So Much to Look Forward To!
February 2021 | Events & Updates
Pickup hours:
Monday – Thursday | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday & Saturday | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Holiday Hours:
Closed Monday 2/15 for Presidents Day
One Book, One Belmont Presents...
Robin Cook - Live! Online!
Winter Reading Challenge for All Ages!
Updates from the Library
Holds Pickup: We're now offering a more contact free model for pickup of library materials through windows on each floor.

If you would like to call before leaving home & ahead of your arrival at the library, your materials will be prepared for you in advance - however, calling ahead is not required.

  • For children’s materials, please call the Children’s Room at 617-993-2880
  • For adult and YA materials, call Circulation at 617-993-2855
  • For requests, museum passes, and printing, call Reference at 617-993-2870
Food for Friends: The Library continues to accept food donations for the Belmont Food Pantry. If you are looking to make donations, please place them in the bin next to the library's front entrance during our pickup hours. 

Book Donations: The Friends of the Belmont Public Library has suspended book donations until further notice. The Friends appreciates your support through your donations of gently used books, DVDs, and puzzles, and hope to be able to accept donations again soon.
New Additions to the Library of Things
The Belmont Public Library now has a light therapy lamp and white noise machine as well as wifi hotspots and Rokus with Disney+ subscriptions available for checkout as part of the Library of Things collection! There are also brand new titles on our lendable Kindles!

Place a hold on the light therapy lamp here.
Place a hold on the white noise machine here.
Place a hold on a wifi hotspot here.
Place a hold on a Disney+ Roku here.
Place a hold on a Kindle here.
The fine print:
  • Limit one hotspot/Roku per library card
  • These Library of Things items can be borrowed for up to 1 week
  • As part of the Library of Things collection, all items must be returned during contactless pickup hours with their charging cords, instructions and carrying case
  • If a hotspot remains out beyond its due date, internet access will be shut off
Welcome Our New Librarian, Allison!
After a decade-long stint in NYC, Allison returned to her native Massachusetts to work in public libraries and is excited to be joining the Belmont team!

What are your favorite recent books?
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell and the Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn.

How many books do you take with you on vacation?
Back when traveling on vacation was a thing I'd probably have at least 3 - one fiction, one nonfiction, and one wild card.

What's a fun fact about you?
I dabble in voice over work. I love reading stories aloud!
Featured Events for Adults & Teens
Sat., February 6 • 10 am
Wed., February 17 • 6 pm
Thu., February 18 • 7 pm
Tues., February 9 • 4:30 pm
Wed., February 17 • 5:30 pm
Wed., February 17 • 6 pm
Mon., February 22 • 6:30 pm
Wed., February 24 • 7 pm
Featured Events for Kids
Music & Movement with Rubi
Thu., Feb. 4 • 9:30 am 
Fri., Feb. 19 • 9:30 am • Ages 2-5
This active program will get kids (and their grownups) moving, dancing, & having fun! Registration required for each class — 2/4 & 2/19
Who's Looking for Love? A Virtual Program for All Ages from Habitat
Wed., Feb. 10 • 3:30 pm • All Ages
It's winter, a cold time to find love! Join Mass Audubon Habitat’s Barbara Bates for a look at some of the animals looking for love in February and the myths that surround their quests details here.
Concert with Matt Heaton
Fri., Feb. 12 • 11 am
Sing and dance along at home with Matt's classic and original songs. Registration required — details here.
Craftalong Kids: Cardboard Heart String Art
Tues., Feb. 16 • 2 pm • Ages 8+
Get crafty with us! Make your own cardboard heart string art. Registration required — details here.
Leigh Baltzer Virtual Puppet Storytime
Wed., Feb. 17 • 10 am • Ages 2-5
Listen to stories and sing songs with Leigh Baltzer and her puppet friends! Registration required — details here.
Make Your Own Magic Tricks with Magician Debbie O'Carroll
Thu., Feb. 18 • 10 am • Ages 7+
Amuse and astound your family and friends with magic illusions made from everyday objects found around your house details here.
News from the Friends
The Friends of the Belmont Public Library ask you to join San Francisco mom and author, Salpi Dunlap as she reads from the first book in her mindfulness series, Stay True. Salpi and her children created this series to help kids stay true to themselves by being grateful, present, and kind. It offers practical guidance and conversation-provoking questions so that you can connect with your child on a deeper level in just 5 minutes a day. More details can be found here.
Learn About the Belmont Library Foundation
In 1902, Henry J. Underwood donated the money to build a new library for the town of Belmont. Recognizing the need for a new building, he donated the funding and worked with the Town to build a library in honor of his parents.

In 2004, the Belmont Library Foundation was established to continue Underwood’s work of creating a public and private partnership between the Town and the residents of Belmont to build a new library for our community.

Today, the Belmont Library Foundation is leading the effort to raise private funds for a new building and to create an endowment to support ongoing capital improvements. We are working in partnership with the Library administration, Trustees, Library Building Committee, and the Friends of the Belmont Public Library to keep the Belmont Public Library as a valued resource in our community.

To learn more about the Foundation and library building project, please visit our website or email us.
Community News
Belmont Public Schools Online Registration for School Year 2021-2022 opened on January 29, 2021!

  • For elementary school (Burbank, Butler, Wellington, Winn Brook) registration for K-4, click here
  • 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

  • For Chenery Middle School and Belmont High School Registration for Grades 5-12, click here

  • Important registration information for current BPS families
  • You do not need to register a grade 1-12 existing Belmont Public Schools student again
  • You do need to register your incoming kindergartner even if you are a current Belmont Public Schools family. This is important to ensure placement of your incoming kindergartner at the same elementary school as your grade 1-4 child. Please complete your registration and submit all required documents for your incoming kindergartner by April 9.
  • Current Wellington preschool families will be emailed registration instructions

  • For grade K-4 families new to Belmont Public Schools
  • We are pleased to announce BPS offers free tuition for kindergarten
  • Please see the K-4 registration page on the BPS website for registration information and paperwork deadlines for school placement dates
  • Please also see our Elementary Information Presentations on the BPS registration page (posted when registration opens online). These presentations give general information about Belmont Public Schools, registration, health requirements, and food services.

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact the school you registered with.
Stay Informed
Locate COVID-19 testing sites across the state on this interactive map.

Trusted Health Resources
We're available Monday to Thursday, 9 am-6 pm and Friday and Saturday, 9 am-5 pm to answer your questions and connect you to resources.

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Questions? Ask A Librarian or call us:
Reference: 617-993-2870 or -2871
Circulation: 617-993-2855
Children's: 617-993-2880

Click the "Questions?" box on our website to reach your librarians!