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Bellingham Public Library Announces March News

Feb 25, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Public Library

In early December, the increasing number of COVID-19 cases prompted a return to curbside service for pickup of library materials. At Bulletin deadline, that was the continued level of service offered.

See the library website for details of the library’s reopening criteria and for updates on the date for reopening to the public and resuming grab-and-go limited browsing services. Current hours for curbside and phone service are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11 am—5 pm; Wednesday, 11 am—8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am—3 pm. (These hours will remain the same when the library reopens for grab-and-go service.) Check the library website,, for updated information about hours and services.

Returning Library Materials:
Please place items you are returning on the designated cart that is in the library lobby or drop items in the book drop near the flagpole.  All items that are returned will be quarantined for at least a few days before being checked in.  Any late fees will be waived once the items are checked in.

March Programs:

Book Discussion Group—Monday, March 1, at 6:30 pm (via Zoom). The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates will be discussed. If you are interested in attending, please contact Reference Librarian Cecily Christensen, who will lead the discussion, at 508-966-1660 or [email protected].

Ask a Lawyer with Attorney Brian T. Salisbury—Monday, March  8, in 20-minute sessions, 5—6:15pm. This popular program resumes virtually. Local attorney Brian T. Salisbury, of the law firm Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond and Weil, P.C., will meet with you to answer your legal questions. The 20-minute appointments are free of charge. You must make an appointment in advance to receive the Zoom link.  Registration includes providing Attorney Salisbury with your email address to facilitate the Zoom meeting.  

(Please note: The Bellingham Library Ask a Lawyer Program is a limited pro bono legal service provided by Attorney Brian T. Salisbury and is strictly limited to a 20-minute discussion regarding legal questions that you may have.  Unless otherwise agreed in writing, Attorney Salisbury will not provide legal representation in any legal matter discussed.  Given the limited nature of the discussion, you should always seek the advice of a professional before taking any action based upon information you may receive during the meeting.)

Virtual Writing Group for Adults—Monday, March 8, at 6:30 pm. Writers, readers and listeners are invited to join local writers Amy Bartelloni and Marjorie Turner Hollman for a virtual evening of reading and listening. Works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome.Reading limit is 9 minutes per reader, with a brief opportunity for positive, personal comments only. To receive the Zoom link, please email Marjorie Turner Hollman at [email protected]

Friends of the Library Meeting—Tuesday, March 9, at 7 pm. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting—Thursday, March 11, at 7 pm.  The Zoom link for this meeting is posted under the agenda at

Virtual Home-Buying Seminar—Monday, March 15, at 6:30 pm. Learn crucial information necessary to buy a home, including the importance of credit, what is the right mortgage loan program for you, buyer agents vs listing agents, items to include in the offer that some buyers leave out, and how to get the most from your home inspection. The instructor is Michael Shain, a Senior Loan Originator (NMLS#776638 MA) with Bay Equity Home Loans Milford. He has over 30 years of banking and mortgage lending experience. Please register several days beforehand to receive the weblink to access the event.

Resumes That Get Noticed­—Tuesday, March 16, at 6:30 pm. Are you applying to multiple jobs and not getting any responses back? Chances are your resume isn’t getting noticed! Join professional career coach Deb Raymond, who will facilitate this virtual workshop on creating a strong resume that is reader-friendly, correctly formatted for applicant tracking software, and is a great representation of your value to employers. Please register and you will receive the Zoom link to access the program prior to March 16. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bellingham Library.

March Children’s Programs

See library calendar for details; all YouTube videos can be accessed at

  • ABCs with Mr. Steve: Mondays, 9 am, on You Tube.  15 Minutes of Fun! On Facebook Live: Tuesdays, 10 am.
  • Alphabits Live on Zoom: Tuesdays, 12:30 PM; Thursdays, 9:30 AM; replayed on Fridays, 9 AM.
  • Ravenous Readers on Zoom: Wednesday, March 24, 5 pm, for grades 4–6, and Thursday, March 25, 4:30 pm, for grades 1-3.
  • Picnic Stories—Wednesdays, 12:30 PM, on Zoom.
  • PJ Storytime—Wednesdays, 7 PM, on Facebook Live.
  • Virtual STEAM Time—Thursdays, March 11 and 25, at 3:30 pm, on YouTube. Sign up to get your materials.
  • Boredom Busters—Thursdays at 7:30 am. Each Thursday morning, we will release a new Boredom Buster. Subscribe to the YouTube channel The ABCs with Mr. Steve or join the Bellingham Library Children’s Room group on Facebook to check out the videos, available at 7:30 am.

Individual Programs

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Ideas—Monday, March 1, at 3:30 pm. Subscribe to the YouTube channel The ABCs with Mr. Steve or join the Bellingham Library Children’s Room group on Facebook to check out the video.

Read Across America Reading Marathon—Tuesday, March 2, 9:30–11:30 am, and 1:15–3:15 pm. On Read Across America Day, we will have two marathon reading sessions on Facebook Live ( Drop in for a story—or twenty!

Lego Build—Wednesday, March 10, at 4 pm; live on Zoom. Build Legos from home, show off some of your Lego creations and listen to a Lego story.  Please register to be sent the Zoom link.

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas—Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 am. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with crafts and other activities. Subscribe to the YouTube channel The ABCs with Mr. Steve or join the Bellingham Library Children’s Room group on Facebook to check out the video, available at 7:30 am.

Spring Stories & Craft—Saturday, March 20, at 9:30 am, on Zoom. On this first day of spring, join us for stories and a craft about the upcoming season. Please register to reserve your craft bag and receive the Zoom link.
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