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Summer Challenge: Tails & Tales (and Quails!)

Summer Challenge is June 14-August 6!

Read books, do activities, pet quail chicks, and win prizes!


Weekly programs for all age groups run June 21-August 6.

All programs are virtual on Facebook, Beanstack, or Zoom.

Registration in Beanstack.

For more information, contact Ms. Tiffany tharkleroad@bcfls.org or 724-287-1715.

"The world is full of magical places, and the library has always been one of them for me. A library can be that special place for our children."

― Julie Andrews

Power Kids is a kid-friendly interface for Power Library. It provides access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks.

Ice Cream Social - Summer Challenge Wrap Up Party

Saturday, August 7th, 12pm - 2pm

Storytime at 12:30

Join us for our first in-person program of 2021!

We are wrapping up Summer Challenge with an Ice Cream Social.


The fun will include crafts, games, storytime at 12:30, a chance to win prizes, and of course...ice cream! 

Registration suggested, contact Ms. Tiffany tharkleroad@bcfls.org or 724-287-1715.

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Summer Challenge: Weekly Schedule

Weekly Grab-and-Go kits will be available each Monday from June 21 - August 2, while supplies last!



Toddlers (Birth to Age 3)

Virtual Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays at 10:30 on Facebook or in Beanstack

Each week we will learn about animals from a different habitat, with books, songs, and rhymes.

Preschoolers (Ages 3 to 5)

Thursdays at 10:30 on Facebook or in Beanstack

Each week we will learn about animals from a different habitat, with books, songs, and rhymes.

Elementary (Grades K to 3)

Wednesdays at 10:30 on Facebook or in Beanstack

Each week a different virtual animal related activity will be posted, including craft demonstrations and virtual field trips.

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Grab and Go Activity Kits

Starting August 16, Grab and Go activity kits will happen every other week. Kits will be made available Monday mornings, and are first come first serve while supplies last. One kit per child.


Pick up in the children's department.

August 16 - Back to School Time Capsule Kit
August 30 - Sunscreen STEM Kit

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Any child not yet enrolled in kindergarten is eligible to participate in our new 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

Log the books you and your child read, or that other people read to your child, to earn virtual badges, a chance to win small prizes from Ms. Tiffany's vending machine, and earn your spot on our tree mural in the library.

Register your child in Beanstack, butlerlibrary.beanstack.org.

For more information, contact Ms. Tiffany, tharkleroad@bcfls.org.

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Kids I.D.E.A.L. Book Club 

(birth to age 12)


This self-guided book club will cover titles that deal with inclusivity, diversity,  equity, and accessibility.

Each month, readers will read the selected title to learn more about an underrepresented group. We encourage participants and their families to engage in discussion surrounding the topics these books cover.

Book club can be found in Beanstack, butlerlibrary.beanstack.org.

All books are available through Hoopla. August's kids pick is La Frontera: My Journey with Papa by Alfredo Alva.

For more information, contact Ms. Tiffany, tharkleroad@bcfls.org.

Family Place Libraries™
Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 300 sites in 23 states and continues to grow.

Parent Recommended Websites

Click on the links shown here to learn more and to visit the website

American Academy of Pediatrics

Their “You and Your Family” section offers a parent resource guide, a pediatric referral service, an immunization schedule, child care books, and updates on pediatric health issues.


Autism Society of America

Offers support and educational materials for children, adolescents, and adults (and their families) with autism and related disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. A yearly conference sponsored by the society is available providing a comprehensive understanding and update on autism and related disorders.



Information for parents and advice from experts on topics from pre-conception through toddlerhood.


Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that was created so that it may serve the individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We are here to provide information and support so that we may help provide resources and education to those affected by CP.

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide provides parents with information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms and the treatment options that are available. This site also offers emotional and financial support resources.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)

This non-profit parent-based organization provides links to information regarding Attention Deficit Disorder including treatment, legal rights and services, parenting and ADD in the classroom. Included is information about materials offered by CHADD.


Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a great site for parents to gain knowledge of the content in the media their children are consuming whether it be books, movies, television, or apps.


Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.



Activities, entertainment, parenting, pet, parties, recipes and travel. Owned by Disney.


Get Ready to Read

This website from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is designed to help educators, parents, and caregivers identify difficulties with reading in the critical early stages of a child’s development. Also features three interactive games to use online. Site can be accessed in English or Spanish.


Homeschool World

Obtain the latest homeschooling news and articles. This site is updated very frequently and is created by the publishers of Practical Homeschooling and Homeschool PC.


Kids Health

Nemours Foundation site that offers parents sections on general medicine and surgical health issues. Articles on asthma and allergies, bones and muscles, ear, nose and throat, emergencies, fevers, growth and development, infection pain, sleep and vaccines.


National Down Syndrome Society

NDSS offers education, research and advocacy at this site with general, clinical and special programs information, as well as links to other sites on the Internet focusing on Down Syndrome.


PBS for Parents

The website of the Public Broadcasting Station offers an assortment of topics from which to choose including: Child Development, Education, Food & Fitness, Fun & Games, and Issues & Advice.


Scholastic for Parents

Features information on a variety of topics including: Books & Reading, Child Development, School Help, Activities, and Parent Guides.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Official website offers news and a consumer health information finder, consumer information, topical highlights of national interest such as the “Back to Sleep” campaign to help prevent SIDS, and a search feature.

World History Encyclopedia

World History Encyclopedia is one of the world’s most-read history publications with nearly 30 million annual readers. Our non-profit organization's mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and improve history education worldwide. The encyclopedia is written at an academic level but is easy to read; we highlight the “story” aspect of history. Everything is searchable by keywords, categories, time periods and subject matter. We also publish videos and audio articles, giving people many different ways to learn about history.

Zero to Three

The website of the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families has information for professionals and for parents. Professional information includes programs and services, a bookstore, National Training Institute, newsroom and sponsorship opportunities. Parent section includes information on play, beginning literacy, bookstore and child development, including a special section on the development of the brain.

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