April at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

April 6, 13*, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities.

*Yoga Storytime, April 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga Storytime with Ms Sue continues this month at the Library.

Mindful Movement with Ms Sue helps young ones learn the importance of connecting their mind, breath and body. A fun way to discover Your Own Great Adventure (YOGA) with stories and yoga poses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

Infant/Toddler/Preschool Playgroup

Wednesday 2–3:45 p.m. & Saturdays 11:15–12:15 p.m.

Families and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschool children are welcome to join our playgroup in the community room at Belding Library on most Wednesdays from 2–3:45 p.m. and  Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The playgroup is run by parents and caregivers and the idea is to follow the children’s lead for play, with table toys, dress up, building, and creative materials supplied and available. A light snack on Wednesdays and coffee, tea, and water available both days. We will change as needs do — so please share your ideas and invite your friends! Group leaders are Elizabeth and Jennifer. More info: jennylee.wildermuth@hotmail.com

3D Design & Robotics Workshop

Saturday April 6, 1-3 p.m.

Arthur and Peter Evans from Makerspaceworkshopss.com in Montague will bring a 3D printer to the Library and present a lively, eye-opening robotics workshop! The program is recommended for ages 7-17 but is free and open to all!  Sponsored by the Ashfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Belding Library.

Playful Engineers: Chain Reactions & Creative Contraptions ~ Saturday, April 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Playful Engineers teaching artist and engineering enthusiast Jay Mankita will present a hands-on workshop in which participants will have a chance to design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “Machines”, and other chain reactions, connecting focused play with serious science. Participants learn through demonstration and play, exploring basic force and motion physics, as they build fun chain reactions with common toys and other ordinary materials. Jay brings lots of materials to work with, including dominoes, wood blocks, string, chain, pulleys, elastics, tinker toys,legos, tracks, ping-pong balls, clamps,connectors, dowels and magnets.

The program is recommended for ages 5 and up, especially children in grades K-5, although older youth are most welcome. Preschool children must be accompanied by an adult and closely supervised. Sponsored by the Ashfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Belding Library.

A Talk with Kate Stevens: The Road Home

Monday April 8 at 7 p.m.

Rev. Kate Stevens, UCC minister and current president of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, will be giving a presentation on her three-month trip last year to the U.S. South to learn in more depth about our country’s history. The trip was called “The Road Home: a spiritual pilgrimage to the US South.” Her talk will include photos and time for discussion.

Stevens, who recently undertook a three-month, 6,000-mile pilgrimage to the Southern states to better understand this country’s racial history, uses pictures and words to follow the history of Africans brought to this land by force – and the “white” oppressive economic systems that have held a people captive and enslaved for 400 years. This history, both devastating and inspiring, is a story of oppression and resistance, of violence and creativity and determination.   Please join us, and share in this conversation.

Open Book Group Meeting at Belding Library: Monday, April 15, 4–6 p.m.

Book Selection ~ Death In Venice by Thomas Mann, translation by H.T. Lowe-Porter

Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at vkworth@gmail.com

And a peek at May…

At Sword’s Point: A Labor History of Franklin County

A Talk by Tom Goldscheider

Wednesday May 1 @ 7 p.m.

Franklin County’s remarkable industrial history is matched by an equally remarkable history of organized labor. This untold story, pieced together using archival research, is presented with period images. The United Electrical Workers union was a good fit for workers until it was targeted by the Red Scare – turning the County into ground zero for a national struggle that lives with us to this day.

Tom Goldscheider is an independent scholar based in Florence. He earned a Masters in History at UMass Amherst and has published two articles.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Lovely War by Julie Berry (Teen fantasy)

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee  by Jeff Zentner

The 104-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Humor/Adventure)

Born to Rock  by James Patterson (Humor/Adventure)

Game of Stars by Sayantani Dasgupta (Fantasy; Kiranmala Book #2)

The Hive Queen by Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire book #12)

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce (Humor/Adventure)

Princess Before Dawn by E.D. Baker (Fantasy)

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey (Sci-fi/Adventure)


Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear (Sci Fi)

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna by  Mario Giordano (Mystery)

The Border by Don Winslow (Suspense)

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles (Suspense)

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn (Mystery; Veronica Speedwell #4))

The Dragonfly Sea by Yvonne Owuor (Family saga)

A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle (Mystery/Humor)

Gingerbread  by Helen Oyeyemi (Magical realism/Family secrets)

Hunting Game by Helene Tursten (Mystery/Sweden)

The Huntress by Kate Quinn (Historical suspense)

The Irishman’s Daughter by V.S. Alexander (Historical saga)

Island of the Sea Women by Lisa See (Historical drama/Korea)

Landfall by Thomas Mallon (Political drama)

Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets (Suspense/Canada)

Little Faith by Nickolas Butler (Family drama)

The Malta Exchange by Steve Berry (Political suspense)

Memories of the Future by Siri Hustvedt (Literary fiction)

Open Carry by Marc Cameron (Suspense)

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Fantasy)

The River by Peter Heller (Psychological suspense)

Run Away by Harlan Coben (Suspense)

The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack by H.M. Naqvi (Whimsical epic)

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Mystery)

Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon (Mystery; Guido Brunetti #28)

Waiting for Bojangles by Olivier Bourdeaut (Unusual family drama; Award winner/France)

The Wall by John Lanchester (Dystopian drama)

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box (Mystery; Joe Pickett #19)


Horizon by Barry Lopez (Travel memoir)

The Lost Gutenberg: the astounding story of one book’s 500-year odyssey by Margaret Davis

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: the daring young woman who led France’s largest spy network against Hitler by Lynne Olson

Mama’s Last Hug: animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves by Frans deWaal

Our History is the Future: Standing Rock vs. the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the long tradition of indigenous resistance by Nick Estes

This Much Country by Kristin Knight Pace (Memoir/Alaska)

Vegetables Illustrated: an inspiring guide with 700+ kitchen tested recipes by America’s Test Kitchen

What You Have Heard is True: a memoir of witness and resistance by Carolyn Forche


Ben is Back (Julia Roberts)

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Melissa McCarthy)

The Favourite (Olivia Colman, Emma Stone & Rachel Weisz)

Green Book (Viggo Mortensen & Mahershala Ali)

Mary Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie )


Martha Cohen, Library Director