Updated 4/5/2020 - Week 4, We Miss You Too!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

It's week 4 and we miss you!  Here's some reminder information from previous updates:

  • Sign up for The Weekly Wednesday to get a weekly email update on library information.
  • If you need assistance, please email or call our voice mail line at 508-657-2776.  We will reply within 48 hours, if not sooner!  
  • Please remember the book drop is closed and we are asking you to keep all library materials until we reopen.  There will be no fines on materials checked out during this time.
  • Don't have a library card?  Email us and we'll get you a virtual card so you can use our electronic resources while we are closed.
  • We have cancelled the Spring Friends of the Library Book Sale that was scheduled for late April and we ask that you please DO NOT drop off book donations at the library while we are closed.  
  • We hope to announce our new Instagram Book & Movie Review Site sometime this week, so stay tuned!

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since we closed.  As we know not everyone is on Facebook, we want to make sure you see these resources.  Below are library resources, other resources, Mr. Steve’s stuff for kids, and other resources for kids

Library Resources

  • Freegal (the library's streaming and music download service) is always adding new songs, albums and music videos! Click here to view their new arrivals!
  • Niche Academy can help you learn more about the online library resources that are available to Bellingham Library Cardholders.  These are tutorials on using all of our online resources, plus some other commonly used online services like Facebook, Gmail and more! Click on the green "Tutorials" button on our website to learn more! 
  • Ancestry.com is now available to Bellingham residents from their homes.  During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ancestry has generously opened up its access to library patrons with an active library card from home. This service is normally only available for in library use. This will only work for Bellingham residents. Click here for instructions on how to log in!
  • Learn a language with Mango Languages.  Free to Bellingham Library cardholders.
  • Please follow the library's NEW Instagram book and movie review site. While we are out we are reviewing books we read and movies we watch! Enjoy!

Other Resources

  • IRS Economic Impact Payments – What you need to know from the IRS.  Click here!
  • LeVar Burton will read to you on Twitter three times a week.
  • Bernadette Rivard, Library Director is interviewed on MyFM101.3 in the morning.
  • CFPB warns of scams related to coronavirus.
  • CFPB advice on prioritizing bill payment.

Help us record this unprecedented time in Bellingham, US, and world history!

Think about taking the time now to record YOUR coronavirus pandemic story.  The COVID-19 pandemic is an historical event. To record the experiences of the residents of Bellingham in this unprecedented time we ask you to start thinking about recording your stories, experiences and photographs of this historic time. Over time the town will move forward on a plan on to how best gather these stories, experiences and photographs, but we'd like you to start thinking about doing this now, during the experience. (See the Long Creations post under “Other content for kids” for an EASY way for kids to do this!)

Mr. Steve's Stuff for Kids

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers (will only be on line for a limited time so watch it soon!
Important PSA from Mr. Steve
April Fool’s Day Pranks
A Busy Day Creature’s Eating by Mo Willems

Other content for kids!

Until next week…

Stay safe everyone!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Moving into our third week of remote services, the library staff is still here for you!  

  • Sign up for The Weekly Wednesday to get a weekly email update on library information.
  • If you need assistance, please email or call our voice mail line at 508-657-2776.  We will reply within 48 hours, if not sooner!  
  • Please remember the book drop is closed and we are asking you to keep all library materials until we reopen.  There will be no fines on materials checked out during this time.
  • Don't have a library card?  Email us and we'll get you a virtual card so you can use our electronic resources while we are closed.
  • We have cancelled the Spring Friends of the Library Book Sale that was scheduled for late April and we ask that you please DO NOT drop off book donations at the library while we are closed.  
  • We hope to announce our new Instagram Book & Movie Review Site sometime this week, so stay tuned!

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since we closed.  As we know not everyone is on Facebook, we want to make sure you see these resources.

  • Download and/or stream music with our online music service Freegal!
  • Explore articles and topics from Gale in Context for high school students.
  • Borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and more through Overdrive!
  • Protect yourself from the financial impact of the coronavirus.  Help from the CFPB.
  • Join Overdrive's Big Library Read - Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
  • 1.4 Million Free ebooks from the Internet Archive.
  • Which 500+ page book should you read while quarantined? From Book Riot.
  • Bellingham High School Yearbooks are digitized!  Find your class!

Mr. Steve's Stuff for Kids

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Jail Birds, Part 1
Jail Birds, Part 2
Skilttles Science Experiment
Ernie & the Singing Competition
Stand up with Spongebob
More Stand Up Comedy

Other Content for Kids

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Miss Humblebee's Academy for Ages 3-6

If you need assistance using these or any other library resources or have any questions that you would have normally asked us to help with, please remember we are still here to help.  Email or call us at 508-657-2776.

Stay safe, stay home and wash your hands :)

Til next week...

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Hope everyone is well as we start week two of this new world we are facing.  We are looking for ways to continue to engage with you.  If you need assistance, please email or call our voice mail line at 508-657-2776.  We will reply within 48 hours, if not sooner!

We are working on providing digital content for you and your family to engage with while at home.  We will soon be launching a library Instagram Book Review Site with library staff reviews of the books and movies we are reading while we are out. We'll let you know when it launches!

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since we closed.  As we know not everyone is on Facebook, we want to make sure you see these resources.

  • Use your free time to take an online course through Universal Class, our free online courses!
  • Free online courses in art, culture, learning and well being from Chatterpack!
  • Read magazines online on your computer, tablet or phone with RBDigital Magazines.
  • Check out our tutorials on how to use library resources from Niche Academy.
  • All residents can get a Boston Public Library card, article from the Boston Globe.
  • Learn a new language with Mango Languages.

Mr. Steve's Online Storytimes

Other content for kids

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Good afternoon,

Over the past week the library has responded in a variety of ways to protect our staff and patrons. We have been closed to the public since Monday. Yesterday the decision was made to close the building at 5 pm today and for our staff to offer services to the best of our ability remotely.

While closed we will continue to offer services by email and telephone voice mail.

Click here to send us an email.
or
Call 508-657-2776 and leave a voice mail message

We will respond to emails and phone calls within 48 hours Monday through Friday.

Other things you should know:

  • Statewide delivery of books and library materials has been cancelled
  • If items on your account are IN TRANSIT or ON HOLDSHELF they will remain |there until we reopen and statewide delivery resumes.
  • The book drop is closed, please enjoy items you have out until we reopen. Please DO NOT return items to the library, keep them until we reopen.
  • There will be no fines on library materials, all fines will be waived.
  • Keep an eye out for Mr. Steve on Facebook!
  • We will be expanding our Overdrive eBook Collection

Contact us :

  • To get a temporary library card if don't already have one, this will give you access to eBooks and eMagazines, downloadable audio and other electronic resources.
  • If you have any issues accessing your account
  • If you need help accessing Overdrive our eBook service or any other electronic resources
  • Or any other reason! We are still here to help!

We look forward to the day we can serve you in person. Stay healthy everyone!

Bernadette Rivard
Library Director