The Bugle
May 2017 
News & Updates
Holidays and Closures
The Library will be closed Sunday, May 28th and Monday May 29th, in observance of Memorial Day. Please keep in mind, our last Sunday for the season will be Sunday, May 21st. For more information on our regularly scheduled hours, please visit
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Will you be a Friend?

If you have not renewed or joined yet this year, please do so and help strengthen our growing library offerings! With your donation, The Friends of the Belmont Public Library help underwrite services such as discount museum passesprogramming at the Library, purchase of eBooks and Kindles, furniture for the Children's Room, Author and Music Series , and much more!
These programs wouldn't be possible without your support. We so appreciate it, thank you!
Coming Soon - Discounted tickets to the Lowell Spinners!  
A new addition to our Museum Pass program: for the upcoming season, enjoy half price tickets for a group of 6 to any of the Lowell Spinners 36 home games. Games run June through early September, so be on the lookout at the end of May for your chance to reserve a pass! 
Featured Programs
Poetry Reading
Thursday, May 4th, 7PM, Library Assembly Room
Celebrate the art of the verse with local poets Steph Burt (The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, 2016), Wendy Drexler (Before There Was Before, 2017), Valerie Duff (To the New World, 2010), Nancy Esposito (Lamentation with June Bug, 2013), Kevin Gallagher (Loom, 2016), Jacob Strautmann, and Richard Waring (What Love Tells Me, 2016).  
Books and Bites
Jay Atkinson to Speak on his book, Massacre on the Merrimack
Monday, May 8th, 11am 
Library Assembly Room  

Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America by Jay Atkinson received a 2016 Honors Nonfiction award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Publishers Weekly said of the book: "A strong sense of place and vivid narration...Atkinson's storytelling skills are superb."

Jay Atkinson is the author of eight books, and has written for The New York Times and Boston Globe. He teaches writing at Boston University. 

All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible. 
Crystal King: Feast of Sorrow
Thursday, May 11th, 7PM
Library Assembly Room  
Author Crystal King will speak on her book Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome, much of which she wrote IN the Belmont Library! The story of Rome's notorious foodie, Marcus Gavius Apicius, told from the viewpoint of his slave and cook, Thrasius. An enthralling, delicious tale that will transport you into the crowded marketplaces and baths of ancient Rome and leave you hungry for ancient fare. Kirkus Review writes, "[i]n her addictively readable first novel...the food lore is fascinating and the time period is inherently dramatic...aficionados of all things SPQR will eat this up."

All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible. 
Tai Chi at the Library
Saturday, May 13th, 10-11am
Library Assembly Room

Join us on Saturday, May 13th 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
. Workshop
Tuesday, May 16, 2-3:30pm 
Library Assembly Room

Come learn the basics of using  Pick up tips and tricks for successful searching, find out about ways Ancestry can help you keep your genealogical research organized, and gain hands-on experience using this powerful resource. Register in person, online, or by calling 617-993-2870.
Homelessness and LGBTQ Youth in Greater Boston
Tuesday, May 30th, 7pm
Library Assembly Room

Hear about the problems affecting homeless LGBTQ youth. Speakers include:
-Mike Desocio, journalist, student, author of " The Outsiders: For homeless LGBTQ youth in Greater Boston, there are no
 safe spaces
-Liniste, a young LGBTQ woman experiencing homelessness
-Joe Finn, Executive Director, Mass. Housing & Shelter Commission
Q&A to follow, refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by: Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Gay Straight Alliance Committee, Belmont Human Rights Commission, Belmont Public Library, Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, First Church in Belmont, and Stand Up Campaign.
Book Groups 
Senior Book Discussion
Friday, May 12th, 11am
Beech Street Center
266 Beech Street
The Son Avenger by Sigrid Undset

Belmont Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 17, 3pm 
Flett Room  The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

Featured Resources  
  Digitized Historical Belmont Newspapers 

Browse papers from the 1890s and on

Thanks to our Community Preservation Act Grant, our collection of local historical newspapers has been digitized. Now you can view digital editions of Belmont newspapers going all the way back to 1889! Find these on our website under Local History Resources. Review the How-to guide for tips on searching the database, or call a reference librarian for assistance, 617-993-2870
For Kids and Teens

Musicians from the Powers Music School present a musical telling of  Opera Cat by Tess Weaver. For ages 2 and up.
Saturday, May 6th at 10am and 11am
Library Assembly Room

Boston Theater Company's Teen Touring Troupe will be performing Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. This high-energy, all-teen troupe is a treat to watch! Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Saturday, May 13th at 2pm
Library Assembly Room

This workshop provides parents with tips and strategies for preparing your child for kindergarten. Come to this workshop and find out what teachers really expect your child to be able to do at the beginning of the school year. Parents will be provided with tips and strategies to help their child be more prepared for the transition to Kindergarten. Presented by Megan Olowinski, M.A. CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist. Brought to you by the Coordinated Family and Community Education Grant. Registration suggested but not required .
Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30pm
Library Assembly Room


Homework and Lemonade
Wednesday May 3
rd, 1:30-3:30pm
Library Assembly Room

5th-8th graders come and work on your homework, play games or do crafts and eat snacks! If you don't have any homework, don't worry, there will be plenty of fun stuff to do. Free, drop-in.  

Teen Art Club
Saturdays, May 6th & May 20th, 3-5pm
Flett Room
This teen-led art club meets two Saturday afternoons a month to create art, play art games, talk about techniques, work on art portfolios, eat snacks, and support each other in creative endeavors. 7th grade and up. Drop-in, no sign up necessary.

Public Reading from Lynette Benton's Creative Writing Class
Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:30pm
Library Assembly Room
Teens in Lynette's class have been hard at work, so come show your support for these up and coming writers as they present excerpts from their final projects. Refreshments served.
June Sneak Peek 
Summer Reading
This year's summer reading theme is, "Build a Better World" and it's for ages 2 to 92. From June until the end of August, participate in the different programs we'll have including movie nights, game nights, raffles, reading challenges, trivia, and more! You can sign up online or in the Library, stay tuned!
College Essay Writing Seminar by Collegewise 
Monday June 26th, 7-8:30pm 
Library Assembly Room 

Many great kids write average (even bad) college essays-essays about 'life lessons learned from football" or 'how my trip to Europe broadened my cultural horizons." Better tales are there for the writing. This workshop presented by Collegewise will show you what admissions officers really look for in great college essays, and offer suggestions for finding and sharing your best stories.

See you at the Belmont Public Library!

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