Hours: Monday –Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Saturdays until September 9th. Closed on Sundays. The library will be closing at 5 pm on Monday, July 3rd and will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th for the Independence Day Holiday.
Summer Reading is in Full Swing!
Our summer reading theme this summer is Build a Better World. Upcoming Events include:
Community Science Fair - The summer reading finale on the evening of Thursday, August 17th at 6 pm, will include a Community Science Fair! Kids, groups of kids, families or pairs of families are invited to participate. Select a topic from the suggested list (on the libray website), or take the quiz at sciencebuddies.org to find a topic! We’d like the majority of the projects to fall under topics that are either part of our Enlighten Bellingham program (alternative energy, recycling and water resources) or the Summer Reading Theme, Build a Better World. Topics will be approved by library staff. Participants will be entitled to be reimbursed for up to $75 on materials spent to create and display the project. Check the library website for details. We will be accepting participants until July 31st, or until all slots are filled so sign up early!
Lego Build Challenge – Wednesdays at 4 pm. For all ages. All you have to bring is your imagination to our Lego Build - the Legos and fun are provided! Each week this summer, we will provide a building challenge. You can try to meet the challenge or just enjoy free build time. Drop in.
Stuffed Animal Sleepover– Thursday, July 6th . For families. Drop off your stuffed animal any time today for an adventure! Pick up your stuffed animal on Monday, July 10 at 4:30pm and watch the video to see what they did at the library during the weekend. You are welcome to drop off a stuffed animal even if you cannot make the designated pick-up time on Monday. A link to the video will be sent to all participants. Please register.
Better World Story Time – Thursdays at 10:30 am. For ages 2-5. Each week, there will be stories and activities relating to a way that we can make our world better. Please register. You only need to register once in order to attend as many Better World Story Times as you can make.
Ravenous Readers – Mondays, July 10th and 17th at 12 noon. Entering grades 1-3. Enjoy lunch and books! Bring a favorite book to talk about, or just come and discover some great new books. Pizza and water will be provided. Please register.
Video Game Hangout – Tuesdays at 10:30 am for those entering grades 2-5 and 11:30 am for grades 6-12. Drop by the Teen Room to play our XBox One or Wii U. No registration required.
Davis & Roger: Songs & Stories to Build a Better World – Tuesday, July 11th at 2 pm. For families. Please register. Join the fun as Davis Bates & Roger Tincknell (http://davisbates.com/p/8/Davis-Bates-Roger-Tincknell) use songs and stories to entertain families of all ages! Please register. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Crafternoon – Wednesdays, starting July 12th at 1:30 pm. Entering grades 4-7. Like arts & crafts? Come to the library! Each week is a different craft. Check the library website for details.. Please register individually for each craft you plan on attending.
Play-Doh Madness – Wednesday, July 12th and Monday, July 24th at 10:30 am. For any age. Use our Play-doh and Play-doh tools to make some creations! Please register
Country Club – Thursdays at 1:30 pm starting on July 13th. For children entering grades 1-3. For this five week program, each week we will venture to a different country - learning about it through stories, games, and other activities. Please register. Only register one time in order to attend as many Country Clubs as you can make.
Bubble Show with Millie! - Thursday, July 13th at 6:30 pm. For families. Millie (http://www.laughandbesilly.com/) will perform a bubbly, fun, and interactive show featuring all different types of bubbles: Little bubbles, big bubbles, square bubbles, silly bubbles, a bubble Car Wash, and everyone gets to be INSIDE of a bubble! Please register.
Cupcake Wars – Monday, July 17th at 2:30 pm. For grades 3 and up. Decorate your cupcake to meet each round's "Cupcake Challenge." Cupcakes will be provided. Please register.
Try it Tuesday – Tuesday, July 18th at 3 pm. For kids entering grades 1 and up. Put together a tinker crate or kiwi crate (http://www.kiwicrate.com/?), and/or use our LittleBits! Registration is required as space is limited. Register for either July 18 or August 15.
Magic School Bus – Tuesdays at 4:15 pm. For ages 4-8. Each week, we will show a different Magic School Bus video and do a related experiment/craft/activity.
Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures – Tuesday, July 18th at 7 pm. For families. TV personality and professional animal trainer Nature Nick will introduce you to some of the strangest animals on earth while giving little known facts about each one. See how every animal in nature has a role which in turn helps us build a better world! Animals will include a monkey and a kangaroo. Registration is required.
Cleaning Up the Water With Curious George – Tuesday, July 25th at 2 pm. Join the Bellingham DPW Director Don DiMartino and Town Planner Jim Kupfer for an afternoon of fun and learning. We will watch a Curious George video about cleaning up the water supply. Free bookmarks and postcards will be available as well as a coloring/craft activity following the video. For families with children ages 2-9, siblings welcome. Please register.
Fancy Nancy Party featuring Mr. DJ – Monday, July 24th at 6:30 pm. For families. Get dressed to the nines for a Fancy Nancy Party unlike any other! We will start off reading a Fancy Nancy story and then hand over the reins to Mr. DJ. "Mr DJ's Ultimate Kids' Party" has dancing, line dancing, games, singing contests, limbo, disco lights, bubbles machine, and prizes! Please register.
Giant Candyland- Monday, July 31st at 1 pm. For families. Our Community Room will be made into a giant Candyland board and you are the pieces! Get candy from some of the characters as you make your way around the board. Drop in any time between 1pm-4pm to play a round.
From March through October the library is offering the community a variety of programs for people of all ages under the “Enlighten Bellingham” program. We are one of six libraries, three in Massachusetts and three in Maine, that due to our science programming, were chosen as pilot libraries by the Maine State Library, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and Cornerstones of Science, a Maine nonprofit. The goal for the initiative is for the pilot libraries to create a field-tested, replicable science literacy method that can be used to enable their public libraries to become skilled STEM facilitators. The project seeks to empower public libraries to build their science capacity so that they can connect their communities to engaging and meaningful informal science and technology experiences, equipment, books, media and the scientific community. We have chosen the topic of Environmental Literacy and will be offering programs on Alternative Energy, Recycling and Water Resources.
July Program Theme – Tiny Houses & Water Resources
Freshwater Fish of New England and Restoring our Local Watershed – Monday, July 17th at 7 pm. This photography based program by presenter Bob Michelson will look at all of the freshwater fish of New England underwater in their natural habitat, including the spawning behaviors and life cycles of popular fish species including Eastern Brook Trout and Smallmouth Bass. Other fish that will be covered include: Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Crappy, Rock Bass, and more. In addition, we will present the concept of what is a watershed; how they relate to healthy fish populations; what we can do to restore rivers, streams, lakes and ponds that all make up our local watershed. We will also discuss what participants can do to help improve their environment. This includes reducing non-point source pollutants such as pet waste, lawn fertilizer, pesticides, and something as simple as not washing your car with detergents near a storm drain. Please register.
Tiny Houses, Everything You Need to Know
Thursday, July 20th at 6:30 pm
As the Tiny House movement gains momentum, a growing number of people are intrigued by the concept of "living tiny." Join us for an enlightening presentation from a national expert and local tiny houser: Tracey Powell. She will share first-hand experience about this unique lifestyle, including: pros and cons, financing, and legality. Even if you don't plan to live "tiny" yourself, learn tips for how to live simply, safely, and sustainably. Please register.
These programs are part of the Bellingham Library's participation in "Make Public Libraries Science Resource Centers in their Communities," an Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Program administered through Cornerstones of Science
Cleaning Up the Water With Curious George – see details under Summer Reading Programs.
NEW!! Writers’ Group for Adults –Monday, July 10th at 6:30 pm. Writers, readers, listeners - come join us! The Bellingham Library, in partnership with local area writers Amy Bartelloni and Marjorie Turner Hollman, welcomes the public to come join us for monthly evenings of reading and listening. This group just started in May and is off to a great start! Come hear what local writers are working on. Come share what you're working on! Works of fiction or non-fiction are all welcome. Reading limit is 9 minutes per reader, with a brief opportunity for positive, personal comments only. We plan to meet monthly on the second Monday of each month. If the library is closed for a holiday we will reschedule. Please register.
Book a Librarian – Wednesdays at 5:00 and 5:45 pm. Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library? Do you need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book a Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to patrons who want in-depth help with a wide variety of library services, such as: Learning to use a computer, tablet, email or the Internet; Downloading eBooks and audiobooks; Researching a topic; Discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy; Business, nonprofit or genealogy help; Or other topics you define. Please register.
Regular Events for Children
· Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:05 and 10:50 am, Ring-A-Ding, for ages 0-5. Drop in.
· Book Babies Tuesdays at 11:35 am and Wednesdays at 9:30 am.
· Picnic Stories on the Town Common. Wednesdays at 12:30 pm weather permitting.
· Babygarten, Thursdays at 9:30 am and Fridays at 11:30 am.
Events for Adults
Monday, July 10th at 6:30 pm, Book Discussion Group, new members welcome, drop in!
Monday, July 10th, at 7 pm, Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Library
Monday, July 10th at 6 pm, Coloring for Adults. Drop in!
Thursday, July 13th, at 7 pm. Monthly Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees.
Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Bellingham Skein Artists Adult Knitting Group. Drop in!