April at the Bellingham Public Library
Bellingham Public Library
Staff Training Special Hours: On April 9th and each second Thursday of the month through May, the library will be open 1—8 pm. In the morning on those days our staff will benefit from customer-service training in digital resources and computer skills. This training, under a federal Library Services and Technology Act Grant that we received through the MA Board of Library Commissioners in the amount of $10,000, will pay for trainers, supplies, and equipment and pay staff to attend these sessions.
Featured Events15-Minute Resume Critique— Wednesday, April 1, 12—2 pm. Professionals from Employment and Training Resources, a Massachusetts One-Stop Career Center, will be critiquing resumes. Critiques are designed to give you feedback based on a quick read of your resume. You will be given some general pointers, and a few specific things will be identified that may be changed to improve your resume’s effectiveness. Bring a paper copy of your resume to be reviewed. Only one version of one resume will be reviewed per person. An appointment is necessary. Call 781-769-4120 to schedule your 15 minutes.
Living Naturally with Essential Oils— Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 pm. Learn how to care for your family in a natural way with therapeutic-grade essential oils. This informative class will empower you to take a natural approach to your health and that of your family. You will receive information on how to take your health into your own hands by using essential oils safely and effectively for everything from a clean home, to mood and pain management, to an increase in energy, to making over your medicine cabinet. You will be able to experience the oils hands-on and learn the different ways to use them in your daily life including topically, internally and aromatically. Plus everyone will go home with a small sample of their own. Join Jennie Backstrom and find natural solutions and support for healthy, empowered living. Registration required.
Artworks for Grownups—Wednesday, April 8, 6—8 pm. Join Kathy Wotton of Artworks Studio for an evening of painting a summer lighthouse scene on canvas. The cost for the program is $15 per person, due at registration. You must register in person at the library and pay by cash or check. Kathy is returning after her successful fall session. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Friends of the Library.
Friends of the Library Volunteer Recognition Reception— Monday, April 13, 6:30 pm. Join us for light refreshments to recognize the hard work of the library volunteers over the past year. Registration preferred but not required. Door prize, tickets to a 2015 Season PawSox Game.
Supporting Siblings Workshop— Wednesday, April 15, 7—9pm. Parents: Learn techniques about how to build/keep positive relations between your children. This workshop is facilitated by Monica Trombetta from the Milford Family & Community Network (MFCN). Please register by calling MFCN at 508-634-2356.
Investing Basics for Women— Thursday, April 16, 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Society for Financial Awareness. Please register.
Sunday Jazz Concert With Too Human— Sunday, April 19, 2 pm. When you listen to Too Human, it’s hard not to get drawn in. Soon you are tapping your feet and swaying to the great jazz standards from the American Songbook, along with a sprinkling of original Too Human songs. Jazz, R&B, Latin and folk firmly ground the music, performed with vocals, guitar and percussion with innovation and humor. The songs and arrangements are fresh and touch the spirit of audiences, whatever their age. As one reviewer has said, “Too Human put smiles on our faces.” This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional funding provided by the Friends of the Bellingham Library. The event is free to the public. Registration is preferred but not required.
Doctor Who Marathon— Friday, April 10, 2:30-4:30 pm (ages 13 and up). Come and watch two episodes of Doctor Who, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. Bring your own snacks. No registration required.
Babysitting Course (Part One) —Wednesday April 22, 1—4 pm. For grades 5-8.
and Babysitting Course (Part Two) —Thursday, April 23, 1-4 pm. For grades 5-8.
This course is run through the 4-H Youth Development Program at UMass Amherst. The course is 6 hours long and will be split into two parts. Participants will receive an instruction booklet that they will use throughout the course and will be expected to take a quiz at the end in order to receive certification. The cost for the program is $65 per person, due at registration. You must register in person at the library and pay by cash or check. Register early; we are limited to 15 participants!
Spring Story Time— Tuesday, April 14, 4:15 pm (ages 3-6). Enjoy fun stories, activities, and a craft related to spring. Please register.
Angry Birds Hour— Tuesday, April 21, 3 pm (for ages 4 and older). It is still fun to try to knock things down. Please register.
Picnic Stories—Resumes on Wednesdays,12:30 pm, on the Town Common, starting on April 22. It’s been a long winter—time to get outside and enjoy the spring weather! (For families.) Bring a picnic lunch and blanket and join us at the Town Common for music, stories, and games.
Story Walk— Thursday, April 23, 1—3 pm. (For families.) Enjoy a hike in the beautiful weather and read a story at the same time; details to be announced.
STEM (Science Technology, Engineering & Math) Programs3D Printer Training Workshops— learn about the operation of the library’s 3D Printer and Sense 3D Scanner on Saturday, April 11, 10:30 am—12 pm, and Wednesday, April 15, 6:30—8 pm (for high school age and older). Registration is required.
Full STEAM Ahead— Thursday, April 30, 4:15 pm (for grades 3–6). Each month, a different STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) project is featured. Please register individually for each Full STEAM Ahead program.
Programs for Homeschooling Families
Homeschool Series— Wednesdays, through April 15, 1 pm (for homeschoolers ages 5—8. Each week in this three-week series will concentrate on a different kids’ book series. Registration required.
Schedule of Ongoing Events
FOR PRESCHOOLERS• Ring-A-Ding— Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:15 am, and Saturday, April 18, 10:15 am (for ages 0—5). A musical and play story time. Drop in.
• Lego Build— Wednesdays, 4 pm. Drop in.
• Book Babies—Tuesdays, 11:30 am, and Wednesdays, 9:30 am (for ages 0—23 months). Initial registration required.
• Tail Waggin’ Tutors— Mondays, April 13 and 27, 6:30 pm. Kids are invited to read with Indy, our certified reading dog. There are four 15-minute sessions; please register.
• Alphabits— Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:15 am and 11:15 am, and alternating Mondays, 10:15 am (for ages 2—5). Each week, explore a different letter, in order, through stories, crafts and activities. Kids are also encouraged to bring something from home that starts with the letter of the week. (See online calendar to see which Alphabits classes have availability.) You need to register only once to attend all of the classes. The Alphabits Graduation ceremonies will be the week of April 27. Note: No class on April 9.
• GOT Mail Story Time— Mondays, 1:15 pm (for ages 3-5). Each week, a letter is opened from a different person, who will tell us the theme of the day, which includes stories, games, activities and (usually) a craft. Please register. You need to register only once in order to attend all GOT Mail programs. Note: No session on April 20.
• Storytime 2.0— Tuesday, April 28, 4:15 pm (for ages 3-6). We will be using the iPad for a monthly tech-filled story time.
• Magic School Bus— Monday, April 27, 4:15 pm. For ages 4-7. Watch a Magic School Bus video and enjoy a related activity afterwards! Registration required.
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS• Lego Build—Wednesdays, 4 pm. Drop in.
• Artrageous— Thursday, April 2, 4:15 pm (for grades K–6). Stop by to make an Easter craft project or two. Please register.
• Magic School Bus—see details above under “For Preschoolers.”
• Storytime 2.0—see details above under “For Preschoolers.”
• Mother Daughter Book Club—check library calendar for details of date and book title.
• Tail Waggin’ Tutors—see details above under “For Preschoolers.”
FOR MIDDLE- AND HIGH-SCHOOLERS• After School Café—Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 2:30—4 pm. Join us in the community room for after-school games, crafts and fun. No program during school vacation week.
• Mother Daughter Book Club—check library calendar for details of date and book title.
• Doctor Who Marathon— Friday, April 10, 2:30—4:30 pm (for ages 13 and older). Come and watch two episodes of Doctor Who, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. Bring your own snacks; no registration required.
FOR ADULTSLibrary Trustees Meeting—Thurs., April 9, 7 pm.
Friends of the Library Meeting— Monday, April 13, 7 pm. Volunteer recognition reception.
Book Discussion Group—Monday, April 6, 6:30 pm (one meeting). The spring/summer schedule of the book club starts this month. Book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. New members always welcomed.
Bellingham Skein Artists—Our adult knitting group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. New members welcomed.