October at the Library


Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, October 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.

No Storytime on Saturday October 7 (Fall Festival weekend)

Special October 21 Storytime at 10:30 a.m.

“The Magician’s Assistant” with Melissa Smith

“The Magician’s Assistant” , written and performed by Mélissa Smith, is a family friendly one person romp that will delight, surprise and encourage audiences of all ages!   Mélissa is a New York based artist who is spending the fall in Ashfield training with Double Edge Theater. Smith has trained in mime, clown and physical theater with clowns from Ringling Bros Circus, Cirque du soleil and more. Please join us for this exciting opportunity to see a very special show with an extraordinary writer/performer!

Autumn Local Foods Community Potluck and Poetry Share! Saturday October 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to this community picnic on the back lawn of the Library! Please bring a seasonal dish to share, drinks and a picnic blanket. If possible, bring your own cups and silverware.  Tables, chairs and compostable dishes will be provided. Poems for the season to share aloud are most welcome! Rain brings the picnic to the Library’s downstairs community meeting room.   Co-sponsored by Hearken to Avalon and Offerings for Community Building.

Thank you…

To the DPW and Greening Committee for the installation of the Library’s new bike racks, to FRCOG for the purchase of the Library’s new bike racks, and to Esther Coler for her oversight and coordination of the Library Bike Rack process!

Volunteers Needed…

To read stories to children on Saturday mornings.

To facilitate programs or book discussions in the winter or spring with youth or adults.

Library Exhibit: Woven Artworks by Jude Elbaum

New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Fact

Spinning by Tillie Walden (Graphic memoir/Ballet)

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore (Teen/Social issues)

Warcross by Marie Lu (Teen/Sci-fi)

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (Graphic novel)

The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud (Ghost story; Lockwood and Co #5)

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (Survival/Adventure)

Gabriel Finlay & the Lord of Air and Darkness by George Hagen (Fantasy)

Just Dance by Patricia MacLachlan (Real-life family story)

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (Graphic fantasy)

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Won’t-Walk-the-Dog Cure by Ann Martin (Humor)

Buddy and Earl go to School by Maureen Fergus (Picture Book)

Little Eliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato (Picture Book)

The Mermaid by Jan Brett (Picture Book)

Truckeroo School by David Kirk (Picture Book)

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Picture Book)


Burning Girl by Claire Messud (Coming-of-age story)

Caroline: Little House, revisited by Sarah Miller (Historical fiction/Great Plains)

Class Mom: a novel by Laurie Gelman (Humor)

Close to Home by Robert Dugoni (Mystery)

Column of Fire by Ken Follett (Historical fiction/Middle Ages)

Glass Houses by Louise Penny (Three Pines Mystery)

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Lisbeth Salander Mystery/Sweden)

The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (Literary saga/Satire)

Idyll Fears by Stephanie Gayle  (Mystery)

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo (Historical fiction/Hungary)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Family drama)

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (Historical fiction/Seattle)

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart (Historical mystery)

Mrs Fletcher by Tom Perrotta (Family life/Satire)

The Ninth Hour  by Alice McDermott (Historical fiction)

The Seagull by Ann Cleeves (Vera Stanhope Mystery)

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown (Suspense)

Solar Bones  by Mike McCormack (Literary fiction/Ireland)

To Be Where You Are  by Jan Karon (Inspirational; Mitford novel #14)

The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus (Historical fiction/1870s Western US)


Al Franken, giant of the Senate  by Al Franken (Memoir/Humor)

The Book of Separation by Tova Mirvus (Memoir/Judaism)

Braving the Wilderness: the quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone by Brene Brown

A Rift in the Earth: art, memory and the fight for a Vietnam War memorial by James Reston Jr

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve  by Stephen Greenblatt (Anthropology/Theology)

The Vietnam War: an intimate history  by Geoffrey Ward (and Ken Burns)

What She Ate: six remarkable women and the food that tells their stories  by Laura Shapiro

CD Audio Books

Blame by Jeff Abbott (Suspense)

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis (Suspense)

Finding Gobi: a little dog with a very big heart by Dion Leonard

The Great Passage by Shion Miura (Delightful Japanese best-seller)

The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner (WWII family saga/Italy)

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Historical fiction)

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Memoir)

The Trespasser by Tana French (Mystery)


This is Us, Season 1 (Mandy Moore & Milo Ventimiglia)

Wonder Woman  (Gal Gadot)