Librarian Secrets: Unique Collections at Bay County Library System

Unique Collections at Bay County Library System Did you know that libraries are so much more than books? Today I’m thrilled to tell you about some hot new collections that we carry at Bay County Library System (BCLS). Even though these special collections may only be on the shelf at a designated branch, we are […]

Pregnancy, Birth… And Dads? Dads’ Crucial Role in the Childbearing Year

Photographs are courtesy of Kendra Renee Photography   Pregnancy, Birth… And Dads? Dads’ Crucial Role in the Childbearing Year Ah, pregnancy and birth. What a beautiful time in our lives as we become mothers. We get showered with gifts, no longer have to find excuses just to get pampered, and get to wonder what our […]

Librarian Secrets: Seasonal Early Literacy Activities

Winter is a great time to practice your child’s early literacy skills! According to the Every Child Ready to Read® initiative, there are 5 activities parents and caregivers can explore with their children to develop their early literacy skills: reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking.   Here are some ideas for special ways to celebrate winter […]

Why Dad Matters: Part 2 — Research Piece

“STAR WARS! STAR WARS! STAR WARS!” My boys chanted these words until I relented. I grabbed the FireStick remote, flipped to Disney+ and clicked on Episode II: Attack of the Clones. SPOILER ALERT: As I watched Anakin sink further into a darker character, I already knew that he would transition into the infamous Darth Vader. […]

10 Affordable STEM Adventures for Families this Holiday Season

Take your family on a STEM adventure right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region! One of the great things I love about STEM activities is that they are so much fun and my kids are learning as they play. As a parent, I get to experience it and play right along beside them. Our […]

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum Welcomes Winter

FREE Holiday Event Winter is the most wonderful time of the year at your Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum located in Saginaw, MI. We are busy planning events, hosting field trips, and as always, making play fun and educational for our visitors every day. One of our favorite events we host every year is our New Year’s […]

WHY DAD MATTERS: Part 1 – Experience/Opinion Piece

Author’s note: this is a two-part post. Part one will focus on the author’s own experience and opinion. Part two will dive into some data research in order to build on the conclusion. Phone in hand, my mother looked at me with a stone-cold face. “He’s dead. Dad’s dead.” “Grandpa?” was my response. “No. Your […]

Librarian Secrets: Feast of Books

Librarian Secrets: Feast of Books When the air gets cold and the leaves (and maybe some snowflakes) are falling, it is a great time for a family feast! Whether you’re gathering for Thanksgiving or another family occasion, here are a few favorite food themed read-aloud choices from the children’s department at Bay County Library System. […]

2019-2020 STEM Passports: Packed full with Family RESOURCES, COUPONS & fun PLACES to experience STEM

2019-2020 STEM Passports I am pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 STEM Passport is here! This amazing booklet is the creation of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance’s Out-of-School Time Network. It is an effort to create equal access to STEM-rich institutions to all children throughout the region. Why is this important? We live in a […]

HOME SCHOOL CULTURE: Community in the Great Lakes Bay Region

When our family decided to home school, we tried to make purposeful decisions that would help create life experiences for our kids that revolved around community. We either joined existing or created multitudes of fun classes and events that took advantage of the experts that live and work in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Now, […]