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Bellingham Library News & Events for September

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

Library Hours Expanding to 8 p.m. on weeknights starting September 6th!

Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m.– 3 p.m.

The library is closed on Monday, September 5th for the Labor Day Holiday.

The library is closed on Saturdays until September 10th.

Special Programs 

Mass. Memories Road Show Planning Meeting, Wednesday, September 7th at 6 pm.

The Mass. Memories Road Show is coming to Bellingham on November 5th!  Join us for this planning meeting to help make this opportunity to record Bellingham history in photographs a great success.  Volunteers are needed for the event in November.  

The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide, event-based participatory archiving program that documents people, places, and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. Archivists and public historians in University Archives and Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston collaborate with local planning teams and volunteers to organize free public events where individuals bring photographs to be copied and included in a digital archive. Contributors are invited to describe the photographs in their own words. In addition, they may choose to share “the story behind the photos” on video, have their own “keepsake photo” taken, receive advice on caring for their family photos, and learn from one another about their community’s history.

Since its launch in 2004, the Mass. Memories Road Show has digitized more than 12,000 photographs and stories from across the state, creating an educational resource. Visit https://blogs.umb.edu/massmemories/ to learn more.  Registration preferred but not necessary.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Saturday, September 10th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register at redcrossblood.org

Latina Heritage Author Panel – Virtual Event, Tuesday, September 13th at 7 p.m.

Authors Isabel Canas, Romina Garber, Priscilla Oliveras, and Caridad Pineiro will talk about their journeys to becoming published authors, keeping in mind their diverse Latinx backgrounds. They will discuss how their heritage has influenced their writing, characters, publishing power, and fan base. This program is in collaboration with the Ashland Public Library, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.  Please register to receive the Zoom link to this virtual event: register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1016577260717/WN_m9IYRUx_TiG5FemrxLrVqQ

Planning for Medicare – Countdown to 65, Monday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.

If you’re getting close to Medicare eligibility, this seminar is for you! A knowledgeable Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts representative will lead the presentation. Registration preferred.

Catherine Marenghi, Author Event – Monday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m.

Catherine Marenghi, Milford native and author of Glad Farm: A Memoir, will read from her new book, Our Good Name (Arch Street Press, 2022). Based on her Italian immigrant ancestors, this historic fiction tells a rarely told side of the Italian American experience, the hard realities of immigrant life, and the courage required to make a home in the “New World.” Leaving behind their beloved village in northern Italy, the family arrives in Milford, Mass. in the late 1890s, leading simple lives against a backdrop of tectonic social change. Violent labor union strikes. Threats from the KKK. The famously biased Sacco & Vanzetti trial – Sacco was also from Milford and is a key voice in this story. Please register.

Art Show, ddDesigns by Devin A. DiChiara, Wednesday, September 28th at 6 p.m.

Join us for the opening of an art exhibit of Devin A. DiChiara of ddDesigns, Norfolk, MA. The exhibit will remain on display through November. One of Devin’s professors called Devin the “Whimsical Artist” concentrating on bright, bold, vivid colors in her abstract canvas paintings using multiple mix mediums.  She has an MFA from the Institute of Art & Design of New England College and a BFA from Colby-Sawyer College.

For Kids

Our After School Programs resume on Tuesday, September 6th.  We have two programs for kids in grades 4+.  Both programs are Monday through Thursday. The library closes at 3 p.m. on Fridays.

• After School Kids (ASK) – for grades 4-6.  When school is in session, ASK meets Monday-Thursday from 2:30 -4:45p.m. Stop by the Community Room after school to make crafts, use a Chromebook, play on the Wii, play board games and hang out with friends! Registration IS required. Questions? Contact Diane Nelson, [email protected]  Parents/caregivers of all registrants are signed up for our Constant Contact Newsletter.

• Teen Room Activities – for grades 7-12.  When school is in session, Teen Room Activities are available Monday-Thursday from 2-4:45 p.m. Stop by the Teen Room to use computers, play on the WiiU and XBox1, play board games and hang out with friends!  No registration required. Please note: Throughout the school year our children’s programs will follow the mask policy set by the Bellingham Public Schools, so please plan accordingly. Questions? Contact Amanda Maclure,[email protected]

 

Daniel Tiger Party, Thursday, September 8th at 10:30 a.m.

For families, with a Daniel Tiger story, activities, crafts and swag! Please sign up in advance.

Pirate Party, Monday, September 19th, two sessions, 1 p.m. for Homeschoolers and 4:30 p.m. for all

For buccaneers of all ages. September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and we are going to celebrate with a PIRATE PARTY! Get ye signed up and join us for some yo ho ho fun.

Abbreviated Alphabits, Saturday, September 24th at 10 a.m.

For ages 2-5. On one Saturday morning per month, we will have an abbreviated version of Alphabits, our popular weekly ABC story time. Please sign up so we know to expect you.

Who Was Wednesday, Wednesday, September 28th at 4:30 p.m.

Best for ages 7+. Each class in this monthly program will focus on an individual person who is written about in the Who Was? book series. Please sign up for each class individually that you plan on attending.

Other Children’s Programs

Details on the programs below are available on the library website (https://www.bellinghamma.org/library/kids) and calendar (https://bit.ly/3xMECCt)

Ongoing programs include:  AC⚡BC Book Club (formerly the Mother-Daughter Book Club), Alphabits (resumes starting on September 12th), Baby Time, Graphic Novel Book Club, Picnic Stories, PJ Story Time, and Ring a Ding

Other Adult Programs

Additional details of these programs are available on the library calendar (https://bit.ly/3xMECCt)

• 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 p.m.  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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