Library Staff

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)
Library Assistants:
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.

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Annual Reports of the Library Director, Bellingham Public Library written in January

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Annual Report of Information Statistics filed with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in September of every year

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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.

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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 readers.

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.

ADULT BOOKS
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.

YOUNG ADULT
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.

CHILDREN'S
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 learning fun.

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.

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