Skip to main content

Bellingham Public Library Announces August News & Events

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

Bellingham Public Library

The Library’s summer hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10 AM to 6 PM; Wednesday, 10 AM to 8 PM; and Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM) continue through August. The library is closed on Saturdays until Saturday, September 11th. Our hours will be expanding after Labor Day, so stay tuned for details!
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.  We are no longer quarantining items but will still be waiving late fees through September 1st.  Our new late fee policy will be announced in late August.  

Museum & Attraction Pass Program
As more venues have opened, we have 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 passes use due to COVID 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 following sponsors who helped the Friends defray the costs of providing these passes to the community: American Historic Coins and Collectibles, Butler & Sons Tree Service, Inc, Charles River Bank, Devlin’s Tavern, Elevate Counseling, Mass Armament, Mass Renewables, Owen Financial Services, and the Bellingham Business Association.

Summer Reading & Children’s Programs
Summer Reading wraps up this month, but it is not too late to join our LLAMAzing summer.  And we are not LION. Waiting for it to get here had been unbearable. But DOGGONE-it, it’s almost over.
Details for all our summer events, as well as information about how your summer reading can win prizes, can be found at  All YouTube videos can be accessed at
  • Virtual STEAM Time on YouTube—Mondays, at 3:30 PM
  • Who Would Win?—Tuesday, August 3rd, at 4:30 PM on YouTube
  • Tales of Your Tails—Pet Video Submissions begin on August 9th
  • Baby Time—Tuesdays at 9 AM, outside (location to be determined) or on Zoom when weather doesn’t cooperate (NOTE: no meeting on August 10th)
  • 15 Minutes of Fun on Facebook—Tuesdays, at 10 AM (no meeting on August 10th)
  • Tails & Tales Storytime—Tuesdays, at 12:30 PM; Wednesdays, at 6:30 PM; and Thursdays, at 9:30 AM, on Zoom (no meetings August 10th—12th)
  • Stuffed Animal Vet Checkup—Tuesday, August 17th, at 3:30 PM.  Meet Elephant & Piggie!
  • Picnic Stories—Wednesdays, at 12:30 PM, on the Town Common, weather permitting (NOTE: No meeting on August 11th)
  • Ravenous Readers—Wednesdays, August 4th and 18th, at 4:30 PM, at the library
  • Boredom Busters—Thursdays, at 7:30 AM, on YouTube
  • Krafty Kids—Thursdays, at 2 PM
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club—Thursday, Aug-ust 19th, at  6:30 PM (for grades 5—7). Email Diane Nelson at [email protected] for details.
  • Tails & Tales Story Time Replay—Fridays, at 9 AM, on YouTube

August Programs:

Book Discussion Group—Monday, August 2nd, at 6:30 PM, on Zoom). Dark Matter by Blake Crouch will be discussed. To attend, please contact Reference Librarian Cecily Christensen, who will be leading the discussion, at 508-966-1660 or [email protected].

Writing Group for Adults—Monday, August 9th, at 6:30 PM, at the Town Common. Writers, readers, listeners are invited to join us. Local area writers Amy Bartelloni and Marjorie Turner Hollman welcome the public to an evening of reading and listening.  Hear what local writers are working on. Works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome. Reading limit is 9 minutes per reader, with a brief opportunity for positive, personal comments only. For more information, contact Marjorie Turner Hollman at [email protected].

Friends of the Library Meeting—Tuesday, August 10th, at 7 PM, on Zoom.  Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting—Thursday, August 12th, at 7 PM, on Zoom. The link for this meeting is posted under the agenda at

Friends of the Library Book Sale—Friends of the Library will conduct a special summer book sale in coordination with Bellingham Days, the town carnival and events that are scheduled for August 19–21.  Book sale dates/times: Thursday & Friday, August 19th and 20th, 3—7 PM, and Saturday, August 21st, 9 AM to 12 PM.

We are not accepting additional donations for the sale because we are still processing the inventory of books that we received for the spring of 2020 sale (which was cancelled due to the pandemic).

Coming in September!

After-School Programming
The library is planning to resume our normal after-school programming after Labor Day. Details on the program and registration dates for 4th to 6th-graders to attend the ASK program will be on the library website by mid-August.  Although the library will be closing at 3 PM on Fridays throughout the school year, our Friday after-school program will go until 5 PM in the Community Room with a weekly movie. More details to follow.

Monday, September 20, 2021, 6:30-8:30 PM—Stephano: the True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck (our first in-person event for adults in over 18 months). Visit the library to watch the 90-minute screening of the film, followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker.  
The film follows the story of the only Mayflower passenger who had been to North America previously.  A decade earlier, Stephen Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship that wrecked in Bermuda, inspiring Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.  Shot on location, the Hit and Run History film retraces Hopkins’ life crisscrossing the Atlantic.

Two-time Emmy nominated producer Andrew Giles Buckley and his film crew are hot on the trail of Stephen Hopkins, a Virginia-bound castaway who found his way not only onto the decks of the Mayflower a decade later but immortalized on stage as the drunken Stephano in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.

Registration is preferred but not necessary.

This program is supported by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Bellingham Public Library subscribes to online resources on a variety of subjects, and most can be explored without leaving your house. Patrons have free access to these resources with their Bellingham library card. Just visit the Bellingham Library website at and click on the Online Resources tab to see all our online offerings.

The library’s featured resource this month is A to Z World Travel. Anyone with an active Bellingham library card can access this resource remotely or in the library. A to Z World Travelcomprises 4 separate databases: A to Z World Food, A to Z World Culture, A to Z World Travel, and Global Road Warrior.

A to Z World Food contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages. It also covers food culture for 174 countries of the world in six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.

A to Z World Culture has information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more. It has 174 Country Culture Guides covering more than 60 topics each. This database is especially good for students doing country research projects and presentations, as well as anyone traveling to another country.
A to Z World Travel is for travelers and knowledge seekers alike. It is a comprehensive travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and recipes, culture, language, and more. It contains 202 World City Travel Guides covering 67 topics each, plus an additional 57 travel resources.

Global Road Warrior is an extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. It consists of 174 Country Guides of 119 topics each. It gives wide and deep coverage of difficult-to-find country information related to culture, business, travel, and local living. Students and teachers can use Global Road Warrior to research issues in international and cross-cultural studies, international business, the social sciences, women’s studies, language studies, and study-abroad programs. The extensive business culture content of Global Road Warrior is helpful to businesses when facilitating international business transactions.

All four of the A to Z databases are mobile friendly, automatically adapting to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Whether you want to try recipes from other countries, travel, research countries for academic reports, or learn about country culture for business, these databases can be invaluable resources—and the best part is, access is free-of-charge with your Bellingham library card!
Seasonal Favorites
Loading Family Features Content Widget
Loading Family Features Article