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December 2020 | Events & Updates
Pickup and computer use hours:
Monday – Wednesday | 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday | 11:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday and Saturday | 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Holiday Hours:
Closing at 12 pm on Thursday 12/24
Closed Friday 12/25 for Christmas Day
Closed Friday 1/1 for New Year's Day
Meet the author
Virtual Author Talk • Jeff Benedict and The Dynasty
Thu. Dec. 17 • 7 pm
Join seven libraries in welcoming Jeff Benedict to talk about his instant bestseller on the New England Patriots, The Dynasty!

The New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis. Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise and soon brought on board head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots became a juggernaut, making ten trips to the Super Bowl, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world.

Click to order a signed copy of the book from the Brookline Booksmith.

Questions? Email Corinne Coveney at ccoveney@minlib.net.

Registration required — details here.
Featured events for adults & teens
Our events are held virtually on Zoom — register to get the link to join! Check the events calendar on our website as we add more online programs.
D&D: Intergenerational Edition
Wed. Dec. 9 & 16 • 6 pm • Ages 13+ & their adults
Guest DM Robert Carter leads a 2-week Intergenerational Dungeons & Dragons program for teens and their parents (or grandparents!).
Registration required — details here.
Virtual Trivia Night
Tue. Dec. 15 • 7 pm • All Ages
Join us for our next Virtual Trivia Night for solo players and teams! Our questions are geared towards adults in challenge rating, but families can play together.
Registration required — details here.
Untold Stories Book Club
Wed. Dec. 16 • 5:30 pm • Teens
A book club for teens by teens! This month, we explore Ray Bradbury's dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451 and the social themes that make it more relevant than ever today.
Registration required — details here.
Dial M for Movies
Mon. Dec. 21 • 6 pm
Join Library Director Peter Struzziero and fellow movie buffs for a discussion of A Christmas Carol from 1951 starring Alastair Sim! Watch the movie (at home), then we'll come together online on Zoom to discuss the film.
Registration required — details here.
Featured events for kids & families
Virtual Storytimes!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays • 10 am • Ages 0-5
Short stories and songs will be performed for young library patrons.
Registration required for each storytime — 12/8, 12/9, 12/15, and 12/16
Concert with Matt Heaton
Fri. Dec. 11 • 11 am
Sing and dance along at home with Matt's classic and original songs.
Registration required — details here.
Meet the Animals: Amazing Amphibians with Habitat
Tue. Dec. 15 • 3:30 pm • All Ages
Amphibians are an amazing group of animals. They start their lives living in water and transition to land lovers as adults. See what species are swimming and hopping about over at Habitat!
Registration required — details here.
Music & Movement with Rubi
Fri. Dec. 18 • 9:30 am • Ages 2-5
This active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing, & having fun!
Registration required — details here.
Signs of the Season with Habitat
Tue. Dec. 22 • 6 pm • All Ages
The Winter Solstice tells us a time of hunger is on the doorstep. Join Mass Audubon Habitat’s Barbara Bates to learn how winter survival really is all about food.
Registration required — details here.
Leigh Baltzer Virtual Puppet Storytime
Wed. Dec. 30 • 10 am • Ages 2-5
Listen to stories and sing songs with Leigh Baltzer and her puppet friends!
Registration required — details here.
Bring the internet home with you
Belmont Public Library is proud to make available 5 WiFi hotspots for home use. The WiFi hotspots let you connect to the internet without needing a home internet setup.

The fine print:
  • Limit one hotspot per library card
  • The hotspot can be borrowed for up to 1 week
  • The hotspot will automatically renew, unless another borrower is waiting for it
  • As part of the Library of Things, hotspots must be returned to the Reference Desk with their charging cords and instructions
  • If a hotspot remains out beyond its due date, internet access will be shut off

If you are a Belmont resident and would like to reserve a hotspot, search the catalog for "Belmont wifi” or click here.
Understanding overrides and making difficult budget choices
On Wednesday, December 9 at 7 pm, the Warrant Committee invites you to a public meeting on understanding overrides and making difficult budget choices.

The Town of Belmont is faced with a structural deficit which requires an increase in funds to provide the same level of services to the community. This meeting is geared to help residents understand the financial condition of the town.

Click here for details about joining the Zoom meeting or watching on Belmont Media Center Gov TV. A future meeting is in the planning stages for January 7.
Don't miss our 2020 staff picks
We have suggestions for the book, music, or movie lover on your holiday gift list, ideas for the YA readers in your life, and our Best of 2020 selections from our Children's Librarians.
Get lost in a good...
ebook, eaudiobook, or comic
Borrow digital books, audiobook, graphic novels, and comics through our online libraries from OverDrive and hoopla.

On OverDrive, you can check out up to 10 items at once — just sign in with your library card number and password to get started. Download the Libby app on mobile devices to use OverDrive on the go.

With hoopla, borrow up to 5 titles per month. Stream or download titles instantly — no waiting, no holds!
movie or TV show
To watch some of the world’s best films (over 30,000 of them!), try Kanopy, with film festival favorites, award-winning documentaries, and countless choices from the Criterion Collection, Great Courses, PBS, and more. Also available is Kanopy Kids with films and TV series like Sesame Street and Arthur, perfect for preschool and up! Stream up to 10 titles per month.

You can also stream TV and films on Acorn TV from RBDigital, with everything from popular British and Australian comedies, dramas, and mysteries, to documentaries and foreign films.

Pick up feature films, holiday classics, animated favorites, documentaries, or anime at the library. We have featured selections to browse in the library lobby, or search the catalog, request some favorite DVDs or Blu-rays, then pick up at the library once your holds are ready.
music album
We know we already mentioned hoopla... but it has a fantastic music and karaoke collection, too! You can cozy up with Taylor Swift's folklore, belt out Hamilton with the Original Broadway Cast Recording, or enjoy some greatest hits on Abba Gold.

Don't forget about our LP collection — take it old school and request a vinyl record. We have everything from The Beatles to The Who. Records must be returned inside at the Reference Desk.
magazine or newspaper
Thousands of new magazines have just been added to OverDrive. No, really! You can find over 8000 issues for over 3000 magazines! Do some armchair traveling with Condé Nast Traveler or National Geographic Magazine. Explore the worlds of music (Billboard), games (Games World of Puzzles), books (The New York Review of Books), and so much more.

Stay connected to current news by reading The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and other local papers in the Boston Metropolitan Newspaper Collection (including the Belmont Citizen Herald!) online from the comfort of your home.

Looking to go back in history? Read issues of historical Belmont newspapers from 1889-1962, The Boston Globe from 1872-1979, or The New York Times from 1851 to 2017.
Stay informed
Read the state's guidelines on holidays during COVID-19.

Massachusetts residents are advised to stay home between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am. Read more: MA Stay-at-Home Advisory

Locate COVID-19 testing sites across the state on this interactive map.

Trusted Health Resources
We're available Monday to Thursday, 9 am-7 pm and Friday and Saturday, 9 am-5 pm to answer your questions and connect you to resources.

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