Get 2019 off to a great start with everything that's happening this month at the
Belmont Public Library!
Holiday Hours

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Closed  Monday, January 21st

Join our new Cookbook Club!
Introducing the Belmont Public Library's new Cookbook Club! The club will meet each month for a potluck with recipes made from one cookbook. The first meeting is on February 5th and registration is required. February's book will be Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten, multiple copies will be made available at the library. Contact Chris Tremblay ( with any questions.

This is a potluck event as defined by Massachusetts state law.
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!
Music on Saturday Series
New Inca Son
Saturday, January 12th
3pm, Assembly Room

Ring in 2019 with lively Andean music performed by crowd-favorite  New Inca Son. The trio will play the flute, guitar, charango (Andean guitar), and vocals.  
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 April 6th when we welcome violinist Joshua Peckins!

Books and Bites
Librarian Miriam MacNair will discuss the life and work of the writer  
Sarah Orne Jewett 
Monday, January 14th
11am, Assembly Room

This talk will focus on two of Sarah Orne Jewett's works of fiction-- Deephaven and The Country of the Pointed Firs, and on the biography Sarah Orne Jewett: A Writer's Life by Elizabeth Silverthorne.   
Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909) was a novelist and short story writer, best known for her fictional works set along or near the southern seacoast of Maine.  She was born and raised in South Berwick, ME and observed nature and people's lives as she accompanied her father, a doctor, on his rounds. 
All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.  Refreshments will be provided. 
Friends' Author Series
Joseph Rosenbloom  
Thursday, January 17th
7pm, Assembly Room

Author and former  Frontline  investigative reporter, Joseph Rosenbloom will discuss his book,  Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours .  This book examines in detail the last thirty-one hours and twenty-eight minutes of King's life, from the bomb threat against him that delayed his flight from Atlanta on the morning of April 3, 1968, to his murder the following night.
This event is part of our Friends' Author series, and sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.  The series continues in February with Cheryl Suchors who will discuss 48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains and in March for Kwan Kew Lai who will discuss Lest We Forget: A Doctor's Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola Outbreak.
Movie Club: 
Air Force One
Viewing: Friday January 18th  
6:30pm, Assembly Room 
Discussion: Wednesday, January 23rd  
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
Tuesday, January 22nd
7pm, 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 February:
Saturday, February 9th, 10am, Assembly Room.  Registration optional but appreciated 
Tuesday evening, February 26th, 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
A message from Sally Martin, FOBPL President:
Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to do more for your community?  The Friends of the Library is always looking for volunteers to help with single events or ongoing projects.  Email to be added to our "no commitment" volunteer list and hear more about ongoing opportunities.  The work we do runs the gamut: sorting and selling used books, fundraising, board and leadership, marketing and PR, financial management, and gardening/landscaping! So there is something for everyone when you pitch in with the Friends. Hope to hear from you in 2019! 

Senior Book Discussion
Friday, January 11th
11am, Classroom A, Beech Street Center
The senior book discussion group will discuss the novel Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.  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 Group
Wednesday, January 16th
3pm,  Flett Room
Join us for a discussion of Elizabeth Strout's, Anything is Possible, a collection of  interconnected short stories set in small-town America, and featuring  unforgettable characters.  BBD meets on the third Wednesday of every other month.  
See our flyer showing the 
titles and dates for 2019.
Belmont Cookbook Club
Tuesday, February 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, multiple copies will be available to pickup at the library. Choose a recipe to make and bring it to our potluck and discussion of the book. Registration is now open and is required. We will need a list of the ingredients used by all participants. We'll be in contact the week before to find out what everyone is making! Please contact Chris ( with any questions, happy cooking!
This meeting is a potluck as defined by Massachusetts state law
Gale Legal Forms

For free, editable MA legal forms, try our new resource:  Gale Legal Forms .  You'll find vetted forms covering topics such as, tenant-landlord, power of attorney, wills and estates, and much more.  You'll also find sample letters and definitions of legal terms.  See Subject Guide > Law on our website:  to get started.  Home access requires a Belmont Library card.  For help, email
 or call 617-993-2870, to speak with a reference librarian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music and Movement with Rubi
Monday, January 7th
9:30am and 10:30am,  Assembly Room
Monday, January 28th
9:30am and 10:30am, Assembly Room 
For children ages 2-5, this active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing and having fun! 
Music with Sulinha
Tuesday, January 8th
10:30am, Assembly Room
Parents' Choice Award Winning singer Sulinha Boucher! Sulinha and her band mates will bring the musical sounds of Brazil to Belmont. Come shake your maracas!
Baby Music Together
Tuesday January 15th
11:15am, Assembly Room
It's never too early to introduce your baby to music! Join Lenka Zbruz from Mus ic T ogether of Belmont, and see your child connect with music! Registration is now open.
Parent-Child Book Club
Wednesday, January 16th
6:30pm,  Assembly Room
This book club is for children in grades 3-6 and their parent or other special adult. This month's title is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes; all registered families can pick up a copy of the book to borrow at the Children's Roo m desk. Pizza will be served thanks to the Friends of the Belmont Library. Registration required.

Matt Heaton
Thursday January 17th
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.
Powers Music
Saturday January 26th
10am and 11am, Assembly Room
Do you want to introduce your family to different musical instruments and styles? Come sing and dance along with  musicians from the Powers Music School as they present a musical telling of Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. Recommended for families with children ages 2 and up.   
Thursday, January 24th
10:30am, Assembly Room
Come sing, dance, and meet new friends! Rachel and Adrienne will play their ukuleles and get goofy with kids 5 and under.
Teen Gaming
Wednesday, January 9th, 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.
Girls Who Code
Mondays, 4:15-6:15 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. 
Exam Week Snack and Study
Monday, January 14th to Friday, January 18th, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Flett Room
Need a place to study? Want to have some brain food to help the process along? Join us all week for Snack and Study! For grades 9 to 12.
Creative Writing
Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 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: Origami
Friday, January 25th, 3:15 pm to 4:30 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 make rad origami creations. 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.
Re-imagining We the People is the topic of this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Emmett G. Price III.  Dr. Price is Professor of Worship, Church & Culture, Dean of the Chapel, and Founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience (ISBCE) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is one of the nation's leading experts on Music of the African Diaspora, Christian Worship and the Black Christian Experience.

Belmont's 25th Community Breakfast to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes place Monday, January 21, 2019 at Belmont High School
at 8:45 am. Activities in the gym for ages 5-10 years and daycare for ages 2-5 years. Music by Chenery students and by Lady Cap. Tickets ($5.00 per person or $10.00 per family) at the door or online > Proceeds benefit the METCO Support Fund. For more information contact The Belmont Human Rights Commission at or 617-993-2795.

Kindergarten Information Night and the Opening of Online Registration for fall 2019, Grades K-12, on January 24, 2019
Also new this year at Belmont Public Schools - Centralized Kindergarten Registration in March, 2019 
We are pleased to announce Kindergarten Parent Information Night for School Year 2019-2020. This is a general information program for parents of incoming kindergarteners held on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Chenery Middle School auditorium, 95 Washington Street (snow date Thursday, January 31). Presenting is Superintendent John Phelan along with elementary school and central office personnel. Please note Kindergarten Parent Information Night is for Adults Only. 

Belmont Public Schools is also excited to introduce Kindergarten Central Registration for students entering school in 2019-2020. Central registration dates are March 13, 14, and 15. Families who have completed the online portion of their registration are given an appointment link via email.

Parents and guardians should bring all the health, residency and other required documents to their appointment as outlined on the K-4 registration page on the BPS website.

Those who register after March 12 or who cannot make a Kindergarten Central Registration appointment can still register at their district school after March 15. 

All grades, K-12, are open for 2019-2020 online registration on the evening of January 24. This is for students new to Belmont Public Schools only - please do not register an existing student. Please go to the Belmont Public Schools website registration pages to get more information: 

  • To enter Kindergarten, the child must be five years old on or before September 1st of the year they will attend school. 
  •  To enter Grade 1, the child must be six years old on or before September 1st of the year they will attend school 

Belmont Council on Aging
Friday Opera: Tosca
Friday, Jan. 11 at 1pm
The Opera Club will start regularly meeting again this coming year! As before, we w ill enjoy screenings of our favorite operas, discuss their backgrounds, voice our reactions to them, and discover what other operas we would be interested in watching. We will start with "Tosca" b y Gicacomo Puccini, with opera super-stars Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, and Bryn Terfel, in a production from the Royal Opera House (London). These meetings are being organized by opera buff extraordinaire Jose M. Rodriguez. If you have any questions for Jose, please leave a message at the front desk. Hope to see many of the opera lovers in our community! Approx 100 minutes. Cost: Free.

Boston Candy Museum with Spindler Confections
Tuesday, Jan. 22. at 1:15pm
Go back in time with the folks from Spindler Confections. The museum celebrates the candy-making history of the Boston area. Their collection includes historic candy boxes, advertisements, store displays, equipment, and packaging. Spend the afternoon enjoying a sweet history lesson, and maybe sampling some candies from your childhood. Cost: Free.

Meet and Greet with Golden Opportunities of Independence
Thursday, Jan. 10 11:00-12:00 pm
We are so thrilled to welcome Golden Opportunities of Independence to the Beech Street Center. Golden Opportunities of Independence's mission is to empower people with a disability to live a more fulfilling life with the love and assistance of a dog and a mentor. As we all know the winter months can be difficult between the cold weather, snow, and possibly grieving the loss of a family member or loved one. Spend the morning with some tail waggin' and puppy love. Volunteers will share more about the dogs, their jobs, and how they help their owners in the community. Please sign up at the front desk. Cost: Free. Please consider making a donation of dog food, toys, treats, blankets, beds, or cleaning supplies for the new litter of puppies born in November, and soon to be born puppies in March!

Feature Film: Everest
Friday Jan. 18 at 1pm
"Everest" is based on the real-life tragedy that occurred on the morning of May 10, 1996. As climbers from two expeditions started their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, they suddenly found themselves caught in the middle of a ferocious storm. The teams were split, and some became stuck on the top of the mountain while others tried to make it back to camp. Did anyone survive a storm that tried climbers patience and skills? Don't miss this incredible film! Approx 121 minutes. Cost: Free.

Martin Luther King Day with Rabbi Earl Grollman
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 pm
The Beech Street Center is excited to welcome Rabbi Earl Grollman who has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Children's Journal, Mister Roger's Neighborhood, and All Things Considered. He has also authored several books on crisis intervention and bereavement. Rabbi Grollman will speak about Martin Luther King as well as his own instrumental role he played within our Town of Belmont to advocate fro African American Rights plus promoting within our local communities the understanding of learning to live together. We will also hear stories from Rabbi Grollman that focus on what Martin Luther King Day means to him. Don't miss this fascinating and meaningful event that celebrates this important holiday. Cost: Free. 

Drawing and Painting with Charlotte Kaplan
Fridays from 1-3pm Jan. 18-Feb. 28 (7 weeks)
Learning to draw is learning to see, and learning to paint is learning to see in color. We'll start out with basic drawing---shapes, shading, and perspective---and then use what we have learned to create paintings with watercolor pencils. All levels are welcome. Your art can start anywhere and go as far as you like. The instructors will bring a sampling of materials for you to try on the first day of class. Sign-up at the front desk. Minimum of 6 people needed for class to run. Cost: $10 bring your own materials.
Charlotte Kaplan has been creating and exhibiting art for many years, following a career in architecture. She has taught in college and at adult education programs senior centers and has completed commissions for the Boston Children's Museum and Logan Airport.

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