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Bellingham Public Library – Central Library

210 Central Ave., Bellingham, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-778-7323

Website:
www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org

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Upcoming Events

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Children, Family/Child, Parents/Parenting

This is a storytime and facilitated play experience for young children who are NOT enrolled in a preschool program and the adults who take care of them. Come enjoy stories, songs, play and activities!

Information:

• Fri 11/16/18 at 10:05 AM - 11:05 AM11:20 AM12:20 PM

Alzheimers at Home: New Approaches for Couples and Families

Talks/Lectures

Become a member of Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and attend a book talk by Rosalys Peels, author of Mike and Me. Mike and Me describes a hopeful approach to dealing with Alzheimers at home. Friday, November 16, 2:00-3:00, Central Library Lecture Room.

Information:

• Fri 11/16/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Street Law/Access ID

Talks/Lectures

Law Advocates provide free legal advice and work with low income individuals to gain the proper documents needed to get a state ID card.

Information:

• Sat 11/17/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Out & About

Meeting

A peer support group for people with disabilities, this group's mission is to combat isolation by providing social opportunities and increase access for people with disabilities. This group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month in the Lecture Room at the Central Library and is sponsored by the Center for Independence. Please call 360-393-3890 if you are interested in attending.

Information:

• Mon 11/19/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Experience Brain Fitness

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Keeping your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come and get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson. Adults of all ages welcome.

Information:

• Mon 11/19/18 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Anime @ Your Library

Film

Teen Anime Night is usually the second Monday of each month. Join us to watch anime and for the chance to win fantastic prizes. Pizza provided by Pizza Pipeline.

Information:

• Mon 11/19/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

English Conversation Class is offered by the Whatcom Literacy Council for people who are learning English. It is facilitated by a trained volunteer who will lead the class. English Conversation Class will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking English in a casual and comfortable setting. The program is open to all levels and no registration is required. Contact Jenni Johnson at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217 for more information.

Information:

• Mon 11/19/18 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Meeting, Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. Chair Tai Chi is a good mind body exercise for people of all ages. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. For some, these concerns arise after a fall and worry that it might happen again. For others, arthritis or other physical issues prevent standing and moving for lengths of time. Chair Chi is perfect for people who live in small places but want to do a daily exercise. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Tue 11/20/18 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

English Conversation Class is offered by the Whatcom Literacy Council for people who are learning English. It is facilitated by a trained volunteer who will lead the class. English Conversation Class will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking English in a casual and comfortable setting. The program is open to all levels and no registration is required. Contact Jenni Johnson at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217 for more information.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Little Storytime

Children, For the Family, Family/Child (Books)

Simple stories, songs, finger and lap play and creative movement. Lots of fun. Please choose the one session per week that works best for your family.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Mon 11/26/18 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Experience Brain Fitness

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Keeping your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come and get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson. Adults of all ages welcome.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children, For the Family

Stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and a simple craft.

Information:

• Mon 11/26/18 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM3:00 PM3:45 PM

Bellingham Reads Book Discussion Group

Meeting

Join the library sponsored book discussion group for adults to talk about Deep Undercover by Jack Barsky. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month. If the library is closed due to a holiday, then the group meets on the 3rd Tuesday. New members are very welcome! For more information, contact Suzanne at 360-778-7236.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Little Storytime

Children, For the Family, Family/Child (Books)

Simple stories, songs, finger and lap play and creative movement. Lots of fun. Please choose the one session per week that works best for your family.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Tue 11/27/18 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Meeting, Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. Chair Tai Chi is a good mind body exercise for people of all ages. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. For some, these concerns arise after a fall and worry that it might happen again. For others, arthritis or other physical issues prevent standing and moving for lengths of time. Chair Chi is perfect for people who live in small places but want to do a daily exercise. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Meeting

Regular meetings of the Library Board of Trustees for the Bellingham Public Library are typically held the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Central Library. Occasionally the location changes and/or special meetings are scheduled. Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information and meeting materials, visit the Bellingham Public Library website at www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Information:

• Tue 11/27/18 at 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tech Basics Coaching

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

Need help with basic computer, tablet, Internet, streaming, and downloading skills? Sign up for a free, weekly, one-on-one coaching session with a Librarian or Volunteer Tech Helper. We can coach you on: Windows basics, Internet and browser skills, using a tablet or eReader, setting up and using email, Internet searching and safety, setting up social media accounts, and downloading or streaming free library digital material to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The library has eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to download or stream. Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

Information:

• Wed 11/28/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Little Storytime

Children, For the Family, Family/Child (Books)

Simple stories, songs, finger and lap play and creative movement. Lots of fun. Please choose the one session per week that works best for your family.

Information:

• Wed 11/28/18 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Wed 11/28/18 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Wed 11/28/18 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Preschool Storytime

Children, For the Family

Stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and a simple craft.

Information:

• Thu 11/29/18 at 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM

Street Law/Access ID

Talks/Lectures

Law Advocates provide free legal advice and work with low income individuals to gain the proper documents needed to get a state ID card.

Information:

• Sat 12/1/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Small Looms Clinic for Weavers

Folk Art/Crafts, Class/Workshop

Join members of the Whatcom Weavers Guild in the SkillShare Space at the Central Library, as they work on projects on their small looms. If you have a small loom or want to try out one of the demonstration looms, please join us! If you need troubleshooting for your current or next project, we would be happy to try and help.

Information:

• Sat 12/1/18 at 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Meeting, Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. Chair Tai Chi is a good mind body exercise for people of all ages. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. For some, these concerns arise after a fall and worry that it might happen again. For others, arthritis or other physical issues prevent standing and moving for lengths of time. Chair Chi is perfect for people who live in small places but want to do a daily exercise. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Home Item Repair Workshop

Class/Workshop

Bring your broken household items to the SkillShare Space at the Central Library and work with skilled volunteers from NW Free Repairs to learn how to repair them. Volunteers have experience repairing common household items such as toys, small kitchen appliances, electric tools and many other items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Please note: broken items may not be dropped off to be repaired. Owners must be willing to participate in making the repairs with the assistance of the volunteers. For more information about NW Free Repairs, please visit https://nwfreerepairs.wordpress.com/blog/

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 at 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Screen Scene: Best Practices for Using Screen Media with Young Children

Talks/Lectures

Screens are everywhere! Young children are spending more and more time engaged with screen media. Join us and hear from Dr. Marley Jarvis, from UW iLabs, and discover what and when children might be learning from screens as well as how we can support children’s media activities. We will explore important cognitive advances children make during the first years of life that impact their ability to learn from screens. Finally, we will discuss the many practical applications and resources for parents and educators, and ways to make the most of ever-present media technology.

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 at 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Little Storytime

Children, For the Family

Simple stories, songs, finger and lap play and creative movement. Lots of fun! Please choose the one session per week that works best for your family.

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 - Wed 12/5/18 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Little Storytime

For the Family, Children

Simple stories, songs, finger and lap play and creative movement. Lots of fun! Please choose the one session per week that works best for your family.

Information:

• Tue 12/4/18 - Wed 12/5/18 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Tech Basics Coaching

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

Need help with basic computer, tablet, Internet, streaming, and downloading skills? Sign up for a free, weekly, one-on-one coaching session with a Librarian or Volunteer Tech Helper. We can coach you on: Windows basics, Internet and browser skills, using a tablet or eReader, setting up and using email, Internet searching and safety, setting up social media accounts, and downloading or streaming free library digital material to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The library has eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to download or stream. Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

Information:

• Wed 12/5/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Time for Tales

Children, For the Family

Join us for engaging stories, songs, and a fun craft.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children, For the Family

Stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and a simple craft.

Information:

• Thu 12/6/18 at 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM

Builders Club

Children, For the Family

Enjoy open and creative play. All supplies are provided: a variety of Lego and Duplo bricks, straw connectors and more. Bring your creativity.

Information:

• Sat 12/8/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anime @ Your Library

Film, Meeting

Anime Night is the second Monday of each month. Join us to watch anime, eat pizza and for the chance to win fantastic prizes.

Information:

• Mon 12/10/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

English Conversation Class is offered by the Whatcom Literacy Council for people who are learning English. It is facilitated by a trained volunteer who will lead the class. English Conversation Class will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking English in a casual and comfortable setting. The program is open to all levels and no registration is required. Contact Jenni Johnson at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217 for more information.

Information:

• Mon 12/10/18 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Out & About

Meeting

A peer support group for people with disabilities, this group's mission is to combat isolation by providing social opportunities and increase access for people with disabilities. This group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month in the Lecture Room at the Central Library and is sponsored by the Center for Independence. Please call 360-393-3890 if you are interested in attending.

Information:

• Mon 12/10/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Experience Brain Fitness

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Keeping your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come and get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson. Adults of all ages welcome.

Information:

• Mon 12/10/18 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Meeting, Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. Chair Tai Chi is a good mind body exercise for people of all ages. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. For some, these concerns arise after a fall and worry that it might happen again. For others, arthritis or other physical issues prevent standing and moving for lengths of time. Chair Chi is perfect for people who live in small places but want to do a daily exercise. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Tue 12/11/18 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Home Item Repair Workshop

Class/Workshop

Bring your broken household items to the SkillShare Space at the Central Library and work with skilled volunteers from NW Free Repairs to learn how to repair them. Volunteers have experience repairing common household items such as toys, small kitchen appliances, electric tools and many other items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Please note: broken items may not be dropped off to be repaired. Owners must be willing to participate in making the repairs with the assistance of the volunteers. For more information about NW Free Repairs, please visit https://nwfreerepairs.wordpress.com/blog/

Information:

• Tue 12/11/18 at 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Music in the Library featuring Whatcom Flute Ensemble

Holiday Music, Open Mic/Music

The Whatcom Flute Ensemble will perform a free concert of holiday and winter themed music as part of the library's Music in the Library program. All are welcome to attend, and no registration is required.

Information:

• Tue 12/11/18 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Creative Crafting

Class/Workshop, Folk Art/Crafts

Bring a craft, make a craft, and learn a craft. This program is for craft lovers who would like to meet with other like-minded folk. Bring whatever craft you are currently making and we will share tips of the trade. For more information, contact Keyla at kgonzalez@cob.org or at 360-778-7205.

Information:

• Wed 12/12/18 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tech Basics Coaching

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

Need help with basic computer, tablet, Internet, streaming, and downloading skills? Sign up for a free, weekly, one-on-one coaching session with a Librarian or Volunteer Tech Helper. We can coach you on: Windows basics, Internet and browser skills, using a tablet or eReader, setting up and using email, Internet searching and safety, setting up social media accounts, and downloading or streaming free library digital material to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The library has eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to download or stream. Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

Information:

• Wed 12/12/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Street Law/Access ID

Talks/Lectures

Law Advocates provide free legal advice and work with low income individuals to gain the proper documents needed to get a state ID card.

Information:

• Sat 12/15/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experience Brain Fitness

Class/Workshop, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Keeping your brain fit by learning new skills, exercising your memories and challenging your brain to adapt and change can help delay or prevent the onset of memory challenges. No matter what your age, you can change and strengthen your brain! Come and get your brain loose and limber with fun brain training games and exercises led by Certified Brain Fitness Trainer Dawn Anderson. Adults of all ages welcome.

Information:

• Mon 12/17/18 at 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Teen Game Night

Gaming, Meeting

Open play games: SSB Brawl, Just Dance, board games and more. Pizza and soda. Ages 12 to 23.

Information:

• Mon 12/17/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Winter Movie Matinees

Film, Children, For the Family

It's Winter Break! Come down to the Central Library and watch a movie! Call 778-7200 for movie titles.

Information:

• Mon 12/17/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Bellingham Reads Book Discussion Group

Meeting

Join the library sponsored book discussion group for adults to talk about Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz. This meeting will occur on the 3rd Tuesday due to the holiday closure on the 4th Tuesday. New members are very welcome. For more information, contact Suzanne at 360-778-7236.

Information:

• Tue 12/18/18 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drop-in Winter Crafts

Children's Arts/Crafts

Drop by the library and create an array of fun winter crafts! All craft supplies will be provided.

Information:

• Tue 12/18/18 at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Meeting

Regular meetings of the Library Board of Trustees for the Bellingham Public Library are typically held the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the Central Library. Occasionally the location changes and/or special meetings are scheduled. Board of Trustee meetings are open to the public. For more information and meeting materials, visit the Bellingham Public Library website at www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Information:

• Tue 12/18/18 at 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Meeting, Class/Workshop, Yoga/Pilates/Tai Chi

Chair Tai Chi uses all of the concepts and flowing choreographed movements of standing Tai Chi except it is performed in a seated position. Chair Tai Chi is a good mind body exercise for people of all ages. It is often called “Meditation in Motion” because it connects the mind and the body to achieve health and well-being. Chair Chi, as it is often called, is an excellent exercise for people who may have concerns about balance and want to improve their stability. For some, these concerns arise after a fall and worry that it might happen again. For others, arthritis or other physical issues prevent standing and moving for lengths of time. Chair Chi is perfect for people who live in small places but want to do a daily exercise. In this session, the presenter will teach the participants a set of movements that can be done at home. Take-home materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Tue 12/18/18 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Tech Basics Coaching

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

Need help with basic computer, tablet, Internet, streaming, and downloading skills? Sign up for a free, weekly, one-on-one coaching session with a Librarian or Volunteer Tech Helper. We can coach you on: Windows basics, Internet and browser skills, using a tablet or eReader, setting up and using email, Internet searching and safety, setting up social media accounts, and downloading or streaming free library digital material to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The library has eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to download or stream. Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

Information:

• Wed 12/19/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Winter Movie Matinee

Film, Children

It's Winter Break! Come down to the Central Library and watch a movie! Call 778-7200 for movie titles.

Information:

• Wed 12/19/18 - Fri 12/21/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 12/26/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tech Basics Coaching

Computers/Technology, Class/Workshop

Need help with basic computer, tablet, Internet, streaming, and downloading skills? Sign up for a free, weekly, one-on-one coaching session with a Librarian or Volunteer Tech Helper. We can coach you on: Windows basics, Internet and browser skills, using a tablet or eReader, setting up and using email, Internet searching and safety, setting up social media accounts, and downloading or streaming free library digital material to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The library has eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to download or stream. Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

Information:

• Wed 12/26/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

28th Annual Note of Thanks

Children, For the Family

Come join us for our annual tradition of giving thanks and make your own fun and creative thank you notes. All materials will be provided.

Information:

• Thu 12/27/18 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Winter Movie Matinee

Film, Children

It's Winter Break! Come down to the Central Library and watch a movie! Call 778-7200 for movie titles.

Information:

• Fri 12/28/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 12/31/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM