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We know your time is valuable, and that's why the Library tries to keep its email correspondence to a minimum. If you have a minute to spare, please read our March eNewsletter (take two) even if you read last week's version, as we've added some news and programming updates. You can always check belmontpubliclibrary.net for the most up-to-date information, but we thought the following was too exciting not to share!
BIGGER AND BETTER
Congratulations to Our Raffle Winners!
Last month we conducted an online survey and held our first ever Library Lovers' Reading Challenge. We received over 336 entries for our survey and 330 for the reading challenge, which is AMAZING! Congratulations to our Library Lovers' Reading Challenge Grand Prize Winner, Rachel Garber, who won a Kindle Fire.
Congratulations also go out to Sue G., the winner of a Starbucks gift card for our survey raffle!
Early Childhood Information Fair
Saturday, March 25 from 9:30-11:30am
Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street
Considering childcare options for your infant, toddler, or preschooler? Come talk with directors and teachers from various preschools and day cares in and around Belmont at this open house at the Beech Street Center. Kids are welcome hands on activities will be available to help keep them entertained!
Art Blooms in Belmont
Special Events March 30th through April 2nd
In collaboration with the Belmont Gallery of Art and the Belmont Garden Club, the Library is proud to present "Art Blooms in Belmont" this spring.
The aim of this program is to inspire, encourage and appreciate various art objects as they are interpreted by Belmont Garden Club members through floral art. This exhibit will be open to the public free of charge. Please visit http://www.belmontgallery.org/ for exhibit visiting hours.
Thursday, March 30, 6-8:30pm, Belmont Gallery of Art
, 19 Moore Street Belmont, Homer Building
Come marvel at the Belmont Garden Club's flower arrangements, and see the works of art that inspired them! Wine and light refreshments will be served. This exhibit will run from Friday, March 17 through Friday, May 5th.
Author and Artist Collaboration: How We Self-Published
Anne Katzeff and Peggy Kornegger
Friday, March 31, 7-9pm, Belmont Gallery of Art, 19 Moore Street Belmont, Homer Building
Artist Anne Katzeff and writer Peggy Kornegger talk about their experience of writing, editing, designing and publishing Peggy's book "Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart," which features many of Anne's flower and landscape paintings. Books will be available for purchase.
Flower Arranging Demonstration and Talk
Saturday, April 1, 2-3pm, Belmont Gallery of Art, 19 Moore Street Belmont, Homer Building
This special demonstration will be led by Elaine Di Giovanni, a lecturer on floral design and master flower show judge. Di Giovanni's award-winning arrangements have been highlighted in many flower shows. Her work has also been featured several times in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston's Art in Bloom exhibits. She is a past president of the Belmont Garden Club. The finished flower arrangement will be raffled off after the event. Free and open to the public.
The Art of Origami Flowers
Sunday April 2, 1-3pm, Belmont Gallery of Art, 19 Moore Street Belmont, Homer Bulilding
Led by Arlington based origami artist ShuLan Joy Holmes-Farley, workshop attendees will learn how to make simple flowers and other objects using the ancient Japanese folding paper art of origami.
Though still in high school, ShuLan's skills in the art of origami have been well-recognized with her work displayed at the Emerson Umbrella in Concord, Law & Water Gallery in Gloucester, and the Institute of Fashion Design in New York. Her cardboard origami chair was featured in Arlington's "Cheerful Where You Sit" public art exhibit. ShuLan has led workshops at cherry blossom festivals and other arts events, including the Gloucester Harbor Town Arts Festival. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Please visit
for more information.
Two classes will take place (each class lasts for approximately 45 minutes), at 1:00PM, & 2:00PM Recommended for ages 6 and up. Space is limited to ten students per session. Please contact Rebecca Richards at email@example.com to register or find out more.
March Craft at the Library: Books in Bloom
March's craft sees books bloom, literally! We'll use discarded books as our base. It will then be up to you arrange the various plants on hand into your very own garden wonderland. Space is limited for this program, so registration is required, and participants may only make one book garden. If you have a friend or relative who is also participating, let us know when you register if you'd like to share an arrangement; you'll get to work with a friend AND you're freeing up a spot for another patron!
How to Spot Fake News:
Tips and Strategies for Staying Informed
Thursday, April 13th, 7PM, Library Assembly Room
You've heard the word bandied around, now come learn what exactly is "fake news" and learn tips and tricks to spot it. Laura Saunders, PhD., Assistant Professor for Simmons School of Library and Information Science, and Rachel Gans-Boriskin, Lecturer in the Communications Department at the Simmons College of Arts and Sciences, will lead this 90 minute program. Q&A to follow.
April Poetry Series
In Celebration of National Poetry Month
Saturday, April 22nd, 11AM-1PM, Library Flett Room
Poet Wendy Drexler will lead an informal workshop to read and discuss several poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost, including their use of tone, imagery, and literary devices. Open to non-poets and poets alike. Poems will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring ten copies of a favorite Millay or Frost poem to share with the group. Coffee & sweets will be on hand!
Poetry Nature Walk
Saturday, April 29th, 2-3:30PM, Meet 300 Mill Street, Belmont MA, at the Small Rock Meadow Parking Lot
Led by Anne-Marie Lambert with special guest, poet Kevin Gallagher, walkers will explore the landscape and history of the Lone Tree Hill Nature Preserve and hear poems along the way.
Thursday, May 4th, 7PM, Library Assembly Room
Featuring local Belmont poets, including Stephen Burt, Wendy Drexler, Valerie Duff, Nancy Esposito, Kevin Gallagher, Jacob Strautmann, and Richard Waring. Come hear excerpts from their works and celebrate the art of the verse!
Books and Bites
Author Virginia Pye to Speak on Dreams of the Red Phoenix
Monday, March 13th at 11:00 AM, Library Assembly Room
Virginia Pye will speak on her latest novel
Dreams of the Red Phoenix
at Books and Bites on Monday, March 13th at 11:00 AM in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. Taking her own grandmother's life as an inspiration, Pye writes in Dreams of the Red Phoenix of Americans in China on the cusp of World War II. The book was called "Riveting!" by Library Journal and "Superb historical fiction," by Historical Novels Review. Author Gish Jen wrote: "Gripping, convincing, and heartbreaking, Dreams of the Red Phoenix is a real page-turner and thought-provoker--wonderful."
Virginia Pye is the daughter of the late Lucian W. Pye, a political science professor at MIT and one of America's leading China scholars. She grew up in Belmont. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in high schools, an AIDS hospice, and private workshops.
All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Refreshments will be provided. Books will be available for purchase
and signing. The Assembly Room is handicapped accessible.
Music in March
Two Chances to Hear Great Music
Women in World Jazz
Saturday, March 11th, 3PM
Library Assembly Room
Sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library
Women In World Jazz will be here Saturday, March 11th, to present an educational-concert which features female composers from the US and the world over. The program has a visual component with a slide show which accompanies the music, the group makes use of authentic instrumentation, and incorporates multiple languages and cultures.
Women in World Jazz brings together musicians of different nationalities with extensive experience in performance and education. All members of the group are accomplished musicians with many years of experience playing a variety of music ranging from Jazz to world/ethnic. The group's repertoire includes music and dance from Brazil, Cape Verde, Japan, and the Middle East to name a few.
BSO Community 101
Berlioz and Dutilleux:
Journeys in Sound
Sunday, March 19th, 2-3:30PM
Library Assembly Room
Part lecture, part discussion, part musical demonstration, join Marc Mandel, BSO Director of Program Publication, and Thomas Siders, BSO Associate Principal Trumpet, for a sneak peek at some of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's March programming. Now in its sixth year, BSO Community 101 programs are designed to enhance your listening abilities and appreciation of music by focusing on upcoming BSO repertoire.
Tai Chi at the Library
Saturday, March 18, 10AM-11AM
Join us on Saturday, March 18th 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
Commonwealth eBook Collection
Bestsellers, self-help, travel guides, and textbooks. Thousands of digital books are at your fingertips for free now that the library has subscribed to the Commonwealth Ebook Collection (CEC).
CEC is made up of three collections, each with its own character. All can be viewed in the browser of your computer, tablet or smartphone. The collections are:
- Axis360, offering current fiction and nonfiction, including bestsellers, test prep, self-help, and Fodor's travel guides, often with no or shorter wait periods than Overdrive. In addition to being viewed in your browser, ebooks can be downloaded and enjoyed with the Access360 app.
- Biblioboard, offering simultaneous access by multiple borrowers to collections of books, images, articles, historical documents, audio, and video from leading publishers and archives in Massachusetts and around the world. Take advantage of the Indie Massachusetts to read fiction and non-fiction from local independent authors, or submit your own original works that can then be read by other Biblioboard subscribers. Items can be downloaded for offline reading using the Biblioboard Library app.
- EBL, offering ebooks from an extensive number of university presses and trade publishers, useful for academic research and personal interests such as cooking and gardening. CEC recommends using the Adobe Digital Editions app if you wish to download the ebooks.
You can search these three collections, individually or all together, by visiting the Commonwealth Ebook Collection at
. Individual titles also can be discovered by searching the catalog on the library homepage.
March's Senior Book Discussion is postponed until further notice.
Belmont Book Discussion
March's Belmont Book Discussion is postponed until further notice.
SING-ALONG WITH ED THE MUSIC MAN
Sing along with Ed Morgan as he plays favorite songs on the guitar and the kazoo!
Saturday, March 11 at 10:30am
Library Assembly Room
NIGHT OWLS STORYTIME
Join us for this new monthly storytime featuring stories, songs, and a craft. Ideal for ages 3-6.
Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30pm
PARENTING WORKSHOP: SIGN LANGUAGE
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. (Rescheduled from February.)
Registration suggested but not required
Monday, March 20 at 6:30pm
Teen Anime Club
Thursday, March 16, 1:30-4:30PM, Assembly Room
Come and watch anime, eat Japanese snacks, and draw! 7th grade and up. Upcoming dates: April 19th, May 10
Teen Advisory Board
Friday, March 17, 3-5PM Flett Room
Teens 8th grade and up, come and eat pizza, help plan library events and work on volunteer projects together for community service credit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have never been to a TAB meeting before and want to attend.
en Art Club
Saturday, March 18, 1-3PM Flett Room
This teen-lead art
club meets every week to create art, play art games, talk about techniques, work on your art portfolios, eat snacks, and support each other in creative endeavors. 7th grade and up. Drop-in, no sign up necessary.
Henna Tattoo Party
Open to all students ages 12-18. Free of charge. RSVP required in order to receive a t-shirt. If you'd like a t-shirt or wish to use a library laptop, please RSVP to Kylie Sparks at email@example.com. If bringing a computer from home (Mac or PC), please make sure Python 3 is installed (Python 3.6.0 available for free at www.python.org/downloads/).
Hackathon at the Belmont Library!
Saturday, March 18, 2:30-5PM, 2nd Floor Balcony
**No prior computer programming experience required**
This is a 3-hour hackathon about data science. We will provide you with data from a real piece of software. Your job will be to study the data and then write a Python program to analyze the data.
2:00-2:30 p.m. Volunteer training and set-up (Assembly Room)
2:30-2:45 p.m. Participants arrive
2:45-3:00 p.m. Kickoff lecture (in the Assembly Room)
3:00-4:45 p.m. Free time for coding!
4:45-4:55 p.m. Closing remarks
We will provide guidance on Python syntax and debugging techniques but this event is primarily aimed at students who can work independently (this is not a lecture or class). Students may work individually or in teams.
Monday, March 20th, 6:30-8:30PM Assembly Room
Come and get henna tattoos with Amanda Roberge, eat pizza, do crafts, listen to music and hang out! Free, drop in, 5th grade and up (younger siblings welcome).
ommunity Service Club
Tuesday, March 21, 3-4:30PM Flett Room
Middle school students, come and get community service credit by helping with volunteer craft projects. Free, drop in, no sign up necessary.
Family Game Night
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:30PM 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, including more games for elementary school kids. All ages welcome, drop-in.
Admissions 201 Highly Selective Admissions
Monday, March 27, 7PM, Assembly Room
Grades, test scores, and impressive activities no longer guarantee admission into college. Let
of Newton teach you how you or your child can stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. They will also reveal some Collegewise strategies to improve a student's chances of admission at the most selective schools.
Beech Street Center Program: Introduction to Critical Issues Facing China Today
Tuesday, March 28, 1:15PM
Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street
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