Fall Hours: Now open Saturdays, 9am-5pm 
*Starting September 9th, the Library will be open from 9am-5pm on Saturdays. 
We will reopen Sundays from 1pm-5pm, starting October 15th.
New/Renovated Library Project Update
On August 23rd the Board of Library Trustees hosted Mark Paolillo, of the Board of Selectmen and Major Capital Projects Working Group, and Liz Allison of the Planning Board, to share the Waverly Square/South Pleasant Street mixed use concept. Citizens who attended spoke in opposition of the idea and requested that the Planning Board let the Board of Library Trustees manage the plan for a new library.The Board unanimously requested that this idea be removed from consideration.  
On September 5th, the Planning Board had a short but heated discussion regarding the concept. The Chair of our Board of Trustees, Kathy Keohane, attended and reiterated her request that this idea be removed from consideration. The issue will be discussed further at the Planning Board's September 19th meeting. 
September is Library Card Sign-up Month aaaaand
Return-Your-Summer Books Month!

If you're reading this, it's unlikely that you don't have a library card, but we do ask that you bring back any books you used during the summer that you no longer need. Parents and students, bring back any billed Belmont item that was used for a Senior Thesis or other work study, and have your fines on those items waived!

And, if you know someone who doesn't have a library card, tell them to visit the Library to sign up for a card, or sign up for an eCard that gets you access to our online resources! 
Kate, winner of our Adult Summer Reading End-of-Summer Raffle!
Build a Better World Summer Reading Winners
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Programs here at the Belmont Public Library. In addition to book review, BINGO, and other winners throughout the summer, our grand prize for Adult Summer Reading went to Kate, who won a new Kindle Fire!
Four Teens won our End-of-the-Summer Reading Contest: Hannah, Lara, Cynthia and Alvin read the most books over the summer.
Girls Who Code Facilitator Needed
Mondays, 4pm-6pm
late September through May 2018
Girls Who Code, a nationwide after school club for 6th-12th graders that helps girls explore coding in a fun and friendly environment, was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology.

Last year the Belmont Library ran two semesters of Girls Who Code, with over 25 participants from grades 6 to 12.

This year we are looking for an energetic volunteer to help us continue this wonderful program. If you or someone you know might be interested, please email Mary Carter at with a little bit about yourself and why you would like to volunteer. Keep in mind that volunteers must be: 
  • 18+
  • Available 3-4 hours per week, including travel & prep time
  • Comfortable learning alongside Club girls as they explore the foundational computer science concepts of variables, loops, conditionals and functions.
  • Passionate about Girls Who Code's mission to close the gender gap in technology and have the ability to foster community within your Girls Who Code Club.
For more information, visit
Mondays, 10am-12pm
Starting September 11th
Flett Room
Come have a conversation in English, led by Moira Lucey. Improve your language skills, share experiences, learn about others' cultures, practice grammar, and have fun to boot! This group is geared toward a high-beginner to low-intermediate level.  


Why Our Current Climate Is What It Is
A Science for the Public Lecture  
Tuesday, September 12th, 7pm 
Library Assembly Room

The excess CO2 in our atmosphere will affect Earth's climate for centuries to come, and we need to understand why. In this presentation, Dr. Daniel Cziczo, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at MIT and an expert on the crucial role of clouds in the dynamics of climate, will explain how clouds form, how they affect the planet, and how that effect changes as CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere. Learn ways to reduce CO2 and watch as Dr. Cziczo simulates cloud formation and describes how atmospheric conditions that lead to cloud formation are studied in his lab, at mountaintop sites, and from research aircrafts.
Saturday, September 9, 10am-12pm
Library Assembly Room
Create your own 3D design using Tinkercad, an online 3D design and printing app. Newton Librarian John Walsh will teach participants the basics of 3D design and guide them to design their own unique creations. No design or 3D experience necessary. All equipment and software provided.

New Movie Club
Movie Night : Thu, Sep 7th, 6:30pM
Library Assembly Room 

Watch Dial M for Murder, a Hitchcock classic, Thursday September 7th. Popcorn served! Then, come back later in the month for a discussion of the film with Library Director Peter Struzziero (and treats).

Saturday, September 23, 10-11am

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.  
WORKSHOP: Learn How to Protect Your Information Online
Saturday, September 23, 1:30-3:30pm
Library Assembly Room

Come learn how to protect your sensitive online data. Taught by Paul Roberts, the Chairman of the Belmont Information Technology Advisory Committee, this class  will review basic forms of online fraud and scams. Paul will then work with attendees on ways to improve their online security, including the use of two factor authentication and password managers.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their personal devices for hands-on learning!  
WORKSHOP: Irish Genealogy & Records for Researchers
Thursday, September 21, 7pm
Library Assembly Room
Richard Reid of Friends of Irish Research will give a presentation on the new church and civil records, and websites, that are being updated with new data daily. This talk is designed for those just starting their Irish research and for the veteran researcher.  

New Movie Club
Film Discussion : Thu, Sep 28, 7pm
Library Assembly Room
You're not seeing double, we're just reminding you: our new movie club, Dial M for Movie, is having its first film discussion, of the movie Dial M for Murder at the end of the month. Come give your thoughts and listen to others', led by Library Director Peter Struzziero.
Copies of Dial M for Murder available at the Library or by catalog request
Friday, September 8th, 11am
Beech Street Center
266 Beech Street

The September meeting of the Senior Book Discussion group will be on Friday, September 8th at 11:00 AM at the Beech Street Center at 266 Beech Street in Belmont; House of Mirth  by Edith Wharton will be discussed. The senior book discussion group is co-sponsored by the Belmont Public Library and the Belmont Council on Aging. All are welcome to attend. 

Wednesday, September 20th, 3pm
Library Flett Room
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton  
This group meets on the third Wednesday of every other month to discuss contemporary literary fiction.  No registration is required.  Contact Nancy McColm at 617-993-2870 , or with questions.  All are welcome to attend. 
Thursday, October 5, 7pm
Library Assembly Room
Come hear Dick Lehr discuss his new novel, Trell, "inspired by the true story of a young man's false imprisonment for murder-and those who fought to free him." (Candlewick Press). The author, known for Whitey and Black Mass, was on the Boston Globe's Spotlight team that brought the wrongful conviction to light.
"Former reporter Lehr (Black Mass) recounts a suspenseful story inspired by a case he investigated in the 1980s." - Publishers Weekly   
"In a Boston swirling with racial tensions and public corruption, a story of false imprisonment based in fact, from a longtime investigative journalist." - Kirkus Reviews

"Trell is an appealingly gutsy heroine whose belief in her father is strong enough to drag an attorney and a down-on-his-luck journalist into her orbit...Younger YA readers will enjoy this fast-paced thriller."
-School Library Journal 

Dick Lehr
Dick Lehr, author of Trell (2017), The Birth of a Nation (2014), Whitey (2013), The Fence (2009), Black Mass
(2001), Judgment Ridge (2003), & The Underboss (1989).
Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. From 1985 to 2003, he was a reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting and won numerous regional and national journalism awards. He served as the Globe's legal affairs reporter, magazine and feature writer, and as a longtime member of the newspaper's investigative reporting unit, the Spotlight Team. Before that, Lehr, who is also an attorney, was a reporter at The Hartford Courant.
Lehr is the author of The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide, a non-fiction narrative about the worst known case of police brutality in Boston. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil's Deal, and its sequel, Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss.
Sing-Along with Matt Heaton
Join local musician Matt Heaton for this sing-along for babies and toddlers up to 24 months. 
Friday, September 8th at 10:30 a.m.

Puppet Storytime with Leigh Baltzer
This fun-filled storytime features Leigh and her puppet friends Phineas and Newton. For kids ages 2-5. 
Monday, September 11th at 10:30 a.m.

Sing-Along with Music Together
Join Lenka from Music Together of Belmont for singing, playing with egg shakers, and dancing! For kids 5 and under. 
Tuesday, September 12th at 10:30 a.m.  
Early Literacy Playgroup 
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. 
Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. starting September 15th

Maker Club: The World of Art 
Kids in grades 1 and 2 can join the Duct Tape Network for an afternoon of creativity and making. Use your imagination as we dive into the works of great artists like Calder and Matisse through design experiences. 
Friday, September 15th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sing-Along with Sulinha Boucher
Move, dance, and sing along with the sounds and music of Brazil in this bilingual concert with musician Sulinha Boucher. For all ages. 
Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 a.m.  
Weekly Storytimes Begin on Tuesday, September 19th  
The following is our weekly storytime schedule:  
Infant Storytime
For infants up to 12 months and pre-walkers, this short program of songs and rhymes is followed by time to play.
Wednesdays at 10:30am
Storytime for 1's 
For walkers and toddlers under 24 months. We'll share simple stories, songs, and nursery rhymes, and end with time to play.  
Thursdays at 10:30am
Storytime for 2's and 3's 
Come listen to stories and rhymes, sing, and even dance! Ages 2 and 3. 
Tuesdays at 10:30am
Preschool Storytime
We'll read longer books, sing and dance, and make simple crafts. For 3-5 year olds with a longer attention span. 
Wednesdays at 9:30am -- - Please Note New Day! 

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