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March News & Events at Bellingham Public Library

Feb 26, 2015 09:00PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Public Library

The Bellingham Public Library will conduct staff training on March 12 and continuing each second Thursday of the month through May. The library will be open 1—8 p.m., so that in the morning on those days, the staff will benefit from customer service training in digital resources and computer skills. This training, including supplies, equipment and staff salaries to attend these sessions, is funded by a $10,000 federal Library Services and Technology Act Grant received through the MA Board of Library Commissioners.

Museum Pass Survey--The Friends of the Library would like your input on the museum and attraction passes they purchase.  Please go to the library homepage to complete the survey. 

Featured Events

  • Dr. Seuss Reading Across America Featuring Indy--Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m.  For any age. Kids are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day with Indy, our certified reading dog.  Please register.
  • Beyond Genealogy: Documenting Your Family History for Your Children--Saturday, March 7, 1 p.m.  Let us assist you in learning how to use family stories and pictures to document your family history for your children and grandchildren. Learn to organize and make family pictures accessible and how to document and share family stories.  This program is facilitated by Personal Historian Marjorie Turner Hollman and Library Director Bernadette Rivard.
  • E-Readers, Tablets & More--Saturday, March 7, 3:30 p.m. Learn about library resources to access eBooks, and more for your tablet or eReader. This program is part of our Customer Experience in the Digital Age Grant, a federal Institute of Museum and Library Service Grant funded through the Library Services and Technology Act. The grant is administered by the MA Board of Library Commissioners. Registration is preferred but not required.
  • Despicable Me Party--Monday, March 9, 4 p.m.  Minion fans, unite and join us at this party, featuring games, activities, prizes and lots of fun! Please register.
  • Infant Massage--Tuesday, March 10, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  Workshop by Sheryl White of Baby Kneads (, a certified Infant Massage Instructor. Sheryl has been working with infants and families for 15 years. Best for infants and pre-crawling babies. See details and register on library event calendar.
  • Resume Development--Wednesday, March 11, 12 p.m.  Learn how to develop a resume that will best market your skills, accomplishments and positive attributes. This includes writing a powerful summary and achievement statement. Presented by Employment and Training Resources, a MA One-Stop Career Center. Registration required. Call 781-769-4120 to register.
  • Savvy Social Security--Thursday, March 12, 6:30–8 p.m.  Sponsored by Society for Financial Awareness. Please register.
  • Harry Potter Book Night--Friday, March 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This exciting event, which is celebrated around the world, gives new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, to introduce the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Embrace the magic and banish the winter blues with games, activities, stories and Harry Potter galore. Please register.
  • Your Relationship with Sugar--Monday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. Do you crave sweets and want to understand why? Do you have low energy in the middle of the day? Learn what causes those crazy, uncontrollable sugar cravings and how you can gain control without feeling deprived. Discover practical tools for dealing with your cravings. Presented by Kathryn Nulf, a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Please register.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive--Monday, March 16, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. See details at
  • St. Patrick’s Day Story Time--Tuesday, March 17, 4:15 p.m. Ages 3–6. Fun stories, activities, and a craft related to St. Patrick’s Day. Registration required.
  • Musical Bingo Fundraiser--Saturday, March 21. Join in the Friends of the Bellingham Library’s  musical bingo fundraiser, 7–9 p.m, at the Uncommon Place, 15 North Main St. (Rte. 126) Bellingham.  What is Musical Bingo? A DJ plays 30 seconds of a popular song; find it on your bingo sheet and win prizes. Tickets are $15 in advance at the library and $20 at the door.  The Uncommon Place is donating 20% of the proceeds of any food sold that evening to the fundraiser, so please plan on having dinner or appetizers before or during the event. The Friends will also hold a 50/50 raffle as part of that event.  Tickets for the raffle are $5 each and will be sold in advance or at the event; you need not be present to win, so even if you can’t make the fundraiser, you can still stop by the library and buy your 50/50 raffle tickets.
  • April Fool’s Day Pranks--Tuesday, March 31, at 4:15 p.m. For grades 3-6. Prepare for April Fool’s Day by learning some good pranks and jokes. There will also be time to share your past successful pranks.Registration required.
  • 3D Printer Training Workshops--Learn about the operation of the 3D printer and Sense 3D scanner on Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m., and Wednesday, March 18, 6:30–8 p.m.  For high school age and older.  Registration required.
  • Full Steam Ahead--Thursday, March 26, 4:15 p.m. For grades 3–6.  Each month features a different Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) project.  Please register individually for each.
  • 3D Printers for Homeschoolers--Wednesday, March 18, 1 p.m. Strictly for homeschooled children/teens, ages 9+ (strict age minimum). This workshop will cover an introduction and a demonstration to the group about the 3D printer operation instructions. This class will not cover designing a 3D object to print; it will focus on the details of printing predesigned objects and objects that can be scanned with the 3D Sense scanner. Please register; space is limited.
  • Library Workshop for Homeschoolers--Wednesday, March 25, 1 pm.  At this workshop, strictly for homeschooled children/teens ages 8 and older and their parents, learn ways you can make the most of the library and its resources, including online databases which you can access from home. This informative and interactive workshop will open your eyes to all the library has to offer. Please register.

For Preschoolers

  • Ring-A-Ding—Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:15 am, and Saturday, March 14, 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. Registration required.
  • Tail Waggin’ Tutors—Mondays, 6:30 pm. Kids are invited to read with Indy, our certified reading dog.  There are four 15-minute sessions; please register.  No session on March 23.
  • Alphabits—For ages 2–5. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:15 and 11:15 am, and alternating Mondays, 10:15 am. No class on March 12.   Explore a different letter each week, A—Z, through stories, crafts and activities. Kids are also encouraged to bring something from home that starts with the letter of the week. Visit the online calendar to see which Alphabits classes have availability. You need to register only once in order to attend all of the classes.
  • GOT Mail Story Time—Mondays, 1:15 pm. For ages 3–5. Each week, we’ll open up a letter from a different person that will tell us the theme of the day; includes stories, games, activities and usually a craft.  Please register. You need to register only once in order to attend all GOT Mail Story Time programs. No session on March 16. 
  • Storytime 2.0—Tuesday, March 24, 4:15 pm. For ages 3–6. We will be using the iPad for a monthly tech-filled story time.
  • Magic School Bus—Monday, March 30, 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, March 12, 4:15 pm.  Grades K–6. Stop by to make a St. Patrick’s Day craft.
  • Magic School Bus—See details under “For Preschoolers.”
  • Storytime 2.0—See details under “For Preschoolers.”
  • Mother Daughter Book Club—Check library calendar for details of date and book title.
  • Tail Waggin’ Tutors—see details under “For Preschoolers.”

For Middle & 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. 
  • Mother Daughter Book Club—Check library calendar for details of date and book title.

For Adults

  • Library Trustees Meeting—Thursday, March 12, 7 pm.
  • Friends of the Library Meeting—Monday, March 2, 7 pm.
  • Book Discussion Group—Monday, March 2, at both 3 and 6:30 pm. The group has grown, so the discussion is offered at two sessions on the same day. Come to whichever time works best for you; you don’t need to attend the same session each month.  We will be discussing The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff. New members always welcomed!
  • Bellingham Skein Artists—The library’s adult knitting group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. They welcome new members!




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