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Library Announces October '16 Programming

Sep 29, 2016 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Bellingham Public Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am–8 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10 am–5 pm (closed Sundays). The library will be closed on Monday, October 10, to observe Columbus Day.
Friends of the Library Fundraiser
Treasures in Your Trunk—Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 am to 1 pm. Join us this morning for The Friends of the Library’s first “Treasures in Your Trunk Community Yard Sale.” Participants will be assigned a parking space in the library parking lot for their vehicle. You may place a table or other display in your parking space area. You sell your stuff and you keep the money. Donations of a portion of the proceeds to the Friends of the Library would be appreciated. Limited to 25 spaces.

Reserve your space now for $25; after October 5, the price will be $30. For an additional $5 you can rent a table for your space. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 16. Reservation form at Check the library website close to the date for details of the types of treasures you will find at the sale.

Donations Sought for Friends Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11. We are accepting donations of books and DVDs for children, teens and adults for the sale. All donations should be in good to excellent condition and can be dropped off at the library during our regular business hours. The Friday sale, 4–7 pm, is for Friends Members Only; you may join at the door for $10. The Saturday public sale is from 9 am to 3 pm.

October Events
Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger— Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 pm. Once again we welcome local author and paranormal investigator Jeff Belanger, who will offer a multimedia lecture on his findings. His talk will include images, audio clips, and video from some of the world’s most infamous haunts plus a question and answer session for the audience. Appropriate for high school students and adults. Because space is limited, registration is required.

Book a Librarian
­—Wednesdays at 5 and 5:45pm. Would you like a personal introduction to resources available at the library?  Do you need more time with a librarian than you can get over the phone or if you just walk in? Book a Librarian sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual. A library staff member will give undivided attention to patrons who want in-depth help with a wide variety of library services, such as learning to use a computer, tablet, email or the Internet; downloading eBooks and audiobooks, researching a topic, discovering new books and authors to read and enjoy, business, nonprofit or genealogy help, or other topics you define.  Please register.

Halloween Crafts
—Thursday, October 13, at 4pm (for ages 4 and up). Stop by the Children’s Program Room between 4 and 5 pm to make some Halloween crafts. Please register so that we have enough supplies on hand.

Spooky Bingo—Wednesday, October 19, at 6:30pm (for kids ages 4 and up who are not afraid of the dark). It’s time for our annual Spooky Bingo. We will be playing old-fashioned Bingo, but with a twist. The blacklights will be on, the Bingo card numbers will be glowing, spooky music and sounds will be playing, and “BOO”s will be shouted as kids get Bingo and win Halloween prizes.  Please register.

Backyard Astronomy: Using the New Library Telescope—Monday, October 24, at 6:30 pm.  Family-friendly PowerPoint presentation to learn how to use the new library telescope, to observe objects from your own backyard using a technique called star-hopping, and see how easy it is to use. Spacey door prizes will be offered with outdoor observing, weather permitting. This telescope was funded through a federal IMLS grant to Cornerstones of Science awarded to the Bellingham Public Library. It will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their Adopt a Library Program. Please register.

Easy Walks in Massachusetts—Wednesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm. Join Bellingham author Marjorie Turner Hollman for a talk about the second edition of her book, Easy Walks in Massachusetts. Registration is preferred but not required.

Edible Haunted Houses—Thursday, October 27.  We are going to assemble edible haunted houses. You can eat the graham crackers, fluff, frosting, and candy…everything except the milk carton base. Bring your sweet tooth. Please register. Three sessions: 2:30 pm for middle school students (grades 4-7); 4:15  and 6:30 pm for ages 4 and up.

Halloween Story Time & Costume Parade—Monday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 am (for preschoolers). Show off your Halloween costumes and join us at this special Halloween story time filled with stories, activities, and even a parade around the library. Please register.

Regular Events for Children
Mondays in the Middle—Monday, 2:30—4 pm (for students in grades 4–7). Drop by the Community Room after school for video games, board games, laptops, and even some homework. For middle school students only.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors—Mondays, October 3 and 17, at 6:30 pm.  Please register.

Magic School Bus—Monday, October 24, at 4:15 pm (for ages 4-8). Each month, we will show a different Magic School Bus video and do a related experiment/craft/activity. Please register

Ring-A-Ding—Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:15 am (for ages 0–5).  No class on October 7.  Drop in.

Book Babies—Tuesdays, 11:30 am, and Wednesdays, 9:30 am (for ages 0-23 months.  Please register.

Alphabits—Tuesdays at 1:15 and 4:15 pm, and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:10 and 11 am    (for ages 2–5). At this weekly story time, we concentrate on a letter of the week through stories, activities, and a craft. We also encourage the kids to bring something from home that begins with the letter of the week for show and tell time. Please register for your preferred time slot.

Crafternoons—Tuesdays, 2:30-4 pm (for grades 4–7). Drop by after school for a craft every Tuesday. Crafts to be determined. (For middle school students only).

Picnic Stories—Wednesdays, 12:30 pm (for all ages) on the Bellingham Town Common, weather permitting.

Wicked Awesome Wednesdays—Wednesdays, 2:30–4 pm (for grades 4-7). Each Wednesday will be wicked awesome: 1st Wednesday of the Month—Legos and Tech Time; 2nd Wednesday of the Month—Movie; 3rd Wednesday of the Month—Harry Potter Fandom; 4th Wednesday of the Month—Games Galore (board games, card games, etc.). Drop in; no registration required.

Lego Club—Wednesdays, 4 pm (for all ages).

Wild Things Story Time—Thursdays, 1:15 pm (for ages 3–5). This story time will focus on a different wild animal each week, featuring 3-4 stories along with activities/craft. Please register.

Babygarten—Fridays, 11:30 am, and Saturdays, 10 am (for pre-walking babies). No class on October 7th or 8th. Please register.

Events for Teens
Teen Room Activities—Looking for something to do after school?  Stop by the Teen Room every day after school from 2–5 pm (for grades 6–12). Use computers, play on the WiiU and XBox One, play board games, and create craft projects with your friends.

Events for Adults
Book Discussion Group—Monday, October 3, 6:30 pm. New members welcome; drop in.

Friends of the Library Meeting—Monday, October  3, at 7 pm.

Coloring for Adults—Monday, October 17, at 6 pm; drop in.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting—Thursday, October 13,  at 7 pm.

Bellingham Skein Artists Adult Knitting Group— Thursdays, at 6:30 pm; drop in!

Kid Lit Book Club—Thursday, October 20, at 6:30 pm (for adults). Want to share your love for middle-grade novels (for 8–12 year olds, generally) with other like-minded adults? Looking for great book suggestions for your kids, yourself, or your classroom? Join us for this monthly book club where we talk about only kid lit. Please register.

YA Book Lovers Book Club—Tuesday, October 12, at 6:30 pm (for teens and adults). Check the library website,, for details.





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