April at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.


Two Special Storytime Events

Ed the Wizard’s Balloon Twisting Workshop

Saturday April 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Learn how to twist balloons and make your own balloon animals. All materials are provided and each child will have several balloons to take home. Children younger than age 5 may need an adult helper. Program supported by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council.

“Whale Tales” Puppet Show with Talking Hands Theatre

Saturday April 28 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 like a walrus, a seahorse and a giant beluga whale. Whimsical songs by acclaimed children’s musician Brent Holmes. This program, supported by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council, is recommended for families with children ages 2-8.


Wednesday, April 11, 7–8 p.m.

“Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal’ Must Be So Boring!”

A One-Woman Show by Susan Cummings

Susan Cummings’ new one-woman show, “Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal’ Must Be So Boring!”, postponed by bad weather in March, is rescheduled for Wed. April 11 at 7 pm! The show is a funny, spirited, sometimes poignant journey of a woman trying to find  her non-“normal” body beautiful.

Cummings’ journey takes her to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to art therapy and ballroom dance lessons, to London. A certain green vine turns out to be pivotal. Cummings tells her story with the help of more than twelve characters and a bit of music.

Some recent audience comments: “At times we were falling off our chairs laughing!” “I have tears in my eyes. So moving.” “Well written, well acted and very inspirational!” “Great story fabulously told!” The show is appropriate for those from college age to seniors.

Cummings, an Amherst writer/actress, comments, “I hope the show inspires the audience to realize that each of their bodies is uniquely beautiful, that all bodies are beautiful.”

Volunteers Needed…

With musical skills or a passion for music or singing to help out with the Children’s Summer Reading Program! This summer’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” and we are looking for volunteers to lead music-themed activities for children on Wednesday afternoons in July and August.

Library Exhibit:

Bryant Liimatainen’s collection of Gunpla, model kits from Japan based on the machines from mobile suit gundam found in anime, manga or video games. The Gunpla on display are from random series which will show different styles of gundams.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Teen Fantasy)

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (Teen drama)

78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Humor/Adventure)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Fantasy/Indian mythology)

Emily Windsnap and the Falls of the Forgotten Island by Liz Kessler (Fantasy/Mermaids)

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly  (2018 Newbery Award winner)

Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond (Humor/Fantasy)

The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown (Sci fi/Adventure)


Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen (Family saga)

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday (Literary fiction)

Caribbean Rim by Randy Wayne White (Suspense/Doc Ford #25)

The Disappeared  by C.J. Box (Mystery/Joe Pickett #18)

Every Note Played  by Lisa Genova (Medical drama)

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian (Mystery)

A Gruesome Discovery by Cora Harrison (Mystery/Ireland)

House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Mexican-American family drama)

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh (Psychological suspense)

Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick (Fantasy)

A Pitying of Doves by Steve Burrows (Mystery/Birder Murder #2)

Plain Confession by Emma Miller (Amish Mystery)

The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George (Mystery/Inspector Lynley #20)

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollingsworth (Historical saga)

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Nigerian-American social drama)

Tangerine by Christine Mangan (Psychological suspense)

The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon (Mystery/Guido Brunetti #27)

This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan (Psychological suspense)

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear (Mystery/Maisie Dobbs #14)

Trick by Domenico Starnone (Family drama/Italy)


Built: the hidden stories behind our structures  by Roma Agrawal (Structural Engineering)

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler (Memoir)

Impeachment: a citizen’s guide by Cass Sunstein

The Infernal Library: on dictators, the books they wrote and other catastrophes of literacy by Daniel Kalder

Time Pieces: a Dublin memoir by John Banville

Vegetarian Viet Nam by Cameron Stauch (Cookbook)

Walking To Listen: 4,000 miles across America, one story at a time by Andrew Forsthoefel

Whereas by Layli Long Soldier (Poetry)


Call Me By Your Name (Armie Hammer)

Darkest Hour (Gary Oldman)

Faces Places (Documentary; Agnes Varda & JR)

Ferdinand (Animation)

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 1 (Elizabeth Moss)

Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan)

The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro; Best Picture Oscar 2018)

Star Wars: the Last Jedi

Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Comics w/Chris Hemsworth)