August at the Library

“A Universe of Stories,” Summer Reading for Youth

Children of all ages are encouraged to join this year’s Library Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories.” The program encourages kids to keep up their reading skills over the summer and to visit the library to find new and exciting books to read. Drop by the library to pick up Summer Reading Program materials, reading-related goodies, and a schedule of fun summer programs.

Summer programs for kids will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3–4 pm through August 14.  Programs, with stories, songs and activities, in keeping with the “Universe” theme will focus on stars, planets, space aliens, the sun, comets and space travel. The program finale on August 14 will be a space dance and ice cream party on the library back lawn.


As a special treat, folks of all ages are invited to experience Starlab, the Springfield Science Museum’s portable planetarium. Starlab’s “Night Sky” will be offered free for three shows on Saturday, August 10, at 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m on the upper floor of the Ashfield Town Hall.  Make a note not to miss this special opportunity!


Summer Reading BINGO for Adults!

This summer, back by popular demand, is the library’s a reading program for adults, making it a fun challenge for grownup folks to read at least four books during June, July and August. Everyone who participates will be treated to a wine, cheese and chocolates party on Wednesday August 28 from 6:30–8:30 pm, where you can share all your favorite books with friends and neighbors. So drop by the library to pick up your second annual Summer Reading BINGO sheet.

Read it on a Kindle Fire E-Reader from the Library

You can now borrow an e-reader from the library. Just call or drop by to reserve the Kindle Fire for three weeks, and let us know the titles of some books you are interested in reading. Library staff will download one of your titles onto the Kindle and will show you how it works. If you have been interested in trying out a Kindle or you’ve wondered whether it would work for you, now is your chance.


Extended Hours for July, August and September:

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanks to increased patronage and community support, the library is open for a trial period of three months on Thursdays. All regular library services will be offered, with board games, iced tea and snacks available all day.


Second Book Return Added at Library Back Door

The library’s 24-hour front door book-return slot is often difficult to get to at night, in bad weather and by those folks for whom climbing the stone steps is unsafe. So there is now has a second 24-hour materials return box at the back door. Thanks to Sandy and Tom Carter for transporting the somewhat awkward metal return unit to its new home! And thanks to Ed Branson for leveling and enhancing the sturdiness of the book drop!


New Selections at the Library 

Youth Fact and Fiction

Bea Garcia chapter books 1–4 by Deborah Zemke (Early Readers)

From 1 to 10 by Mies Van Hout (Picture book)

Hum and Swish by Matt Myers (Picture book)

It Feels Good to be Yourself by Theresa Thom (Picture book)

One Dark Bird by Liz Scanlon (Picture book)

Truman (the turtle) by Jean Reidy (Picture book)


Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron (Mystery; Mike Bowditch #10)

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane (Family saga)

Basquiat: a graphic novel by Paolo Parisi (Fictional Biography)

The Body in Question by Jill Ciment (Legal suspense)

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Romance/Humor)

The Chain by Adrian McKinty (Psychological suspense)

Costalegre by Courtney Maum (Historical saga)

Deep River by Karl Marlantes (Historical drama)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (Family life/Humor)

The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman (Mystery/Vermont)

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams (Historical drama)

Hope Rides Again by Andrew Shaffer (Mystery; Obama & Biden #2)

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman (Mystery (Suspense)

The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradel (Family drama)

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Suspense)

The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad (Historical drama/WWII)

The New Girl by Daniel Silva (Suspense; Gabriel Allon #19)

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Historical drama)

One Good Deed by David Baldacci (Suspense)

Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe (Humor/Coming-of-age)

The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith (Humor; Paul Stuart #2)

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (Family drama; Immigrant experience)

Shamed by Linda Castillo (Amish Mystery; Kate Burkholder #11)

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch (Family drama/ Appalachia)

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer (Romance)

Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky (Family drama/Humor)

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Psychological suspense)


Beneath the Tamarind Tree: a story of courage, family and the lost schoolgirls of Boko Haram by Isha Sesay

Buzz, Sting, Bite: why we need insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

How to Give Up Plastic: a guide to changing the world one plastic bottle at a time by Will McCallum

Late Migrations: a natural history of love and loss by Margaret Renki

Leaving the Witness: exiting a religion and finding a life by Amber Scorah

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei  (Graphic memoir)


Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

Endeavour, Season 6 (Masterpiece Mystery)

The Magicians, Season Four  (Fantasy series)

Orange is the New Black, Season 6

Shazam! (Comedy/Superheroes)

Woman at War (Comedy/Iceland)