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Be Your Own Valentine

Be Your Own Valentine by Camille Nitschky, The Grief Lady Here we are again, another holiday, and this one in particular, is about love and companionship and celebrating having “a Valentine”. So, what happens if your “Valentine” dies and this day actually rubs salt in the wound? What if it marks your first kiss, your […]

Doodles From The Heart

Doodles From the Heart The idea for Lunchbox Doodles came about on the first morning my daughter started second grade in 2012. After a fun-filled summer vacation consisting of an abundance of family time, realizing that our days were going to be spent apart had me feeling the ‘back to school’ blues. So, on that […]

10 STEAM-cation Ideas in the Great Lakes Bay Region

10 STEAM-cation Ideas in the Great Lakes Bay Region Fill your family’s holiday season with rich experiences that will engage and delight every age! The Great Lakes Bay Region offers places to discover, play, and get messy together. These 10 STEAM-cation ideas encourage families to explore the beauty of our region, to expand their knowledge […]

Grief Doesn’t Take a Holiday

Grief Doesn’t Take a Holiday It’s that time of year where everyone’s anticipating holiday cheer and festivities and if you’ve recently had someone close to you die or maybe it’s been years since they’ve been gone, it can still sometimes be hard to even imagine feeling joyful. With Facebook perfection and everyone looking at you […]

Santa’s Shopping Locally for STEM Holiday Gifts

The Great Lakes Bay Region is a unique place to live and shop. This year let’s support both our children’s STEM interest and our local STEM-rich businesses by shopping locally. These businesses offer unique gifts, including membership, STEM kits, and gift cards. Use a membership year-round to play and learn at our region’s museums, nature […]

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is Supporting Girls Through the Pandemic

Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is Supporting Girls Through the Pandemic With so many parts of our lives on hold, disrupted, or even cancelled, kids need stability, connection, and fun now more than ever. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan staff members have dug into the research to discover how the pandemic has impacted girls. Girls […]

A Father’s Advice – The Community of Dad’s

A Father’s Advice The Community of Dad’s <— Listen to audio recording Imagine yourself sitting at home, sitting on the couch, enjoying a bowl of popcorn or chips or whatever late night snack you have. Now imagine your T.V. is on, and it has a sitcom or movie playing, one based on the nuclear family: dad, […]

Librarian Secrets: Introducing Wonderbooks!

Librarian Secrets: Introducing Wonderbooks! At Bay County Library System, we carry audiobooks in many formats: traditional books on CD, CD and book kits, Playaways (MP3 players about the size of a deck of cards with one title pre-loaded onto them), and new to our branches in 2020, Wonderbooks! Wonderbooks are hardcover books (picture books, early […]

A Father’s Advice – Parenting: Easy, Isn’t It?

A Father’s Advice Parenting: Easy, Isn’t It? <— Listen to audio recording   I was recently scrolling through my social media feed (that’s long hand for “Facebook”) and my eyes locked onto a headline: “Justin Timberlake Criticized for Tone Deaf Comments on ’24-hour Parenting.’” Celebrity musician Justin Timberlake found some unwelcomed comments on Twitter for […]

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education Offers Families High-quality STEM Education The Center for Excellence in STEM Education (CESE) began providing high-quality STEM Education programs for students, families, and teachers within the Great Lakes Bay Region in 2015 before occupying a physical space known as the MakerSpace within the Education and Human Services building […]