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

Barkley Bilingual Storytime

gymnastsWednesday, July 13
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, July 14 from 2:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Enjoy this animated movie about a young clownfish who is separated from his father in the Great Barrier Reef and put into a fish tank in a dentist's office overlooking Sydney Harbor.  His father, Marlin, embarks on a dangerous trek searching for his son and meets some unique friends along the way. Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 21 from 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
This new-release animated movie takes place in a city like no other - its a melting pot where animals from every environment live together.  When the optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn't easy.  Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case!  Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 28 from 2:00 - 3:45 p.m.
What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed and the giant beasts that roamed the earth never became extinct?  In this epic animated journey, a giant beast named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.  Movie is rated G.

Thursday, August 4 from 2:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Enjoy this new release feature film based upon the stories by Rudyard Kipling of Mowgli, a boy raised by a pack of wolves in India.  Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. 
Movie description to be announced soon!

Northwest Animals with Jan Stamey

coyoteTuesday July 19:  Coyotes
Tuesday, August 2:  Squirrels
Tuesday, August 9:  Ducks
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library
For ages 6 - 10
*pre-registration is required!*

Listen to stories, make a fun craft and sing songs about our Northwest Animals with former Bellingham Schools teacher Jan Stamey.

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

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

gymnastsSaturday, July 23 and Saturday, August 13
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.

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.

Science Fun! with the Whatcom Museum's Family Interactive Gallery

science projectWednesdays, July 27, August 3 and 10
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
For families with children ages 5 and up

Drop by and join us for hand on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities!

Library programs are free of charge!  Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Museum's Family Interactive Gallery.  Please call 778-7200 with questions.

Builders Club

legosTuesday, July 26
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Saturday, August 6
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Library

Saturday, August 13
1:00 - 3:00 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.
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