X Marks the Spot! Wednesday, August 1st 
Purple Heart Ceremony Tuesday, August 7th 
Minuteman Library Crawl and Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, August 1st
9am-5pm, Belmont Public Library & 32 other participating Minuteman Libraries
33 Minuteman libraries, including the Belmont Public Library are participating in this year's crawl, a fun way to visit multiple libraries in your area. You can travel from library to library, participate in the scavenger hunt, meet the friendly staff and learn more about what the libraries around have to offer! View a list of participating libraries  
The challenge is to visit as many as you can. Take a picture of yourself with each library's designated treasure hunt item, and post your pictures with the appropriate library tag. Here in Belmont, your task is to find the fiber-optic Frankenstein, in celebration of our One Book One Belmont pick.  Visit 5 libraries, show your pictures to the 5th library on your tour, and win a prize!

Use the dedicated webpage for the event,  minutemanlibrarycrawl.org, or visit the Belmont Public Library to receive a list of participating libraries and treasure hunt items. For more information, email Mary at  mcarter@minlib.net.
Purple Heart Ceremony
Tuesday, August 7th
10am, Library front steps

Join us at the Belmont Public Library for the 2018 National  Purple  Heart Day Observance and Recognition  Ceremony. Our Guest Speaker will be Belmont resident, Co-Pastor of the All Saints Episcopal Church, U.S .Army Colonel Paul L. Minor, Senior Chaplain, JFHQ MAARNG.
The Town of Belmont honors all of our Veterans and their families and fully supports the need to validate our brave men and women of the Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice or suffered injury at the hand of the enemy during combat.
The Purple Heart Medal is specifically a combat decoration and it is our nation's oldest military medal. It was first created by General George Washington in 1782 and was known as the Badge of Military Merit.  We hope that you will join us in honoring and recognizing the sacrifices made by our nation's Purple Heart Medal Recipients.
One Book One Belmont 2018 
This October, the Belmont Public Library will present Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as the featured title for One Book One Belmont 2018, the library's seventh community reading program. Below is a list of confirmed events - visit onebookonebelmont.com as we get  closer to the month of October for a full list of events.  

Throughout the month
Special Belmont Gallery of Art curated Exhibit: Monster Misunderstood. Call for art can be found here:
Thursday, October 4th
*Popup FrankenLibrary at the Farmers' Market.
*Young Frankenstein at the Belmont Studio Cinema.

Friday, October 12th
*Senior Book Discussion Group to discuss Frankenstein with special guest, Library *Director Peter Struzziero.

Wednesday, October 17th
  *Special Belmont Book Discussion Group Meeting to discuss   Frankenstein.

  Wednesday, October 24th
*Masquerade Music for Food: Annual concert will include 2 special Frankenstein themed pieces, performed by the Belmont High School Orchestra, led by Margot Reavey.

Friday, October 26th
*Pumpkin Carving with the Recreation Department.

Wednesday, October 31st
*Preschool Halloween Concert.

Thursday, November 1st
*Charlotte Gordon to discuss her biography, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter, Mary Shelley.

One Book One Belmont 2018 is supported by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library and the following co-sponsors: Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Books, Belmont Chinese American Association, Belmont Citizen-Herald, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont Garden Club, Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Library Foundation, Belmont Media Center, Belmont Studio CinemaCouncil on Aging, Department of Public Works, and Human Rights Commission Residents may borrow Frankenstein from the library in many different formats: hardcover, paperback, large print, book on CD , ebook or audiobook from the Overdrive catalog and on some of the library's circulating Kindles. To place a request, visit the library website at belmontpubliclibrary.net or call the reference desk, 617-993-2870.
Summer Reading ends August 18th!

This year's Summer Reading Program, Libraries Rock!, has got something for everyone, kids, teens, and adults alike! The program ends August 18th; prizes include books for kids, trinkets and gift cards for teens, and an end-of-the summer Kindle Fire raffle for Adults! Visit our website to find out how you can participate, or come into the library to register in person.
Anne Marie Mahoney Joins the Belmont Story Project

Anne Marie Mahoney, long-time resident and one of Belmont's first Selectwomen, recently added her voice to the Belmont Story Project.  You can listen to her interview here, along with others, at our Sound Cloud archive.
If you are interested in being part of the project, contact Nancy McColm at 617-993-2870, or nmccolm@minlib.net.
150 Years, 150 Things to Do at the Library! Cont'd from July
66. Attend our annual Purple Heart Ceremony
67. Check out a Playaway, plug in your headphones, and go for a walk ;
68. Ask us about the Library of Things;
69. Stop and smell the flowers at every entrance;
70. Participate in the Belmont Story Project;
71. Show respect to our veterans, and review the names on the War Memorial in the lobby front entrance ;
72. Find the mural painted by the 2011 Belmont High School Art Club;
73. Ask to meet Elaine Alligood, our longest serving trustee;
74. Attend one of the Selectman office hours the Library regularly hosts;
75. Visit the statue in front of our west entrance, in honor of former librarian Joyce Higgins and her service to the library ;
76. Ask a children's staff member about Jane Gray Dustan;
77. Visit the Pop-up Library at the Farmers' Market, monthly during market season ;
78. Play with the Magna-Tiles in the Children's Room;
79. Browse our video game collection - we've got games for Wii, Wii-U, PS4, XBOX 360, & Nintendo Switch;
80. Attend one of our weekly storytimes for babies, toddlers, or pre-k;
81. Attend one of our Friends Author Series events, like September 17th's talk with Lindsay Mattick, author of Finding Winnie Winnie's Great War;
82. Snap a pic using one of our resources & tag @belmontlibma with the hashtag
#BelmontLibraryMA & we'll repost!
83. Get CCNA Security certified, or take a digital photography class using our online learning resource, lynda.com;
84. Suggest a reading list to our resident reading list creator and librarian, Chris, by emailing ctremblay@minlib.net;
85. Take yourself out to a ball game! Reserve our latest pass, discount tickets to the Lowell Spinners.
And let us know what you like to do at the library by emailing askbelmont@minlib.net with the subject: 150 Things to Do! 
Rocks in Space! Astronomy Night
Wednesday, August 15th 
7pm, Assembly Room
No registration necessary
Join astronomer and former NASA consultant, Kevin Manning, for a night of learning about our solar system and star gazing! You'll start the night in our Assembly Room hearing about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals. Then, weather permitting, we'll venture outside to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful hand-crafted telescope, such as the ice crystal rings of Saturn, and craters on the Moon! Recommended for ages 8 and up. 
Summer Thursdays  
Just a few activities left! Come make guitar picks this Thursday, flash back to the 80s & 90s on August 9th, attend our last game night on August 16th, or watch Grease on August 23rd!

Movie Club: Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (1989, PG-13)
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Viewing: Friday, August 10th 
6:30pm, Assembly Room 
Discussion: Tuesday, August 14th  
7pm, Flett Room 

Dial M for Movies is the Library's movie club, hosted by Library Director Peter Struzziero. Join Peter for the film viewing - with popcorn of course - then come back later in the month to discuss the film. This month's movie stars Harrison Ford as the fearless and easy-on-the-eyes archaeologist, Indiana Jones; Sean Connery as Indy's father, Henry Jones; and Alison Doody as Dr. Elsa Schneider. 
Pop-up Library at the Farmers' Market
Thursdays: August 2nd, September 6th, and October 4th
2-5pm, Community Tent

This summer, we're back at the Farmers Market once a month to bring you bestsellers, fun activities, and information about all our resources.
And don't forget! A children's librarian will also be at the market every week to read stories at 4pm.
Chenery Book Awards
Each year, the Friends of the Library sponsors the Chenery Book Awards, awarding book prizes to 12 seventh and eighth grade students. The students are selected by their teachers for having demonstrated excellence and growth in English Language Arts. Congratulations to this year's winners: Kate A., Clara B., Madeline D., Bobby G., Maria MG, Davis I., Peter K., Sam L., Anna L., Maeve M., Audrey P., and Patrick HR. Each winner received a copy of Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition.

Annual Fall Book Sale
Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th
Flett Room and Assembly Room

Mark your calendars now for this year's Annual Fall Book Sale which will be held October 13th & 14th. Friends of the Library are invited to shop before the sale opens to the public. This year, our Friends Preview Evening will be held on Thursday October 11 from 5pm - 9pm.  This Thursday night preview is a change from prior years (the preview sale was historically on Friday night) so please take note.

We always need extra volunteers for the book sale!!  If you are interested in helping, please email Sally Martin and we'll be back in touch when it gets closer to sale time. And don't forget to stock up on vacation and beach reading at the Friends Everyday Book Shop, located on the main level near circulation.
Lindsay Mattick
Monday, September 17th
7pm, Assembly Room  
Part of the Friends Author Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library

"A charming addition to Pooh lore that will send readers happily back to the Hundred-Acre Wood." - Kirkus Review

Expanding upon their Caldecott-winning picture book, 2015's  Finding Winnie, Blackall and Mattick add Greenhut (the Flat Stanley series) to their team for this amplified tale of the bear who traveled from the Canadian woods across the Atlantic during World War I to the London Zoo, where she became the inspiration for Milne's Winnie the Pooh.

Thursday, November 1st
7pm, Beech Street Center
266 Beech Street, Belmont MA
Charlotte Gordon wraps up our One Book One Belmont Frankenstein events this fall, with a discussion of her groundbreaking dual biography, which brings to life a pioneering English feminist and the daughter she never knew. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein , has each been the subject of numerous biographies. Yet no author has ever examined both their lives in one book - until now.

Ted Reinstein
Thursday, November 8th
7pm, Library Assembly Room
Part of the Friends Author Series, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library

Join Chronicle's Ted Reinstein as he takes us through the wooden doors of New England's general stores and back in time, into a Norman Rockwell painting and into the heart of America.
New England's General Stores offers a nostalgic picture of this colonial staple and, fortunately, steadfast institution of small towns from Connecticut to Maine. This is where children of each generation take their first allowance to buy their very own penny candy. Locals have swapped stories at these counters from gossip to whispers of revolution. In tough times, the general store treated customers like family, extending credit when no one else would. Stubborn as New Englanders themselves, the general store has refused to become a mere sentimental relic of an earlier age.

Bookflix, from Scholastic, helps your child develop and practice  essential reading skills, by pairing nonfiction books with classic fictional videos.  For g rades preK-3.  At-home access is available with your Belmont library card. 
Get started at  Subject Guide > Children.   Contact  askbelmont@minlib.net or 617-993-2870 for assistance.
STEM Playgroup
Wednesday, August 1st, 8th, and 15th
9:30-11:30am, Assembly Room
Even the youngest children can explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Join us for a fun-filled time with free play, activity centers and circle time with songs and movement activities. Ages 5 and under.
Dance Party with Rubi
Thursday, August 2nd
2 sessions: 9:30am & 10:30am, Assembly Room
For children ages 2-5, this active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing and having fun!
Hampstead Stage presents Treasure Island
Monday, August 6th
2pm, Assembly Room
Hear the story of young Jim Hawkins and his perilous search for the buried treasure of the infamous Captain Flint. Students will meet Long John Silver and his band of marauding pirates, and take an exciting journey across the seven seas. Throughout this swashbuckling tale, we teach the danger of greed and the importance of helping others.
Pop Up Art Story: Van Gogh
Wednesday, August 8th
6:30pm, Assembly Room
Pop-up Art School combines art history and hands-on learning to teach a variety of art techniques. You'll focus on a lesser known Van Gogh: a humble painting of a chair. For ages 8 and up.
Sulinha Boucher Trio 
Thursday, August 9th
10:30am, Assembly Room
The music of Brazil comes to Belmont! Come move, dance, and sing along with Sulinha and her band. Ages 2 & up.
John Higby, the YoYo Guy
Tuesday, August 14th
6:30pm, Assembly Room
An interactive performance with yo-yos, unicycle, and a giant yo-yo that John walks on! Great for all ages.
Matt Heaton
Thursday, August 16th
10:30am, Assembly Room
Join local musician Matt Heaton for this sing-along for babies and toddlers up to 24 months.
Neighborhood Sing-Along with the Ukuladies
Monday, August 13th
3:15pm, Assembly Room
Join our Children's Librarians, Adrienne and Rachel, to sing and dance along with favorite songs old and new. Recommended for children ages 2 and under.
Farmers' Market Storytime
Summer Thursdays
4pm, Events Tent,
Town Center parking lot 
Channing Road and Cross Street
Join the library's Children's Librarians for these fun, all-ages storytimes at the Market!
Anime Club
Wednesday, August 15th
1:45-3:00pm,  Assembly Room
Sign-ups encouraged but not required
J oin us for episode screenings, crafts, discussions, and tasty snacks! Grades 6-12. 
Teen Zine Workshop
Tuesday, July 24th
6-7pm, Flett Room

Learn how to make your own zines, indie, self-published magazines of art, opinion, and everything else under the sun, and learn about their rich history as an underground form of self-expression! 
All programs run by the Library are free and open to the public. The Assembly and Flett Rooms are accessible to persons with disabilities.

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