The Starquest!

Join us for our new summer event across all the 48 libraries in the STLS System! Pick up a packet at any library to get started, with maps, a list of the libraries in each county, and your Starquest Milestone tacker! Visiting libraries gets you a prize! From 5, to 10, to 24, to all 48 libraries! How many can you visit this summer? The event will be on going at all 48 libraries from July 1st to September 30th. Get ready to blast off on your very own Starquest!

In addition, the Belmont Free Library will be holding an art competition. On the map for Starquest, there is a custom designed planet for each library, if you design an alien for one of any of the 48 libraries you can win a free children’s book or stuffed animal! This event is specifically at the Belmont Free Library.

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Children’s Summer Book Challenge

We have a collection of children’s books that are waiting for a new home! Visit the library twice a week and earn a book! This event will be occurring all summer long any time the library is open (Mondays 1 PM to 5 PM, Tuesdays 1 PM to 7 PM, Thursdays 9 AM to 3 PM, and Fridays 1 PM to 5 PM). You can ask at the front desk or the director’s desk to participate. The books available range from early readers up to young adult, from fiction to non fiction, and a variety of authors and styles. We hope to see you for this Summer Book Challenge.

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Christmas in July Card Making Event

Annie Vandenbosch will be leading a demonstration and craft hour on how to make beautiful homemade Christmas cards. Meet us for Christmas in July, on July 25th at 12 PM to 1 PM here at the Belmont Free Library. Hope to see you there!

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Introduction to the New Allegany County Museum with Ron Taylor

Ron Taylor has brought the Allegany County Historical Society from the dust and back into the light. Saving our history from being lost and revamping the whole community. On August 1st, at 1 PM to 2 PM, come by the library to hear Ron Taylor’s fabulous presentation. What better place for a history talk than at a historic library! Hope to see you there.

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Read with a Rescue!

SPCA Read with a Rescue Event!

On July 11th, at 11 AM to 12 PM, we will have members of the SPCA here with some of their furry friends. Come read a book with a kitten and learn about what the SPCA does, their adoption processes, and about the animals in general. This event is to be a uniting of our local community and its resources that is sure to be puuuurfect!

Hope to see you there!

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Board Meeting Visiting Protocol

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Quote for Pondering

“Time for Kentrosaurus to hatch. Time to plant the millet. Time for the magnolia buds to open. Professor Denison, I’m afraid you persist in thinking of time as numbers. You think of meaningless units of time – weeks, hours, minutes – based on what? Movements of faraway planets? Of what use to us is that? Why not pay attention to the precise 30-year life cycle of the bamboo Guadua trinii or the exactly repeated mitotic cycle of the paramecium? The whole earth has a heartbeat.’
He paused, swung his tail from side to side, and squinted. ‘And some things happen too slowly for you to notice. If you sit quite still, you can hear the grinding down of mountains, the stretching upward of trees, the pushing forward of continents – indeed the wearing down of this very waterfall.”
― James Gurney, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time

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Fear and the Natural World Beyond Fear

It is easy to fear that which we do not know. Many animals live in constant danger from humans that are afraid of them and strike out with violence and misinformation. There are certainly animals that have dangerous abilities, but they are to be respected not feared. Humans are not some ultimate feet of evolution, but merely one of billions that have evolved to simply live. Co-existence with all life is something that the human species should strive for. Imagine if we lived with nature instead of for ourselves. I hope these words, and the video below, inspire some of you to take conscious action to look at the way you think and, perhaps, see that it needs changing. What might you discover about the world and yourself if you look just a little bit deeper?

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Welcome to Kappa: the World of Turtles

Speculative biology project on a world where the only vertebrates (animals with a spine) are alligator snapping turtles. The planet has a unique biospheres and the beginnings of a speculative evolutionary journey!

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Need help? Try this new out reach program.

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