December Free Events at the Library

Storytimes for Families with Young Children: Saturday, December 5, 12 and 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Book Reading & Signing with Arianna Collins: Saturday, December 12, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Soup & Syrian Fiction: A Book Group Planning Meeting: Saturday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.

Discover Hearken to Avalon by Arianna Alexsandra Collins!  Saturday, December 12, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

The library will host Ashfield resident Arianna Alexsandra Collins—poet, priestess, naturalist and  writer—who will read from her new novel, Hearken to Avalon, on Saturday, December 12th, from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 pm. A historical fantasy, Hearken to Avalon is “a dazzling tale of myth and magic.” Refreshments will be served along with savory passages. Books will be on sale; cash or checks only.

Share Soup and Help Plan a Syrian Fiction Book Discussion Group!  Saturday, December 19, 1 p.m.     

The Library will host a planning meeting for a book discussion group to run monthly from January to May 2016. Books to be read will be part of a collection of short novels by Syrian writers recently donated to the Library. Soup will be served and all books will be available to peruse.

The Soup to be sampled at the meeting will be from the delectable recipes (by many famous chefs) in the new cookbook Soup for Syria, published by Interlink Publishing in Northampton. The profits from the sale of this humanitarian cookbook project will be donated to the UN refugee agency UNHCR to provide urgently needed food relief for Syrian refugees. The library owns a copy of the cookbook.



New Selections at the Library

Holiday Books for Children

Click Clack Ho Ho Ho! by Doreen Cronin

Frog and Friends Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year by Eve Bunting

Jingle Bells: a magical cut-paper edition by James Lord Pierpont

Merry Merry Holly Holly By Dori Chaconas

Over the River and Through the Wood by Linda Ashman (Delightfully modern version!)

The Parakeet Named Dreidel by Isaac Singer (and Suzanne Berkson)

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

The Twelve Days of Christmas in New England by Toni Buzzeo

When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey


Youth Fiction

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School  by Jeff Kinney

Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Ms. Marvel 3 by Willow Wilson

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Mystery)

Tournament of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio (Mystery/Adventure)  

Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, final book)

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld (Sci-fi/Adventure)


CD Books for Children

Eloise Audio Collection (4 books) by Kay Thompson; read by Bernadette Peters

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein; read by Jesse Bernstein

Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter read by Katherine Kellgren

Wonder by R.J. Palacio



Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

A Banquet of Consequences  by Elizabeth George (Mystery)

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Horror/Short Stories)

Corrupted  by Lisa Scottoline (Suspense)

The Crossing by Michael Connelly (Suspense)

Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell (Mystery)

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell  (Mystery)

Hostage by Kristina Ohlsson (Swedish Suspense)

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild (Romantic Suspense)

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Historical Fiction)

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom (Inspirational Fiction)

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Historical Fiction)

Numero Uno by Umberto Eco (Literary Mystery)

Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen (Suspense)

The Promise  by Robert Crais (Suspense)

Woman with a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine (Literary Mystery)

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith (Inspirational Mystery)



Do Unto Animals: a friendly guide to how animals live and how we can make their lives better

by Tracey Stewart

Knitting Pearls: writers writing about knitting by Ann Hood (Short Stories)

Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix  (Cookbook)

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem (Memoir)

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh by Kathryn Aalto

Pacific by Simon Winchester (History/Geography)

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders

The White Road: journey into an obsession by Edmund De Waal (Art/Memoir)

Wilkie Collins  by Peter Ackroyd (Biography)

The Witches: Salem,1692  by Stacy Schiff  (MA History)



Better Call Saul: Season One  (Bob Odenkirk)

End of the Tour (Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel)

I’ll See You in my Dreams  (Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott)

Inside Out  (Pixar Animation)

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Series 3

Mr. Holmes (Ian McKellen, Laura Linney)

Ricki and the Flash (Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline)

Shaun the Sheep (Aardman Stop-Motion Animation)