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Please view the library event calendar or a printable calendar (PDF) for a complete listing of all upcoming programs.

Builders Club

legosTuesday, June 28
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Unleash the builder in you!  Children ages 4 - 12 are invited to enjoy open and creative play with Legos, straw connectors and more!  All supplied provided.  Duplos and other blocks will be available for younger children.  Bring your creativity!

Builders Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Target and Bellingham Walmart.  Library programs are free of charge.  Please call 778-7200 with questions.

Barkley Bilingual Storytime

gymnastsWednesday, Jun 22
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Barkley Branch Library
For families with children ages 3 - 8

Join Mandee for stories and songs in both English and Spanish!

Library programs are free of charge.  Please call 778-7200 with questions.

Summer Movie Matinees

movie theatreCome to the Central Library and enjoy a movie every Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.!  Call 778-7200 for exact movie titles.

Thursday, June 23 from 2:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Enjoy this new-release animated movie about rookie Officer Judy Hopps and how when she arrives at her new city, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.  Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, June 30 from 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
Living large and loving life, Po realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor. After reuniting with his long-lost father,  Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy black and white mammals to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the martial arts brethren unite to take on the evil Kai, a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.  Movie is rated PG.

More movie summaries coming soon!

Summer Gymnastics with Bellingham Bay Gymnastics and Preschool

gymnastsFriday, June 24
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For ages 6 - 12 years
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Drop by and join us for tumbling, jumping, hula hoops, relay races, group games and more!  Also watch the Bellingham Bay Gymnastics Demonstration Team show some of their favorite skills.  All abilities welcome!

Library programs are free of charge.  Please call 778-7200 with questions.

Shake Our Sillies Out: Music Time for Tots with Andrea Shupack

gymnastsSaturday, June 25
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library
For children ages 3 - 5

Learn new songs and sing old favorites, while moving, dancing, and playing to the beat!  Andrea will incorporate counting, rhythm, animal sounds and more!

Andrea Shupack is a long time musician and music educator.  She brings lot of energy, her guitar and love of kids and music to her classes.

Library programs are free of charge.  Please call 778-7200 with questions.

Chris Fascione: Juggling Funny Stories!

performer Chris FascioneFriday, July 1
10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Enjoy 45 minutes of imagination, fun, energy and humor as nationally-renown performer Christ Fascione creates colorful characters through his unique combination of acting, storytelling, comedy and juggling.  This is a hilarious and engaging performance that is not to be missed!

Program sponsored by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library.  Library programs are free of charge.  Please call 778-7200 with questions.

Hot Summer Chess

chess pieceHot Summer Chess I:  Tuesday, July 19
Hot Summer Chess II:  Tuesday, August 2
Hot Summer Chess III:  Tuesday, August 16

6:00 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Hot Summer Chess is for players in grades K-12 that desire to play competitive NWSRS rated tournament games.  Unrated players are welcome, but must know the rules of chess and how the pieces move.

Pre-registration is required!  Register online or call 778-7200 by the day immediately before the event.  You will be asked for:

- Player's name
- Player's grade (just completed)
- School attended in May 2016
- Name/date of the tournament the player is entering
- Player's NWSSRS rating (if known)
- Player's NWSRS number (if known)

On the tournament day, check-in is 5:45 - 6:00 p.m.  Round 1 begins at 6:30 p.m.  (All players must check-in to ensure they get paired to play in Round 1)

SCHEDULE FOR EACH CHESS EVENT:
5:45 - 6:05 p.m.:  player check-in
Round 1 begins at 6:30 p.m.
Round 2 begins by 7:40 p.m.
Round 3 begins by 8:50 p.m.
Nearly all players will be finished by 9:20 p.m.

Hot Summer Chess events are free!  These events are organized and run by Randy Walther of Northwest Scholastic Chess and co-sponsored by the Bellingham Public Library and the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library.

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