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PoWer Book Bags at the Betsie Valley District Library!

Thanks to a collaborative effort by the Advocates for Benzie County’s Education Task Force along with the four public libraries of the county, PoWeR Book Bags are going out this summer to Benzie County children from pre-school on up. PoWeR stands for Play, Write, and Read. Each bag contains books, writing materials, and a finger puppet to encourage play.

PoWer Book Bag smiling bag with a book logoPoWer Book Bag Program flyer

If your child(ren) would like to receive a bag and up to SIX free books for their home library, simply sign-up by clicking on link shown on this page or call 231-378-2716 for more information. You and your child decide the reading level you are most comfortable with, regardless of age.

For toddlers and preschoolers, you can help your child select books from the board books, picture books and early reader books. Also, elementary and up kids will have the opportunity to select their own books. Books and bags are handed out on a first come, first serve basis, so select your books TODAY! See book list below (please note, that the list shows  the number of books that we have for each title).

Click here to sign-up and select your books. For your book selection, be sure to indicate the title and author. After signing up to receive a bag, or call us with your selections, you will be contacted to schedule pick up.

PoWeR Book Bags is a non-profit started in Suttons Bay in 2016, with a two-fold mission: to increase children’s language and literacy experiences AND to grow the number of books in their personal collections. The focus is on giving literacy materials to underserved children in Northern Michigan. To learn more about PoWeR Book Bags, please visit their website at

Power Book Bag Booklist    

Pre-K – 2nd Grade

Aladdin: Diamond in the Rough by Eric Geron                                                                1
A is For America by Tanya Lee Stone                                                                             1
Black Lagoon Advs: The Class Election from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler            1
Black Lagoon Advs: Valentine’s Day from the Black Lagoon by  Mike Thaler                
Bailey School Kids: Skeletons Don’t Play Tubas by Marcia Thornton Jones                  
Caveboy is Bored! By Sudipta Bardhen-Qualen                                                             2
Company’s Going by Arthur Yorinks                                                                                4
Dancing Dinos at the Beach by Sally Lucas                                                                    1
Disney Duck Tales: Jokes to Quack You Up!  by Steve Behling                                      2         
Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli                                                                            1
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl                                                                                                   1
Fantastic Fidget Spinners by Emily Stead                                                                       1
First Pitch by David Sabino                                                                                              5
Flat Stanley and the Very Big Cookie by Lori Haskins Houran                                        2
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure by Jeff Brown                                                         1
Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: Escape to California by Josh Greenhut               3         
Henry Hugglemonster: Snow Day by Bill Scolon                                                             1
Here’s Hank: Stop That Frog! By Henry Winkler                                                              3 
Horrible Harry and the Battle of the Bugs by Suzy Kline                                                  3
Magic School Bus: The Search for the Missing Bones by Eva Moore                             1
Magic Tree House, Merlin Missions #15, Leprechaun in Late Winter
                                                                                         by Mary Pope Osborne           1
Journey to Pluto by Jordan D. Brown                                                                               2
Jump Shot! By David Sabino                                                                                            5
The Little Red Caboose by Kristen L. Depken                                                                 1
Mary Poppins Returns: Everything is Possible by Nancy Parent                                     1
Miles from Tomorrowland: Might Merc by Sheila Sweeney Higginson                             1
Mission to the Moon! By D. Brown                                                                                    1
Secrets of Droon: Journey to the Volcano Palace by Tony Abbott                                   1

3rd and 4th Grade

101 Holiday Jokes
by H. N. Kowitt                                                                                    1
Agatha, Girl of Mystery: The Eiffel Tower Incident
by Steve Stephenson                         1
A To Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy                                                           2
A To Z Mysteries: the Deadly Dungeon by Ron Roy                                                        1
A To Z Mysteries: Falcon’s Feathers by Ron Roy                                                             1
A To Z Mysteries: The Haunted Hotel by Ron Roy                                                           1
A To Z Mysteries: The Jaguar’s Jewel by Ron Roy                                                          1
A To Z Mysteries: The Kidnapped King by Ron Roy                                                        1
A To Z Mysteries: The Ninth Nugget by Ron Roy                                                             1
A To Z Mysteries: Runaway Racehorse by Ron Roy                                                        1
A To Z Mysteries: White House White-Out by Ron Roy                                                   1
Bots the Good, the Bad, and the Cowbots by Russ Botts                                                2
Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers by Ron Roy                                                   1
Calendar Mysteries: November Night by Ron Roy                                                           1
Calendar Mysteries: New Year’s Eve Thieves by Ron Roy                                              1
Clementine’s Letter by Sara Penny Packer                                                                       2
Disney Princess Beginnings: Belle’s Discovery by Tessa Roehl                                       1
Eating Enchiladas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor                                                                  2
EllRay Jakes is Magic! by Sally Warner                                                                            
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson                                                 1
Frindle by Andrew Clements                                                                                              1
George Brown Class Clown Trouble Magnet by Nancy Krulik                                           1
The Gold Cadillac: A Fancy New Car and an Unforgettable Drive by Mildred D. Taylor   1
Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell                                                                              1
Happy Burger: A Play by Chuck Runberg and Parick Daley                                              1
Marty Frye Private Eye: The Case of the Stolen Poodle & Other Mysteries
                                                                                                    by Janet Tashjian            3
Marvin Redpost: Class President by Louise Sachar                                                          1
A Miss Mallard Mystery: Taxi to Intrigue by Robert Quackenbush                                     4
Peter Powers and His Not-so-super Powers! By Kent Clark                                              4
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: Pie Girl by Ellen Potter                                                    3
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary                                                                                     1
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary                                                                                     1
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur
                                                                                          by Elizabeth Singer Hunt          3
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar                                                   1
Star Wars, Adventures in Wild Space: The Heist by Cavan Scott                                      1
The Truth and Myths About Weird Animals by L. A. Peacock                                             2
Warren and Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein                                                           2
Weirder School 12: Mrs. Lane is a Pain! By Dan Gutman                                                  1
Who is Stealing the Five Days of Christmas? By Martha Freeman                                    1

5th – 6th Grade Novels
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton                                                                              1
Benjamin Franklin You’ve Got Mail by Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel                         2
The Best Worst School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson                                                     1
Bluish by Virginia Hamilton                                                                                                   1
Cesar Chavez by Josh Gregory                                                                                            1
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery                                                                      1
My Corner of the Ring by Jesselyn Silva                                                                               1
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz                                                                 1
Tangerine by Edward Bloor                                                                                                    2

High School Level

Teens at War: Ten True Tales by Alan Zullo                                                                          1


Upcoming Events
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Feb 09, 2021 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Mar 09, 2021 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Apr 13, 2021 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings May 11, 2021 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
Betsie Valley District Library Board Meetings Jun 08, 2021 06:00 PM (US/Eastern) — Betsie Valley District Library
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