April Free Events at the Library:
Storytime for young children — Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 @ 10:30 am
Community Poetry Sharing — Wednesday, April 15 @ 7:00 pm

Visit our New Paperback Swap! Open during library hours, donations welcome!

Join neighbors and friends in the Library’s Community Meeting Room for our second annual Community Poetry Sharing on Wednesday April 15 at 7 pm. Bring your own poems or works by a favorite poet to read. Explore the beauty of what poet Rita Dove calls “language at its most distilled and most powerful”. Refreshments will be provided by the Library Trustees.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Library
Volunteers have always played a valuable role in helping Belding Library thrive. A huge thank you to all past and current library volunteers! We are currently seeking:

*Program organizers – Creative folks with ideas for programs that would appeal to the Ashfield community and would be willing to organize and facilitate these programs with library staff.

*Summertime Local Heroes – Generous folks who would be willing to share their skills and talents on one Wednesday afternoon this summer in an interactive program with Ashfield young people. For example: musicians, dancers, artists, craftspeople, farmers, folks who can cook, technologists, folks with interesting/unusual hobbies or jobs.

If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, drop by the library, call (628-4414) or email (mcohen@cwmars.org or bmlashfield@gmail.org)

New Selections at the Library

Children’s Picture Books
Book -O-Beards (Interactive board book)
Book-O-Hats (Interactive board book)
Buried Sunlight by Molly Bang
Finding Spring by Carlin Berger
Here is the World by Leslea Newman (Jewish Holidays)
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
One Plastic Bag : Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of Gambia by Paul Miranda
Naptime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shyba
Smick by Doreen Cronin
Whale Trails Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Children’s Chapter Books
Danger in the Darkest Hour by Mary Osborne Pope (Magic Tree House Super Ed)
Firstborn by Tor Seidler (Wild animal adventure)
Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger by Jon Scieszka
Myths Busted! and Myths Busted! 2 by Emily Krieger
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman (Fantasy)
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall

Teen Books
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (Mystery/Magical realism)
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (Historical fiction)
Princess Academy: Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (Fantasy)
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Fantasy)

Fiction
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauser (Suspense)
The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield (Poetry)
A Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett (Retrospective short fiction)
The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly (Suspense)
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Literary fiction)
Cat Out of Hell by Lynn Truss (Mash-up of humor and thrills)
Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White (Mystery)
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear (Mystery)
The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen (Mystery)
Endangered by C.J. Box (Mystery)
The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell (Suspense)
Hush Hush by Laura Lippman (Suspense)
Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon (Suspense)
Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (Historical fiction)
A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders (Mystery)
The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber (Historical fiction)
Redeployment by Phil Klay ( Irag/Afghan war stories)
The Siege Winter by Ariana Franklin (Medieval mystery)
Shame and the Captives by Thomas Keneally (Historical fiction)
The Stranger by Harlen Coben (Mystery)
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane (Suspense)

Nonfiction
Bettyville by George Hodgman (Memoir)
Dead Wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Everyday Easy by Lorraine Pascal (Cookbook)
Goldeneye: where Bond was born, Ian Fleming’s Jamaica by Matthew Parker
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald (Memoir)
Organic Mushroom Farming by Tradd Cotter
Our Only World by Wendell Berry (Ecological Essays)
Sapiens: a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Pretty Birds:18 simple projects to sew and love by Virginia Lindsay
Ten Windows: how great poems transform the world by Jane Hirshfield
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (Climate Change)
The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson (Gardening/scientific history)
Vitamania: our obsessive quest for nutritional perfection by Catherine Price

DVDs
Big Hero 6
The Giver (from Lois Lowry book w/Jeff Bridges)
The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies (Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman)
Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Jennifer Lawrence)
Into the Woods (Sondheim musical w/Meryl Streep)
Midsomer Murders, Set 25 (BBC)
My Old Lady (Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline)
Outlander, Season 1, Vol. 1 (from Diana Galbadon book on STARZ)
A Path Appears (Documentary raising awareness of global violence against women & children)
The Physician (from Noah Gordon book w/Ben Kingsley)
Rosewater (Directed by Jon Stewart w/Gael Garcia Bernal)
Song of the Sea (Animated story about the selkies of Irish folklore)
Unbroken (from Laura Hillenbrand book directed by Angelina Jolie)
The Way He Looks (Brazilian, International award winner)
Wild (Reese Witherspoon)