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October '21 News & Events Announced at Bellingham Public Library

Sep 30, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Public Library

Library hours are Monday and Wednesday, 9:30AM—8PM; Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30AM—7PM; and Friday and Saturday, 9:30AM—3PM. The library is closed on Monday, October 11th, for Columbus Day.

For updates to library programs and services, please see the library website, Click on the red alert banner on the top of the page for details.

October Special Programs

Monday, October 4, at 9:45 AM—Baby Time featuring Local Author Emily Malaquias. Program is geared for those under 2 years old, but older siblings are welcome. Includes songs, stories, and play/discussion time for you and your baby/toddler. Please sign up. You need to sign up only once to attend each Baby Time per session. Please note that masks are required at all indoor children’s events for everyone, ages 3 and older, regardless of vaccination status.

Saturday, October 16, at 10 AM—Giant Candy Land:  Halloween Edition. Get a jump on your Halloween candy with this fun-for-all-ages family-friendly outdoor version of the classic game Candy Land. People will be dressed like Candy Land characters (with perhaps a surprise or two) handing out candy all along the board. Play by yourself or with friends and/or family. Halloween costumes are encouraged but by no means necessary. Bad weather date will be Saturday, October 23, at the same time. Location is outside the library. Registration preferred but not necessary.

Saturday, October 9, at 2:30 PM—Fall Harvest Music with Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends. Celebrate harvest season with a fun musical performance by Elijah T. Grasshopper & Friends, a children’s music group featuring Emma “Go-Go Green” Bean and their puppet pals, Willa the Worm and Weatherbee Frog. This fall they bring their harvest-themed kids’ show to the area with special guest, the Orange Farmer and her interactive dance song, “Somethin’ Bout a Pumpkin.” The group is excited to bring their music to local communities (target age range is 2 to 8 years old). Join Elijah & Friends for some super-duper interactive kids’ music and a hopping good time! You can learn more about them at Sponsored by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council.  Registration is requested. Location TBD.

Monday, October 18, at 6:30 PM—Saving for Retirement: PlanWell Financial Workshop. PlanWell is a series of four financial workshops; they all begin at 6:30 PM, and you may attend any or all of them. Registration is preferred but not necessary. SaveWell focuses on the first step of planning for a successful retirement —saving. Some topics covered will be understanding the impact of planning and knowing your retirement goals, deciphering the difference between necessary and discretionary expenses, using various tax-sensitive account types to maximize the likelihood of reaching retirement goals, and more. Remaining Workshops include InvestWell on Oct. 25; GrowWell on Nov. 8; and ProtectWell on Nov. 15.  The PlanWell series is presented by Kristen Heller and Sheri Delisle, Financial Advisors from Baystate Financial.

Tuesday, October 19, at 4:30 PM—Caterpillar’s Search for the Perfect Halloween Costume. Local author Phyllis Calvey will be here to read her children’s book of the same name. Halloween crafts will accompany reading, and children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Please sign up. Please note that masks are required at all indoor children’s events for everyone, ages 3 and older, regardless of vaccination status.

Monday, October 25, at 6:30 PM—Investments: PlanWell Financial Workshop. “Investments” is the second of the four-part series of financial workshops discussed above. In this workshop you’ll learn how to put your savings to work in pursuit of your retirement goals. Topics include understanding degrees of risk tolerance, managing volatility, diversification within a portfolio, and learning to use the passing of time to make the most of investments. Presenters are, once again, Kristen Heller and Sheri Delisle, Financial Advisors from Baystate Financial.  Registration preferred but not necessary.

Friday, October 29, at 4:15 PM—Halloween Story Time & Costume Parade. Listen to a Halloween story and do some Halloween activities. And then we will parade around the library (for all ages). Make sure to wear your costumes! Please note that masks are required at all indoor children’s events for everyone ages 3 and older, regardless of vaccination status.

Other Children’s Programs

Details on the programs below are available on the library website ( and calendar (           
After School Kids (ASK), Alphabits, Baby Time,  Graphic Novel Book Club,  Harvest Crafts, Homeschool Programs, Mother-Daughter Book Club, Picnic Stories,  Preschool Science,  Ring a Ding,  STEAM Time, Tales of the Cryptids and Teen Room Activities.

Other Adult Programs

Additional details of these programs are available on the library calendar (
  • Book Club meets on the first Monday of the month; email Reference Librarian Cecily Christensen at [email protected] for details.
  • Friends of the Library meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.  Email [email protected] for details.
  • Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7PM. Email the library for details.
  • Library Writing Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Email [email protected] for details.

Library Resource of the Month: Learn a New Language

Would you like to learn a new language or perhaps just brush up on one that you learned in the past? The Bellingham Public Library has two online language learning resources to help: Mango Languages and Lingo LITE. All you need is your Bellingham Public Library card for access.

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system with over 70 world language courses to choose from—even Pirate! The courses are designed to adapt to a diverse range of learning needs, styles, and backgrounds. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions.

The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.

Lessons involve a rich mix of listening and reading activities, so you can make sense of written and spoken contexts. There are critical thinking activities that encourage the learner to put what they are learning into practice. Memory-building exercises use repetition to challenge the recall of learned material through quick review sequences to ensure that you maintain what you learn.

Every lesson explains the underlying grammatical structure, giving you the tools you need to start speaking confidently. Insightful notes apply cultural context to what you are learning, creating a more profound understanding of your chosen language. It is fully accessible remotely from your home computer, and there’s a mobile app for iOS and Android devices for learning on the go.

Lingo LITE is an image and video-based foreign language learning resource for 260 of the most basic words and terms in 30 languages. It provides an intensive foreign language vocabulary building tool to support classroom and textbook learning. Users are able to hear and see words spoken. Seeing lips move is an essential part of learning how to pronounce a word.

Lingo LITE is helpful for pleasure and business travelers to learn basic words and terms quickly. It also supports students preparing for study abroad programs. It’s mobile-friendly, automatically adapting to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

To access Mango Languages or Lingo LITE, go to Library’s website,; click on the “Online Resources” tab, and then click “Online Courses/Tutoring. ”

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