April Free Events at the Library

“The Medical Mind” Health Book Discussion

Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.

with Margot Malachowski, Baystate Health Outreach librarian

Making medical decisions is harder than ever. We are bombarded with information from all sides and by pressure from doctors and loved ones. Based on scores of patient interviews, Your Medical Mind by Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband helps us recognize our preferences as we struggle to make the best health choices for ourselves.

Copies of the book are available for check-out at the library and through CW/Mars.


Storytime for Families with Young Children:

Saturday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Special Storytime on April 30 with a real duck visitor!!

Dennis Bruffee from Buckboard Eggs will bring a special visitor for young children to meet.  Children will learn about duck behavior and anatomy, and have a chance to “dissect” a hard boiled duck egg during this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Sprouts story time and workshop for young children. Enjoy a read-aloud of the classic, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, about the adventures of Mallard ducks in Boston.

STEM Sprouts workshops are sponsored by Mohawk Trail Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Engaging Preschool Families in Hands-On Science Explorations.


Soup & Syrian Fiction Book Group Meetings:

Saturday, April 2 and April 30 at 1:00 p.m.

This book group, which meets once a month at the library, reads and discusses short fiction by contemporary Syrian writers. Different soups from the cookbook Soup For Syria, published by Interlink in Northampton, are served at the book group meetings.

There will be two meetings in April. The featured book for the April 2 meeting will be Just Like a River by Muhammad Kamil ai-Khatib. This first novel of prominent intellectual writer Khatib is a riveting exploration of Syrian political and social life in the 1980’s.

The featured book for the April 30 meeting will be A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami. It is a semi-autobiographical story with cultural diversity in Syria being a major theme.  Schami is an award-winning writer, born in Syria but now living in Germany.

Copies of the books are available at Belding Library and through CWMars.

Library Exhibit: Native American Miniatures by Andrea Ociesa-Sears


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction

Amulet 7: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphic novel)

Big Nate Blasts Off  by Lincoln Peirce (Comic series)

Forest of Wonders: Wing & Claw  by Linda Sue Park  (Fantasy)

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home  by Catherynne Valente (Fantasy)

The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Fantasy; sequel to Red Queen)

Just My Luck  by Cammie McGovern (Real-life family/school issues)

Lady Midnight  by Cassandra Clare (Shadowhunters fantasy)

Little Cat’s Luck  by Marion Dane Bauer (Animal adventure)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken  (Time travel adventure)



The Ancient Minstrel: novellas  by Jim Harrison

At the Edge of the Orchard  by Tracy Chevalier (Historical fiction)

A Bed of Scorpions  by Judith Flanders (Mystery)

The Blood Strand  by Chris Ould (Mystery/Faroe Islands)

Cometh the Hour  by Jeffrey Archer (Clifton Chronicles; Drama)

The Cosmopolitans  by Sarah Schulman (Literary fiction)

Deep Blue  by Randy Wayne White (Mystery)

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Suspense)

Girl in the Red Coat  by Kate Hamer (Suspense)

Innocents and Others  by Dana Spiotta (Literary fiction)

Midnight Sun  by Jo Nesbo (Suspense/Norway)

Miss Grief and Other Stories  by Constance Fenimore Woolson (Forgotten stories reprinted)

The Nest  by Cynthia Sweeney (Comic family drama)

No Shred of Evidence  by Charles Todd (Mystery)

Off the Grid  by C.J.Box (Mystery)

The Passenger  by Lisa Lutz (Suspense)

Rain Dogs  by Adrian McGinty (Mystery)

Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Suspense/Iceland)

The Steel Kiss  by Jeffrey Deaver (Suspense)

The Summer Before the War  by Helen Simonson (Historical fiction)

The Travelers  by Chris Pavone (Suspense)

The Waters of Eternal Youth  by Donna Leon (Mystery)



Cook It In Cast Iron  by America’s Test Kitchen (Cookbook)

Half-Earth: our planet’s fight for life  by E.O.Wilson

Herding Hemingway’s Cats: understanding how our genes work by Kat Arney

In Search of Buddha’s Daughters  by Christine Toomey (Women/Buddhism)

Putin Country: a journey into the real Russia  by Anne Garrels

Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli



The Big Short  (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt)

Brooklyn  (Saoirse Ronan; screenplay by Nick Hornby)

Carol  (Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara)

Creed  (Sylvester Stallone)

The Danish Girl  (Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander)

Game of Thrones, Season 5

The Good Dinosaur (Animated; all ages)

Mockingjay, Part II  (Jennifer Lawrence)

The Peanuts Movie (Animated; all ages)

Room  (Brie Larson, Joan Allen)

Youth  (Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel)