March News from the Bellingham Library
Feb 28, 2019 06:00AM
By Pamela Johnson
Carpet Renovation Coming in AprilFunding was approved at the October Town Meeting for Bellingham Public Library to replace the nearly 30-year-old carpeting in the main area of the library, as well as install vinyl flooring for a new café, which will open after the renovation.
To accomplish this project, the library will be closed from Thursday, April 11, through Friday, April 26. A grand re-opening is planned for Saturday, April 27, at 10 AM.
NOTE: Because many in the community rely on the library for tax forms, we want to encourage everyone to pick up their federal and state tax return forms before the library closes on April 11.
More details will be provided, as they are ironed out, at the library website, on Facebook and in press releases in the April issue of the Bellingham Bulletin and elsewhere.
March EventsFarm Girl on the Front Lines: Deborah Sampson’s Secret: Monday, March 11, at 6:30 PM. Discover the secret behind the over 200-year-old deception that has roots in Bellingham; Deborah Sampson, the only woman known to have disguised herself as a man to serve as a soldier in the Continental Army without getting caught, is coming to tell her adventurous life’s story. Deborah will be portrayed by Janet Parnes, principal at Historical Portrayals by Lady J. In this portrayal you will discover details of victories, frustrations and hair-raising moments that this Massachusetts heroine experienced as a poor Colonial farm girl who risked humiliation and imprisonment to serve her country as a soldier—a soldier who enlisted in Bellingham!
Find out about this principled deception and the character of the humble rebel who pulled it off. Appropriate for ages 7 through adult. This event is part of the town’s 300th anniversary year-long celebration. Please register; only 2 people may register per form, so you’ll need to complete additional forms if you have more than 2 people attending.
This program is made possible by a “Go Local: Building Communities and Collections” grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services & Technology Act. The grant is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Literacy Through Laughter: Saturday, March 23, at 11 AM. A 40- to 45-minute interactive story time and circus show by professional clowns Cherie & Dave. (They will not be wearing full clown make-up.) Audience volunteers will help emphasize how inspirational reading can be. After a fun, interactive introduction, Dave reads Cherie’s favorite book If I Ran the Circus, by Dr. Seuss, and Cherie shows the pictures to the kids in her own unique way. This involves acting out the story with lots of social silliness and imagination, as well as demonstrating just how much fun reading can be. Inspired by the story, Cherie and Dave decide to create their own circus. The show involves music, plate-spinning, balancing chairs, and a volunteer to balance 4 spinning plates simultaneously. The performance continues with an exciting juggling routine involving a lot more social silliness. (For families; please register.)
March Adult Individual ProgramsBook Discussion Group: Monday, March 4, at 3 & 6:30 PM.
• Friends of the Library meet: Monday, Mar. 4, 7 PM.
• Ask-a-Lawyer: Monday, Mar. 11, 5:30-7:30 PM.
• Adults Writing Group: Monday, Mar. 11, 6:30 PM.
• Library Trustees meet, Thursday, Mar. 14, 7 PM.
March Children’s Individual Programs• Dr. Seuss Party, Saturday, Mar. 2, 2:30 PM.
• St. Patrick’s Day Party, Monday, Mar. 11, 4:30 PM
• Reading with Daisy, Monday, Mar. 11, 5:30–7 PM
• Pi Day, Thursday, March 14, 6:30 PM
• Magic School Bus, Monday, Mar. 25, 4:15 PM
• Reading with Daisy, Monday, Mar. 25, 5:30–7 PM
• Play Ball! Baseball Fun, Thurs., Mar. 28, 4:30 PM
Weekly Programs for ChildrenMondays: Book Babies, 9:15 AM; Alphabits, 10:10 & 11 AM; Ring a Ding, 1:30 PM; Teen Room Activities 2–5 PM; ASK (Grades 4-7), 2:30–4:45 PM
Tuesdays: Ring a Ding, 10:05 & 10:50 AM; Alphabits 1:15 PM; Teen Room Activities 2–5 PM; ASK (Grades 4-7), 2:30–4:00 PM; Crazy 8s Club (Grades 3-5), 4–4:45 PM (no session on 3/19).
Wednesdays: Book Babies. 9:15 AM; Alphabits, 10:10 & 11 AM; Picnic Flicks, 12:30 PM; Teen Room Activities, 2–5 PM (10:45 AM–1:30 PM on March 20); ASK (Grades 4-7), 2:30–4:45 PM (11:05 AM–1:45 PM on March 20); Crazy 8s Club (for homeschoolers, ages 6-10), 2:30–3:15 PM (no session on Mar. 20; Crazy 8s Club (Grades K–2), 4:30–5:15 PM (no session on Mar. 20).
Thursdays: Alphabits, 10:10 & 11 AM; Favorite Authors Storytime, 1:15 PM; Teen Room Activities, 2–5 PM; ASK (Grades 4-7), 2:30–4:45 PM; Crazy 8s Club (Grades K-2), 4:30–5:15 PM (ends on 3/21)
Fridays: Ring a Ding, 10:05 and 10:50 AM; Teen Room Activities, 2–5 PM (10:45 AM–1:30 PM on Mar. 15).
Saturdays: Babygarten, 10:05 AM (no session on March 30).