April at the Library


Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 10:30 a.m.

Whale Tales Puppet Show on April 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Talking Hands Theatre brings their dry aquarium to the library! As part of this musical puppet show you’ll meet a variety of creatures that live in the sea including a walrus, a seahorse and a giant beluga whale. Whimsical songs by acclaimed children’s musician Brent Holmes. Recommended for families with children ages 2-8. Sponsored by the Ashfield Cultural Council.

Library Exhibits

Model Circus items belonging to Ted Murray (now through April 15)

A marvelous circus wagon, horse and accessories hand-made by Ted’s Uncle Bob (Clarke) and originally part of a model circus donated to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota FL

Pottery collection belonging to Jill Rierdan (April 15-May 15)

Nine hand-thrown and finely painted pots  introduce “the miracle of Mata Ortiz”.Mata Ortiz was a destitute village in northern Mexico when a villager, Juan Quezada, rediscovered a prehistoric ceramic technique by studying ancient pottery shards and experimenting with local clay, paint, and potting procedures. What emerged was an entire village of potters who produce world-class pots known for their thin walls and precision of design.

This is a story of new life and renewal — just right for spring.

Charles Eliot Norton — Books and pamphlets

New Large Print Book Collection

Tired eyes? Sick of squinting through your glasses? Drop by and check out a Large Print book.  We have a growing collection of Large Print literary fiction, mysteries, romances, westerns and even a few non-fiction titles.

Thank you…

To Ted Murray for emergency plumbing services.

To Barbara Lagoy for volunteering to staff the library desk on our busy Wednesday afternoons.

To the Ashfield Hardware Store, Jackie Cooper, Anne Hynes, Marcine Eisenberg, Bob Markey, the Maxey family, Alex Osterman and Linda Taylor for filling our display case with wonderful stuff for the Beloved Objects community display!

Volunteers Needed…

To read stories to toddlers on Saturday mornings at the Library.

To lead one Wednesday afternoon hour-long workshop for elementary-age youth as part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program; this year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” Workshops can focus on “building” themes or “better world” themes; eight volunteers needed!


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Fact

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Teen/Social issues)

King’s Cage (Red Queen, Book 3) by Victoria Aveyard (Teen/Sci Fi)

Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga, Book 4) by Jennifer Donnelly (Teen/Fantasy)

A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold (Animal story/Autism)

Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull (Fantasy)

Hilo 3: the great big boom by Judd Winick(Graphic novel)

Payback (Masterminds, Book 3) by Gordon Korman (Mystery/Adventure)

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training by Jackson Pearce (Fantasy)

Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro (Fantasy/Adventure)

A Cat Named Swan by Holly Hobbie (Picture Book)

Mighty Mighty Construction Site by Sherri D. Rinker (Picture book)


Besieged by A.J.Tata (Suspense)

A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders (Mystery)

Celine by Peter Heller (Suspense)

Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton (Mystery)

Dead Man Switch  by Matthew Quirk (Political suspense)

Exit West  by Mohsin Hamid (Political love story)

Find Me by J.S. Monroe (Psychological suspense)

I See You by Clare Mackintosh (Psychological suspense)

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear (Historical mystery)

The Killing Bay by Chris Ould (Suspense/Faroe Islands)

Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett (Literary mystery)

Mangrove Lightning: a Doc Ford novel by Randy Wayne White (Suspense)

Mississippi Blood  by Greg Iles (Suspense/trilogy finale)

Murder on the Serpentine by Anne Perry (Mystery)

Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff (Historical drama/WWII)

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (Historical saga/Korea)

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (Historical fiction)

Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty (Mystery/Ireland)

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (Family saga/China)

Ties by Domenico Starnone (Trans. by Jhumpa Lahiri)  (Marriage drama/Italy)

Vicious Circle by C.J.Box (Mystery)


The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Memoir in graphic format/Vietnam)

Breaking Through Power by Ralph Nader (Politics)

A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes (Criminal Justice)

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (Ecology)

The Home That Was Our Country by Alia Malek (Memoir/Syria)

Wise Craft Quilts: a guide to turning beloved fabrics into meaningful patchwork by Blair Stocker


Allied (Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard)

Doctor Strange (Marvel sci-fi w/Benedict Cumberbatch)

Fences (Viola Davis & Denzel Washington)

Grace and Frankie, Season 2 (Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin)

Long Way North (Animation)

Manchester By the Sea (Casey Affleck & Michelle Williams)

Moana (Animation)

Moonlight (Academy Award for Best Movie)

Sing (Animation)

Yarn (Documentary about the art of knitting)