The Bugle
February 2017

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News & Updates 
Upcoming Holidays 
The Library will be closed Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day. 
In case of snow : check belmontpubliclibrary.net   for information about snow/unexpected closures. 
Open Public Forum
Come give your input on the future of the Library!
The Library Feasibility Committee invite you to its final presentation to see the possibilities, give your input, insight, and feedback. After the final presentation, a recommendation will be given to the Board of Library Trustees.

Architect J. Stewart Roberts will walk us through floor-plan layout, computer modeling, and cost estimate.

Light refreshments will be served. Contact Library Director, Peter Struzziero at (617) 993-2851 for more information.
Film Series 

In response to the refugee crisis several community groups, including the Belmont Public Library, Belmont World Film, Beth El Temple Center, and the First Church of Belmont, are presenting a series of three documentary film screenings followed by discussions on February 2 and 9, at the West Newton Cinema (1296 Washington Street, West Newton) and February 16, at the Belmont Public Library (336 Concord Avenue). All screenings begin at 7 PM.

Tickets for the screenings are available in advance at Belmont World Film or at the door starting at 6:30PM.
Proceeds benefit the International Institute of New England (IINE) and the Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC).

Thanks to our partners: Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Religious Council, and Mosesian Center for the Arts.
February Vacation Programs for Teens, Kids & Caregivers

photo credit_ Lee Cannon _a href__http___www.flickr.com_photos_9763931_N04_5498076039__Fencing at University of Delaware__a_ via _a href__http___photopin.com__photopin__a_ _a href__https___creativecommons.org_licenses_by-sa_2.0____license___a_ Fencing Workshop
Tuesday, February 21 from 10am-12pm
Assembly Room
In this two-hour workshop led by instructors from the Olympia Fencing Center, get an introduction and hands-on experience with the sport of fencing. For kids ages 6-12Registration required.

Thursday, February 23 at 10:30am
Assembly Room 
Join the Sciencetellers on this fast-paced adventure about two kids who find themselves racing against the clock. Watch things float, bounce, soar, and transform right before your eyes, all while exploring the concepts of surface tension, air pressure, chemical reactions, and more! For kids in grades K-5.

Teen Movie
Tuesday, February 21, 2:30-5pm
Assembly Room
Come for popcorn and a showing of "Middle School the Worst Years of My Life." Free, no sign up necessary.

Just Dance
Thursday, February 23, 2:30-5pm
Assembly Room
Have fun and get your exercise too! We'll set up the Wii, provide water and granola bars. You do the dancing. Drop in, no sign up necessary. 5th grade and up.

Scroll down for more children's and teen events!
February is Library Lovers' Month. Tell us about a book you read and loved this winter, include your contact information and you'll be entered into a raffle to win a Kindle Fire or a gift card! Entries accepted February 1 through February 28. Up to 5 entries per patron.

Fill out a review here, or come into the Library and fill one out in person! 
Belmont Story Project
This February, why not make time with a child, spouse, elder, or friend, to become part of the Belmont Story Project?  Modeled after NPR's StoryCorps , the Belmont Story Project records interviews among Belmont residents.  We take care of the technology and provide sample questions, so you can focus on enjoying the conversation. What better way to show a loved one you really care, than to make time to find out more about them?   
To make an appointment, or to find out how to make your own recording at home, please contact Nancy McColm at nmccolm@minlib.net, or 617-993-2870.
One-on-One Tech Help Sessions
Two of our patrons learning how to use Overdrive for eaudiobooks
Still not sure about that new mobile device? If you received a new phone, tablet, or other tech "gift" recently and want help becoming more comfortable with it, we can lend a hand!

Just fill out our  tech one-on-one help request form, or call 617-993-2870 and say that you'd like to request a session.  We'll help you cover the basics on some of the most popular devices out there, including iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and more! We offer patrons up to two free 30-minute technology help sessions per month.
Selected Programs
Music on Saturday - David Polansky's Music through the Decades: Love Songs
Saturday, February 11th 3pm, Assembly Room

David Polanksy's Rockwell Museum commissioned program,
Music through the Decades, gets a Valentine's Day twist at the Belmont Library. Come hear David tickle the ivories and blow that horn as he sings pop classics, including favorites from the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, all the way through the Swingin' '60s. In between, David will discuss the history that inspired so many of the songs we love.
Visit belmontpubliclibrary.net for our full Music on Saturday lineup!
Books and Bites 
Librarian Miriam MacNair to discuss the life and work of poet Denise Levertov
Monday, February 13th at 11:00 AM Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library

Librarian Miriam MacNair will focus on The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov and on two biographies--Denise Levertov:  A Poet's Life by Dana Greene and A Poet's Revolution:  The Life of Denise Levertov by Donna Krolik Hollenberg.

Born in England in 1923, Denise Levertov emigrated in 1948 to the United States. She published her first book of poetry in England at the age of twenty-three, but it was not until she moved to the United States that she found her poetic voice, helped by poets William Carlos Williams, Robert Duncan, and Robert Creeley. Levertov was acclaimed by Kenneth Rexroth in The New York Times as 'the most subtly skillful poet of her generation.'

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.
Tai Chi at the Library
Saturday, February 18h, 10AM-11AM 
Library Assembly Room

Join us on Saturday each month for the Library's Tai Chi Easy(TM) class. 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. Registration is optional but appreciated! Register online or call (617) 993-2870
Book Groups  
Senior Book Discussion
Friday, February 10, 11AM
Classroom A, Beech Street Center
266 Beech Street, Belmont
The Snake Pit by Sigrid Undset

This February, we're reading the Snake Pit by Sigrid Undset, the second volume of her epic tetralogy,The Master of Hestviken. The senior book discussion group is co-sponsored by the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont Council on Aging. All are welcome to attend.

International Fiction Book Club
Wednesday, February 15, 7PM, STAFF LOUNGE 
Serious Men by Manu Joseph from 7-8 in the Staff Room


For Kids and Teens
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Thursday, February 9 at 7:00pm
Assembly Room
Did you know that babies as young as 6 months can understand and use signs to communicate, and that typical children use signs before words? This workshop will introduce 25+ basic early signs to help increase vocabulary and expressive language.

Join us for this new monthly storytime featuring stories, songs, and a craft. This month we'll be reading stories for Valentine's Day! Ideal for kids ages 3-6.
Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30pm
Children's Room
 Have fun celebrating winter with Jeannie Mack.  Dance, sing, and act out songs celebrating the magic of winter! For kids 5 and under. 
Saturday, February 25 at 10:30am
Assembly Room


Teen Anime Club
Weds. Feb 8,  1:30-4:30PM 
Assembly Room
Come and watch anime, eat Japanese snacks, and draw! 7th grade and up. Drop-in. Upcoming dates: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th, April 19th, May 10

International Valentine's Celebration
Sat. Feb 11, 12-2PM
Assembly Room
Come to Belmont Library for a fun all ages lunch time celebration. Make Valentines cards, or volunteer to help children make cards. There will be cold cuts and cookies available, funded by Belmont Friends of the Library, Belmont Public Schools, and Belmont Against Racism. ELL teachers from the Belmont schools will be there. Free, drop-in!

Community Service Club
Tues. Feb 14, 3-4:30PM
Flett Room
Middle school students, come and get community service helping with volunteer craft projects. Free, drop in, no sign up necessary.

Teen English Club
Weds. Feb 15, 1:30-3:30PM
Flett Room
Come and play word games, learn new vocabulary, practice your English, and eat snacks. Once a month, no sign-up necessary. 7th grade and up.

Teen Advisory Board
Fri. Feb 17, 3-5PM
Flett Room
Teens 8th grade and up, come and eat pizza, help plan library events, and work on a volunteer project together for community service credit.  If you have never been to a TAB meeting before and want to come, email ksparks@minlib.net.

Family Game Night
Tues. Feb 28th,
6:30-8:30 PM
Assembly Room
We've got all kinds of games, and popcorn too. Bring your friends, your family or come alone. This time we  have several new games to try out. All ages welcome, drop-in.
March Sneak Peek 

The Garden Club, in collaboration with the Belmont Art Gallery and the Belmont Public Library, is presenting "Art Blooms in Belmont". The aim of this program is to inspire, encourage and appreciate various art objects as they are interpreted by Garden Club members through floral art. This exhibit will be open to the public free of charge.

Events will include: a reception showcasing submissions on Thursday, March 30th; a book talk at the Belmont Public Library, and a flower arranging demonstration on Saturday, April 1st. For more up-to-date information on Art Blooms in Belmont and event details, visit http://www.belmontgardenclub.org
or the Library's website at belmontpubliclibrary.net .
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