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Bellingham Public Library Announces News, Hours & Events for May

Apr 29, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Public Library

Bellingham Library is open for in-person Grab & Go Limited Browsing Services, and its very popular lobby pick-up service continues. Limited computer sessions and single-person study room reservations are now offered as well. Visit for details of the library’s services. 

Beginning May 3, library hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11am—6pm; Wednesday, 11am—8pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am—3pm. The library will be closed on Monday, May 31, for Memorial Day. Visit the library website for updated information about hours and services.

Returning Library Materials:
Please place items you are returning on the designated cart 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.
Museum & Attraction Pass Program

Since more venues have opened, the library has resumed our popular Museum & Attraction Pass Program.  Please check the Museum Pass link on the library website for details.  Many of the venues have special instructions for library-pass use because of COVID-19 restrictions, so please review those carefully before making your reservations. We would like to thank the Friends of the Library for coordinating the Museum & Attraction Pass Program and the sponsors who helped the Friends defray the costs of providing these passes to the community: American Coins and Collectibles, Mass Armament, Mass Renewables, Owen Financial Services, and the Bellingham Business Association.

May Programs:

Book Discussion Group—Monday, May 3, at 6:30pm (via Zoom). A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler will be discussed. To attend, please contact Reference Librarian Cecily Christensen, who will lead the discussion, at 508-966-1660 or [email protected]
The Call of Kilimanjaro with Jeff Belanger—Thursday, May 6, at 7 pm (via Zoom). Get ready to climb 19,341 feet to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the famed Seven Summits and the roof of Africa. Based on his memoir The Call of Kilimanjaro, author, adventurer, and TV host Jeff Belanger takes you on a breathtaking multimedia journey of Tanzania that’s spiritual, motivational, and uplifting.
After the death of his brother-in-law Chris, Jeff made the decision to take the trip of a lifetime, both in honor of Chris and in pursuit of clarity about his own life and goals. His book is a day-by-day record of Jeff’s ascent to the peak of Africa’s highest mountain. What he learned along the way transformed his life.

Please register to receive the Zoom link to access the program close to the date of the event. This program is supported by the Friends of the Bellingham Library.

Ask a Lawyer with Attorney Brian T. Salisbury—Monday, May 10, in 20-minute sessions, 5—7:30pm. 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 (on event calendar at 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, May 10, at 6:30pm. 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].

Library Board of Trustees Meeting—Thursday, May 13 , at 7pm. The Zoom link for this meeting is posted under the agenda at

Friends of the Library Meeting—Tuesday, May 11, at 7pm. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link if you wish to attend.
Budgeting Workshop—Tuesday, May 25, 6:30pm. In this virtual program you will learn about the budgeting process, proper goal setting, building an emergency fund, and investment options for your future. The presenter is Michael Graff, a financial educator and speaker with the Society of Financial Awareness.  Please register to receive the Zoom link, which will be emailed to you close to the event date.

May Children’s Programs

See library calendar for details; all YouTube videos can be accessed at
  • ABCs with Mr. Steve: Mondays, May 10, May 17, and May 31, at 9am, on YouTube.  
  • 15 Minutes of Fun! On Facebook Live: Tuesdays, 10am.
  • Crayon Box Storytime— Live on Zoom: Tuesdays, 12:30PM; Thursdays, 9:30AM; replayed on Fridays, 9AM.
  • Ravenous Readers: Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26, 4:30 pm. Please register for Zoom link.
  • Picnic Stories—Wednesdays, 12:30 PM, on the Town Common (weather permitting).
  • PJ Storytime—Wednesdays, 7 PM, on Facebook Live.
  • 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 7:30am.
  • Virtual STEAM Time—Thursdays, May 6 and May 20, at 3:30 pm, on YouTube. Sign up to get your materials.

Individual Programs

Activity Centers—Saturday, May 1, at 9:15 am. Meet via Zoom to do three different activities together—a craft and two fun/open-ended tasks. Kids will be able to do each of the activities at their own level. Please sign up to reserve your materials.

Book Babies—Tuesday, May 18, at 9 am, via Zoom. Mother Daughter Book Club—Thursday, May 20, at 6:30 pm (for Grades 5-7). Email Diane Nelson at [email protected] for details.
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