In early December, due to the increasing COVID cases in town, the library reverted to curbside service for pickup of library materials. As of press time of this release that was the continued level of service offered.
The Library Reopening Committee has voted to enact the following policy to assist you (and us) with some consistency over the next few months regarding library services:
If the town is designated by the state as being in the red for two consecutive weeks, and the “change in percent positivity” is trending higher, the library will revert to curbside service only for checkout of library materials.
The library will reopen for in-person browsing when the state has designated that the town has reverted to yellow (or better) for 2 consecutive weeks, and the “change in percent positivity” is trending lower.
The change in the library schedule will begin on the Monday following the Thursday/Friday distribution of the state report.
This policy is subject to change based on recommended guidelines and may be overridden by state or local government.
We suggest that you check the library website for any updates on the date when we will reopen to the public and resume Grab & Go Limited Browsing Services.
We did start expanded curbside and phone service hours in January. Our current hours for curbside and phone service are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11 am to 5pm
Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
Holiday Hours: The library will offer no services on Monday, February 15th due to the Presidents’ Day Holiday.
Website: www.belllinghamlibrary.org - Check the library website for updated information about hours and services.
Returning Library Materials:
Please place items you are returning on the designated cart that is near the library entrance. If the cart is not there, please use the book drop that is near the flagpole. All items that are returned will be quarantined for at least a few days before being checked in. Any late fees will be waived once the items are checked in.
Book Discussion Group (virtual meeting on Zoom), Monday, 2/1 at 6:30 pm.
Glad Farm by Catherine Merenghi will be discussed. Catherine, a Milford native, will be joining us via Zoom for this discussion of her memoir. If you are interested in attending, please contact Reference Librarian, Cecily Christensen who will be leading the discussion, 508-966-1660, email@example.com.
Ask a Lawyer with Attorney Brian T. Salisbury, Monday, February 8th, 20-minute sessions from 5-7:30 pm.
This popular, former in-person program resumes via Zoom! Local attorney Brian T. Salisbury of the law firm Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond and Weil, P.C. will meet with you virtually to answer your legal questions. Appointments are 20 minutes and free of charge. You must register for an appointment in advance to receive the Zoom link. Registration includes providing Attorney Salisbury with your email address to facilitate the Zoom meeting. Please note: The Bellingham Library Ask a Lawyer Program is a limited pro bono legal service provided by Attorney Brian T. Salisbury and is strictly limited to a 20-minute discussion regarding legal questions that you may have. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, Attorney Salisbury will not provide legal representation in any legal matter discussed. Given the limited nature of the discussion, you should always seek the advice of a professional before taking any action based upon information you may receive during the meeting.
Friends of the Bellingham Library Monthly Meeting – Tuesday, February 9th at 7 pm on Zoom.
Presidential Landmarks in New England, Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 pm.
Do you know where in New England…
The Oath of Office was taken by a President of the United States?
A plaque commemorates a Presidential visit to a bar?
You can see a coconut that saved a President’s life?
A former President, accused of being a traitor, was almost lynched?
In this virtual presentation, author David Kruh, co-author with his father of the book “Presidential Landmarks in New England,” will take you through 200 years of the U.S. Presidency, focusing on the native New Englanders who called the White House home. Most of the sites in New England dedicated to the U.S. Presidents, including birthplaces, homes, libraries and yes, even bars will be shown. This is a combination of history and travelogue, of interest to both the historically minded and tourist alike. The program will be on the Zoom platform. Please register to receive a link to access the event. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bellingham Library.
Library Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting – Thursday, February 11th at 7 pm on Zoom.
Virtual Tips for Job Seekers – Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 pm on Zoom.
Join this program and gain valuable insight on how to network, interview, and go through the job search process virtually, including using LinkedIn. Presented by Deb Raymond, successful career coach and founder of Career-Creations. Please register to receive a link to access the event. Look for additional job seeker workshops in March and April!
February Children’s Programs, check the library calendar for details!
ABCs with Mr. Steve – Mondays at 9 am on You Tube.
15 Minutes of Fun! On Facebook Live – Tuesdays at 10 am.
Alphabits Live on Zoom – Tuesdays at 12:30, Thursdays at 9:30 am, replayed on Fridays at 9 am.
Ravenous Readers on Zoom – Wednesday, February 24th at 5 pm for grades 4-6 and Thursday, February 25th at 4:30 pm for grades 1-3.
Picnic Stories on Zoom – Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.
PJ Storytime on Facebook Live – Wednesdays at 7 pm.
Virtual STEAM Time – Thursdays, February 11th and 25th at 3:30 pm on YouTube. Sign up to get your materials.
Special Virtual Program - Boredom Buster Calendar
Do you have the winter blues? Are you tired of the same thing every day? Check out our Boredom Busters calendar! Our calendar has a boredom buster activity each day during the month of February. Download the calendar at www.bellinghamlibrary.org/kids and watch the daily videos on our YouTube channel, which give more details about each day's boredom buster!
Super Bowl Party – Thursday, February 4th at 3:30 pm
Get ready for the Super Bowl with a football-themed video, including a story, craft ideas, and other activities. Subscribe to the YouTube channel The ABCs with Mr. Steve or join the Bellingham Library Children’s Room group on Facebook to check out the video, which will be live at 3:30 pm!
Share the Love – Monday, February 8th at 3:30 pm
The world definitely needs more love… watch this video for ideas to bring smiles to people’s faces for Valentine’s Day! Subscribe to the YouTube channel The ABCs with Mr. Steve or join the Bellingham Library Children’s Room group on Facebook to check out the video, which will be live at 3:30 pm!
Lego Build on Zoom – Wednesday, February 10th at 4 pm
Live on Zoom! Build Legos from home, show off some of your Lego creations and listen to a Lego story. Please register to be sent the Zoom link.
Tales of the Cryptids on Zoom – Thursday, February 18th at 3:30 pm
Best for ages 8 and up. Join us to learn about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and lots of other creatures that may or may not exist. Register for the Zoom link.
All YouTube videos can be accessed at youtube.com/abcswithmrsteve