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Bellingham Public Library Director Announces January Programming

Dec 31, 2015 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Public Library

The Bellingham Public Library is open Monday—Thursday, 10 am—8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 AM—5 PM. It will be closed on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, but will be open for regular hours on Saturday, January 2. We will also be closed on Monday, January 18, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
YA Renovation—We anticipate this project will begin sometime this month, although we’ve already relocated many things in the library in preparation.  To keep up to date on the project, please go to the library website or Facebook page.

Featured Events

Young Adult Book Sale—Saturday, January 16, 10 am—1 pm (snow date: Saturday, January 23).  Stop by for great deals on former library copies of some great books and more for Young Adults (ages 10—18). Most items will be $1 or less.

Coloring for Adults­—Monday, January 11,  6—7:30 pm.  Have you heard about the new trend? Adults are buying coloring books and coloring for stress relief. Come to our monthly coloring group.  We will provide one coloring page per person and colored pencils, or you can bring your own. Registration preferred but not necessary. Feel free to bring dinner and snacks.

Secrets to Reversing Diabetes and Prediabetes—Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 pm. Take back your life and learn five proven secrets to reverse diabetes and prediabetes; presented by Dr. Geoff DePaula, Diabetes & Obesity Reversal Specialist. Please register.

Make 2016 Your Best Year—Monday, January 25, at 6:30 pm. Is your New Year’s Resolution to Make 2016 Your Best Year? Let the library help.  During this one-hour workshop we’ll highlight library programs, services and materials that can enhance your life.
• Want to learn a new language? Learn about Mango Languages.
• Bring music into your life?  Learn about our new online streaming and download music service, Freegal.
• Meet new people?  Learn about our book groups, coloring group and knitting club.
• Read in a new way?  Learn about library ebooks and online magazines services.
• Take a class online or learn something new?  Learn about our Universal Class Courses and Learning Express Library tutorials.
• Curious about 3D Printing? Learn about our 3D Printing Training Workshops.
• Are you a New Year’s Resolution Traditionalist?  We still have lots of books and DVDs on dieting, nutrition and exercise.
Registration preferred but not necessary.

Regular Events for Children

Ring-A-Ding—Tuesdays and Fridays, at 10:15 am. For ages 0—5. A musical and play story time. Participants will enjoy songs, fingerplays, a story, pretend play and free play with parachutes and more. No registration necessary. Drop in.

Alphabits—Tuesdays, at 1 pm; Wednesdays, at 10:15 and 11:15 am; Thursdays, at 9:45 and 10:45 am. No class on January 7. For ages 2—5. Each week, the focus is on a different letter of the alphabet through stories, crafts, and other activities. Please register. (You need to register only once to attend all Alphabits story times.)

Book Babies—Tuesdays, at 11:30 am, and Wednesdays, at 9:30 am, beginning January 19.  For ages 0—23 months. One-time registration required.

Favorite Characters Story Time—Thursday, January 14 and 28, at 1 pm. For ages 3–5. This bi-weekly story time will feature a different favorite character each class. We’ll read stories, do a craft, and have fun! Please register.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors—Mondays, January 11 and 25, at 6:30 pm. Kids are invited to read with Indy, our certified reading dog. There are four 15-minute sessions; please register.

Preschool Activity Centers—Mondays, January 4 and 25, 10—11:30 am and 1—2 pm. For any preschool age. Drop in during these time periods. Four or five activity centers will be set up around the community room for kids to try at their own levels/pace. No registration necessary.

Lego Build—Wednesdays, at 4 pm. Drop in.

After School Café—For grades 6—12. Looking for something to do after school? Stop by the After-School Cafe. Use laptops, play on the Wii or XBox, play board games, and create craft projects with your friends. After-School Cafes take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 2:30 to 4 pm.

Mondays in the Middle—Resumes Monday, January 25, at 2:30—4 pm. Features games, food, challenges, crafts and activities. For grades 4—7. Grab some friends and walk to the library. No registration necessary.

Middle School Advisory Board—Tuesday, January 19, at 2:30 pm. For middle-school students. We’re looking for members. If you are interested in making the library a better place, we want you! Discuss your interests, see the newest books and help us think of ideas to improve the library. Please register.

Doctor Who Marathon—Friday, January 8, 2—5 pm. Ages 13 and up.  Come and watch 3 episodes of Doctor Who, featuring David Tennant as the Doctor. Bring your own snacks. No registration required.
YA Book Lovers Book Club—Tuesday, January 12, 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 teens ages 14 through adult. We’ll read from different genres chosen by group members. Please register if this is your first time attending. Check the library calendar for this month’s title.

Anime Club—Friday, January 22, at 2:30 pm.  Ages 13—18.  Come and meet new friends, watch anime (PG13), and discuss the latest things in the anime world. No registration required.

Babygarten—Fridays, starting January 22, at 11:30 am. Geared to pre-walking babies, Babygarten believes that reading to babies is one of the most important components of child-rearing; it can contribute to virtually every aspect of growth and development. Most important, however, is the emotional bond that is nurtured by a reading ritual. Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies from birth to toddlerhood. The classes involve songs, rhymes and activities that help babies with language acquisition and preliteracy skills. Please register once to attend all Babygarten classes.

Mother/Daughter Book Club—Monday, January 25, at 6:30 pm. Mothers & daughters (grades 4—6): looking for a way to bond? Join the library’s Mother/Daughter Book Club. Each month, a mother/daughter pair selects a book that the group will read. This month’s selection is The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me by Sara Nickerson. Please register if this is your first time attending.

 Events for Adults

Bellingham Skein Artists—Our adult knitting group meets on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. New members welcome.

Friends of the Library Meeting—Monday, January 4, at 7 pm. 

Book Discussion Group—Monday, January 4, at 3 and 6:30 pm. Begins in December and lasts throughout the winter. The same book will be discussed at both the 3 and 6:30 pm sessions on the first Monday of the month. You may attend at either time. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin will be discussed. Facilitated by Cecily Christensen, Reference Librarian. New members welcome.

Bellingham Parent Support Group —Tuesdays, January 5 and 19, at 5:30 pm.  See library calendar for details.

Board of Library Trustees Meeting—Thursday, January 14,  at  7 pm.

NOTE: 3D Printer Training Workshops will resume in February.




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