The library will be closed on Sunday, April 20 for Easter, and Monday, April 21 for Patriots Day.


Phillis Wheatley, Revolutionary Poet

Phillis_WheatleyWednesday, April 23, 7:30 PM in Assembly Room at Belmont Public Library, join us for a talk by Harvard Professor John Stauffer about Phillis Wheatley, a Boston slave who became one of early America's most famous poets. The talk is presented by the Belmont Historical Society, Belmont Against Racism, the Human Rights Commission, and the Library as part of One Book One Belmont.



The British are Coming!

Redcoat_READ_2_SMALL-1Fight the rebels with the Redcoats of the King's Tenth Regiment of Foot!

2-3 pm

Thurs., April 24

Assembly Room

ages 10 & up

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The Revolution, As Seen at the MFA

the-death-of-general-warren-paintingAt 7:30 PM Wednesday April 30 in the Assembly Room, take a close look at some of the history paintings, portraits, prints and decorative arts from the time of the Revolution in the MFA's magnificent collection of American art – including John Trumbull's The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775 ©Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Nicole Claris, Manager of School Programs, will be our guide.



The Fenway Brass Quintet Plays American Music

fenway_brass_quintet.2Music on Saturday 2014 ends its season with a special performance of American music at 3 PM Saturday, May 3, in the library's Assembly Room in celebration of One Book One Belmont. Spencer Aston of the Powers Music School faculty and The Fenway Brass Quintet will play William Billings, broadside ballads, and more music heard from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. The concert is free thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of the Belmont Public Library and the other One Book One Belmont co-sponsors.



Bring History To Life

mass_map Visit the Explore page on the One Book One Belmont site to find questions for book groups, and to browse a list of historical sites in Massachusetts that pertain to the revolutionary period.

One Book One Belmont Finale!

Philbrick_portraitOn Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 PM at the Beech Street Center, the Belmont Public Library is pleased to welcome author Nathaniel Philbrick for a talk on his award winning book, Bunker Hill: A city, a Siege, a Revolution. 

Refreshments will be served, and a book signing will be hosted at the end.

Philbrick's presentation will mark the conclusion of this year's One Book One Belmont, sponsored by the Friends of the Library and twelve co-sponsors who are listed here.  We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th!


Book a Librarian


Students - need help with finding resources for your research project?  We can help! The Book a Librarian service allows you to reserve a free half hour session with a professional reference librarian.

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Free Computer & Tech Books Online

Oreilly_rails Expert guidance at your fingertips! Safari Books Online, Consumer Technology Collection, offers over1,300 books and videos on digital photography, home audio/video, computing and home networking, video gaming, and more.  Key word searchable, with full texts. Keeping up with technology has never been easier (or cheaper).

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The Boston Herald (1848 – 1990) Trial

BostonHeraldArchiveButtonThe Belmont Library again has a free trial to the Boston Herald Historic Archive. Articles from The Boston Herald are currently available within America's Historical Newspapers database.