Bernadette D. Rivard, MLS, Director
Nina Hunt, MLS, Head of Youth Services
Leslianne LaVallee , Young Adult Librarian
Cecily Christensen, MLS, Reference Librarian
Renee Milliken, Children's Services Assistant
Anne Kuncewicz, Library Technician
Pauline Krajcik, Library Technician (not pictured)
Barbara Pacak, Library Technician
Don Eldredge, Custodian (not pictured)
Janice Simmons, Anne Spont, Carol Bonnell , Marilyn Fuller
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The mission of the Bellingham Public Library is
to be an important resource for all members of the community in their search for knowledge, ideas, information, and creative use of their leisure time.
Adopted 2005 by the Board of Library Trustees
Click here for a copy of the 2006-2010 Long Range Plan accepted and on file with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Click here for a copy of the 2008-2009 Action Plan accepted and on file with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Click here for a copy of the 2007-2008 Action Plan accepted and on file with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Click here for a copy of the 2006-2007 Action Plan submitted to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners on Dec. 1, 2006.
The Bellingham Public Library was a recipient of a $10,000 Reader's
Advisory grant awarded in July of 2006 by the Massachusetts
Board of Library Commissioners. This grant project
will begin in October of 2006 and end in 2007.
The Bellingham Public Library was a recipient of a $20,000 Teens and 'Tweens grant awarded in July of 2007 by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This grant project will begin in October of 2007 and end in the summer of 2009.
Annual Reports of the Library Director, Bellingham Public Library written in January
Annual Report of Information Statistics filed with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in September of every year
Annual State Aid Applications filed with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in October of every year for the following year's grant. Both the Compliance Forms and Financial Reports are included.
The library has a growing and varied
collection of approximately 54,000 volumes. The
public is able to search the library's Public
Access Catalog (PAC) from the library or from home.
The collection is divided into three main categories:
Adult, Young Adult (YA), and (J) Children's. Each
category contains material
appropriate for its
In addition to books we have a large selection
of audio books both on cassette and CD. We have many educational and entertainment
videos in both the children's and the adult collections. Our growing collection
of DVDs contains many of the latest titles.
Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Reference can be found here.
Fiction consists of: Romance, Historical, Westerns and Large Print. Our Science Fiction and Mystery
collections are shelved separately for ease in browsing.
We also have an extensive collection of paperbacks,
also shelved separately. Non-fiction has a wide variety
of material on subjects ranging from computers to travel
to biography and history. The Reference area boasts
two word processing computers for public use, and
three Internet access computesr available in scheduled
1/2 hour blocks of time. Check with the Information
Desk in the Reference area for more information about
any of these services.
The Young Adult collection is primarily for readers
in grades 5-12, although there are broad enough reading
areas that both adults and children in lower grades
can find information appropriate for their reading
levels. Young Adult is divided into Fiction, Non-Fiction,
Reference, and Paperback browsing areas, along with
two Internet access PC's and one word processor to
assist students with homework assignments.
The Children's Room is a fun place for children and
their care takers to visit. The collection is arranged
into reading and study areas. Children's picture books,
Easy-to-Read books, puzzles, audio tapes and CDs,,
kits, DVDs and videos are all located in a relaxed
atmosphere. Fiction and paperbacks are located in a
sunny corner. The Non-Fiction and
Reference arrangement makes it easy for library users
to study. A word-processing computer, one Public Access
Catalog (PAC) and an Internet access PC are available
for homework and
MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS
The library subscribes to over 85 magazines. Magazines
are located in the main reading area, Children's room,
and in the Young Adult area. Except for the most recent
issue, all magazines may be checked out. Current issues
of newspapers are also located in the main reading
area. The library subscribes to six local newspapers,
as well as the "Wall Street Journal" and "The
New York Times".
Would you like to donate a subscription to your favorite magazine? If we don't already subscribe, we'd love to accept the gift. Check the list of magazines we currently receive.