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Bellingham Public Library Provides Resources for Seniors

Dec 30, 2020 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
The Library has long offered special services designed for local seniors, but as the pandemic drags on, more needs to be done.
   
“On January 4,” explains Library Director Bernadette Rivard, “we will make some changes including the addition of open hours on Saturdays and expansion of afternoon and evening hours.”

Note: As of mid-December, the library was closed for in-person browsing due to the increase in COVID cases in Bellingham. Hours are expanding in January in response to survey results showing that people want more hours for curbside pickup. When the library reopens to the public, it will resume offering seniors and immunocompromised patrons only the opportunity to visit on Friday mornings.
   
“We have increased our electronic offerings, including access to Ancestry.com, so our seniors do not have to leave home,” says Rivard; however, she explained that, because of space limitations, no donations of books can be accepted right now.

If you are unable to appear in person at the Library, there’s a home delivery option. Volunteers or library staff will bring materials directly to you every three weeks (drop-off and pick-up). You’ll need a current library card and completed Home Delivery Registration Form which you can find on the Library’s website.
   
If transportation is available, you can take advantage of curbside pick-up. Delivery to your vehicle is also an option. “If you have issues, give us a call [508-966-1660] and we’ll try to help,” says Rivard.

Explore the website: www.bellinghamma.org/library to see all the options for entertainment and education that can be accessed with just a click of your computer mouse. “And we’re on Facebook,” adds Rivard. “You can keep up to date with the latest information on all programs, including opportunities to join us on Zoom. You’ll find ways to engage!”
   
“Winter could be hard,” she notes, “and we are doing the very best we can to serve the entire Bellingham community.”

To make a donation in support of the Library, visit the Friends of the Library at www.bellfol.org.


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