be provided. Thank you to the Friends for sponsoring this program.

  • Virtual Book Discussions (days and times 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. 

    • My First Book Group (grades K & 1 with an adult)
    • Book Worms (grades 2 & 3)
    • Paperbacks & Snacks (grades 4 & 5)
    • Book Chat (grades 6 – 8)
        • March date coming soon!

  • Warm Hearts: Hygge for Tweens (rescheduled Hygge & Cocoa!)
    Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word and concept meaning to surround yourself with things that make you feel comfortable, content, and cozy. Join us on Zoom as we explore the concept as a group and practice relaxation techniques. Participants will also get their own Hygge Kit filled with relaxing activities, ideas, and more to surround yourself with the warmth and light of Hygge.

  • Stories & Stuff Subscription Book Box
    A new subscription book service for grades 3-8. When you sign up, you will receive one highly recommended book based on your favorite topics and/or genres and…. some special gifts to keep! You are signing up for 3 months, but you are welcome to register again and again based on availability. Keep the box and gifts but return the book when you are finished.
    • Watch this short video to learn more!
    • Signup is filled for the first session. Look for the next one in April!

  • Kits! (available at the Youth Desk while supplies last) 
    • Peace Dove Craft kit 

Looking for something in person and outdoors? 

  • Outdoor Story Time Programs 
    Outdoor programs are in person, on the Youth Services Terrace. Space is limited. Please dress for the weather. Programs will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
  •  We are also partnering with the E.L. Johnson Nature Center to do outdoor programs at the nature center!
    • Wild About Books, Saturdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
      Join us at the nature center for an outdoor story time, craft, and a hike on the trails led by a naturalist.
      Register at www.bloomfield.org/trees.
        • February 12

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!

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

  • Anti-Racism Reading List: Books and media for all ages to support conversations about race and racism
  • 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

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