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May 22, 2020 | Special Edition
Virtual Events
Check the  events calendar  on our website as we add more online programs.
Tai Chi Easy
Level 1: Sat. May 23, June 6 & 20 • 10 am
Level 2: Wed. May 27, June 10 & 24 • 5 pm
Tai Chi practitioner and coach, Aisling O'Shea, will guide you through this beautiful and low impact form of martial art and meditation.
Registration required — details here for Level 1 and here for Level 2 .
Cooking Class with Chef Meryl MacCormack
Thu. May 28 • 5:30 pm
Discover how to bake bread at home, with or without yeast.
Registration required — details here .
Knitting Club
Fridays • 12:30 pm
Bring your knitting, crocheting, or any fiber craft to a social afternoon on Zoom with fellow local crafters.
Registration required — details here .
Matt Heaton Virtual Concert
Tue. May 26 • 11 am • Ages 2-5
Sing and dance along at home with Matt's classic and original songs
Registration required — details here.
Habitat: Raising Baby Animals
Wed. May 27 • 3 pm • Ages 9+
What do animal babies need in order to survive and how do they get it? Join us as we learn about baby animals with Mass Audubon Habitat’s Barbara Bates.
Registration required — details here.
Music & Movement with Rubi 
Wed. June 3 • 10 am • Ages 2-5
This active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing, and having fun!
Registration required — details here .
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
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To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month this May, read about the experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in fiction and nonfiction. 

Here are some titles for your to-be-read list: Must-Read Books for APAHM and 25 Amazing Books by AAPI Authors — you can find many of these titles available to borrow on OverDrive or hoopla .

In our community, the Belmont Chinese American Association has donated over 30,000 masks and 10,000 N95 respirators to Belmont Manor Nursing Home, Belmont first responders, and local medical facilities . Now, the BCAA is supporting Face Shields By Teens , a group of local teen volunteers who are making face shields for healthcare providers.

Learn more about AAPI history, representation, and culture from the Massachusetts Asian American Commission on Instagram and Twitter . Find additional information about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month here .
Messages from you
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"Thank you so much for everything you are offering us virtually. This uncertain time would have been so much worse without all of you!" — Tony & Beatrix Kastor

"It was absolutely wonderful to join the cookbook club for the first time last month."

Thank you for sharing your messages with us during this time. We love hearing from you! If you'd like to send us a note, email Peter Struzziero, Library Director, at pstruzziero@minlib.net .
Just for fun
Quotes, crafts, & ice cream
This week, staff are sharing some of their favorite quotes. We've also been crafting, reading, and cooking!
Quote from The Neverending Story by Michael Ende that starts "Once someone dreams a dream, it can't just drop out of existence. But if the dreamer can't remember it, what becomes of it?"
Quote from Steven Wright: "You can't have everything. Where would you put it?"
Quote by Bob Marley: You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have."
Myles suggests this classic kids book by Michael Ende. Listen to The Neverending Story on audio from hoopla!
Handmade felt animals and other crafts.
Libby was busy making felt storyboards, needle-felting, weaving, making paper bracelets , and sewing masks.
NYTimes posted a homemade ice cream recipe. Nancy says it's more or less frozen whipped cream — still looks yummy!
Stay informed
Be wary of news reports that sound dangerous, sensational, or too good to be true. Always check the source, verify the information in other places, and seek advice from trusted experts.

Learn the facts from the World Health Organization with these COVID-19 myth busters .

Read about what didn't happen in the news with weekly updates from the AP in their Not Real News series.

Avoid coronavirus scams — learn more from the FTC .

Dial 2-1-1 or chat online to ask general COVID-19 questions — open 24/7 with translators in multiple languages.

Belmont's COVID-19 informational phone line: 617-993-2222 Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm
The Belmont Public Library building is closed until further notice. Library staff will be unavailable on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day, but you can use our digital collection anytime, anywhere.

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Questions? Ask A Librarian or leave us a message and we'll return your calls as soon as possible:
Reference: 617-993-2870
Circulation: 617-993-2855
Children's: 617-993-2880

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