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Youth Beanstack Reading Challenges

The Buchanan District Library wants to encourage everyone to be life-long readers, and to that end we're posting more Beanstack Challenges throughout the year. Visit our Beanstack Challenges page for details on our current challenges, including Reading Dragons, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and more!

Summer Reading is coming!

This summer we're once again participating in one points-based Summer Reading Program for all ages! Sign up on Beanstack or at the library starting June 1. Log your reading June 7 through July 27. Earn points for logging reading and completing activities, and redeem those points for Reading Rewards! Learn more on our Summer Reading page.


We are exciting to host Cultural Arts Everywhere for a variety of programs this summer! Visit their website to learn more and to register.

Here is a sneak peek at the upcoming classes:

  • Sing Sing Sing – Kids: June 11-13, 2024
  • Creative Writing for Kids: June 19, 2024
  • MOTOWN on The Common: July 6, 2024
  • Smart Phone Film Making: July 23-25, 2024
  • Mock Trial: July 30-August 2, 2024
  • Samba on The Common: August 20, 2024

Learn more about each class here. All classes are free, however, registration is required.




Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm
January 10 through May 29*

Come hang out with Ms. Jen and fellow teens at the library. Play games, do crafts, and just chillax!

*No Teen Scene April 3.

Tuesdays at 2:00pm
June 18 through July 30

Join us at a different Buchanan park each week for a story and activities! We will also have a variety of community partners for these events. Hope to see you there!

June 18- Victory Park with the Buchanan Area Senior Center
June 25- Kathryn Park with Fernwood
July 2- McCoy Creek Recreation Area  with the Buchanan-Galien Lions Club
July 9- Garden Club Gazebo with the Buchanan Garden Club
July 16- Ravish Park with the Buchanan Area Senior Center
July 23- Veteran's Memorial Park  with Buchanan Promise and Kickstart to Career
July 30- Firehouse Park with the Buchanan City Fire Department

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Wednesdays at 11:00am
June 12 through August 7

Join us on the Common (weather permitting) for music, songs, dance, and stories with Ms. Julie! Recommended for ages 2–6 but families with children of all ages are welcome.

Wednesdays at 2:00pm
June 26 through July 17

The wacky Wegeners are back for another fun filled summer of science. Have so much fun you’ll forget you’re learning! For ages 7-12, registration required. Call the library at 269-695-3681 to register.

Thursdays at 12:00pm on the Common Stage
June 13 through August 1

Bring a picnic and enjoy the show (except spray day, bring a towel instead)! Thanks to the City of Buchanan for partnering with us on these events!

June 13- Fire Dancing with the Motley Misfits
June 20- Magic with Mr. Jim
June 27- Mark’s Ark animals
July 11- Science with Steve
July 18- Big City Truck Day with Buchanan Public Services
July 25- Spray Day with the Buchanan Fire Department
August 1- SRP Awards & Summer Carnival

*No Stop, Lunch, & Listen on July 4- Happy Independence Day!

Fridays at 5:30pm
June 14 & 21, July 5 & 19

Take a virtual adventure through our national parks to learn about history, culture and ecology, hosted by rangers from the National Park Service. Join us in the library’s Community Room or enjoy from home (check back later for instructions to access remotely)!

Saturdays at 11:00am
June 8, July 13, August 10

Join us during the Farmer's Market for music, songs, dance, and stories with Ms. Julie! Recommended for ages 2–6 but families with children of all ages are welcome.

Virtual Escape Room Challenge

June 19 through July 31

Myths, Monsters, and a Summer of Virtual Adventure . . . pack your bags for a summer camp unlike any other! Teens and tweens are invited to participate in MiLibraryQuest 2024 beginning on June 19. Solve the challenge & be entered to win a prize! More info and access to the challenge will be posted at MiLibraryQuest's website closer to June 19.

Interested in getting together to solve the challenge as a group? Talk to Ms. Jen!

Tuesdays, June 18 & July 23 at 11am

Join us to beautify our block by drawing with chalk on the sidewalks outside the library, and blow some bubbles too!

Tuesday, June 25 at 11am

Break open some geodes and explore what’s inside! Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library to register at 269-695-3681.

Friday, June 28 at 11am

Join us to learn the basics of birdwatching with with Love Creek Nature Center! Use your new skills to complete our summer birdwatching scavenger hunt at participating locations.

Saturday, June 29 at 11am

Call us at 269-695-3681 to sign up for a 15 minute time slot to read with one of our furry friends from Best Friends 4-H!

Tuesday, July 2 at 11am

Make a bracelet from a plethora of beads! No registration required.

Tuesday, July 9 at 11am

Join author and illustrator Emmy Kastner for an interactive workshop and a reading of her new book, While You’re Asleep. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library to register at 269-695-3681.

Friday, July 12 at 11am

Join TD3 Innovative Gaming for a Minecraft adventure! Learn to gather resources, hunt for food, and fend off creatures in a thrilling deserted island challenge. For 2nd through 5th grade students. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 269-695-3681 to register.

Friday, July 12 at 5:30pm

Join us for a screening of Lunana: a Yak in the Classroom! A young man with a dream of moving to Australia finds himself teaching a classroom of eager children — and a yak — in a remote Bhutanese village.

Saturday, July 13 at 2pm

Bring the whole family to learn about geocaching!

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Tuesday, July 16, 7-9pm

Join library staff and area scouting groups for a campfire on the Common! Learn about camping and make a s’more. No registration required.

Friday, July 19 at 11am

Have fun solving puzzles to break into a bag with a surprise inside! It’s like an escape room, but in reverse. Geared towards older kids and teens. Space is limited, call the library at 269-695-3681 to register.

Saturday, July 20 at 2pm

How adventurous are your taste buds? Join us to try a variety of bug-related food items!

Wednesday, July 24 at 11am

Take some selfies and then edit them into adventurous backgrounds, no danger required! Geared towards older kids and teens. Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 269-695-3681 to register.


Thursday, July 25 at 6pm

Learn some of the benefits that pollinators provide, what to do if you encounter a swarm of bees, and some beekeeping basics. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.


Friday, July 26 at 11am

Get into the Olympic spirit by participating in our own library games!

Tuesday, July 30 at 11am

Put constellations in a jar by making a DIY nightlight! Space is limited and registration is required. Call the library at 269-695-3681 to register.

Wednesday, July 31 at 11am

Battle your way to victory by using your knowledge in our trivia challenge! Geared towards older kids and teens. No registration required.

Other ways to enjoy your Library!

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StoryWalk on the Common

Check out BDL's StoryWalk on the Buchanan Common! The story is routinely updated throughout the year, and starts near the Farmer's Market and the creek.

StoryWalk on the Preserves
March 19 through June 16

Chikaming Open Lands is once again partnering with area libraries to bring you StoryWalk on the Preserves! Starting March 19, visit the sponsored preserves for a family fun story to enjoy! This year, Buchanan District Library is sponsoring  the brand-new Myron Perlman Nature Preserve, located at 13829 Wolkins Rd northwest of Buchanan.
Directions to the Myron Perlman Nature Preserve:
From downtown Buchanan, travel north on Main Street for about 3 miles, then take a left onto Miller Road. Travel west on Miller Road for one mile, then turn right onto Wolkins Road (do not be deterred by the dead-end sign) and travel about half a mile. The entrance is located on the left-hand side of Wolkins Road. There is no large signage yet (coming soon!), but you will see a Chikaming Open Lands boundary marker just off the road marking a long, worn farm path parallel to a farm field. The farm path leads directly into the woods and hiking trails. Park along the farm path adjacent to the farm field and walk up the path into the woods, taking care to avoid parking other visitors in.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program promotes early literacy skills for children from birth to age five and encourages parent and child bonding through reading.  Sign your child up and receive your welcome packet, which includes a new book, a reading list, and information on early child development and reading.  After each 100 book milestone, your child receives a sticker.  When your child reads 1000 books, his or her photo and name will be proudly displayed in the Desenberg Children's Corner and they will receive a book.  One book a day is 365 books read in 1 year!  See a staff member or sign up on Beanstack to get started today! 

Lexile Books
The library has reorganized its LEVEL collection by Lexile Measurement. For more information, go to our Lexile page.

Online Resources
Checkout the online resources available for kids and teens:

Online Resources for Kids

Online Resources for Teens

Youth Digital Access Cards
Buchanan Middle and High School students or juvenile residents age 10 to 17 years without a standard library card may be issued a Youth Digital Access Card. The Youth Digital Access Card grants the cardholder access to the library’s digital media collection, including eBooks and audiobooks through Libby . It does not grant access to library computers or checking out circulating items. Those wishing to apply for a Youth Digital Access Card must present a Buchanan School ID, driver’s license, or other ID.

*Photo & Video Disclaimer*
Photos and videos that appear on the Buchanan District Library’s website and promotional materials may be gathered from public programs, events, and library spaces. Attendance at Buchanan District Library programs, events, or library spaces constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Buchanan District Library. Photos, images, and videos submitted by users for online galleries or contests may also be used by the Library for promotional purposes. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent, or legal guardian. If you do not want us to use a photo or video of you or your child, please tell the Library staff member coordinating the event PRIOR to the program.

Let us know what you think! If you attended one of our programs, please take a moment to give us your feedback using the form below.

Program Survey