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Bellingham Public Library Looks at June

May 29, 2015 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Library hours are Monday–Thursday, 10 am–8 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm. After June 13, the library will be closed on Saturdays until Sept. 12.

Featured Events for Adults

PPAL Parent/Caregiver Support Group— Tuesday, June 2, and 16, 5:30–7 pm. This is a confidential support group for parents, caregivers and family members who support children, youth and young adults with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health needs. The group meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  For further information on PPAL go to  RSVP by email to [email protected]

 Exploring Your Options for a Quality Retirement—Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 pm.  Presented by the Society of Financial Awareness. Registration required.

Looking for a Babysitter?—Saturday, June 6, 2—3 pm, and Wednesday, June 10, 6:30—7:30 pm.  Drop in and meet some of the recently certified babysitters that completed the babysitter training course run through the UMass Amherst’s 4H Youth Development Program.  These middle-school-aged babysitters participated in a 6-hour training course that covered topics including entertainment and first aid.

Featured Events for Young Adults

Animé Club—Monday, June 8, 3:30—5 pm (for ages 13-18).  Come and meet new friends, watch PG13 animé, and discuss the latest things in the animé world. No registration required.
Must See Movie—Monday, June 8, 6—8 pm;  for ages 13 and older  This month's “must see” movie is Ferris Bueller's Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick.  Bring your own snacks and drinks. No registration required.

YA Book Lovers Book Club—Tuesday, June 9, 6:30—7:30 pm. Calling all lovers of teen literature! If you like to read and talk about books, then join us on the second Tuesday of each month for fun discussions and a snack. This program is for adults and teens age 14 and older. We’ll read from different genres chosen by group members. This month’s title is Proxy by Alex London. Please register if this is your first time attending.
Doctor Who Marathon—Friday, June 12,  3–6 pm.  Ages 13 and older. Watch 3 episodes of Doctor Who, featuring Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor.  Bring your own snacks. No registration required.

Featured Events for Children

Bubblemania! Summer Reading Kickoff—  Wednesday, June 24, at 7 pm, at the Bellingham High School auditorium (for families). We are excited to have world-renowned bubble artist Casey Carle kick off our 2015 summer reading program with his world-famous show, Bubblemania!  When he is not capturing Hollywood celebrities in bubbles or being crowned Champion Bubble Artist in front of tens of millions of Japanese TV viewers, Casey Carle shares his love for science and bubbles with families all around the world.

During Bubblemania, Casey combines polished entertainment with high-quality visual art and practical, age-appropriate science. All ages learn how bubbles form, why they're spherical, how to make a cube bubble and the science of bubble bursting—each topic related to the physical laws of the natural world. Older grades learn to appreciate practical applications of diverse bubbles in everyday life (soccer balls to air bags) and are actively involved in fun demonstrations of molecular bonding and surface tension. Carle has presented to over 3000 school assemblies since 1990.

In addition to the science aspects, the program is full of the same humor and riveting skills that make Casey's comic show so popular: visual comedy, quick wit, swing music, and amazing soap bubble manipulations—from intricate and detailed Bubble Art (bubble chains, spaceships, fog-filled bubbles, crystal balls and square bubbles) to placing a child inside a giant bubble!
No registration is required for this free program.

Every Hero Has a Story Time–Wednesday and Thursday, June 3 and 4, at 10:15 am. For ages 2-5. Superheroes, unite! Boys & girls, come dressed in your favorite superhero attire to get a sneak peak at our SUPER summer reading program during this fun time! Please register.
Father’s Day Story Time—Tuesday, June 16, at 4:15 pm (for ages 3–6). Join us for this Father's Day story time, featuring stories, activities, and crafts! Please register.

Family Movie—Thursday, June 25, at 12 pm (for families); rated G. Bring your lunch and enjoy this heroic story. The tale of three unlikely heroes—a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them, an unhappy rat who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl with cauliflower ears—whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle's princess. Every hero does have a story, and the tale of Despereaux is a magnificent one. No registration necessary.

Indy’s 100th Visit Party – Monday, June 29, at 6:30 pm (for families). The summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and that is certainly true of our reading-dog hero, Indy, who has heard over 400 stories from the boys and girls at the Bellingham Library. We are throwing a party to celebrate his 100th visit! Join us as we give Indy a hero's welcome with stories, games, and lots of attention. You can even make an Indy-approved craft using award ribbons Indy has won from all of his competitions over the years. All are welcome, whether you have read to Indy before or if you just love dogs and want to meet him. Please register.

Captain Underpants & Babymouse Extravaganza!—Tuesday, June 30, at 4:15 pm (for children entering grade 1 and up). Captain Underpants & Babymouse are two unusual superheroes in children's literature. We’re going to celebrate them both with stories, activities, and crafts in this exciting event! Registration begins on June 8.

Schedule of Ongoing Events

Ring-A-Ding— Tuesdays and Fridays, and Saturday, June 6, at 10:15 am (for ages 0–5). A musical and play story time (drop in). No Ring a Ding June 10–22.

Picnic Stories—Wednesdays, June 3 and 24,  at 12:30 pm (for families). Bring a picnic lunch and blanket and join us at the Town Common for music, stories, and games! Weather permitting. Please register one time to attend all Picnic Stories.

Lego Build— Wednesdays, at 4 pm (for preschool/elementary school age; drop in).

Book Babies—Tuesdays, 11:15 am, and Wednesdays, 9:30 am, beginning June 23 (for ages 0—23 months). Initial registration required.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors— Mondays, June 8, 15 and 22, at 6:30 pm. Preschool & elementary-age kids are invited to read with Indy, our certified reading dog.  Four 15-minute sessions; please register.

Super Story Time—Thursday, June 25, and Monday, June 29, at 10:15 am (for ages 2–5). Through books and activities, each week of this story time will focus on something that is super.Please register. You need to register only once to attend all the Super Story Times in this session. Registration begins June 8.

Magic School Bus—Monday, June 1, at 4:15 pm (for ages 4-7). Watch a Magic School Bus episode and do science activities to go along with the theme. Please register for each monthly MSB program individually.

Mother Daughter Book Club—Monday, June 29, 6:30-7:30 pm (for mothers & daughters  in grades 4-6). Each month, a mother/daughter pair selects a book that the group will read. This month's selection is How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor. Copies are available at the library.  Please register if this is the first meeting you're attending.
Heroes of Mythology—Monday, June 29, at 4 pm (for children entering grades 3–5). At each meeting learn about heroes from a different culture of mythology. Please register separately for each program in this series. Registration begins June 8th.

After School Café (for middle- & high-schoolers)—Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, from 2:30-4 pm, through June 18. Join us in the Community Room for after-school games, crafts and fun.  No ASC on Wednesday, June 3.

Mother Daughter Book Club—(for middle- & high-schoolers)—check library calendar for details of date and book title.

For Adults
  • Library Trustees Mtg.—Thurs., June 11, 7 pm.
  • Friends of the Library Mtg.— Mon., June 1, 7 pm.
  • Book Discussion Group— Monday, June 1, 6:30 pm. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai will be discussed. New members always welcomed.




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