Senior Outreach

Senior Outreach Program with the Brazos Valley Food Bank

The Clara B. Mounce Public Library is collaborating with the Brazos Valley Food Bank to provide Senior Bags to food-insecure seniors. Senior Bags are bags that contain approximately 17 non-perishable and no-to-low preparation foods. Bags contain roughly the same items each week.

1 serving of oatmeal
2 juice
1 serving of cereal
2 milk
2 fruit
2 vegetables
1 nutritional shake
2 proteins
1 pudding
2 easy to prepare meals, like soup or Easy Mac n Cheese

You can pick up a Senior Bag at the Mounce Library downstairs information desk. For more questions, call or email Alexys Maliga at 979-209-5600 or amaliga@bryantx.gov. For more information, visit www.bvfb.org/senior-outreach-program.

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.

Easter Closing

Happy Easter, libraries closed Friday through Sunday, April 2 through 4

Happy Easter! All BCSPLS locations will be closed Friday-Sunday, April 2-4, 2021.

Happy Easter, libraries closed Friday through Sunday, April 2 through 4

Black History Month

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month 2021 with the Bryan+College Station Public Library System.

Displays (entire month of February)

  • Mounce Youth Services: 2 displays celebrating black authors (picture books, middle grade, and young adult)
    • Books are chosen with families in mind to celebrate this year’s family and diversity theme.
    • “Stars of History: Celebrate Black History Month” wall display with pictures of trailblazing African‑Americans and a list of books Mounce has about them.
  • Mounce Adult
    • Love at First Line: Romance Novels by Black Authors
      • Romance novels by Black authors
      • All books will be wrapped with only the first sentence written on the wrapping to distinguish each book.
      • Come pick up a mystery romance novel this February!
    • Who Am I? Display
      • Throughout the downstairs area at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library, there will be information or quotes about and said by Black creators, musicians, authors, activists, and more!
      • Come to the library this February to see if you can guess who’s who!
  • Ringer Youth Services
    • Book displays by Black authors
  • Ringer Adult
    • Adult fiction and non-fiction display related to Black History Month

Passive Programming (entire month of February)

  • Ringer Youth Services
    • “Who Am I?”
      • A fun guessing game. Do you know who these people are? Lift-a-flap game of guess who
    • Black History Month Collaborative Puzzle (for all library patrons who want to participate)
      • Come follow specific instructions to color and combine to form a famous Black History person
    • Famous Figures in Black History Library Scavenger Hunt
      • Can you find these famous Black History figures hidden in the children’s section?

To-Go Activities (while supplies last; all items are free)

  • Mounce Youth Services
    • Take-Home Craft: Tuskegee Airmen Paper Airplane
      • Pick up craft Fri., Feb. 5, from Youth Services or curbside
      • Fall in love with Black history and honor the Tuskegee Airmen with a take-home paper airplane craft to learn about the brave Tuskegee pilots of WWII.
      • Includes a short history summary about Tuskegee airmen, a paper airplane, and Valentine’s Day activities
    • Black History Month crossword puzzle
      • Test your history and culture skills in this fun take-home crossword puzzle
    • Book suggestion bookmarks

Online events

 

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

 

 

Camp Halfblood Character Sheets

Have you ever wondered who you would be if you were invited to Camp Half-blood?  Character development is an important part of telling a story and we are inviting you to envision yourself as a half-blood.  Please use one of these character sheets to help you flesh out who you are!

Camp Halfblood – blank (pdf)

Camp Halfblood – feminine (pdf)

Camp Halfblood – masculine (pdf)

Print these out on your own or come to Ringer Library on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, to pick up a copy. The library will be open 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information, contact Ms. Liz at earthur@bryantx.gov or (979) 764-3416.

Face Masks

Thank you for wearing a mask over your nose and mouth before entering, shows person wearing a mask

Thank you for wearing a mask over your nose and mouth before entering.

Thank you for wearing a mask over your nose and mouth before entering, shows person wearing a mask

Independence Day Closing

Happy Independence Day Library Closed Friday - Sunday, July 3-5

All Bryan+College Station Public Library System locations will be closed Friday, July 3, through Sunday, July 5, 2020, for Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day Library Closed Friday - Sunday, July 3-5

Virtual Author Visit: Martha Wells

Martha Wells Virtual Author Visit

Martha Wells Virtual Author Visit with Ringer Library Saturday, May 30, 2-3:30 PM

Registration required.

Email Kendra at kperkins@bryantx.gov to sign up. Provide your name and email address. If you might use your phone number to access the Zoom meeting, provide that number as well.

We will be using a Zoom waiting room. Contact Kendra with any questions. See more about award-winning, best-selling science fiction and fantasy author Martha Wells at marthawells.com. Her newest book, Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel came out this month. Martha Wells is also a local resident and an A&M graduate.

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.

mounce library

mounce library

mounce library

downtown bryan in 1871

ringer library

ringer library

ringer library

carnegie library