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June Programming at Bellingham Public Library Announced

May 30, 2014 02:39PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Public Library

June 14th is the last Saturday that the Bellingham Public Library will be open until the Saturday after Labor Day, according to Library Director Bernadette Rivard. Also, Rivard is asking for your input on future library hours. Please go to the library website to complete its hours survey.

On Saturday, June 7, at 3 pm, join us in celebrating Library Trustee Amy Bartelloni’s publication of Andromeda, a young adult dystopian novel that follows two girls across New England as they race for a cure to a global pandemic. She will read a selection from the book and answer questions about writing and publishing and maybe tease us with what might happen in book 2. Amy will be available to sign her book and they will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments will be served.  Registration recommended but not required.

On Monday, June 9, at 6:30 pm, join Bellingham resident Marjorie Turner Hollman to learn about a number of beautiful walks in the area, some right in Bellingham. This program is based on Marjorie’s book Easy Walks in Massachusetts.  It is a guide to very local walking trails.  Her book will be available for purchase. Registration recommended but not required.

Summer Reading Kickoff: Fizz, Boom, READ!
Magician Peter Boie—Tuesday, June 24, at  7 pm. This event will be held in the BHS auditorium. Peter Boie is the self-proclaimed “Magician for Non-Believers.” From the antsy five-year-old to the hard-to-please teenager, there’s something for everyone! Once the show starts, Peter doesn’t let you go for 45 entertaining minutes.  The show runs the gamut—from audience members getting into the show and doing magic themselves to award-winning, mind-blowing magic to side-splitting comedy. Come see why Peter is a nationally in-demand magician. This show is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Thank you to the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library for funding this performance and our summer reading program.
Red Cross Blood Drive—Thursday, June 19, 1-6 pm. To schedule an appointment visit
Shaking Up STEM! (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)  Programs. These programs are funded by an IMLS federal LSTA Grant, administered by the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners.  Seismograph Programming will return to the library over the summer. This month programming will be for 8th grade Earth Science students.

• 3D Printer Training Workshop—learn about the operation of our 3D printer and new Sense 3D scanner on Saturday, June 7, 1–2:30 pm; or Monday, June 9, 6:30–8 pm. Classes are limited to 8  people, high school age and above; please register.

• Tech Time—Monday, June 9, 4:15 pm, and Thursday, June 26, 4 pm. For students in grades 3-7 only. Learn about and experiment with Little Bits (kind of like 21st Century Legos),  Makey-Makey (invention kit), and the 3Doodler ( a 3D Drawing Pen), three pieces of technology purchased through the library’s Shaking Up STEM grant. Learn more about them here:, and There may also be other technology available for experimentation including a 3D printer demo. Please register.

Other Featured Programs
• Pirate & Princess Party—Wednesday, June 4,  and Thursday, June 5,  10:15 am. For ages 2–5. Calling all pirates and princesses: come dressed in either costume for this fun party. Please register for either Wednesday or Thursday.
 • Dadcademy Awards—Saturday, June 14, 3:30 pm. For children ages 4 and up. Bring your fathers and grandfathers to the library for an event to celebrate Father’s Day. Please register.
Schedule of Ongoing Programs
• Ring-A-Ding—Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:15 am; Saturday, June 14, at 10:15 am; and Thursday, June 12, at 6:30 pm.  For ages 0–5. A musical and play story time. Drop in!
• Lego Build—Wednesdays at 4 pm, through June 18. On June 25, Lego Build will start its summer hours, beginning at 3:30 pm. Drop in!
• Book Babies—Resumes on Tuesday, June 24, at 11:30 am, and Wednesday, June 25, at 9:30 am.   For ages 0–23 months.
• Picnic Stories—Wednesdays at noon at the Bellingham Town Common. For all ages. When it’s not raining, bring a blanket and lunch and meet us behind the gazebo at the Town Common for picnic stories, activities and Vitamin D. Please register. You need to register only once to attend all Picnic Stories.
• Reading with Indy—Mondays, 6:30 pm, starting June 9. For any age. Kids are invited to read with Indy, our certified reading dog. This program will continue through the summer reading program. There are four 15-minute slots each evening; please register.
• Crayon Box Story Time—Wednesday, June 25, and Thursday, June 26,  at 10:15. For ages 2–5. Each week, we will focus on a different color for this chromatic story time; everyone is encouraged to wear the color of the week. Kids can also bring in one item for show-and-tell that is the color of the week. 
• Magic School Bus—Monday, June 30, at 3:30 pm. For ages 4–7. Watch a Magic School Bus video and do a related activity afterwards. Please register.  This program will continue through the summer reading program.

Family Book Club—Monday, June 9, at 6:30 pm.  For families with children in grades 1–3. Each family will read the book of the month at home; then we will discuss it at our meeting. This month’s book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.Copies of the book will be available at the library. Please register.

Mother Daughter Book Club—Date and title TBA, check library website.

Storytime Lab—Thursday, June 26, at 11:30 am, and Monday, June 30, at  1 pm. For ages 3–6. Going along with the summer reading theme of Fizz, Boom, READ, each week’s storytime lab will have a mixture of stories and science. This program will continue through the summer reading program. Please register beginning June 16.

After School Café—Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through June 18. After school, 2:30–3:30 pm, enjoy fun, friends and learning in the library community room.  Please note the new program ending time. For grades 5-12, every Wednesday will be craft day.

Ongoing Programs for Adults
Library Trustees Meeting—Thursday, June 12, at 7 pm.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting—Monday, June 2, at 7 pm.   Members are encouraged to attend to vote for new officers of the Friends group.

Book Discussion Group—Monday, June 2, at 6:30 pm, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman will be discussed. New members always welcomed.

Bellingham Skein Artists—The  adult knitting group, meets on Thursdays, 6:30 PM, new members welcomed.

Yoga for Adults—Six-week session (started May 13) on Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 am, through June 17.

Check the library calendar for details and to see if there is space in our NEW Tuesday morning yoga class.

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