Skip to page contents
You are here: Home ) Children) Featured Programs

Featured Programs


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

Summer Movie Matinees

movie theatreCome to the Central Library and enjoy a movie every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. beginning June 25!  Call 778-7200 for exact movie titles.

Thursday, June 25
2:00 - 3:40 p.m.

A young Peruvian bear wearing a blue coat and red hat travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at a train station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 2
2:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion - a robot named Baymax - and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.  Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 9
2:00 - 3:35 p.m.

When pirate Burger Beard steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, the main character and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula. To succeed, they must team up with former rival, Plankton, but soon realize that to defeat a super-villain, they must unleash their inner superheroes.  Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 16
2:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Bob and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 23
2:00 - 3:40 p.m.

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. This sequel adventure features the return of former super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions, and a host of new and outrageously funny characters. Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, July 30
2:00 - 3:35 p.m.

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, August 6
2:00 - 3:45 p.m.

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Movie is rated PG.

Thursday, August 13
2:00 p.m.

To be announced

Summer Gymnastics! with Bellingham Bay Gymnastics & Preschool

gymnastsFriday, June 26
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For ages 6 - 12 (all abilities welcome!)
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!

Musical Story Play: Peter Pan presented by Flutist Nirvana Guernsey

Peter PanMonday, June 29
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
For ages 3 - 8
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Join us for a musical story of Peter Pan!
You will feel like you're in Neverland with dress up, singing, and instrument play.  Through this fun musical play, you will learn about music and engage your senses!  Feel free to come dressed up as your favorite character from the Peter Pan story.

Presenter Nirvana Guernsey has her Masters in Music and is part of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed at schools and is very passionate about promoting an early love of music in children.

Hot Summer Chess I and II presented by Northwest Scholastic Chess

chess pieceHot Summer Chess I:  Tuesday, June 30
Hot Summer Chess II:  Tuesday, July 14
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. *check-in starts at 5:45 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Hot Summer Chess
is for chessplayers of all abilities in grades K - 12. 

Pre-registration is required!
  To pre-register, call 778-7200 or email bhoglund@cob.org by the day before the program.  Please include the player's name, grade and the name of the school they attended in May 2015.

On the tournament day, check-in is 5:45 - 6:00 p.m.  Please do not be late!  (Those participating in the Beginner's Section do not need to check in, rather can arrive at 6:00 p.m.)

There are two sections again this year:

Beginner's Section:
  Don't know how to play chess?  No problem!  Learn how to play and then play casual games.
Tourney Section:  For those who know how to play, want to compete in a tournament and are able to write down their moves, we have the traditional four rated Grand Prix Tournament.

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

Play Games at the Library!

mother and child playing a gameDrop by and join the fun while we play Mario Party 9 on the Wii, Just Dance 2015 on the Wii, Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and a variety of board games!

Wednesdays, July 1 and 22
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 6 - 12 (parents invited!)
Lecture Room at the Central Library

There will be pretzel snacks available.  Plan to have fun!  All games provided by Reset Games.

Every Hero Has a Story: K-9 Unit with the Bellingham Police Department

K-9 unitTuesday, July 7
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 4 and up
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Join Officer Shan Hanon for a discussion of a canine's role in law enforcement.  Also, watch demonstrations of some of the tasks the canine are trained to perform!

Science Fun with the FIG co-sponsored by the Whatcom Museum's Family Interactive Gallery

science projectWednesdays, July 8, 15 and 29
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and up - activities are recommended for kids in grades K - 5
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Join us for fun, engaging hands-on activities where families can explore basic STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts.  Families will be able to work together using easy, inexpensive, familiar materials to explore some ways STEAM plays a role in daily life.

Builders Club

legosSaturday, July 11
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Library

Saturday, July 18
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Tuesday, June 21
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 Storytimes

book coverMonday, July 13 from 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
and
Monday, July 20 from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Ages 3 - 8
Barkley Branch Library

Join us for stories in both Spanish and English!

Northwest Animals sponsored by the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library

rabbitTuesday, July 14: Beavers! from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 21: Opossums! from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 28: Rabbits! from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4: Eagles & Falcons! from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
For ages 6 - 10.  *Pre-registration required!  Call 778-7200 to register.
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Listen to stories, make a fun craft and sing songs about our Northwest Animals with educators Jan Stamey and Jan Nelson.  NOTE: Live animals will not be present.

Superhero Party!

book coverFriday, July 17
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For ages 4 and up
Lecture Room at the Central Library

Drop by for fun activities and crafts: create your own superhero, make a mask, try shield throwing, superhero bowling and more!  Also, come dressed up as your favorite superhero.  Parents: there will be a photo booth - bring your camera!

Hopscotch & Hula Hoops

girl hula hoopingFriday, July 24
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Fun for all ages!
Central Library Lawn

Drop by and play outside with hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and bubbles!  Enjoy a popsicle as well!
Top of Page ^ Top of page