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bcclsThe Bergen County Cooperative Library System, BCCLS, is amazing. It’s also important for many reasons.  Let’s take this week for example.  There really is no new event to report.  While there are ongoing activities, nothing new at all for this week.  This is not the case with our wonderful library system.

Because it’s a cooperating system with 77 member libraries, you have unlimited opportunities for everything.  It doesn’t matter what you want, you really will find it in the Bergen County Lending.  Every day there are events throughout this system serving all ages.

What is BCCLS?

The Bergen County Cooperative Library System began in 1979.  A small group of Library Directors got together to figure out how they could pool BCCLS their resources.  They wanted to save money so their funding could go further and to offer more to the public.  They were way ahead of the thinking at the time.

Since then, the system has gone through several changes as it’s grown and today it is a powerful group of 77 libraries that include libraries from Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties.  Known as Buckles or BCCLS  this system has over 600,000 registered cardholders and circulates 12 million+ items annually.

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Libraries are, of course, about reading.  The beauty of this cooperating system is that if you want a particular book not stocked in your local library, it can be sent over from a member library.  Anything you want is available.

There are reading groups from the tiniest of us to seniors, book clubs and lectures about authors and their works.  Lectures aren’t only about books.  You’ll find lectures on everything from history to pop culture.

Do you like music?  How about jazz?  Live jazz happens at the Englewood Library.  It’s not just story time reading for children – how about a scavenger hunt for them at the Bergenfield Library?  Yoga can be found at the Rochelle Park and Demarest libraries.  There’s a Super Bowl food drive going on at the Hawthorne Library.  The Hackensack Library has a non fiction book club.  I bet you didn’t know you can read to pets.  The Tenafly Library does and together with Plaza Pet World you’ll learn how on Saturday mornings.

Libraries today are vibrant cultural centers.  They serve all ages, reflect the diversity of Bergen County and do it all using the most up to date technology.  If you are a Bergen County resident, sign up for your library card online now.  If you just want to check out BCCLS, just go to the website.


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