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Bellingham Public Library: News & Events for January

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

Bellingham Public Library

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. Library hours are Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 AM to 8 PM; Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 AM to 7 PM; Friday & Saturday, 9:30 AM to 3 PM. The library is closed on Saturday, Jan. 1,  New Year’s Day, and Monday, Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Special Programs

Yoga Series for Winter—6 weeks starting January 18th, Tuesdays, at 8:30 aM. Are you feeling stressed? Are you having trouble settling down? Are you experiencing some sleeplessness? If so, then join Carol, a 200-hour certified Kripalu ( yoga teacher, once a week on Tuesday mornings for a 6-week yoga series. Space is extremely limited, so registration is necessary.
These classes combine postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to help you feel warm and soothed. Carol will instruct you in a slow flow designed to focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles in the hips, legs and feet; areas that when warmed by movement help you to feel more clearheaded and peaceful. Classes are 60 minutes long and appropriate for everyone, even if this is your first yoga class ever.
Please wear loose-fitting clothing and bring your own yoga mat and 2 blocks. Please arrive 10 minutes early for the first class to sign a waiver.  You must register for each class separately in the 6-week series. 

Keough Memorial Academy (KMA) Arts Night— Thursday, January 20, 6—8 PM.  Join us for an art exhibit featuring artwork from KMA students in grades 7–12.  There will be music, and light refreshments will be served.  Registration is preferred but not necessary.

Organizing Your Home—(Virtual Program): Monday, January 24th, at 6:30 PM. Has it always been your dream to make things in your home easy to find, quick to locate, always there when you need them, great looking and stress free? Learn how with Glenn Davison, a professional with a clear and informative style. He has helped many others with garages, computers, closets, and more. Glenn’s goal is to give people the motivation and tools to make lasting improvements in the way they organize their homes.  Registration is required. This is a virtual program through Zoom; you will receive the Zoom link a few days before the event. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bellingham Library.

Chess Club will continue in 2022—Meghana Kunamneni, Bellingham resident and a student at the Montrose School, a two-time Rhode Island state champion and 2021 North American Youth Championship sixth-place winner, will be expanding the chess program at the library, offering two sessions weekly for grades 4—9 at the library, one for beginners and a second for intermediate players. Meghana stresses that chess helps kids in the following areas: focus, self-confidence, patience, logical thinking skills, imagination, problem solving, memory, and mental agility (it raises IQ). Registration is required for this program.  

The January session will begin on Monday, January 24th, and run through Monday, April 25th. Classes begin at 4 and 5 PM.  Check the library calendar for details and register for the January 24th session to attend all sessions.

Children’s Programs

Please note: Following the lead of the Bellingham Public Schools, masks are required at all indoor children’s events for everyone ages 3 & up, regardless of vaccination status.

Details on the programs below are available on the library’s website ( and calendar (
After-School Kids (ASK), Alphabits, Baby Time,  Chess Club for Kids Grades 4-9, Film Fridays*, Graphic Novel Book Club, Homeschool Programs, Mother-Daughter Book Club, Magic School Bus, Ring a Ding, STEAM Time and Teen Room Activities. 
*Please note that Film Fridays will not resume until January 21st at the earliest.

Adult Programs

Additional details of these programs are available on the library calendar (

Bellingham Skein Artists Adult Knitting Group meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6 PM (drop-in group).

Book Club generally meets on the first Monday of the month; email Reference Librarian Cecily Christensen at [email protected] for details.

Friends of the Library generally meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM.  Email [email protected] for details.

Library Board of Trustees generally meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7 PM.  Email [email protected] for details.

Adult Writing Group generally meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 PM. Email [email protected] for details.
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