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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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Featured Event

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 10/11/17 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

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 9/23/17 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sunday Chess Meetup in Bellingham

Gaming

Come join the Bellingham Knights, a free, casual chess player group for all ages and all skill levels. This is an opportunity to meet other players of all levels and play the world's oldest and most strategic game. Chess board/pieces provided, drop-in players welcome. For information and free registration, visit www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess.

Information:

• Sun 9/24/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

poetrynight @ the Bellingham Public Library

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join your friends for poetrynight’s weekly poetry open-mic reading event at the Bellingham Public Library. Our featured poets this month are Larry Crist on June 1 and Shannon Laws on June 22. For more information, contact Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

Information:

• Mon 9/25/17 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Bellingham Reads Book Discussion Group

Meeting

Join us as we discuss The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. New members welcome. For more information, contact Suzanne at 360-778-7323.

Information:

• Tue 9/26/17 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Baby Time

Parents/Parenting, Family/Child, Children

Baby Time focuses on the interaction between parent and child. Bring a blanket and we will do fun rhymes, songs, bounces, movement and stories! Pre-registration is required - space is limited! To register, please visit the Children's Library or call 778-7200.

Information:

• Tue 9/26/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Free Health Insurance Assistance

Education, Class/Workshop, Volunteer Event

An in-person trained health insurance assister from Sea Mar Community Health Center will be available to help apply for health insurance coverage and assist with any health-insurance related needs. For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Tue 9/26/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Builders Club

Family/Child, Children

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

Information:

• Tue 9/26/17 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 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 9/27/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

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:

• Thu 9/28/17 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Time for Tales

Children

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

Information:

• Thu 9/28/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Coloring for Grownups

Folk Art/Crafts

Coloring a picture is a fun and relaxing activity, and it's not just for kids! Drop in and color a page or two and revisit or discover this beloved blast from the past. Coloring pages and crayons provided! For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Fri 9/29/17 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fall Friends of the Library Book Sale

Benefit/Fundraiser, Community Event

Help the Friends of the Library raise money for the library, to encourage literacy and to support a variety of programs for all ages. Contact the Friends at 360-778-7250 or friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

Information:

• Wed 9/27/17 - Fri 9/29/17 at 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tech Boomers Open Lab

Class/Workshop, Computers/Technology

Learn how to use websites and apps like YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Skype, Hulu, Etsy, PayPal, and more with TechBoomers. Techboomers is an education and discovery website with free tutorials specially designed for digital technology newcomers. Lessons are written in non-technical, easy to understand language and are supplemented with short videos. Bring your computer, tablet, or smart phone and follow lessons from TechBoomers on library laptops with assistance from librarians and Tech Helper volunteers. Just drop in, no signup necessary! Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

Information:

• Sat 9/30/17 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fall Friends of the Library Book Sale

Benefit/Fundraiser, Community Event

Help the Friends of the Library raise money for the library, to encourage literacy and to support a variety of programs for all ages. Contact the Friends at 360-778-7250 or friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

Information:

• Sat 9/30/17 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Autumn Book Sale

Benefit/Fundraiser

The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Autumn Book Sale begins on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 and runs through Saturday, September 30, 2017. As usual there is a large selection of books and media for all ages. Most items are only $1! Tables are re-stocked continually. The hours are: Wednesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 28: 10am - 6pm, most items $1.00 Friday, September 29: 10am - 6pm, half-price sale day Saturday, September 30: 10am - 1pm: $4 per bag sale The sale is held downstairs in the Central Library at 210 Central Avenue. All proceeds benefit the library.

Information:

• Wed 9/27/17 - Sat 9/30/17 at 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday Chess Meetup in Bellingham

Gaming

Come join the Bellingham Knights, a free, casual chess player group for all ages and all skill levels. This is an opportunity to meet other players of all levels and play the world's oldest and most strategic game. Chess board/pieces provided, drop-in players welcome. For information and free registration, visit www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess.

Information:

• Sun 10/1/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

poetrynight @ the Bellingham Public Library

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join your friends for poetrynight’s weekly poetry open-mic reading event at the Bellingham Public Library. Our featured poets this month are Larry Crist on June 1 and Shannon Laws on June 22. For more information, contact Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

Information:

• Mon 10/2/17 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

Those whose primary language is not English are invited to this weekly informal class to practice English conversation.

Information:

• Mon 10/2/17 at 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Mon 10/2/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM3:00 PM3:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/2/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Mon 10/2/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Tue 10/3/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Tue 10/3/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Baby Time

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

Baby Time focuses on the interaction between parent and child. Bring a blanket and we will do fun rhymes, songs, bounces, movement and stories. Pre-registration is required - space is limited. To register, please visit the Children's Library or call 778-7200.

Information:

• Tue 10/3/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 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 10/3/17 at 5:00 PM - 7:30 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 10/4/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Children, 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:

• Wed 10/4/17 at 10:05 AM - 11:05 AM11:20 AM12:20 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/4/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Wed 10/4/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Thu 10/5/17 at 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM

Author Event: Cressida Cowell – How to Train Your Dragon

Family/Child (Books), Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Bellingham Public Library is proud to partner with Village Books to bring the author and illustrator behind the beloved "How to Train Your Dragon" series to Bellingham. Cressida Cowell will introduce the first book in her brand new series - "The Wizards of Once" - which involves witches, warriors and a 12 year old that will change the world. Complete with ogres, sprites, snowcats and all manner of magical creatures, this new series is the start of something great.

Information:

• Thu 10/5/17 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Time for Tales

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

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

Information:

• Thu 10/5/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

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:

• Thu 10/5/17 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Just Sew

Class/Workshop

Learn how to make the best use of textile resources by rescuing your clothing from the ragpile. Presenter Susan Witter will demonstrate what to do with a t-shirt at the September sessions. T shirts aren’t predictable any more! Bring a T shirt to experiment on; if you don't have a spare, there will be some provided. Useful tools to bring along: scissors, buttons, trim material that you like. As always, bring any other item in need of sewing repair to any session, and Susan will attempt to assist you in fixing it!

Information:

• Fri 10/6/17 at 3:30 PM - 5:30 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 10/7/17 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 10/7/17 at 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sunday Chess Meetup in Bellingham

Gaming

Come join the Bellingham Knights, a free, casual chess player group for all ages and all skill levels. This is an opportunity to meet other players of all levels and play the world's oldest and most strategic game. Chess board/pieces provided, drop-in players welcome. For information and free registration, visit www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess.

Information:

• Sun 10/8/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 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 10/9/17 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

poetrynight @ the Bellingham Public Library

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join your friends for poetrynight’s weekly poetry open-mic reading event at the Bellingham Public Library. Our featured poets this month are Larry Crist on June 1 and Shannon Laws on June 22. For more information, contact Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

Information:

• Mon 10/9/17 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 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 increasing access for people with disabilities. This group meets the 2nd Monday of every month. Sponsored by the Center for Independence, please call 360-393-3890 if you are interested in attending.

Information:

• Mon 10/9/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

Those whose primary language is not English are invited to this weekly informal class to practice English conversation.

Information:

• Mon 10/9/17 at 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Mon 10/9/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM3:00 PM3:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/9/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Mon 10/9/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Behind the Scenes at BPL Tour

Tour

Did you know the Central Library has a hidden 4th floor? Want to take a peek into our "book hospital"? Join us for a tour of the Bellingham Public Library and find out what goes on behind closed doors! Tour will convene on the Upper Mezzanine at the Central Library. Registration is not required, but please contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217 if you require mobility assistance or for more information.

Information:

• Mon 10/9/17 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/10/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Tue 10/10/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Baby Time

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

Baby Time focuses on the interaction between parent and child. Bring a blanket and we will do fun rhymes, songs, bounces, movement and stories. Pre-registration is required - space is limited. To register, please visit the Children's Library or call 778-7200.

Information:

• Tue 10/10/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 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 10/10/17 at 5:00 PM - 7:30 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 10/11/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Children, 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:

• Wed 10/11/17 at 10:05 AM - 11:05 AM11:20 AM12:20 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/11/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Bellingham Port Commissioner Candidates Forum

Politics

The Blue/Green Waterfront Coalition is sponsoring a candidates forum for Port Commission on Wednesday, October 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Bellingham Public Library downstairs conference room at 210 Central Avenue in Bellingham.

Information:

• Wed 10/11/17 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/11/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Thu 10/12/17 at 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM

Time for Tales

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

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

Information:

• Thu 10/12/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

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:

• Thu 10/12/17 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Coloring for Grownups

Folk Art/Crafts

Coloring a picture is a fun and relaxing activity, and it's not just for kids! Drop in and color a page or two and revisit or discover this beloved blast from the past. Coloring pages and crayons provided! For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Fri 10/13/17 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Builders Club

Family/Child, Children

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 10/14/17 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sunday Chess Meetup in Bellingham

Gaming

Come join the Bellingham Knights, a free, casual chess player group for all ages and all skill levels. This is an opportunity to meet other players of all levels and play the world's oldest and most strategic game. Chess board/pieces provided, drop-in players welcome. For information and free registration, visit www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess.

Information:

• Sun 10/15/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

poetrynight @ the Bellingham Public Library

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join your friends for poetrynight’s weekly poetry open-mic reading event at the Bellingham Public Library. Our featured poets this month are Larry Crist on June 1 and Shannon Laws on June 22. For more information, contact Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

Information:

• Mon 10/16/17 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Teen Game Night

Gaming, Children

Join us for pizza and games, games, games! You’ll find party games, Wii open play, traditional games and more. Pizza provided by Rudy’s Pizzeria.

Information:

• Mon 10/16/17 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

Those whose primary language is not English are invited to this weekly informal class to practice English conversation.

Information:

• Mon 10/16/17 at 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Just Sew

Class/Workshop

Learn how to make the best use of textile resources by rescuing your clothing from the ragpile. Presenter Susan Witter will demonstrate what to do with a t-shirt at the September sessions. T shirts aren’t predictable any more! Bring a T shirt to experiment on; if you don't have a spare, there will be some provided. Useful tools to bring along: scissors, buttons, trim material that you like. As always, bring any other item in need of sewing repair to any session, and Susan will attempt to assist you in fixing it!

Information:

• Mon 10/16/17 at 5:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/16/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Mon 10/16/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Mon 10/16/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM3:00 PM3:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/17/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Tue 10/17/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Baby Time

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

Baby Time focuses on the interaction between parent and child. Bring a blanket and we will do fun rhymes, songs, bounces, movement and stories. Pre-registration is required - space is limited. To register, please visit the Children's Library or call 778-7200.

Information:

• Tue 10/17/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Children, 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:

• Wed 10/18/17 at 10:05 AM - 11:05 AM11:20 AM12:20 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 10/18/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/18/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Wed 10/18/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

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:

• Thu 10/19/17 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Time for Tales

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

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

Information:

• Thu 10/19/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Thu 10/19/17 at 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM

Movie Matinee

Film, Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

It's Bellingham School District's Teacher Workday! Come to the library and enjoy a fun movie matinee! Call 360-778-7200 for the exact movie title.

Information:

• Fri 10/20/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Coloring for Grownups

Folk Art/Crafts

Coloring a picture is a fun and relaxing activity, and it's not just for kids! Drop in and color a page or two and revisit or discover this beloved blast from the past. Coloring pages and crayons provided! For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

Information:

• Fri 10/20/17 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday Chess Meetup in Bellingham

Gaming

Come join the Bellingham Knights, a free, casual chess player group for all ages and all skill levels. This is an opportunity to meet other players of all levels and play the world's oldest and most strategic game. Chess board/pieces provided, drop-in players welcome. For information and free registration, visit www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess.

Information:

• Sun 10/22/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

poetrynight @ the Bellingham Public Library

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join your friends for poetrynight’s weekly poetry open-mic reading event at the Bellingham Public Library. Our featured poets this month are Larry Crist on June 1 and Shannon Laws on June 22. For more information, contact Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

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• Mon 10/23/17 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

Those whose primary language is not English are invited to this weekly informal class to practice English conversation.

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• Mon 10/23/17 at 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

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• Mon 10/23/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM3:00 PM3:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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.

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• Mon 10/23/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Builders Club

Family/Child, Children

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

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• Mon 10/23/17 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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.

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• Mon 10/23/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Tue 10/24/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Book Buzz with Penguin Random House

Talks/Lectures

Pennie Hoyle from Penguin Random House will introduce the hottest reads that will keep you warm this winter. Come hear about the best books that Penguin Random House has to offer this season so you can get a jump on your holiday shopping and reading! All books discussed will be available to check-out or purchase that evening. As a bonus, the first 40 people to arrive will receive a free tote bag. For more information, contact Katie at 360-778-7230.

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• Tue 10/24/17 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bellingham Reads Book Discussion Group

Talks/Lectures

Join us as we vote for our 2018 titles! Each participant will suggest a title and then everyone votes for their favorite suggestions. For more information, contact Suzanne at 360-778-7323.

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• Tue 10/24/17 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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.

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• Tue 10/24/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Baby Time

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

Baby Time focuses on the interaction between parent and child. Bring a blanket and we will do fun rhymes, songs, bounces, movement and stories. Pre-registration is required - space is limited. To register, please visit the Children's Library or call 778-7200.

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• Tue 10/24/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Kaleidoscope Play and Learn

Children, 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.

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• Wed 10/25/17 at 10:05 AM - 11:05 AM11:20 AM12:20 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.

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• Wed 10/25/17 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Little Storytime

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

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.

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• Wed 10/25/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Wed 10/25/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM

Chair Tai Chi

Health & Wellness/Nutrition, Class/Workshop

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.

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• Thu 10/26/17 at 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

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• Thu 10/26/17 at 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM

Finding Funders for Your Nonprofit

Class/Workshop

Looking for grants for your nonprofit? Attend a Finding Funders session, a free class that will teach you how to use the Foundation Center Online database at the Bellingham Public Library. Class includes hands-on practice. Registration required. For more information, contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210. Foundation Directory Online is funded by a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation.

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• Thu 10/26/17 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Time for Tales

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

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

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• Thu 10/26/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Coloring for Grownups

Folk Art/Crafts

Coloring a picture is a fun and relaxing activity, and it's not just for kids! Drop in and color a page or two and revisit or discover this beloved blast from the past. Coloring pages and crayons provided! For more information, contact Jenni at jjohnson@cob.org or 360-778-7217.

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• Fri 10/27/17 at 10:00 AM - 5:00 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.

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• Sat 10/28/17 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tech Boomers Open Lab

Class/Workshop

Learn how to use websites and apps like YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Skype, Hulu, Etsy, PayPal, and more with TechBoomers. Techboomers is an education and discovery website with free tutorials specially designed for digital technology newcomers. Lessons are written in non-technical, easy to understand language and are supplemented with short videos. Bring your computer, tablet, or smart phone and follow lessons from TechBoomers on library laptops with assistance from librarians and Tech Helper volunteers. Just drop in, no signup necessary! Contact Deborah at dbrewer@cob.org or 360-778-7210 for more information.

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• Sat 10/28/17 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday Chess Meetup in Bellingham

Gaming

Come join the Bellingham Knights, a free, casual chess player group for all ages and all skill levels. This is an opportunity to meet other players of all levels and play the world's oldest and most strategic game. Chess board/pieces provided, drop-in players welcome. For information and free registration, visit www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess.

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• Sun 10/29/17 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

poetrynight @ the Bellingham Public Library

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join your friends for poetrynight’s weekly poetry open-mic reading event at the Bellingham Public Library. Our featured poets this month are Larry Crist on June 1 and Shannon Laws on June 22. For more information, contact Katie at knbray@cob.org or 360-778-7230.

Information:

• Mon 10/30/17 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

English Conversation Class

Class/Workshop

Those whose primary language is not English are invited to this weekly informal class to practice English conversation.

Information:

• Mon 10/30/17 at 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preschool Storytime

Children's Arts/Crafts, Family/Child (Books), Family/Child

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

Information:

• Mon 10/30/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM3:00 PM3:30 PM

Little Storytime

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

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 10/30/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
• Mon 10/30/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Tue 10/31/17 at 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM10:35 AM11:05 AM
• Tue 10/31/17 at 11:05 AM - 11:35 AM

Baby Time

Children, For the Family, Parents/Parenting

Baby Time focuses on the interaction between parent and child. Bring a blanket and we will do fun rhymes, songs, bounces, movement and stories. Pre-registration is required - space is limited. To register, please visit the Children's Library or call 778-7200.

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• Tue 10/31/17 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustee meeting

Other

Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustee meeting: note that this is a Wednesday meeting (rescheduled from our regular Tuesday meeting).

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• Tue 11/21/17 at - 3:30 PM

U.S. Citizenship Information Session - Bellingham Library

Community Event

Please join us for a free session with local immigration attorneys who will cover the general eligibility requirements for naturalization, explain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship, and be available to answer questions. Additionally, the Whatcom Literacy Council will be there to provide information about its free programs; including how you can sign up for citizenship classes or work with a tutor to prepare for the citizenship test.

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• Tue 12/12/17 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM