Featured Programs

Please view the Children’s Library event calendar or a printable calendar (PDF) for a complete listing of all upcoming programs.

Library programs are free of charge.  Please call the Children’s Library at (360) 778-7200 with questions.

Builders Club

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Builder’s Club

Tuesday, July 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Saturday, August 5
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Library

Saturday, August 12
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Tuesday, August 22
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.

49th Annual Children’s Craft Fair

Friday, July 28
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Library Lawn at the Central Library
BOOTH REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED – we are FULL!   On the day of the event, enjoy a wide array of items made by kids age 13 and under.  All items are priced $4 and under.

Pre-K Play and Learn

Wednesdays, July 5 – August 9
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
For children entering kindergarten this fall who have NOT participated in preschool.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

A fun facilitated play and storytime.  It includes opportunities for playful large group, small group, and self-directed time to increase readiness for kindergarten experience.  This informal setting provides many activities that promote positive habits of joining in, following simple directions, making friends and taking turns.

Summer Movie Matinees

Every Thursday afternoon, June 22 – August 10
2:00 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library
Enjoy a new-release movie with us every Thursday afternoon!  All movies are rated G or PG.  Please call 778-7200 for movie titles, or guess from the descriptions below!  (Per our movie licensing agreement, we are unable to publish the titles of the movies on our website).

July 20 from 2:00 – 3:35 p.m.: Enjoy this animated new-release about a group of small, blue creatures who go an adventure through the Forbidden Forest and discover a great secret.  Movie is rated PG.

July 27 from 2:00 – 3:40 p.m.: Enjoy this animated new-release about a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying infant who pairs up with his 7-year-old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  Movie is rated PG.

August 3 from 2:00 – 3:40 p.m.:  Enjoy this animated new-release about a suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying infant who pairs up with his 7-year-old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  Movie is rated PG.

August 10from 2:00 – 3:45 p.m.: Enjoy this animated movie about a young witch who, on her 13th birthday, must fly away from home to a new city to find her niche in life. Accompanied by her chatty cat Jiji, she starts a flying business and discovers lots of fun-filled escapades and meets plenty of new friends. This movie is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Movie is rated G.

Hopscotch & Hula Hoops

Friday, July 21
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Fun for all ages!
Library Lawn at the Central Library

Join us for some outside activities: hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, scarves and more!

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

Wednesdays, July 26 and August 9
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
For kids ages 5 and up
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Join us for hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities!

Northwest Animals: Skunks!

Tuesday, August 8
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
For kids ages 6 – 10; pre-registration required! Call 778-7200 to register, or visit the Children’s Library.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Listen to stories, make a fun craft, and sing songs about our Northwest Animals with former teacher Jan Stamey! Note: Live animals will NOT be present.