Hours: Monday –Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Monday, October 9th for the Columbus Day Holiday. Closed on Sundays.
Friends of the Library Open House – Monday, October 16th at 7 pm. Join the Friends of the Library for an Open House to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. Learn about how the Friends of the Library help the library by fundraising to provide funds for programs and services that are outside of the library budget, including museum and attraction passes, summer reading programs and more. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees who join the Friends that evening (dues is only $10 per year) will be entered into a door prize raffle for new members of the Friends that will be drawn at the Friends of the Library Members Only Book Sale Preview on October 27th at 7 pm.
This year 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.
We have one event in October: Composting - Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 pm. Join the Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardeners to learn how to create beautiful black compost from common household and yard waste materials such as leaves, grass clippings, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and dryer lint. We will explore various types of compost receptacles and how to determine which one will fit your needs. Please register.
Monster Mash –Monday, October 2nd at 4 pm. For any age. Stop by between 4pm-5pm for monster crafts and activities. Have a monsteriffic good time! Please register.
Scary Stories in the Dark – Friday, October 13th at 4 pm. It is Friday the 13th - a perfect day for scary stories! The lights will be off, the tensions high... The stories we will be telling will be appropriate for ages 8 and up. Use your discretion if you would like to register someone younger. Please register.
Edible Haunted Houses – Monday, August 16th at 4:15 pm and 6:30 pm. Best for ages 4 and up. We'll supply the milk cartons, graham crackers, frosting, and Halloween candy and you supply the imagination! Please register.
PJ Stories – Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm. Wear your pajamas to this night-time story time! Please register.
Halloween Crafts- Thursday, October 19th at 4 pm. For ages 5 and up. Stop by any time between 4pm and 5pmto make some Halloween crafts! Please register.
Welcome to the Graveyard with the Graveyard Girls – Monday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm. This adult oriented presentation is about New England cemetery art, history and symbolism in a 90-minute PowerPoint format. The "virtual tour" takes us from colonial burial grounds, through the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st century locations. It examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years. Prior to the show date, the Gravestone Girls will hit the road and go through the cemeteries in Bellingham, taking pictures for use in building the presentation and using as much local content as possible. The Gravestone Girls have tailored this presentation for many different towns and groups, presenting to historical societies, genealogy groups, libraries and others for over 15 years. 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. Please register.
Spooky Bingo – Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 pm. For ages 4 and up. Spooky Bingo is BACK! The black lights will be on, the Bingo cards will be glowing, creepy sounds will be all around, and there will be Halloween prizes galore! Please register.
Halloween Party – Monday, October 30th at 4 pm. For all ages. Wear your Halloween costumes and partake in some fun Halloween activities. The party will be set up in stations, so you can come and go at your convenience during the hour-long program. Please register.
Book a Librarian –Wednesdays (except October 18th) 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.
After School Programs
The library offers opportunities for children in grades 4-12 to attend our supervised after school programs. Parents are advised to review the Library’s Information for Parents of BMS and BHS Students who Visit the Library After School, at the following website: http://bit.ly/2w6TIqd, which outline the programs including supervision and attendance, library spaces, parking lot safety and keeping in touch with your child.
ASK (After School Kids) for children in grades 4-7, Monday through Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:45 pm in the Children’s Program Room. There will be video games, Chromebooks, crafts, board games and more! Check the library calendar for details on which days and times the program will run.
Teen Room Activities will take place on Monday through Friday from 2-5 pm (hours vary on early release days). Sixth through 12th graders can stop by the Teen Room after school to use computers, play on the WiiU and XBox One, play board games, and hang out with your friends!
Regular Events for Children
Alphabits, Monday at 10:10, Tuesday at 1:15 and 4:15 pm, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:10 and 11 am.
Ring-A-Ding, for ages 0-5. Drop in. Tuesdays & Fridays at 10:05 and 10:50 am.
Book Babies Playgroup, for ages 0-23 months. Mondays at 11:15 and Wednesdays at 9:15.
Picnic Stories on the Town Common. Wednesdays at 12:30 pm weather permitting.
Babygarten, Fridays, starting October 13th at 11:45 am and Saturdays, starting October 14th at 10 am.
Magic School Bus, Monday, October 23rd at 4:15 pm. For ages 4-8. Please register.
Potpourri Story Time, Thursday, October 26th at 1:15 pm. For ages 3-5. Please register
Lego Build, Wednesdays at 4 pm. Drop in!
Events for Adults
Monday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm, Book Discussion Group, new members welcome, drop in!
Monday, October 16th at 6 pm, Coloring for Adults. Drop in!
Monday, October 16th at 6:30 pm. Writer’s Group. Please register
Thursday, October 12th at 7 pm. Monthly Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees.
Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Bellingham Skein Artists Adult Knitting Group. Drop in!
Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm, Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Library