Finding the Belmont Public Library

Phone: 617-489-2000

Location: 336 Concord Ave., P.O. Box 125

Website: belmontpubliclibrary.net.

Regular Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Children’s Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Museum Pass News: We now have print-at-home passes for these five area museums: Institute of Contemporary Art, DeCordova Sculpture Park, Einstein’s Workshop, John F. Kennedy Museum and the Plimoth Plantation. When you book these passes online, you will see an option to print, or email the pass to yourself for printing later. Don’t worry if you don’t have email or a printer, you can still come in to the library, as always, and we will be happy to print your reserved pass for you. You can still reserve any of our passes by phone or in person, if you prefer. Please call 617-993-2870 with any questions. We offer all our museum passes to Belmont patrons, thanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Belmont Public Library.

Library Friends: Come and browse through the Library Friends’ Every Day Book Sale in the main lobby of the Belmont Public Library! Gently used hardcover books and paperbacks for patrons of all ages and interests are on sale during library hours. There is an honor box for payment. All proceeds go to the Library Friends. The Library Friends greatly appreciate the generous donation of your gently used books. Donations should be dropped off in the shipping room in the back of the Belmont Public Library. Please do not leave donated books outdoors. A tax receipt is available from the library’s Reference desk. The Friends of the Belmont Public Library help develop and fund such programs as One Book One Belmont — the town-wide reading program and purchase museum passes and equipment for the library. Help us continue to support these activities by becoming a member. Join at belmontpubliclibrary.net/about/fobpl.

Nonfiction Book Club and Cookbook Club: If you love true stories, join librarians Lauren Pfendner and Chris Tremblay at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month for the Library’s new Nonfiction Book Club. Each month we’ll choose a different narrative nonfiction title to read and discuss. Chefs of all skill levels are invited to join the Library’s Cookbook Club. Participants cook something from the month’s selection and bring it with them to our potluck and lively discussion of the book. Registration is required and the club operates under the Massachusetts Potluck Law. For information about any of our book clubs or programs contact the Reference Desk at 617-993-2870 or belmontpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Featured e-resource: Wowbrary. Sign up to receive a weekly email showing the latest titles the library has purchased, organized by category (mysteries & thrillers, cooking, etc). Wowbrary links right to our catalog so it’s easy to place your hold. Too many emails? View Wowbrary on our homepage. Just look for “New Books/ New & Upcoming Titles.”

Programs

Author Marjan Kamali to Speak: 11 a.m. March 9. Author Marjan Kamali will speak on her novel “The Stationery Shop” at Books and Bites in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library. This novel is set in Tehran in 1953, against the backdrop of the Iranian Coup and is about a young couple in love who are separated on the eve of their marriage. They are reunited 60 years later, after having moved on to live independent lives in America, to discover the truth about what happened on that fateful day in the town square.Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents and spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran, and the U.S. She studied English literature at the University of California, Berkeley and received her MBA from Columbia University and her MFA from New York University. Her debut novel Together Tea was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist.All are welcome to attend this free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library. Refreshments will be provided. Copies of The Stationery Shop will be available for purchase and signing.

Club de español: 11 a.m. March 14, Flett Room, Belmont Public Library. Come to Club de español to practice speaking Spanish in a low-key, supportive environment. While most group members are beginner to intermediate Spanish speakers, all who enjoy speaking Spanish are welcome. Librarian Nancy McColm facilitates this group. Send questions or comments to nmccolm@minlib.net.

Belmont Book Discussion Group: 3 p.m. March 18, Flett Room, Belmont Public Library. This March BBD is reading Min Jin Lee’s “Pachinko,” a 2017 National Book Award Finalist. This lyrical novel follows many generations of a Korean family in exile in Japan, during the 20th-century. BBD meets on the third Wednesday of every other month.

Music on Saturdays — Blues, Ballads and Bebop — Peter Bloom and Mark Leighton duo: 3 p.m. March 21, Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library. The Bloom/Leighton duo present a captivating mix of beguiling ballads, high-energy blues, and sizzling bebop numbers. They play songs by great tunesmiths like Charlie Parker, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Clifford Brown, Dexter Gordon, Mercer Ellington and more.

Belmont Library Comic Con: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 28. This free, all-ages event has something for everyone, comic book enthusiasts and newbies alike. Meet Jason Viola and Zack Giallongo, creators of “Science Comics Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice.” Attend workshops and panels on a wide range of topics, including graphic novels and mental health, character design, how to create your own mini comic and the Library’s very first cosplay contest. Younger kids can sign up for Jedi Academy where they’ll get a chance to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi masters. Prior to the event, the library will also be hosting a special author talk with Dr. Laura M. Jiménez on graphic novels and literacy. Jiménez, Department chair for Language & Literacy Education at Boston University Wheelock College, will speak at the library at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Assembly Room. Jiménez will provide an answer to the question that often plagues parents: do comics count as “real” reading? And are they easier than books? Both events are free of charge and open to all ages. More information, including a link to the registration page, can be found on the convention’s website at http://belmontpubliclibrary.net/comics. Belmont Library Comic Con is sponsored by Friends of Belmont Public Library.

Classics Book Group: 1:30 p.m. April 1, Flett Room, Belmont Public Library. The Classics Book Group will discuss the modern classic “Seize the Day” by Saul Bellow, published in 1956. In this novel, Tommy Wilhelm has reached his day of reckoning. He is separated from his wife and children, at odds with his vain father, and in a difficult financial situation. The novel follows one day of Tommy’s life, as he reviews his past mistakes and current malaise, arriving at an illuminating moment of truth and understanding. The Classics Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of every other month at 1:30 PM in the Flett Room. All are welcome to attend.

Children’s Programs

All programs are free. No registration required except where noted. Performers are funded by the Jane Gray Dustan Trust. The Summer Reading Program is funded by the Friends of the Belmont Public Library.