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Top titles of 2018


Check out our annual top 100 titles list to see what your fellow Belmont Public Library patrons were reading in 2018. The top sixteen books from this list will be in our March Bracket of Books where your votes will determine our champion!
Phyl and Paul Solomon  
Join the Belmont Story Project   
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Solomon and his wife Phyl Solomon have added their voices to the Belmont Story Project.  Listen to the Solomons interview one another about their careers, family life, and their service to the Town. 

If you are interested in being part of the Town's oral history project, contact Nancy McColm at 617-993-2870, or

Welcome our new Community Outreach Librarian, Jonathan!  
Jonathan comes to Belmont from the Lynnfield Public Library, where he was the Head of Youth Services. A Southern transplant from Arkansas, he moved to Massachusetts to attend graduate school at Simmons College. Throughout his library career, Jonathan has run countless programs for patrons of all ages, from storytimes to large-scale events such as Comic Conventions. Jonathan is a huge geek who loves board and card games, graphic novels, anime, knitting, and other hobbies too numerous to list. Feel free to pick his brain for book and movie recommendations, the latest technology news, or share your geeky passions!

Music on Saturday Series
Studio Two: Early Beatles Tribute
Saturday, February 23rd
3pm, Assembly Room

Travel back in time with a special performance this February.   Studio Two is a headlining Beatles tribute band that focuses on the most exciting, energetic period of The Beatles - the early years. Performing with period correct attire and equipment this is a performance not to be missed!
This event is part of our Music on Saturday series, and sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Be sure to join us March 9th when we welcome IRISH DUET Sean and Colleen. 
Friends' Author Series
Cheryl Suchors
Thursday, February 7th
7pm, Assembly Room

Author Cheryl Suchors will discuss her book 48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains . At age 48, Cheryl set out to hike the arduous 4000 Footers of New Hampshire, enduring breast cancer, and redefining success along the way. In the wild she found health, spiritual nourishment, and joy.
This event is part of our Friends' Author series, and sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.  This series concludes in March with Kwan Kew Lai who will discuss Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak. 
Books and Bites
Librarian Miriam MacNair will discuss the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  
Monday, February 11th
11am, Assembly Room

This novel has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and an entertaining view of the world and its absurdities.  With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighborhood, the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters are turned upside down.  Misconceptions and hasty judgments lead to heartache, but eventually the main characters arrive at true understanding, self-knowledge, and love.  In Pride and Prejudice, Austen balances comedy with seriousness, and witty observation with profound insight.   
All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.  Refreshments will be provided.  
The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible.  
Movie Club: 
Groundhog Day 
Viewing: Friday February 1st
6:30pm, Assembly Room  
Discussion: Wednesday, February 13th   
7pm, Assembly 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. 
Tai Chi at the Library
Saturday, February 9th
10:00am, Assembly Room
Tuesday, February 26th
7:00pm, Assembly Room 
Registration optional but appreciated. 
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.  
Can't make this month? Join us for one of our two offerings in March:
Saturday, March 9th, 10am, Assembly Room.  Registration optional but appreciated 
Tuesday evening, March 19th, 7pm, Assembly Room.   Registration optional but appreciated.
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 Nancy McColm at 617-993-2870 or
Fix-It Clinic 
Saturday, February 9th 1pm  
Assembly Room 
Join us for Sustainable Belmont's Fix-it Clinic!    
At Fix-It Clinics, participants bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices, toys, and anything else and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot, and fix their items.  A set of tools is available for each participant to use. 
This is an all-ages, hands-on event.  Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and  reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash.
We are looking for volunteers to help coach participants on troubleshooting and repair of a wide variety of items from bikes to electronics to clothing and everything in between. 
Please contact Sustainable Belmont at for more information or to volunteer to be a repair coach.
Make a 3D Snowflake 
Saturday, February 2nd 10am  
Assembly Room 
Create your own snowflake design in February's 3D Workshop.  Class is from 10-11:30am on Saturday, Feb. 2.  Ages 10 & up.  Registration is required and space is limited!  Sign up online, or call 617-993-2870
Senior Book Discussion
Friday, February 8th
11am, Classroom A, Beech Street Center
The senior book discussion group will discuss the novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.  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 Cookbook Club
Tuesday, February 5th
7pm, Assembly Room
Tuesday, March 5th
7pm, Assembly Room
Starting in February the library will be hosting a Cookbook Club run by Librarians Ellen Girouard and Chris Tremblay. February's selection is Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten and March's is Cravings by Chrissy Teigen, multiple copies of each book will be made available at the library. Choose a recipe to make and bring it to our potluck and discussion of the book.  
Registration is now open for both the February and March meetings and participants must register for each individual meeting.  We will need a list of the ingredients used by all participants. We will be in contact the week before each meeting to find out what everyone is making!  If you have any questions, contact Chris at, happy cooking!
This meeting is a potluck as defined by Massachusetts state law
Boston Consumer's Checkbook 

If you need help finding a local service provider (think auto body shops, plumbers, roofers, etc.) or expert buying advice, Boston Consumer's Checkbook is a great, independent resource, that's free with your Belmont library card.  Find it on our website at Subject Guide > Consumer Issues.  In-library use only.  Speak with a reference librarian for assistance.  
Active Learning for Infants
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 me eting new friends.
This program will not meet the week of February 18th. 
Storytime for 1s
9:30am and 10:30am, Flett Room
For walkers and toddlers under 24 months. We'll share simple stories, song s, and nursery rhymes,  and end with time to play.
This program will not meet the week of February 18th. 
Storytime for 2s and 3s
9:30am and 10:30am, Flett Room
Come listen to stories and rhymes, si ng, and even dance! For 2 and 3 year olds.
This program will not meet the week of February 18th. 
Preschool Storytime
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.
This program will not meet the week of February 18th. 
Early Literacy Playgroup
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.
This program will not meet the week of February 18th. 
Stories and Snacks
Wednesday, February 13th
2:30pm, Flett Room
Who says being read to is just for little kids? Join Children's Librarian Rachel and munch on some yummy snacks while listening to fun stories in this program just for kids ages 7 and older. Copies of the book being read are available for checkout. RSVP's appreciated! RSVP online or call 617-993-2880.
Music and Movement with Rubi
Monday, February 25th
9:30am and 10:15am,  Assembly Room      
For children ages 2-5, this active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing and having fun! 
Matt Heaton
Thursday February 28th
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.

Magic Show with Ed Popielarczyk
Thursday, February 21st
2pm, Assembly Room
Ed's Magic Show will entertain and amaze! The kids in the audience are the stars and help  make the magic happen! For all ages. 
Homework and Hot Chocolate 
Wednesday, February 6th, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
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 Advisory Board
Friday, February 15th, 3:00pm to 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.
Teen Gaming
Tuesday, February 19th, 2:00pm to 4:00 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, as well as the brand new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! For grades 6 to 12.
Girls Who Code
Mondays, 4:15 to 6:15 pm
Flett Room
Girls Who Code clubs equip girls with concrete te chnical skills that will provide the foundation for futures in technology. The curriculum is provided by the organization, and involves 40 hours of instruction in computer science including project based activities to reinforce concepts like conditionals, lists, and loops, with primary learning tracks in Scratch  and Javascript Registration required. Please email  rmoir@minlib.nett  for more information. NOTE: No Girls Who Code on Monday, February 18th!
Creative Writing
Thursdays, February 14th, 21st, and 28th 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Assembly Room
Join local writer Bobby Uttaro for this 5-session class on creative writing for teens!  For grades 6 to 12.  Registration required.
Teen Make: Polymer Clay 
Wednesday, February 27th, 2:15 pm to 4:00 pm
Flett Room
The Belmont Public Library Teen Advisory board presents the first session of our new series: Teen Make! Join us to learn how to sculpt cool critters out of polymer clay. For grades 6 to 12. 
All programs run by the Library are free and open to the public. The Assembly and Flett Rooms are accessible to all.
Belmont Counc il on Aging

"You Make My Heart Melt" - Valentine's Day Party
Friday, Feb. 15 at 1:15-2:15pm
Spend the afternoon with the Beech Street Center staff and the friends and family you lov e for a fondue party.  Rich Luis Morillo, Director of Education and Events from Curd s & Co i n Brookline will teach us all about the art of melting cheese, and the specific type we will be using  called  raclette.  Rich will demonstrate on a raclette Quattro Machine, and individuals will get to dip French baguettes, olives, bread and butter pickles, salami, and potatoes.  Make sure you save room fo r fruit and chocolate fodue afterwards!  Please sign up for this special event at the front desk Feb. 1.  Limited to 40 people.  Cost: Free.  This event was generously sponsored by Amada Senior Care.  

Meet Local Author Dr. Geoffrey Dutton
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30pm
"Turkey Shoot" - A radical international conspiracy literary thriller follows the journey of 23-year-old Mahomoud al Ramadi. He is a displaced war-orphan and ex-engineering student who travels from Mosul to Syria, then to Turkey and ultimately to Piraeus, Greece.  During his journey, he is adopted by terrorists fighting ISIS in Syria.  Taking an oath of payback on war crimes that left him displaced he accepts his mission as a jihad, thus testing all that he believes in spiritually and mentally.
Over the last six years, Geoffrey variously posted over 400 articles, essays, stories, and memoirs in the Progressive Pilgrim Review, CounterPunch, Medium, and in Atthis Arts Anthology.  A 20-year resident of Belmont, Massachusetts, Geoff lives with his spouse, daughter, and two overfed and under-exercised pussycats.  Cost: Free.  

Celebrate Lunar New Year!
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 1:15-2:45pm
In many countries in Asia, the Lunar New Year is celebrated at this time of year. Traditionally, it's a time to honor deities, our ancestors and display signs of good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. Families also celebrate by making special foods, cleaning the house and decorating it with homespun paper-cuts and couplets. The New Year's Gala at the Beech Street Center will include performances of Chinese singing, dancing, Kung Fu and more. Chinese cookies will be served to cap off a wonderful event. We look forward to seeing you there!  Cost: Free.
Lots of Love!  A Valentine's Seasonal Concert
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 1:15pm
Powers Music School is pleased to present the duo "Ladies' Triumph" to share an interactive concert of love songs, and tunes including popular standards of the 1950s-1960s as well as folk music from Appalachia, Ireland, Scotland and Israel.
"Ladies' Triumph" includes musicians Lucy Joan Sollogub and Barbara Levine.
Together Lucy and Barbara will blend their various instruments which include voice, mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, guitar, harp, tin whistle and percussion. The audience will have many opportunities to sing along and also learn about the unusual instruments that accompany the music. Cost: Free.

Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative Program with Chenery Middle School
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2:30-3:30pm
Calling all grandparents, grandchildren, and friends! Students and teachers from the BASEC Chenery Middle school will be here for an afternoon of fun and games. Snacks and beverages will be provided so you can stay in the game. This will be a relaxing inter-generational program, and a wonderful way to meet new people. Sign-up at the front desk. Cost: Free. 

Belmont Gallery of Art

Three Graces: Iconography of the Feminie
February  3 - March 8
Visit the Belmont Gallery of Art between February 3rd and March 8th for "Three Graces: Iconography of the Feminine."  Reception will be held Saturday, February 9th from 7-9pm.  In the event of snow, reception will be moved to February 16th.  

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