Free Events at the Library


Storytime for Families with Young Children

Saturdays, June 2, 9 and 16 @ 10:30 am



Summer Reading Kick-off with Tom Knight Puppets Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Tom Knight’s original songs and skits with colorful puppets include pieces about the library, the garbage monster, and the solar system. New skits for 2018 include a story about a humble pig who dreams of a life with a princess, and some mean flowers who won’t share the garden with their neighbors. Tom’s dynamic show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for families with children 3-8 years old.

Tom Knight has been making music and performing puppet shows since 1987. He performs over 50 shows a year in libraries, schools, and festivals from California to Boston. Songs from his recordings are available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and CDBaby. His popular animated music video “The Elephant’s Lullaby” is on YouTube.

“Tom Knight brings a totally delightful, engaging, artful performance.” -Margie Young, Dietrich Theater

“His unique blend of musicianship and puppetry make him a fine choice for family entertainment.” – Peter Lewis, The Puppet Playhouse, NYC

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Summer Reading Program for Children:   Libraries Rock!

Children of all ages are encouraged to join this year’s Library Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock”! The program encourages kids to keep up their reading skills over the summer and to visit the library to find new, exciting books to read.  Drop by the Library on or after June 23 to pick up Summer Reading Program materials, reading-related goodies, and a schedule of fun summer programs.

Summer programs will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 pm, June 27 through August 14. Programs, in keeping with the “Libraries Rock” theme  include instrument-making, music from India, a dance party, a sing-along and workshops led by musicians playing the accordion, ukulele, guitar and drums.

Summer Reading Program for Adults:  Reading Bingo!

This summer, the Library will also sponsor a reading program for adults, encouraging grown-up folks to read at least 4 books during June, July and August. Everyone who participates will be treated to a wine, cheese and chocolates party at the end of the summer, where you can share all your favorite books with friends and neighbors! So drop by the Library on or after June 23 to pick up your Summer Reading Bingo sheet!

Special Summer Exhibit: Music in Ashfield

In conjunction with the “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading theme, the Library will host a special exhibit from June to August on music in Ashfield! We want something of YOURS for the exhibit! We welcome anything music-related (instruments, posters, concert souvenirs, etc) that you are willing to display.  Please drop off items throughout June for the summer display!