Updated 5/26/2020 – Curbside Pick-Up Starts June 1st!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Curbside PickupEffective Monday, June 1st the Bellingham Library will be offering curbside pickup of library materials

We are excited to announce that starting next week, we will be offering curbside pickup of library materials!

At this point, the only materials we can provide are items owned by our library as statewide delivery has not yet resumed.  We are asking that you still not return materials to the library.  We will announce when we are ready to start accepting returns.

Effective immediately you may begin requesting holds through your library account online.  If you need help logging onto your account or placing holds online, please call the library at
 508-966-1660 during our phone hours, listed below.

Phone Hours
Starting June 1st,  Mondays and Thursdays from 12-6:30  pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 12-3 pm

Holds can be placed 3 ways:

  • Through your library account online at www.bark.cwmars.org
    (holds placed online may be processed first)
  • Through this form on our website
  • By telephone, 508-966-1660 during the hours noted above

Hold requests will be processed in the order they are received.  Please keep in mind the status of library materials is in flux and we may or may not be able to fulfill your request.  We also cannot guarantee any date/time in which they will be ready.

You will be notified  by email or phone when requests we can fill are ready for pickup.  Details on the pickup procedure will be provided once your materials are processed and ready for pickup. 

Curbside Pickup Hours (starting on June 1st)

Items will be available for pickup during the following hours only:
Mondays and Thursdays from 12-6:30  pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 12-3 pm

Items must be picked up within 3 business days.  Items not picked up in 3 business days will be returned to the library shelves to be available for other patrons.

Please keep 6 feet between yourself and others while retrieving items.

Please note, library staff is maintaining social distancing
and will not be opening the door to the building to patrons under any circumstances
.

 

Reminders from last week:

The library will remain closed to the public until further notice.  We have formed a Library Reopening Subcommittee, consisting of 2 Trustees (Nicole Buckley and Amy Bartelloni), the Library Director, (Bernadette Rivard),  and 4 staff members (Cecily Christensen, Steve Fowler, Anne Kuncewicz, and Barbara Pacak) that is working on a phased opening plan that at this point has no specific timelines.  This plan will be reviewed by the Board of Health to ensure we meet our goal, which is to have a plan that keeps both library patrons and staff safe.

Nonlibrary staff will not be permitted in the building without the express permission of the director.

Also:

  • The book drop is locked and will remain locked until further notice and we are not accepting book returns or donations
  • No library materials are due until June 30th and we ask that you please keep them until we announce that we are ready to accept returns
  • To ensure the health and welfare of both our staff and our patrons, the library doors will be locked, and we will not be responding to any unplanned visitors

What services will we be providing in the meantime?

  • We will be answering the phone, 508-966-1660, at the times listed above
  • Other times you will be directed to a voice mail to leave a message and you will be contacted by the end of the next business day.
  • Email us at library@bellinghamlibrary.org
  • Assistance using the library’s electronic resources (downloading eBooks, accessing ancestry.com, reading magazines online, taking an online course, learning a language and so much more!)

Please contact us if we can assist you and we look forward to working through these phases and safely resuming library service on a phased-in basis as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, here’s some reminders from previous updates:

  • Sign up for The Weekly Wednesday to get a weekly email update on library information.
  • Don't have a library card?  Call or  Email us and we'll get you a virtual card so you can use our electronic resources while we are closed.
  • We ask that you please DO NOT drop off book donations at the library while we are closed.  

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

Library Resources

  • Bellingham Now & Then: Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Bellingham Massachusetts, a book the library wrote with grant funding is now available for order for $19.95.  You can place an order now for June/July delivery!  To order by mail, send a check for $19.95 payable to Friends of the Bellingham Library, 100 Blackstone Street, Bellingham MA  02019  Or, Click here to place an online order with your credit card.  Click here to watch our video announcing the book’s arrival!
  • Take an online course with Universal Class!  Courses from Accounting to Yoga available for Bellingham Library Card holders!
  • Read popular magazines on your phone, tablet or PC with RB Digital Magazines!
  • We’re in this together!  Find free eBooks, museum tours, music, streaming video, and more from the comfort of your home.
  • Get a Boston Public Library eCard and get access to even more digital content!
  • Borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and more through Overdrive!
  • During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ancestry.com has generously opened up its access to library patrons with an active library card from home

Mr. Steve’s Stuff for Kids

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Message from the Library Director

Over the past week library staff has been transitioning back to working in the library

The library will remain closed to the public until further notice.  We have formed a Library Reopening Subcommittee, consisting of 2 Trustees (Nicole Buckley and Amy Bartelloni), the Library Director, (Bernadette Rivard),  and 4 staff members (Cecily Christensen, Steve Fowler, Anne Kuncewicz, and Barbara Pacak) that is working on a phased opening plan that at this point has no specific timelines.  This plan will be reviewed by the Board of Health to ensure we meet our goal, which is to have a plan that keeps both library patrons and staff safe.

Nonlibrary staff will not be permitted in the building without the express permission of the director.

Also:

  • The book drop is locked and will remain locked until further notice and we are not accepting book returns or donations
  • No library materials are due until June 30th and we ask that you please keep them until we announce that we are ready to accept returns
  • To ensure the health and welfare of both our staff and our patrons, the library doors will be locked, and we will not be responding to any unplanned visitors

We anticipate at some point being able to offer curbside pickup of library materials, but the date that will happen has many considerations, many of which are beyond our control. As soon as the date is known, it will be announced.

What services will we be providing in the meantime?

  • We will be answering the phone, 508-966-1660, starting on 5/18 from 11 am to 2 pm daily.
  • Other times you will be directed to a voice mail to leave a message and you will be contacted by the end of the next business day.
  • Email us at library@bellinghamlibrary.org
  • Assistance using the library’s electronic resources (downloading eBooks, accessing ancestry.com, reading magazines online, taking an online course, learning a language and so much more!)

Please contact us if we can assist you and we look forward to working through these phases and safely resuming library service on a phased-in basis as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, here’s some reminders from previous updates:

  • Sign up for The Weekly Wednesday to get a weekly email update on library information.
  • If you need assistance, please call 508-966-1660 between 11 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday.  Or email us.  If you call other hours you will be directed to leave a mesaage and 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?  Call or  Email us and we'll get you a virtual card so you can use our electronic resources while we are closed.
  • We ask that you please DO NOT drop off book donations at the library while we are closed.  

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

  • Bellingham Now & Then: Celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Bellingham Massachusetts, a book the library wrote with grant funding is now available for order for $19.95.  You can place an order now for June/July delivery!  To order by mail, send a check for $19.95 payable to Friends of the Bellingham Library, 100 Blackstone Street, Bellingham MA  02019  Or, Click here to place an online order with your credit card.  Click here to watch our video announcing the book’s arrival!
  • Take an online course with Universal Class!  Courses from Accounting to Yoga available for Bellingham Library Card holders!
  • Blackstone Library is offering a virtual program on Wills and Trusts and Deeds, Oh My! :A summary of estate planning for Massachusetts residentsClick here to register!
  • Read popular magazines on your phone, tablet or PC with RB Digital Magazines!
  • We’re in this together!  Find free eBooks, museum tours, music, streaming video, and more from the comfort of your home.
  • Get a Boston Public Library eCard and get access to even more digital content!
  • Borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and more through Overdrive!

Mr. Steve’s Stuff for Kids

Other Stuff for Kids

  • Free kids stories for people of all ages from Audible.com.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The library administration is working with the town on a phased reopening plan for the library.  We will share details of the plan with the community as they are finalized.

In the meantime, here’s some reminders 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.  

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

Other Resources

Mr. Steve’s Stuff for Kids

Other Stuff for Kids

Sunday, April 26,  2020

It's week 7 and we are ready to help in any way we can!  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.  

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

  • Good news!! Freegal® Music, our music service provider, offers 3 downloads per week and NOW OFFERS 24 HOURS A DAY STREAMING THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2020!  Their catalog includes over 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, the ability to create your own playlists, thousands of audio books and thousands of music videos! In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. Free apps are available at the App Store and Google Play.
  • Amazing news! 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 on the link below, enter your library card number and pin number, then click on the Bellingham Library Patrons to access the resource. If you need help with your library card or pin number, please email us at library@bellinghamlibrary.org.   http://ezcw.ez.cwmars.org:5400/login
  • Having trouble with Libby when downloading ebooks from CWMARS?  We've been hearing more and more about an issue that's been happening when someone tries to borrow a title they had on hold and then end up getting stuck in a loop of verifying their information.  We have learned of 3 ways to try to fix that issue:  1) If you have a second library card attached to the app, un-linking that second card should allow you to borrow the title.2) Uninstalling and reinstalling the Libby app should also allow you to access the title and it will hopefully prevent the issue from happening again. 3) Try using the OverDrive app instead of Libby. OverDrive is the original app and Libby was created afterward with the goal of being more user-friendly than its predecessor. Both apps have access to the same content using your library card and pin # or password.
  • Exciting! The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has collected a huge list of fun and free resources (including online story times!) for at home use.  Click here to check it out!
     

Other Resources

  • From the Hockomock YMCA… Please help us by sharing this post in the hopes we can reach all of our neighbors and friends that suffer from food insecurity during this time.  The Y is providing non‐contact food distribution for anyone in need of food. Just drive up to the main entrance and pop your trunk; a staff member will place food in your car. No registration is needed. WHEN:   Wednesdays, 1-2 PM and 5-6 PM,  at the YMCA , 45 Forge Hill Rd. Franklin.  Our #fooddrive is also ongoing, with bins outside of the YMCA daily from 9am‐6pm. For additional details (including how to make a monetary donation or purchase from our Amazon wish list), please visit: https://www.hockymca.org/food-access/
  • Read the classic short story  The Lottery by Shirley Jackson from The New Yorker.

Mr. Steve's Stuff for Kids

Story Time with Mr. Steve: Crash, Splash, or Moo! by Bob Shea
Story Time with Mr. Steve: Bear Wants More
Can you make up your own poem like Ernie?

Other Links for Kids

  • Providence Children's Museum may be closed, but they're providing daily virtual programming on their Facebook page and other social media accounts! 
  • Free eBooks from ampKids
  • Bellingham Fire Fighter Dragon reading The Three Little Pigs,
  • OverDrive has readalong titles for kids.  To see all the Read Along titles in the CWMARS OverDrive catalog - click here.

Until next week...

Stay safe everyone!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

It's week 6 and we are are ready to help in any way we can!  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.  

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

  • It’s National Library Week.  Take our NLW Bingo Challenge!
  • The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has collected a huge list of fun and free resources (including online story times!) for at home use.
  • Good news!! Freegal® Music, our music service provider, offers 3 downloads per week and NOW OFFERS 24 HOURS A DAY STREAMING THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2020!  Their catalog includes over 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, the ability to create your own playlists, thousands of audio books and thousands of music videos! In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. Free apps are available at the App Store and Google Play.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

It's week 6 and we are are ready to help in any way we can!  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.  

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

  • Good news!! Freegal® Music, our music service provider, offers 3 downloads per week and NOW OFFERS 24 HOURS A DAY STREAMING THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2020!  Their catalog includes over 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, the ability to create your own playlists, thousands of audio books and thousands of music videos! In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. Free apps are available at the App Store and Google Play.
  • Amazing news! During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ancestry.com 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 on the link below, enter your library card number and pin number, then click on the Bellingham Library Patrons to access the resource. If you need help with your library card or pin number, please email us at library@bellinghamlibrary.org.   http://ezcw.ez.cwmars.org:5400/login
  • Having trouble with Libby when downloading ebooks from CWMARS?  We've been hearing more and more about an issue that's been happening when someone tries to borrow a title they had on hold and then end up getting stuck in a loop of verifying their information.  We have learned of 3 ways to try to fix that issue:  1) If you have a second library card attached to the app, un-linking that second card should allow you to borrow the title.2) Uninstalling and reinstalling the Libby app should also allow you to access the title and it will hopefully prevent the issue from happening again. 3) Try using the OverDrive app instead of Libby. OverDrive is the original app and Libby was created afterward with the goal of being more user-friendly than its predecessor. Both apps have access to the same content using your library card and pin # or password.
  • Exciting! The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has collected a huge list of fun and free resources (including online story times!) for at home use.  Click here to check it out!
     

Other Resources

  • From the Hockomock YMCA… Please help us by sharing this post in the hopes we can reach all of our neighbors and friends that suffer from food insecurity during this time.  The Y is providing non‐contact food distribution for anyone in need of food. Just drive up to the main entrance and pop your trunk; a staff member will place food in your car. No registration is needed. WHEN:   Wednesdays, 1-2 PM and 5-6 PM,  at the YMCA , 45 Forge Hill Rd. Franklin.  Our #fooddrive is also ongoing, with bins outside of the YMCA daily from 9am‐6pm. For additional details (including how to make a monetary donation or purchase from our Amazon wish list), please visit: https://www.hockymca.org/food-access/
  • Read the classic short story  The Lottery by Shirley Jackson from The New Yorker.

Mr. Steve's Stuff for Kids

Story Time with Mr. Steve: Crash, Splash, or Moo! by Bob Shea
Story Time with Mr. Steve: Bear Wants More
Can you make up your own poem like Ernie?

Other Links for Kids

  • Providence Children's Museum may be closed, but they're providing daily virtual programming on their Facebook page and other social media accounts! 
  • Free eBooks from ampKids
  • Bellingham Fire Fighter Dragon reading The Three Little Pigs,
  • OverDrive has readalong titles for kids.  To see all the Read Along titles in the CWMARS OverDrive catalog - click here.
     

 

Until next week…

Stay safe everyone!

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

It's week 6 and we are are ready to help in any way we can!  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.  

Here are links to some of the content we have shared on our Facebook page since last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

  • It’s National Library Week.  Take our NLW Bingo Challenge!
  • The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has collected a huge list of fun and free resources (including online story times!) for at home use.
  • Good news!! Freegal® Music, our music service provider, offers 3 downloads per week and NOW OFFERS 24 HOURS A DAY STREAMING THROUGH SEPTEMBER OF 2020!  Their catalog includes over 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, the ability to create your own playlists, thousands of audio books and thousands of music videos! In total the collection is comprised of music from over 40,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. Free apps are available at the App Store and Google Play.
  • Stream independent movies, classic films and documentaries (and use lots of other resources) with your Boston Public Library ecard, available to all residents of Massachusetts!
  • Did you know?? You can view digitized copies of Bellingham High School Yearbooks on our website!

Other Resources

Mr. Steve's Stuff for Kids

Mr. Steve reads to Indy

Until next week…

Stay safe everyone!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

It's week 5 and we are still here for 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 last week.  Previous weeks are further down this page.  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

  • Free Online Classes from UniversalClass™!  Did you know? The Bellingham Library subscribes to UniversalClass™, which offers hundreds of online continuing education classes facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic. Join today, and let’s start learning! There are lessons on topics from Accounting to Yoga and just about everything in between.
  • Here are 5 eBooks available from OverDrive that are sure to help you expand your recipe collection!  At the time this post was added to our page, all of these items were available for immediate download.
  • Massachusetts Center for the Book is pleased to announce the Must Reads (long lists) in the 20th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards
  • Want to read popular magazines on your tablet, phone or computer? Bellingham cardholders can check out and own magazines through RB Digital

Other Resources

  • CFBP Online & Mobile Banking Tips for Beginners - Are you looking at using online or mobile banking due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here's some advice from the CFPB on that topic!
  • The USS Constitution Virtual Museum is Open! 
  • From the Bellingham Board of Health, link  - Michigan Nurse Demonstrates How Easy Coronavirus Cross-Contamination Can Be.
  • Make a face mask with socks!
  • Community Engagement Webinars from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. 
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry Facebook Page

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. Smithsonian Magazine has an article you can read about it on a larger scale! 

Mr. Steve's Stuff for Kids

Stanley the Hamster and Mr. Steve show some of Stanley’s books
2019-2020 Alphabits Crafts
 

Other content for kids!

Until next week…

Stay safe everyone!

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