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July 2020 | Library & Community News
Updates from Parking Lot Pickup
Please book only one Parking Lot Pickup appointment at a time. When possible, we package together all of your holds that are ready for pickup, so you do not need to schedule an appointment for each hold. You may book a second appointment after your first appointment has passed, if there are new holds ready on your account.

Want some tips on searching our online catalog, reserving materials, and scheduling a pickup appointment? Watch this tutorial .

We appreciate your patience as we work to meet the high interest in our Parking Lot Pickup service.
Summer Reading is going great
The library's Summer Reading program for kids, teens, and adults is running now through August 14th . We already have more than 350 readers in this year's program — and there's still time for you to join!

To register:
  • Set up an account in Beanstack for yourself or your family
  • Join the Summer Reading 2020 challenge for your age group — Children's (babies through 6th grade), Teen (grades 7-12), or Adult
  • And check out the all-ages Weekly Challenges (Saturdays through Fridays)

To participate:

If you're not sure how to tackle one of the Summer Reading activities, we'll be posting ideas to inspire you on our  Facebook Twitter , and  Instagram  and in our Library Latest series. You can also email  and we'll suggest some ideas to get you started.

With the help and generous support of the  Friends of the Belmont Public Library  and the members of the  Belmont Center Business Association , we are excited to celebrate Summer Reading with you!
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Community News
Belmont COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
In response to the loss of income to Belmont households due to COVID-19, the Belmont Housing Trust has created an Emergency Rental Assistance Program using Community Preservation Act funds. The program is temporary in nature, and funding is limited.  Applications are being accepted now . For more information, visit the Town of Belmont website or  email .
Belmont Farmers' Market
Virtual Farmers' Market Storytimes

Our children's librarians invite you to virtual storytimes celebrating food, animals, and all the fun we usually have at the Market!

Please sign up online for each date —  August 6 August 20 , and  September 3 at 9:30 am for all ages.

Social Media Takeover at the Market

Our Community Outreach Librarian, Corinne, will visit the Farmers' Market on Thursday, August 6 to document her trip on the library's social media. If you see Corinne there, give her a socially-distanced wave and ask her all about Parking Lot Pickup, Summer Reading, the library's virtual programs, and more. (If you have an Instagram account, you can watch the highlights from her visit on July 9 here !)

About the Farmers’ Market

Find the Belmont Farmers' Market in the Belmont Center parking lot on Thursdays through October, from 2 – 6:30 pm. (Hours change in October, when closing time is 6:00.) The Market looks a little different this year, so please read the COVID-19 safety rules for details before you visit.
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Library events like this talk with Sam "Sam I Am" Ducharme
Concerts with Matt Heaton and Rockabye Beats
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Classics Corner
Six book covers of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë on a blue gray watercolor background
Welcome to Classics Corner! Every month we'll have a recommendation of a classic book for you to enjoy.

This month's recommendation is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë .

Published in 1847, Jane Eyre remains a favorite among readers for its remarkable plot, carefully delineated characters, and exceptional emotional depth. 

This novel opens with the childhood of the heroine Jane Eyre. Jane is an orphan and lives in the home of her aunt where she is treated in a heartless manner. Further trials await Jane at Lowood, a boarding school where the students are treated harshly. The difficulties in Jane's life lead to strength and resilience in her character, qualities which prove necessary when she finds a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There her life is radically changed when she develops a relationship with Mr. Rochester, the master of the house.

To read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:
News from the Friends & Foundation
Over a century ago, the town opened a new library building gifted by Henry O. Underwood to memorialize his parents, currently still in use as the School Administration Building next to Town Hall.

In 2004, Belmont residents established the Belmont Library Foundation (BLF) to continue the tradition of public-private partnership in support of our public library. Since its founding, the BLF has been actively involved with the Library, the Library Trustees, the Friends of the Library, the Library Building Committee, town government and other town organizations to advance the vision, design and financing of a new building.

Learn more about our work at . To get involved, donate or volunteer, please email David Stievater , Foundation President.
The Friends of the Belmont Public Library is dedicated to enhancing the activities of the library for the residents of Belmont. The Friends has funded discount passes to local museums, author and music series , the One Book One Belmont community read and other important gifts to the library.

The Friends of the Belmont Public Library (FOBPL) was established in 1972 to promote understanding and full use of the Belmont Public Library, and to support and enlarge the scope of library services. To learn more, visit the Friends webpage and follow the FOBPL on Instagram and Facebook .
Stay informed
Effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here: MA Travel Order

Trusted Health Resources
The Belmont Public Library building is closed to the public, but library staff are available Monday through Friday 9am-5pm to answer questions and connect you to resources.

Need to get a library card or reset your password/pin? Click here .

Questions? Ask A Librarian or call us:
Parking Lot Pickup: 617-993-2871
Reference: 617-993-2870
Circulation: 617-993-2855
Children's: 617-993-2880