Library Services of the Month – Programming
The Bellingham Public Library has a variety of programs for all ages! There are fun and educational programs for children, after school programs for middle schoolers and teens, as well as programs for adults.
There are ongoing programs for children, as well as special programs. For the youngest children, there are the following ongoing programs:
• Ring a Ding - fun time of songs, a story, instruments, and more!
• Sensory Story Time - for ages 2-5, involves a silly story, sensory activities, and open play.
• Alphabits - focuses on one letter of the alphabet each week, with stories, activities, and a craft.
• Read to Freedom - for any children facing reading challenges. Sign up to read to Freedom, a beautiful black Labrador Retriever. Freedom is a wonderful, calming partner to practice your reading with!
For children in grades 4-6, there is an after-school program called After School Kids (ASK). Children come over to the library after school and play video games, board games, use Chromebooks, and do arts and crafts. Registration is required and first-time applicants are required to sign up in person.
Teen Room Activities, for grades 7-12, take place in the Teen Room after school. Teens play on the WiiU and Xbox and use the computers. They also play board games and hang out with friends. There is no registration for this program.
The library holds ongoing programs for adults, as well as special events.
• Book Discussion Group - generally meets on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is hybrid, so you can attend either in person or through Zoom.
• Writing Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., and anyone interested can email Marjorie Turner Hollman at [email protected] for more information.
• Yoga class meets on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. You must register for each class separately to attend.
• Bellingham Skein Artists Adult Knitting Group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m., with all levels welcome. Anyone who enjoys knitting, crocheting, or any of the other fabric arts are welcome to come.
• Ask a Lawyer - on the third Monday of each month, local attorney Brian T. Salisbury holds virtual 20-minute legal consultations through Zoom. Appointments are from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and you choose your appointment time when you register for the Zoom link.
• 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group is virtual and meets through Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. Please see the library calendar for more information and to register to get the Zoom link.
Also, for job seekers, the library subscribes to a database called the Learning Express Library Job and Career Accelerator. In this database job seekers can build a resume and cover letter, explore occupations, and find career matches, search for jobs and internships, prepare for a job interview, and discover schools and scholarships. This database can be accessed through the “Online Resources” tab on the library website.
For more information about any of the library’s programs and for special events, as well as to register, go to the library’s website at www.bellinghamlibrary.org and click on the Calendar/Program Registration link.