Bemis Public Library – Dec. 2020

Senior Social Club—Thursdays in December 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Our weekly chats have moved to conference calls. You’ll have to provide your own coffee and pastries now, but we’re still going to connect with each other. You can join the call from a computer, smartphone, regular cell phone, or landline:

Computers & smartphones:

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1 (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 987 926 117 when prompted.

Kitchen Painting – Tuesday, December 1, 2–3:30 p.m.

Join Think 360 Arts instructor Chelsea Gilmore for an exploration of the artistic possibilities found in your kitchen cabinets! Using spices, pantry staples, and other common food items, we’ll learn how to make our own paints and dyes, create unique art, and clean out our cupboards at the same time. Registration is required for this class. Go to or call the library at (303) 795-3961 to register. 

Smithtonians Holiday Concert – Tuesday, December 8, 2 p.m.

This special yearly tradition is going virtual! Watch the prerecorded concert during the premiere showing on the Bemis Library YouTube channel at, and then come back and watch it again any time during December.

How to Survive Today’s Food Jungle—Thursday, December 17, 2 p.m.

Food has changed more in the last 50 years than it has in the last 10,000! Knowing how to choose the highest quality foods is key to caring for your health. Learn how to read labels, understand nutritional value, and make wise choices for healthier eating.

Computers & smartphones:

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1 (301) 715-8592. Enter Meeting ID 983 9658 2153 when prompted. 

The Mayans with Active Minds – Monday, December 21, 2 p.m.

Join Active Minds for an overview of Mayan history, culture, art, and science.  This program will provide attendees with a solid understanding of Mayan civilization.  Attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for one of the great civilizations in the history of the world.

Computers and smartphones: Join us for this webinar by going to

Cell phones & Landlines: Call 1-253-215-8782. Enter Meeting ID 817 2989 2099 # when prompted. Enter Password 538120 # when prompted.

Bemis Virtual Book Clubs

Take your pick of a fantastic fiction title or a thought-provoking nonfiction book (or both), and then log in to join the discussion.

Fiction Book Club: Friday, December 4, 1 p.m.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

A collection of seventeen short stories woven together by oddly beguiling but reassuringly ordinary characters. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game – and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life…

Find the book through our website:

Join the discussion by going to

Nonfiction Book Club: Wednesday, December 16, 1 p.m.

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamott

Despair and uncertainty surround us: in the news, in our families, and in ourselves. But even when life is at its bleakest – when we are “doomed, stunned, exhausted, and over-caffeinated” – the seeds of rejuvenation are at hand. “All truth is paradox,” Lamott writes, “and this turns out to be a reason for hope. If you arrive at a place in life that is miserable, it will change.”

Find the book through our website:

Join the discussion by going to

Gingerbread House Contest

Pick up a kit to create your own Gingerbread House, and return it to the library by December 10 to be part of our annual Gingerbread House Contest! Visitors to the library will vote for their favorites, and the creators of the winning house will receive a $25 gift card! Supplies are limited, and only 1 kit per household. Even if you can’t get a kit, email your own gingerbread creations to to be featured in our holiday Facebook gallery! Pick up kits and register at the information desk.


Gmail Basics – Tuesday December 1, 9:30am-10:30am 

Learn the ins and outs of this free email service from Google. We’ll go over reading, sending, forwarding, and replying to emails as well as attaching files and downloading attachments.
Register here: 

Beginning MS WordTuesday December 8, 9:30am-10:30am 

Learn how to create and edit a document with Word. We will learn basic formatting tools such as changing the font, making text bold or underlined, and changing text alignment. We will also learn how to save and print documents.
Register here: 

Virtual One-on-One Tech Help – Mondays & Thursdays 9:00-11:00am 

Sign up for a virtual 45 minute individualized tech appointment with a librarian. Get help with anything from accessing eBooks and digital resources, assistance with internet connectivity, video chatting, and more. 

Various dates and times, see calendar to register.

Adult Services Programming Staff, 303-795-3961

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