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Bellingham Public Library News & Events for October

 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.

Additional details about library programs are available on the library calendar at

The library is closed on Monday, October 9th for the Columbus Day Holiday

Highlighted Programs

First Saturday Family Fun!

Saturday, October 7th at 11 a.m.

Join us on the first Saturday of each month for a different family fun activity! This month we will be making crafts that get us ready for the fall season. Drop in!

Alphabits is Back!

Wednesdays & Fridays at 10:15 a.m.

Alphabits runs for 26 weeks from fall to spring.  We concentrate on one letter each week through stories, activities and a craft!  You only have to register once to attend all of the sessions!

Johnny Cash – Songs & Stories with Matt York)

Friday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m., Longtime New England musician/author Matt York will perform the songs of Johnny Cash and tell stories about Cash’s career spanning from the 1950s to his passing in 2003.  Matt was recently nominated for the Boston Music Award for Best Country Artist and his album “Gently Used” was just named one of Worcester Magazine’s best albums of 2022.  Registration is preferred but not necessary.  This concert is hosted by the Bellingham Public Library and is supported by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency,

Virtual Ask a Lawyer Program with Attorney Brian T. Salisbury, Returns on the 3rd Monday of the Month! October 16th between 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Local attorney Brian T. Salisbury of the law firm Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil PC will meet with you individually through Zoom to discuss any legal questions you may have. Appointments are 20 minutes long and are free. Register for an appointment and you will receive the Zoom link close to the appointment date. You will be asked to choose an appointment time when you register. Note: your registration with your email address will go to Attorney Salisbury so he can send you the Zoom link. Please note  The Bellingham Library Ask a Lawyer Program is a limited pro bono legal service provided by Attorney Brian T. Salisbury and is strictly limited to 20-minute consultations regarding legal questions you may have. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, Attorney Salisbury will not provide legal representation in any legal matter discussed.

Edible Haunted Houses

Friday, October 20th at 12:30 p.m.

Come decorate edible haunted houses with us!  We’ll be using graham crackers and frosting to build our houses and different candies for decorations.  Registration is required.

Halloween Story Time & Costume Parade

Tuesday, October 31st at 9:30 a.m.

Come to the library dressed in your costume and join us for a Halloween story and craft!  We’ll end our story time with some music and a parade around the library to show everyone your costumes and art.  Drop in!

Share the Stage

Saturday October 21st, 12 noon-2:30 p.m.

“Share the Stage” is presented by UpFront Guitars and the Bellingham Public Library. Come, play, listen, support and celebrate the joy of music! We welcome single or small group (up to 3) players including teachers, students, and friends to share their musical journey in a supportive environment. Sign up for a 10-min. playing time by visiting Sound and tech support provided by UpFront Guitars. Event is free and open to the public.

October 15-21st is National Friends of Libraries Week!

The Friends of the Library are planning special events listed below to celebrate!  The Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports the library by providing funding for items and programs outside of the municipal budget, including museum and attraction passes, the summer reading program, and year-round programs for children and adults.  Please consider joining the Friends!  You can pick up an application at the library or join online at .

Friends of the Library Family Fun Night, Join the Friends, Bring a Friend! 

Monday, October 16th from 6-8 p.m.

• Entertainment in the Community Room

• Door Prizes!

• Crafts for Kids (12 and under) in the Teen Room – Pumpkin and bookmark decorating, tell us why you love the library!  So we can plan craft supply quantities, please register if you plan to have your child participate in the craft.

Fall Wreath Making

Thursday, October 19th at 6 p.m.

What better way to welcome the upcoming fall season than with a fall themed tulle “tutu” wreath made by you. Join Ana Mendes of Afonsoway,com for a fun, no prior experience needed, wreath class. There will be several colors to choose from.  If you are interested in making a Breast Cancer Awareness (pink and white) or Halloween (black and purple) themed wreath, please indicate that on the registration form. Please arrive on time so you are able to finish your creation! Registration is required.

After School Programs

Registration is mandatory for children in grades 4-6 to attend the ASK program.  

• ASK Program hours 2:30-4:45 p.m.

• The Teen Room is open for grades 7-12 from 2-4:45 p.m. 

• Check the library website for details on the programs.

Ongoing Children’s September Programs

Ring a Ding – Mondays & Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. Drop in!

Read to Freedom the Reading Dog – Mondays from 6-7 p.m.  Sign up for a 15-minute time slot!

Sensory Story Time 

Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.  Please register for each session.

Adult/Child Book Club – Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m.  For kids in grades 6-9 and the adult in their life who loves to read.  Meets monthly, contact Diane Nelson, [email protected] if you are interested in joining!

Adult Programs

Book Discussion Group

Generally meets the 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Attend in person or on Zoom. Contact Cecily Christensen, [email protected] for more information.

Our upcoming titles are:

November: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

December: The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

Virtual 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group

Wednesdays on Zoom

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your “Encore Career”, this networking group program is perfect for you!

Join us in a professional online forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic.  Check the library calendar for each week’s topic and more information.

Bellingham Skein Artists 

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, or any of the other fiber arts?  Join us on Wednesdays!  All skill levels are welcome, including beginners. Please bring your own materials. No registration required.

Writing Group for Adults

Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Writers, readers, listeners – come 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 and share what you are working on. Works of fiction or non-fiction, all are welcome. Reading limit is 9 minutes per reader, with a brief opportunity for positive, personal comments only. To participate, contact Marjorie Turner Hollman at [email protected].

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Friends of the Library virtual meeting – Tuesday, October 10th at 7 p.m. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

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