Curbside Pickup:

Pickup hours: Monday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pickup has moved into our entryway. Only one patron or family group is allowed at a time. Check out our newest books and movies while you’re there! Prefer to wait in your car? Let us know ahead of time and we will bring your items out to you. 

When the weather improves, you can expect outside browsing! 

NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley

Libraries in the Woods is co-hosting a community read of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The narrative flashes between a pre- and post- apocalyptic world, focusing on the importance of art and the resilience of community in the face of a pandemic. 

Attend Emily St. John Mandel’s virtual visit on April 27 at 7 p. m.

Attend a zine-making workshop with artist Anne Thalheimer on May 2 at 2 p. m.

Attend our town book discussion on May 18 at 6:30 p. m.

With 21 libraries participating, there are dozens of events to choose from! Check the full list online 

Pick up a copy of the book at Belding Memorial Library. After our own pandemic year, there is much to talk about.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is sponsored by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

Musical storytime:

Musical storytime on Zoom, held most Tuesdays at 4:30 p. m., continuing through June. For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Join Julie Stepanek for stories and songs with help from her stuffed animal friends. Snuggle up to listen or join in the fingerplays! Contact the library for the link.

Staying in Touch:

Looking for tech help, account support, or book recommendations? Do you want assistance with a research project? Ask our librarian. For students and their families: We can provide support for homeschoolers and remote learners. This includes nonfiction titles, language learning resources, science projects, art activities, and more. 

Remote Library Resources:

You can access digital books, audiobooks, and magazines anytime, anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is your CWMARS library card. Browse the digital collection at

New Items at the Library:

Adult Fiction

A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

A Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire
American Delirium by Betina González

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Before She Disappeared by Lisa Gardner

Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Bluebeard’s First Wife by Ha Seong-Nan

Dark Sky by C.J. Box

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

Girl A by Abigail Dean

Girls with Bright Futures by Tracy Dobmeier

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

In the Garden of Spite: a novel of the black widow of La Porte by Camilla Bruce

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Leave the world behind by Rumaan Alam

Missing and Endangered by J.A. Jance

My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee

Never Far Away by Michael Kortya

Outlawed by Anna North

Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn

Sleep Well, My Lady by Kwei Quartey

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

The Art of Falling by Danielle McLaughlin

The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Conjure-man Dies by Rudolph Fisher

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: stories by Marian Enriquez

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell 

The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck

The Liar’s Dictionary a novel by Eley Williams

The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane

The Low Desert: Gangster Stories by Tod Goldberg

The Removed by Brandon Hobson

The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata by Gina Apostol

Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

Adult Nonfiction

A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South by Ben Montgomery 

American Baby: a mother, a child, and the shadow history of adoption by Gabrielle Glaser

Bag Man: the wild crimes, audacious cover-up & spectacular downfall of a brazen crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz

Be the Refuge: raising the voices of Asian American Buddhists by Chenxing Han

Fundamentals: ten keys to reality by Frank Wilczek

Parwana: recipes and stories from an Afgran kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi

Square Haunting: five lives in London between the wars by Francesca Wade

The Address Book : what street addresses reveal about identity, race, wealth, and power by Diedre Mask

The Anti-racist Writing Workshop: how to decolonize the creative classroom by Falicia Rose Chavez

The Chemistry of Fire: essays by Laurence Gonzales

The Spirit of Music by Victor L. Wooten

Tomorrow the Sex Will Be Good Again: Women and Desire in the Age of Consent by Katherine Angel

Under a white sky: the nature of the future by Elizabeth Kolbert

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Unworthy Republic: the dispossession of Native Americans and the road to Indian territory by Claudio Saunt

You are Not American: citizenship stripping from Dred Scott to the dreamers by Amanda Frost


I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Luster by Raven Leilani

Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab 

The night watchman by Louise Erdrich

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett


Dead to Me: Season 1 (2019)

Hustlers (2019)

Promising Young Woman (2020)

The Crown: Season 3 (2019)

The Story of Film: an odyssey by Mark Cousins

Children’s fact and fiction

1,001 Creatures by Laura Merz

A Game of Fox & Squirrels by Jenn Reese

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen Venable (graphic novel)

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Hilo: Volume 7 by Judd Winick (graphic novel)

Human Body Activity Book for Kids by Katie Stokes

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley

Moonshot: the flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Nicky & Vera: a quiet hero of the Holocaust and the children he rescued by Peter Sís

One Step Further : my story of math, the moon, and a life-long mission by Katherine Johnson

Shackles from the Deep: tracing the path of a sunken slave ship, a bitter past, and a rich legacy by Michael H. Cottman

Starla Jean : which came first: the chicken or the friendship? by Elana K. Arnold

The Baby-sitters Club series by Raina Telgemier (graphic novel)

The Barren Grounds by David Robertson

The Brilliant Deep : rebuilding the world’s coral reefs : the story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation by Kate Messner

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

The Sea in Winter by Christine Day

The Sea-ringed World: sacred stories of the Americas by María García Esperón

The Ups and Downs of Gravity by David A. Adler

Wink by Rob Harrell

Picture books

A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B. Klein

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne

Over the Shop by JonArno Lawson

Scarlet’s Tale by Audrey Vernick

Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas

The Blue Roses by Linda Boyden

The Paper Boat by Thao Lam

The Whole Hole Story by Vivian McInerny

Time for Kenny by Brian Pinkney

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

Teen Fact & Fiction

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Odessa by Jonathan Hill (graphic novel)

The Cat I Never Named: a true story of love, war, and survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (graphic novel)

The Weirn Books: Nightschool Edition by Svetlana Chmakova (graphic novel)