JULY 2017 
Summer Hours
The Library is now open Saturdays 9am-1pm, and closed Sundays. We will resume full day Saturdays starting September 9th. Sunday hours return in October.
Liz at the Farmers' Market
Farewell to Liz Fraser

I wanted to inform everyone the bitter sweet news that our fantastic Coordinator of Children's Services, Liz Fraser , has announced her resignation. For nearly three years, Liz has managed our Jane Grey Dustan Children's Room with professionalism, strong leadership skills, a great sense of humor, and a patron-first attitude. Liz is a favorite among staff and patrons, and it's been an honor for me personally to work with her for the short amount of time I've been in Belmont.
July 28 th with be our last day with Liz on staff. Liz and her husband will be relocating to the west coast. We are thrilled for them and this opportunity, but sad to see them go. Please join me in congratulating her on this decision, and on a job well done at the Belmont Public Library these last three years.
Good Luck Liz, and thank you for your service!

-Peter Struzziero, Belmont Public Library Director 
Sneak Peek: New,  bigger desktop computers, with a new desk top to match!
Reference Room Refresh
We are proud to announce that our Reference Room Refresh is nearly complete. We are just putting the final touches on the room, and will be restoring full access shortly. It's likely that by the time you read this, the space will be re-open for business. 
At present, patrons can still reserve and pick up museum passes, browse or request our materials, and get friendly advice at the temporary Reference Desk located on the main floor in the Library lobby. 
We are also now checking out laptops; just bring your library card or photo ID, find a cozy spot and enjoy our wifi. Feel free to catch a glimpse of the room the next time you're in the Library. We would like to thank greatly the Friends of the Belmont Public Library who donated the funds to refresh this space. 
Canned Food Drive
As part of our Build A Better World Summer Reading Program, bring in your nonperishable canned goods during the month of July. Kids, each time you donate, you'll get to put a LEGO brick in our giant tube! Donate downstairs in the Children's Room, or upstairs in the Library lobby.
Entire Month of July
Donation drop-off in Children's Room and Library Lobby
Tai Chi at the Library
Saturday, July 22th, 10-11am
Library Assembly Room

Join us on Saturday, July 22nd for tai chi at the Library. Tai chi practitioner and coach, Aisling O'Shea, will guide you through this beautiful and low impact form of martial art and meditation. NO equipment necessary, just bring yourself and wear comfortable clothing. Registration is optional but appreciated! Register online, in person, or call (617) 993-2870
Medicare Basics
Tuesday, August 8th, 7-8pm 
Navigating Medicare is complicated, planning should start BEFORE you turn 65. Open Enrollment runs from November 1st through December 15th this year, and if you're considering Medicare and would like to learn about your options, come to our presentation on  Medicare basics. SHINE counselor Alicia Szendiuch will discuss the different parts of Medicare, and what you need to know about making the transition.

This presentation is run by SHINE ( Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) , and funded by the Administration for Community Living."
Summer Thursdays
Watch Moana and eat popcorn on July 13th, make a pet rock at our craft night on July 20th, or come play board games and LEARN HOW TO JUGGLE at our August 3rd game night. All activities start at 6:30pm, in the Library Assembly Room.

For a printable pdf version of our Summer Thursdays flyer, click here .
This year's Summer Reading Program, Build a Better World, runs through August 19. We'll be hosting fun programs like movies, game nights and craft nights, as well as honoring this year's theme with activities including our Canned Food Drive this month. Check below for ways you can participate, we've got a lot of great prizes for you this summer!

Kids Summer Reading (prereader through 6th grade)
Teen Summer Reading (7th-12th grade)
  • Register for our Adult Summer Reading Program online or in the Library and be automatically entered to win a new Kindle Fire!
  • Once you've registered and started reading, fill out a book review online or come into the library and submit one in person. Each week we'll have a drawing for prizes, as well an end-of-the-summer drawing for a new Kindle Fire.
  • Grab a Bingo sheet from the Library or download one online. Get five across, up or down, or diagonal, and come in to claim a Starbucks gift certificate. Or, go for a "blackout" and check off all boxes, and get an even bigger prize (1 per patron).
Senior Book Discussion
Friday, July 14th, 11am
Beech Street Center
266 Beech Street

The June meeting of the senior book discussion group will be on Friday, July 14th at 11:00 AM at the Beech Street Center at 266 Beech Street in Belmont; Persuasion  by Jane Austen will be discussed. The senior book discussion group is co-sponsored by the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont Council on Aging. All are welcome to attend.
Belmont Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 19th, 3pm
Flett Room
Fates and Furies
by Lauren Groff

The Belmont Book Discussion meets the third Wednesday of alternating months. The group will meet next on Wednesday, September 20th to discuss The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
Pinto Bella Hula Hoops
Pinto Bella will do a performance and give instructions and then everyone will be able to give hula hooping a try! You'll get one-on-one instruction and learn new tricks. Ages 6 & up .
Monday, July 10 at 10am
Money Smart presented by
the Belmont Savings Bank
This financial literacy training is designed to promote financial understanding in children entering grades 3-5 in the fall. Giveaways and prizes get them in the door, financial responsibility lasts a lifetime!
Tuesday, July 11 at 2pm
Museum of Science: Reptiles
Are reptiles slimy? Cold blooded? What makes a reptile a reptile? Come learn about and get acquainted with incredible animals from the Museum's Live Animal Care Center. For K & up .
Tuesday, July 18 at 2pm

Magic Show with Awesome Robb
You'll see 15 amazing tricks, from the hilarious Soda Bottle of Doom to the Underwear Cannon. Ages 4 & up.
Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30pm 
Thursday Morning Concerts
Join us at 10:30am for concerts appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
July 13: Mariana Iranzi
July 20: Hugh Hanley
STEAM and Storytime
Even the youngest children can explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)! Free play, activity centers and circle time with songs and movement. Ages 5 & under.
The following Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am-12pm: July 18, 19, 25, 26
Farmers' Market Storytime
Join us at the Belmont Farmers' Market Events Tent each week for this fun, all-ages storytime!
Thursdays at 4pm
Teen Summer Reading 
If you're a teen living in Belmont or neighboring communities and you're entering grades 7-12 in September, 2017, sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Sign up between June 12 and July 20 and be automatically entered to win tickets to the Red Sox in August! We also have trivia questions, scratch tickets, and book review raffles throughout the summer, Thursday night movies, game nights and craft nights, and an end-of-the-summer party on Monday, August 21st at 6:30pm!  
Grab one of our teen summer reading pamphlets at the Library for more information!   
Dick Lehr
Author Dick Lehr to speak on his new young adult novel, Trell . Famous for chronicling the life and crimes of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass and Whitey , Lehr now turns his eye towards capturing the true story of a young man's false imprisonment in the novel, Trell . 
On a hot summer night in the late 1980s, in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury, a twelve-year-old African-American girl was sitting on a mailbox talking with her friends when she became the innocent victim of gang-related gunfire. Amid   public outcry, an immediate manhunt was on to catch the murderer, and a young African-American man was quickly apprehended, charged, and - wrongly - convicted of the crime. Dick Lehr, a former reporter for the Boston Globe 's famous Spotlight Team who investigated this case for the newspaper, now turns the story into Trell , a page-turning novel about the daughter of an  imprisoned man who persuades a reporter and a lawyer to help her prove her father's innocence. What pieces of evidence might have been overlooked? Can they manage to get to the truth before a dangerous character from the neighborhood gets to them?
Thursday, October 5, 7-9pm, Library Assembly Room
All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the   Belmont Public Library. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible.

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