The Library will be closed Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day. Sunday hours have been suspended until October.

150th Library Anniversary, 150 Things to Do!

A sesquicentennial anniversary is no small feat. From now until the end of the year, the library will celebrate its extensive past and exciting future by highlighting programs that capture the essence of the library and its place in the community.  We’re also rolling out, “150 Things to Do at the Library!” – scroll down for the first 25, and see if you’ve used the library to the fullest extent. Also, email [email protected] to let us know what things you love to do at the library!

May is for flowers, mothers, graduations, hopefully good weather and, here at the Belmont Public Library, the art of storytelling. 2106’s One Book One Belmont speakers Stephen McCauley and Anita Diamant return to discuss McCauley’s latest novel, My Ex-Life, and the writing process. We’ve also invited two-time World Marathon Champion Becca Pizzi to the library to tell her own story and read a few sports-related picture books. See below for more details, we hope you will join us at one of these special offerings to celebrate 150 years at the Belmont Public Library!

book cover my ex lifeStephen McCauley in conversation with Anita Diamant

Thursday, May 17th
7pm, Assembly Room

Stephen McCauley will discuss his latest novel, My Ex-Life, and the writing process with longtime writing group member and bestselling author, Anita Diamant. McCauley last spoke in Belmont when he introduced Anita at her 2016 One Book One Belmont talk on The Boston Girl.

My Ex-Life examines how we define home, family, and love. Can long-divorced couple David and Julie, who parted when David realized he was gay, reconnect and find the happiness that eluded them decades earlier? Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears, and have thoughts of your own ex-life.

becca pizziStorytime with World Marathon Champion Becca Pizzi

Wednesday, May 23rd
3pm, Assembly Room

Seven marathons, seven continents, seven days, yes that means Antarctica too! You’ll have the chance to ask two time World Marathon Champion Becca Pizzi all about it and hear her read stories about good sportsmanship and working hard. Recommended for ages 5 and up.


150 Things to Do at the Library!

  1. Attend a Library Trustees Meeting
  2. Utilize our Low Vision Reader
  3. Help out with our Community Puzzle in the Ref. Room
  4. Find the portrait of the first Belmont librarian
  5. Visit the 1-of-a-kind Frankenstein collection
  6. Start your own book club using our pre-made kits
  7. Join the Library’s annual, all-ages Summer Reading program
  8. Practice speaking English at our English Conversation Circle
  9. Watch a movie and eat popcorn at movie club
  10. Watch our public service announcement and find out why the library is yours to discover
  11. Visit the wildlife that frequents the creek. We have otters, hawks, turkeys, and muskrats!
  12. Ask to see the completed Feasibility Study
  13. Read and relax in a comfortable easy chair
  14. Attend Sensory Storytime designed especially for those on the autism spectrum
  15. Use Wowbrary to stay on top of the newest books, music, and movies available
  16. Sign up for RB Digital (formerly Zinio) to read popular magazines on your device
  17. Get books delivered to you or loved ones who are housebound through Books on Wheels
  18. Check out Homework and Hot Chocolate for teens
  19. Ask our Director for a tour of the Library
  20. Visit the Belmont Historical Society in the Claflin Room
  21. Donate some books to the Friends of the Library
  22. Get to know your elected officials during office hours
  23. Sign up for our e-newsletter
  24. Download Libby, our one-tap reading app
  25. Reserve a museum pass to one of twenty museums and play spaces in the area