Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Flowers, live music, refreshments, artwork, dancing to celebrate spring at the Library.
Flowers! Live music! Refreshments! Artwork! It must be spring. This Friday's "Books in Bloom" at the Belmont Public Library offers an antidote for dreary winter weather while providing a chance to mingle with friends and enjoying 20 stunning floral interpretations of books created by members of the Belmont Garden Club. The reception which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. includes a cash bar and live music by Sinti Rhythm. Those attending can enter a free drawing for lovely arrangements donated by local florists. Tickets are available at the Library's main Circulation desk at $15 in advance and $20 at the event March 1. This is an open community event for all ages. Floral arrangements will be on display in the Library this coming …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Annual Friends Book Sale and a $7.5 million grant celebration this weekend at the Belmont Public Library.
Despite the rise of the Kindle and iPad, there is something appealing about a book. You can drop them to the side of a chair or bed, put them away for a spell on a shelf, even use them periodically as a doorstop, but still, to hold a book on one's hands and read is a natural and even comforting feeling. And for those and many other reasons, patrons, residents, people from neighboring towns and a few book dealers came around for the annual three-day Friends of the Belmont Public Library's book sale. With prices ranging from 50 cents for childrens' books and "supermarket" paperbacks to $4 for coffee table art books and $5 for a bag of books on Sunday afternnon, the sale proceeds will be used by the Friends to purchase museum tickets, brings …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Annual Friends of the Belmont Library book sale set for today through Sunday.
Last year at the Friends of the Belmont Public Library book sale, I found a book that I had been captivated with since I was in college. Sitting in the middle of the table straining under the weight of over-sized art books was a first edition of "Cape Light," Joel Meyerowitz's first book published in 1979. The book and its cover was not only in great condition, inside was a wonderful inscription and a signature from the author. And for $4, it was now mine, a great addition to my library. "Cape Light" was not the only first edition or rare find I discovered at the book sale; there was a influential book on word usage that became a great gift and a history of Boston. But for most residents, including myself, the yearly three-day sale held in…
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Harvard professor Jonathan Hansen to speak at 7:30 p.m. on his recent book about Guantanamo.
C-SPAN, the cable network best known for televising gavel-to-gavel coverage of the US Congress, is set to be at the Belmont Public Library for the first time to record tonight's talk by Belmont author Jonathan Hansen as part of the Library Friends Author Series. The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Library. Hansen, who is a professor at Harvard, will speaks on his book, "Guantanamo: An American History" which was released in October. Hansen's book goes beyond the image of the US Naval base in Cuba as a prison for terrorist suspects, presenting the first complete history of the site, from its place in British colonial expansion to how its geography and American politics led to it becoming a military outpost during …
Sunday, October 16, 2011
The annual book sale brings out the crowds; teachers took 1,000 books back to their classrooms
Nell Sparks looked on as her mother, Augusta, laid the canvas bag laden with children's books they got at the Friends of Belmont Public Library's annual Book Sale, ready to pay just $16. "We come here every year," said Sparks, a Wellington graduate whose family now lives in Arlington. "We're good readers so we like the discounted price," she said. And it was the prices – from 50 cents for paperbacks to under $4 for coffee table art books and $5 for a bag of books on Sunday – that brought the majority of people to the Belmont Public Library this weekend for the Friends' fundraiser that allows the group to purchase museum tickets, brings authors and musicans to the library and supports the staff. And this year, on Friday night, the library …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Author Ellen Fitzgerald's speaks at 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Public Library about her book on people's letters to Mrs. Kennedy that reveals how the president's assassination affected the nation.
For nearly 50 years, more than 1.5 millions condolence letters sent to Jacqueline Kennedy on the assassination of President Kennedy were largely forgotten and untouched. It took UNH Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick to review and then use 250 of the letters to represent how the death of John F. Kennedy impacted the nation and its people in her book, "Letters to Jackie, Condolences from a Grieving Nation." Fitzpatrick will discuss her book as part of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library's Author Series at 7:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room of Belmont Public Library. Books will be available for sale and to be signed by Fitzpatrick. For more information, call 617-993-2870.