July at the Library

“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading for Youth!

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

Summer programs for kids will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3–4 pm, July 3 through August 14.  Programs, with stories, songs and activities, in keeping with the “Universe” theme will focus on stars, planets, space aliens, the sun, comets and space travel. The program finale on August 14 will be a space dance and ice cream party on the library back lawn.


As a special treat, folks of all ages are invited to experience Starlab, the Springfield Science Museum’s portable planetarium. Starlab’s “Night Sky” will be offered free for three shows on Saturday August 10th at 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m on the upper floor of the Ashfield Town Hall.  Make a note not to miss this special opportunity!


Summer Reading BINGO for Adults!

This summer, back by popular demand, is the library’s a reading program for adults, making it a fun challenge for grownup folks to read at least four books during June, July and August. Everyone who participates will be treated to a wine, cheese and chocolates party on Wednesday August 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm, where you can share all your favorite books with friends and neighbors. So drop by the library to pick up your 2nd Annual Summer Reading BINGO sheet.

Read it on a Kindle Fire E-Reader from the Library

You can now borrow an e-reader from the library — just call or drop by to reserve the Kindle Fire for three weeks…and let us know the titles of some books you are interested in reading. Library staff will download one of your titles onto the Kindle and will show you how it works. If you are interested in trying out a Kindle or you’ve wondered whether it would work for you, now is your chance.


Extended Hours for July, August and September:

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanks to increased patronage and community support, the library will be open for a trial period of three months on Thursdays, starting on July 11th. All regular library services will be offered, with additional programs for kids in the morning, board games available in the afternoon and iced  tea and snacks served all day.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Handimals: animals in art and nature by Guido Daniele

Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks (Science)

Kids Can Code! by Ian Garland (Computers)

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (Teen Fantasy)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Avecedo (Teen social drama)

Cleopatra in Space, Books 1-5 by Mike Maihack (Graphic/Adventure)

The Astronaut who painted the Moon by Dean Robbins (Picture Book)

Go for the Moon! by Chris Gall (Picture Book)

Gondra’s Treasure by Linda Sue Park (Picture Book)

Growing Season by Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Picture Book)

Motor Mouse by Cythia Rylant (Picture Book)

Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Raul Gonzalez


After the End by Clare Mackintosh (Psychological suspense)

Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold by Nancy Atherton (Mystery; Aunt Dimity #24)

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Romance/Canada)

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson (Mystery; Jackson Brodie #5)

The Body in the Castle Well by Martin Walker (Mystery/Bruno #12)

The Body Lies by Jo Baker (Psychological suspense)

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Historical drama)

Conviction by Denise Mina (Suspense)

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith (Historical drama)

Friends We Keep by Jane Green (Suspense)

Honestly We Meant Well by Grant Ginder (Humor/family drama)

The Last Guest House by Megan Miranda (Suspense)

A Long Way Down by Randall Silva (Mystery; DeMarco #3)

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Historical family drama)

Murder in Bel-Air by Cara Black  (Mystery; Aimee LeDuc #19)

Natalie Tan’s Book of Love and Fortune by Roselle Lim (Romance w/recipes)

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Poetic fiction)

Paris 7 AM by Liza Wieland (Fictional biography/Elizabeth Bishop)

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali (Romance/Iran)

Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hagar Cohen (Family drama)

The Summer Country by Lauren Willig (Historical saga)

Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand (Historical drama)

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey (Romantic comedy)


The British are Coming! the war for America,1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson

The Conservative Sensibility by George Will

Elderhood: redefining aging, transforming medicine, reimagining life  by Louise Aronson

Flash Count Diary: menopause and the vindication of natural life by Darcey Steinke

Growing Perennial  Foods: raising resilient herbs, fruits and vegetables by Acadia Tucker

The Idle Beekeeper: the low-effort, natural way to raise bees by Bill Anderson

Just Enough: vegan recipes and stories from Japan’s Buddhist temples by Claire Greenwood

Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the dream of spaceflight by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

The New Organic Grower (3rd ed) by Eliot Coleman

Plant Parenting: easy ways to make more houseplants, vegetables & flowers by Leslie Halleck

Slime: how algae created us, plague us and just might save us  by Ruth Kassinger

Sprout Lands: tending the endless gift of trees by William Logan

Underland: a deep time journey by Robert MacFarlane

Books on CD

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (1970s music saga)

We Must be Brave by Frances Liardet (Historical fiction/WW II)