Holidays and Regular Hours

The Library will be closed Saturday, September 1st through Monday, September 3rd in honor of Labor Day. Full-day Saturday hours (9am-5pm) will resume Saturday, September 8th.

Sunday hours (1-5pm) will resume Sunday, October 14th, just in time for our Friends Annual Fall Book Sale (see details below in the Friends section).
Back to School: Did You Get Your Library Card?
September is Library Card Sign Up Month. Don't forget one of the most important (and cheapest!) things on your supply list: a Belmont Public Library card. Know you have a card 
Fine Forgiveness Fairy is back!
but can't find it? Come in to the Library with photo ID and we'll give you one of our new cards for free during the month of September.

Fine Forgiveness
September 8th through September 22nd
In honor of Library Card Sign Up Month, we're forgiving fines. From  Saturday, September 8th through Saturday, September 22nd, return overdue or billed Belmont materials and we'll take care of the late fees. We are also waiving old overdue fines on Belmont items. 

*Please note: All overdue fines on BELMONT items will be eligible for forgiveness. Charges for lost or damaged items are not eligible, nor are fines from other libraries.
Look Who's Reading Frankenstein!
Look who's reading Frankenstein, the 2018 title for the town-wide read, One Book One Belmont (OBOB). It's the Belmont Board of Selectmen - Mark Paolillo, Vice Chair; Tom Caputo; and Adam Dash, Chair - taking a few moments on a stormy day to talk about one of the most famous and influential horror stories ever written.
As in previous years, the Library will create READ posters that feature Belmont civic leaders, business people, artists, and educators, all reading  Frankenstein. The photos will be posted in the library, on our website, and in the Belmont Citizen-Herald. The posters are being designed by graphic artist Adine Storer, with photographs taken by Adine and YA librarian Rachel Moir.  
Our first 2018 READ poster. So cool. So gothic.
One Book One Belmont will be celebrated throughout the month of October, kicking off with a screening of Young Frankenstein at the Studio Cinema on Thursday, October 4th.  Other events include a field trip to the Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at MGH, a lecture on Chinese science fiction delivered in Chinese, a Frankenstein escape room for teens and adults, a robotics workshop for children, book discussions, music, pumpkin carving and more. The final program is a talk by Charlotte Gordon, associate professor of English at Endicott College, author of the book Romantic Outlaws: the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley.  View our flyer below under Events & Programs, and visit
150 Years, 150 Things to Do at the Library! Cont'd from August
86. Reduce your carbon footprint: walk to the library on a warm day and leave your fan or air conditioner off at home, read the newspaper, enjoy the air conditioning at the library while the day heats up and read or use any resource at the library.  Sharing resources uses less energy. Let's make global cooling our priority!
87. Go to the cooking section and pick a random page from a random book, then challenge yourself to make whatever you found.
88. Ask to meet Corinne McCue Olmsted, our newest Trustee;
89. Sign up for a library card or ask for a replacement card redesigned with our logo;
90. Ask us how you can watch movies at home, DVDs, Roku, Hoopla, Kanopy - we've got many options for you!
91. Ask our Library Director about quiet study rooms; coming soon;
92. Check out the hidden corner of the creek behind the library shed, it's beautiful;
93. Come and meet Fire Fighters and Touch a Truck during Fire Prevention week every October;
94.  Chipmunks, otters, hawks, rabbits, and more have all been spotted on library grounds, observe our furry friends today; 
95. Meet Fred Dooe, our longest serving employee and Radhika Tavshikar, our newest employee;
96. The Library Building Committee is working towards building a new Library for our community. Ask our Library Director for the latest update on how things
are going; 
97. Town Meeting members: Pick up your packet of materials at the library before important town meetings and votes; 
98. Enjoying our new furniture? We'd be happy to share the source, and take your suggestions on furniture ideas you'd like to see in the future; 
99. Meet Elvis the Therapy dog, he makes a few visits a year; 
100. Teens, come work together to find freedom in one of our escape rooms.
This month, nos. 86 and 87 are compliments of patrons Ashley and Christine - thanks ladies! Let us know what you like to do at the library by emailing with the subject: 150 Things to Do! 
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.  One Book One Belmont will be celebrated throughout the month of October, kicking off with a screening of Young Frankenstein at the Studio Cinema on Thursday, October 4th. Other events include a field trip to the Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at MGH, a lecture on Chinese science fiction delivered in Chinese, a Frankenstein escape room for teens and adults, a robotics workshop for children, book discussions, music, pumpkin carving and more. The final program is a talk by Charlotte Gordon, associate professor of English at Endicott College, author of the book Romantic Outlaws: the extraordinary lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley. 

Please see our list of events below. Visit for more information .  
*Please note: for events requiring registration, registration will be made available starting in mid-September. Be on the lookout for a special One Book One Belmont Newsletter later in the month!*
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 or call the reference desk, 617-993-2870.
Movie Club: The Untouchables 
(1987, R)
Viewing: Friday, September 7th 
6:30pm, Assembly Room 
Discussion: Tuesday, September 11th  
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, The Untouchables, stars Kevin Costner as Prohibition Agent Eliot Ness, Robert DeNiro as larger-than-life mobster Al Capone, and a whole host of other actors you're sure to recognize. Based on real-life Ness' memoir of the same name. 
Porchfest at the Belmont Public Library
Saturday, September 8th  
3-5pm, Front Steps of the Library 
The Library is participating in this year's inaugural Belmont Porchfest! On Saturday afternoon, September 8th, drop by the Library to hear one of the three great performances we have this year.

Schedule of Performances at the Belmont Public Library
Saturday, September 8th
3:00pm to 3:30pm Katha, a Story from the Kathakas
3:30 to 4:00pm: Namuna on guitar and ukulele
4:00 to 5:00pm: A reading from Turkey Shoot by Geoffrey Dutton
Getting the Most Out of
Tuesday, September 11
11AM to 12:30, Assembly Room

Learn about three great genealogy resources, available through the library:  Ancestry .com Library Edition; American Ancestors; and HeritageQuest. We'll discuss the highlights, and give you tips on how to  get  the  most  out  of each.  
Tai Chi at the Library
Two sessions this month!
Saturday, September 8th
10am, Assembly Room 
Saturday, September 29th  
Join us 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.  
Belmont Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) Tech Talk:
Fake News & Artificial Intelligence
Thursday, September 27th
7pm, Assembly Room 
Come join us for a Tech Talk and learn more about Fake News and Artificial Intelligence on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 7 p.m.

Belmont's IT Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Belmont Public Library, have invited experts - including local resident technologist, researcher, and entrepreneur Dr. Bryan Loyall - to talk with us about the artificial intelligence and fake news.  The event is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required.
Knitting Group
Fridays, 12:30-2:30pm (drop in) 
Flett Room 
Do you enjoy knitting and a nice group chat? 
Drop in to the Library's Knitting Group, Fridays between 12:30-2:30pm in the Flett Room. Bring your knitting, crochet, weaving, or other portable crafts or projects, and we'll get to know each other as we work. We're mainly a social group who like to take a few hours on Friday afternoon to relax and work with yarn, although we're happy to help if you've reached a tricky point in your pattern, or need assistance fixing a dropped stitch. No commitment necessary - we look forward to meeting you!
For more information, contact Mary Carter at 617-993-2870 or
Annual Fall Book Sale
Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th
Special Members-Only Pre-Sale on Thursday, October 11th
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 11th from 6pm - 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, Mattick and Blackall 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. Karyn Miller-Medzon, senior associate producer for WBUR's Here & Now, will be moderating this event.

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.
Senior Book Discussion
Friday, September 14th
11am-12pm, Classroom A, Beech Street Center

The book to be discussed is The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.  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, September 19th
3pm,  Flett Room

Join us for a discussion of Kathleen Grissom's, The Kitchen House. This novel, set in the antebellum South, tells the story of an indentured servant and the slaves she lives among. BBD meets on the third Wednesday of every other month.  

More eMagazines!

Overdrive now offers magazines!  If you've been using Overdrive (or the Libby app) for ebooks and audiobooks, you may notice that magazines are now on offer. You can borrow these without limits, meaning that there are no holds or waitlists, and you can checkout as many as you like.  

If you enjoy digital magazines, you may also want to check out our subscription to RBDigital Magazines. Questions? Contact a reference librarian 617-993-2870, or  
Active Learning for Infants
Wednesdays, starting September 12th 
10:30am, Flett Room
Every Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.
For infants up to 12 months and pre-walkers, this short program of songs and rhymes is focused on engaging with your baby and meeting new friends.
Storytime for 1s
Thursdays, starting September 13th
9:30am and 10:30am, Flett Room
For walkers and toddlers under 24 months. We'll share simple stories, songs, and nursery rhymes, and end with time to play.
Storytime for 2s and 3s
Tuesdays starting September 11th
9:30am and 10:30am, Flett Room
Come listen to stories and rhymes, sing, and even dance! For 2 and 3 year olds.
Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays, starting September 12th
9:30am, Flett Room
We'll read longer books, sing and dance, and make simple crafts. For 3-5 year olds with a longer attention span.
Early Literacy Playgroup
Fridays, starting September 14th
10:30am, Flett Room
This parent and child group supports your child's language and literacy development. You'll play, read, sing and take home new ideas! Presented by educators from the CFCE grant program; for children age 4 and under.

Farmers' Market Storytime
Thursdays in September and October
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!

Sing-Along with Music Together
Thursday, September 13th
10:30am, Assembly Room
Join Lenka from Music Together of Belmont for singing, playing with egg shakers, and dancing! For kids 5 and under.
Parent-Child Book Club
Wednesday, September 19th
6:30pm, Assembly Room
Registration Required

This book club is for children in grades 3-6 and their parents or other special adult. This month's title is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin; all registered families can pick up a copy of the book at the Children's Room desk. Pizza will be served. Registration required.
Music and Movement with Rubi
Monday, September 10th & September 24th 
9:30am & 10:15am (two sessions!), Assembly Room
For children ages 2-5, this active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing and having fun!

Sing-Along with the Ukuladies
Wednesday, September 26th
10:30am, Assembly Room
Come sing, dance, and meet new friends! Librarians Rachel and Adrienne will play their ukuleles and get goofy with kids 5 and under.
Concert with Matt Heaton
Thursday, September 27th
10:30am, Assembly Room
Join acclaimed local musician Matt Heaton for this sing-along for babies and toddlers up to 24 months with both original songs and classic favorites.
Teen Gaming
Monday September 10th 
3-4:30 pm, Flett Room
Join us for an afternoon of gaming on the new library Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic! We'll have Mario Kart both old and new for you to try. For grades 6 to 12.
Homework and Hot Chocolate
Wednesday, September 12th
1:30-3:30pm, Assembly Room
Middle school students--come and eat snacks, do your homework and then play games, do crafts, or read books. Once a month on Wednesdays (usually the first Wednesday of the month.) Free, drop-in for 5th-8th graders.
Teen Tinker Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 18th
3-4:30 pm, Flett Room
Want to create something with our craft supplies? Want to try your hand at an electronics project? Just want to tinker? Join us for Teen Tinker Tuesday! For teens in grades 6 to 12.
Anime Club
Wednesday, September 19th
2-4pm, Assembly Room
Register for Anime Club here 
Anime club is back!  Love anime and manga? Join us on the third Wednesday each month for episode screenings, crafts, discussions, and tasty snacks! For grades 9 to 12. 

Teen LGBTQIA+ Drop in
Tuesday, September 25th
4:30-6pm, Flett Room
Are you a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, queer, intersex or asexual teen? Or are you a teen ally? Join us for our first LGBTQIA+ drop in, where you can meet and hang with like-minded teens in a safe, welcoming environment! For grades 6 to 12.
Teen Advisory Board
Friday, September 21st
3:00-4:30pm, Flett Room
Attention teens, grades 9 and up! Looking for a new community service opportunity? Join the teen advisory board. Meetings are held once a month during the school year on Friday afternoons, but you don't have to attend every month. We eat pizza, work on a volunteer project, and plan upcoming teen programs. Please email for more details.
Top Chef Ramen!
Wednesday, September 26th
2-3:30pm, Flett Room
Register for Top Chef Ramen here 

Do you have the culinary skills to turn a regular pack of ramen noodles into a delicious masterpiece? We'll put your know-how to the test with an array of ingredients and an unforgiving timer to race against, as you try to wow our judges in the final blind taste test! Do you have what it takes to be Top Chef of Ramen? For grades 6 to 12.  
The Adventures of Gupi Gayen and Bagha Bayen: 
A Musical and Dance Drama
Friday, August 31st 
2pm, Beech Street Center

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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