Bryan + College Station Public Library System teams up with Bryan ISD and College Station ISD to expand access to Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks for students

sora student reading partnership program and app

As educators seek more creative ways to support students’ learning, a key resource for schools is the local public library. Now, we have formed an innovative new partnership to increase students’ access to eBooks and digital audiobooks by combining the library and school digital reading resources in one app. The Public Library CONNECT partnership is facilitated by OverDrive, the popular digital reading platform serving both the library and school.

The partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for student’s use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app, students can now borrow from the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading titles as well as from the Bryan + College Station Public Library System’s juvenile and young adult digital collection. Students can easily log into the library’s digital collection through Sora using their school credentials/student ID rather than requiring a separate library card. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes, and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.

The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019 and is available for students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available to use in web browsers on any computer.

Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

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Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

Now through Jan. 3, 2021.

This year’s Nutcracker Ballet storytime from Ballet Brazos will be virtual with a video that includes BCSPLS children’s librarians reading from the Nutcracker storybook and excerpts from last year’s ballet performance.

We hope you enjoy this online take of a traditional holiday classic.

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos - Click here to watch

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, Clara B. Mounce Public Library is proud to present:

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos - Click here to watch

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos

Starting Friday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and running through Nov. 1.

Carolina will excite, enthrall and educate your children with her distinctive bilingual style of storytelling that shines with poetic intensity (and bilingual subtitles).

Carolina Storyteller is a Texas Commission on the Arts performer who brought to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from Hispanic and Latin America. Her performances find common language and meanings to convey powerful images in her tales.

Come join us virtually to share in the wonderful bilingual folktales come to life through puppetry, songs, and more!

Please submit feedback about the performance for a chance to win a special Dia de los Muertos themed prize for kids. Prizes will be given to the first feedback entries submitted to jstadler@bryantx.gov. Supplies are limited so be sure to watch the video and submit your feedback as soon as possible!

For more information, contact the Mounce Library youth services desk at (979) 209-5600.

Extended Library Hours Beginning Sept. 8, 2020

Mounce Library

Curbside Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Ringer Library

Curbside Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Monday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Carnegie History Center

Monday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

 

 

Grandma Bobbee: Story Songs

Bobbee Pennington

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, Clara B. Mounce Public Library is proud to present:

Grandma Bobbee

Starting Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. | One Week Only

Grandma Bobbee is a library legend in the Brazos Valley.

Bobbee Pennington spent 15 years working as a storyteller and family literacy librarian with Clara B. Mounce Public Library until she retired in 2019. But don’t let that fool you. Bobbee is still very active in literacy and storytelling.

A member of the Tejas Storytelling Association, Bobbee is the program coordinator for the Brazos Valley Literacy Coalition and she performs and tells stories in schools, libraries, and museums.

She is also now a registered trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System certified in the following areas:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Development Through Play
  • Emergent Literacy: Reading and Writing
  • Language and Communication: Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary
  • Supporting Skill Development

Come join us virtually to listen to Grandma Bobbee take us on a storytelling adventure.

This performance is a part of the Bryan + College Station Library System’s Summer Reading Program and will be available for one week only.

Zoom Backgrounds: Make the libraries your online meeting background

meeting area at library

The Bryan + College Station Library System has meeting rooms that are used frequently by the public. With social distancing guidelines in place, and in-person meetings not happening at the moment, we thought you might like to still get that library feel for your Zoom meetings.

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mounce library

mounce library

downtown bryan in 1871

ringer library

ringer library

ringer library

carnegie library

BCS Library System resuming services in phases

As the state of Texas begins to gradually reopen public spaces, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System will also reopen in phases, to ensure patrons and staff remain healthy and safe.

As the state of Texas begins to gradually reopen public spaces, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System will also reopen in phases, to ensure patrons and staff remain healthy and safe.

STARTING ON MAY 18 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Libraries will open at 50% occupancy for come-and-go activities during the following hours:

Clara B. Mounce Public Library

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Larry J. Ringer Library

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carnegie History Center

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Curbside Service

Curbside service will be available at Mounce and Ringer Libraries on Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Library patrons are encouraged to continue placing items on hold and using the curbside and book drop services.

Patrons can place holds on items online or by phone:
Mounce: (979) 209-5600
Ringer: (979) 764-3416

When you arrive to pick up items, please call the library to notify staff that you are outside. You will be asked to park in designated parking, remain in car and pop trunk for staff to place checked out items.

Other Services and Information

  • Librarians will continue to provide adult and youth programming on the BCS Library System’s social media pages.
  • Computers will be available for use for one hour, with social distancing protocols in place.
  • Meeting room spaces are closed during the duration of this phased opening.
  • Patrons should conduct in-person business at the libraries as quickly as possible in order to reduce in-person contact with others.
  • Patrons also will be asked to observe social distancing guidelines by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in their household.
  • Library staff will ensure the facilities are continually disinfected in accordance with CDC protocols.
  • Further reopening and expansion of hours will be shared as they come available. Patrons are encouraged to check bcslibrary.org for updates.

May 11- 16

  • Libraries will open at 25% occupancy for come-and-go activities during the following hours: Clara B. Mounce Public Library – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Larry J. Ringer Library and Carnegie History Center – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Library patrons are encouraged to continue placing items on hold and using the curbside and book drop services.
  • Librarians will continue to provide adult and youth programming on the BCS Library System’s social media pages.
  • Computers will be available for use, with social distancing protocols in place.

Meeting room spaces are closed during the duration of this phased opening. Patrons should conduct in-person business at the libraries as quickly as possible in order to reduce in-person contact with others. Patrons also will be asked to observe social distancing guidelines by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in their household.

Library staff also will ensure the facilities are continually disinfected in accordance with CDC protocols.

May 4-8

  • Library buildings remain closed, but curbside hold pickup services will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at Clara B. Mounce Public Library and Larry J. Ringer Public Library.
  • Patrons can place holds on items online or by phone – Mounce: 979.209.5600; Ringer: 979.764.3416. When they arrive to pick up items, they should call the library to notify staff that they are outside. They will be asked to park in designated parking, remain in their car and pop their trunk for staff to place checked out items.
  • Adult and youth librarians will continue to provide programming on the BCS Library System’s social media pages.

May 1

  • Libraries will remain closed, but library patrons may begin returning items to book drops.
  • Patrons can begin to place holds online.
  • Librarians will continue to provide adult and youth programming on the BCS Library System’s social media pages.

Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt: Social Distancing Edition

library easter eggs

neighborhood easter egg hunt - eggs

Just because we can’t be together, doesn’t mean we can’t play together!

We are encouraging families to hide Easter eggs in the windows of their homes so that kids in their neighborhoods who go on walks with their families, or who can see your house from their own windows, can egg hunt with you. And you can do some hunting of your own!

We’re even providing some paper eggs that you can download and color yourself.

Instructions:

  1. Decorate plastic, paper, or real eggs
  2. Hide them in your windows, where people can see them from the outside
  3. Share your creations and finds with us on social media by tagging us using the hashtag: #BCSNeighborhoodEggHunt
  4. HAVE FUN!

Click here to download three pages of eggs to color

download these eggs to color yourself

Retirement reception for Library Director is Dec. 13

Members of the public are invited to celebrate the retirement of Bryan+College Station Public Library System Director Larry Koeninger at a retirement party. He has worked for the library system for more than 10 years.

  • When: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
  • Where: Upstairs Meeting Room, Clara B. Mounce Public Library, 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Baldwin, tbaldwin@bryantx.gov, 979.209.5614.

 

Ringer Library to Reopen Sept. 23

Ringer Library in College Station will reopen to the public on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at 9 a.m. The library closed on Nov. 5, 2018 for a major expansion and renovation of the building.

The book drop at Ringer Library is currently available to people wishing to return library books.

During the closure, staff may still be contacted through email and can generally be reached at the Mounce Library in Bryan at (979) 209-5600. The Ringer Library phone number, (979) 764-3416, is currently being forwarded to Mounce Library. If you call Ringer Library before it reopens, it is not being answered in College Station.