The Children's Room has been temporarily relocated to the Assembly Room while new carpet is installed. The library will be closed on Sunday 11/11, and Monday 11/12, in observance of Veterans Day.

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 45, and see if you’ve used the library to the fullest extent. Have something you like to do at the library that you don’t already see on our list? Email [email protected] with the subject: 150 Things to Do!

150 Things to Do at the Library!

  1. Ask our Director for a tour of the Library;
  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. Attend a Library Trustees Meeting;Visit the Belmont
  20. 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;
  26. Read Belmont newspapers from 1890 to the present;
  27. Try out a book by receiving first chapters via email;
  28. Check out a tote carry home all of those items;
  29. Got a hero? Let’s find his/her biography;
  30. Use one of our catalog computers for access to the millions of materials available through the Minuteman Network;
  31. Find resources to write or rewrite your resume;
  32. Visit our Digital Display to see what’s coming up;
  33. Host a meeting for a group of up to 130 people;
  34. Catch up on the latest news and gossip with our extensive periodical and magazine collection;
  35. Consult consumer guides online and in the library to make informed decisions on your next big purchase;
  36. Use our language learning resource, Mango to learn a new language;
  37. Take home the newest Bluray;
  38. Use Biography In Context to find great resources for that assignment;
  39. Visit the fishtank and make some new fishy friends;
  40. Try out our self-checkout machines;
  41. Attend a playgroup;
  42. Buy a gently used book for your home collection at the Friends Everyday Book Sale;
  43. Sign up to volunteer with the Friends of the Library;
  44. Take a look at this month’s newsletter;
  45. Visit the Memorial Garden off the West Parking Lot;
  46. Follow @belmontlibma on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram;
  47. Read a book found in our “New Books” section;
  48. Read a book that’s less than 150 pages;
  49. Read the New York Times online, at home or in the library;
  50. Read a book from our Young Adult Room, not just for teens!
  51. Grab a great read from a local author in our “Local Spotlight” collection;
  52. Download an eAudiobook using Libby or Hoopla;
  53. Read Belmont newspapers from 1890 to present online;
  54. Use our free wifi located throughout the Library;
  55. Have lunch by the creek at one of our picnic tables;
  56. Meet one of our great staff members;
  57. Borrow a Kill-o-Watt monitor to see how much energy your home appliances use;
  58. Use one of our public computers to browse the web, email, or print;
  59. Attend a Library Building Committee Meeting;
  60. Get involved with our community read, One Book, One Belmont;
  61. Borrow one of the Library’s Kindles, which come preloaded with dozens of fiction and nonfiction bestsellers;
  62. Attend one of the Library’s ongoing book clubs, like the Belmont Book Discussion Club or the Senior Book Discussion Group;
  63. Check out the best community bulletin board in town, just outside the Children’s Room;
  64. Join our Knitting Club;
  65. Use one of our study carrels to write your next great novel;
  66. Attend our annual Purple Heart Ceremony, this year on Tuesday, August 7th at 10am;
  67. Check out a Playaway, plug in your headphones, and go for a walk;
  68. Ask us about the Library of Things;
  69. Stop and smell the flowers at every entrance;
  70. Participate in the Belmont Story Project;
  71. Show respect to our veterans, and review the names on the War Memorial in the lobby front entrance;
  72. Find the mural painted by the Belmont High School Class of 2012;
  73. Ask to meet Elaine Alligood, our longest serving trustee;
  74. Attend one of the Selectman office hours the Library regularly hosts;
  75. Visit the statue in front of our west entrance;
  76. Ask a children’s staff member about Jane Gray Dustan;
  77. Visit the Pop-up Library at the Farmers’ Market, monthly during market season;
  78. Play with the Magna-Tiles in the Children’s Room;
  79. Browse our video game collection – we’ve got games for Wii, Wii-U, PS4, XBOX 360, & Nintendo Switch;
  80. Attend one of our weekly storytimes for babies, toddlers, or pre-k;
  81. Attend one of our Friends Author Series events, like September 17th’s talk with Lindsay Mattick, author of Finding Winnie Winnie’s Great War;
  82. Snap a pic using one of our resources & tag @belmontlibma with the hashtag
    #BelmontLibraryMA & we’ll repost!
  83. Get CCNA Security certified, or take a digital photography class using our online learning resource, lynda.com;
  84. Suggest a reading list to our resident reading list creator and librarian, Chris, by emailing [email protected];
  85. Take yourself out to a ball game! Reserve our latest pass, discount tickets to the Lowell Spinners.
  86. Reduce your carbon footprint: walk to the library on a warm day and leave your fan or air conditioner off at home, read the newspaper, enjoy the air conditioning at the library while the day heats up and read or use any resource at the library.  Sharing resources uses less energy. Let’s make global cooling our priority!
  87. Go to the cooking section and pick a random page from a random book, then challenge yourself to make whatever you found.
  88. Ask to meet Corinne McCue Olmsted, our newest Trustee;
  89. Sign up for a library card or ask for a replacement card redesigned with our logo;
  90. Ask us how you can watch movies at home, DVDs, Roku, Hoopla, Kanopy – we’ve got many options for you;
  91. Ask our Library Director about quiet study rooms; coming soon;
  92. Check out the hidden corner of the creek behind the library shed, it’s beautiful;
  93. Come and meet Fire Fighters and Touch a Truck during Fire Prevention week every October;
  94. Chipmunks, otters, hawks, rabbits, and more have all been spotted on library grounds, observe our furry friends today;
  95. Meet Fred Dooe, our longest serving employee and Radhika Tavshikar, our newest employee;
  96. The Library Building Committee is working towards building a new Library for our community. Ask our Library Director for the latest update on how things
    are going;
  97. Town Meeting members: Pick up your packet of materials at the library before important town meetings and votes;
  98. Enjoying our new furniture? We’d be happy to share the source, and take your suggestions on furniture ideas you’d like to see in the future;
  99. Meet Elvis the Therapy dog, he makes a few visits a year;
  100. Teens, come work together to find freedom in one of our escape rooms.