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Bellingham Library News & Events for August

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
Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The library is closed on Saturdays until September 10th.
 Special Programs 
Friends of the Library Book Sale – August 11-13th
Join us for a special Book Sale during Bellingham Days, August 11-13th.  Book Sale Hours:  Thursday 3-7 p.m. (members of the Friends of the Library will receive a $5 discount on Thursday); Friday 1-7 p.m., and Saturday 12-4 p.m..  The Friends will also be sponsoring a 50/50 raffle during the month of August.  Drawing will be held on Saturday, 8/13 at 4 p.m..
 300th Anniversary Time Capsule Closing – Thursday, August 11th at 6 p.m.
Join the Bellingham Historical Commission and members of the Bellingham 300th Anniversary Committee in the Library Café for the long-delayed closing of the Town of Bellingham’s 300th Anniversary Time Capsule.  See the items going into the capsule that will be kept at the Historical Museum with instructions to be opened in 2044 during Bellingham’s 325th Anniversary Year!
Swinging Sixties:  Women Find Their Voice –Friday, August 12th at 7 p.m.
Concert on the Sound Stage at Bellingham Days
In this one-hour entertaining and educational program, the Retro Polatin Duo (Jill Goldman and David Polatin) will discuss the female singers and play songs from the Swingin’ Sixties. The program will feature music from singers including Petula Clark, Connie Francis, Dusty Springfield, and many others. These females broke down barriers and paved the way for more women to follow.
This concert is hosted by the Bellingham Public Library and supported by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Red Cross Blood Drive – Friday, August 26th from 9 a.m. – 2 pm
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 Summer Reading Program and More for Kids!
Details of the Summer Reading Program are on the library website on the main menu under “Summer Reading Program.”   You will find out details of the events listed below, a printable brochure, online and paper reading logs, links to the school summer reading lists, and information about Rockland Trust’s “Reading Makes Cents” program. Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and The Friends of the Library are the sponsors of this year’s Summer Reading Program.  We thank them for their financial support to bring special programs to the Bellingham community!
Camp Millionaire – Tuesday & Thursday, August 2nd and 4th, 2:30-4 p.m.
For ages 9-12. Do you love money? Would you like to learn more about how to make money? Come play this interactive game, full of fun and excitement! It is a two-day activity, so participants must be able to attend both days. Sign up is required. 
Krafty Kids – Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Do a weekly craft with Miss Diane.  Please sign up for each Krafty Kids class that you plan on attending individually.
Let’s Draw Ocean Animals – Zoom Program - Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
Award winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski will teach you to draw ocean animals like whales, sharks, octopuses, dolphins, sea horses, and even a giant whale - all from the comfort of your home! Please register for Zoom link.
Fact or Fiction? – Wednesday, August 17th at 4:30 p.m.
For ages 7 + up. For each “Fact or Fiction,” we will choose a topic shrouded in mystery. Through eyewitness accounts, anecdotes, and videos, participants will determine: fact or fiction? Please sign up for each Fact or Fiction individually.  Please register!
Big Bubbles with Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy – Thursday, August 18th at 6:30 p.m.
For families. Join us at the Bellingham Town Common for running, jumping, and bubble-popping fun! Mr. Vinny is bringing his hand-made, giant bubble wand to create floating blobs of soapy goodness. The kids can chase and pop to their heart’s delight, while Mr. Vinny tells jokes and answers questions. It will be good clean fun, and a great way to wrap up summer reading!
Please register your family for this fun program! Sponsored by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Bellingham Library.
Other Children’s 
Details on the programs below are available on the library website ( and calendar (
Ongoing programs include:  AC ⚡  BC Book Club (formerly the Mother-Daughter Book Club), Baby Time, GO! Story Time, Picnic Stories, and Ring a Ding
Other Adult Programs
Additional details of these programs are available on the library calendar (
• 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 p.m.  Email [email protected] for details.
• Adult Writing Group generally meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Email [email protected] for details.
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