Saturday Storytimes
Families with young children are enjoying the Library’s new Saturday morning Storytimes. We will be continuing into February, so please bring your little ones to the Belding children’s room at 10:30am on Saturdays for a cozy storytime followed by time to play, read on your own and visit with other families.

New Newspaper Access at the Library
Belding Library now subscribes to the West County Independent, in paper format, published every two weeks. The library also has online access to the Greenfield Recorder so you can read the daily paper on the library computers or on your laptops or tablets. Ask for access information at the main desk when you visit Belding Library.

Paperback Donations Needed
In the Spring, Belding library is setting up an ongoing Paperback Swap. Library users will be able to bring in their paperbacks and trade them for others that look interesting. The library is starting now to collect paperbacks to get this Swap going. If you have newer, in-good-condition paperbacks you think other folks in town might like to read, please drop them off at the library for the Paperback Swap!

Pajama Drive at Belding Library
Our library, along with other area libraries, is supporting the 8th Annual Pajama Drive sponsored by the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons, a charitable group that helps low-income and homeless children. The PJ Drive will run from February 1st to March 16th and provides new pajamas for children in need throughout the Commonwealth. Here’s how it works – you purchase a new pair of child’s pajamas (sizes: 4/5T – 18/20), bring it to Belding Library and look for the PJ Drive Donation box. The Mass Library System and Mass Board of Library Commissioners will make sure all donations made in Ashfield get to Cradles to Crayons, who will distribute the pajamas across the state. Thank you!

Volunteer Opportunities at the Library
Volunteers have always played a valuable role in helping Belding Library thrive. A huge thank you to all past and current library volunteers! We are now expanding the ways volunteers can help in the library –

*Saturday morning helpers – Reliable folks to check books in and out, answer the phone, shelve books and keep the collection looking great.
*Program organizers – Creative folks with ideas for programs that would appeal to the Ashfield community and would be willing to organize and facilitate these programs with library staff.
*Local Heroes – Generous folks who would be willing to share their skills and talents on one Wednesday afternoon this summer in an interactive program with Ashfield young people. For example: musicians, artists, craftspeople, folks with interesting/unusual hobbies or jobs.
*Story Readers – Animated folks to read stories on a Saturday morning to young children.

If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, drop by the library, call (628-4414) or email ( or


New Selections at the Library

Children’s Materials
Caillou Adventures (In the Garden, Train Trip, Everyday Hero) – DVDs
Cat in the Hat (The Skin You’re In) – DVD

Animal Stories by Jane Yolen and family
Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall
Monkey Me (New Reader Series) by Timothy Roland
National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver
Nick and Tesla’s Super Cyborg Gadget Glove by Bob Pflugfelder
Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder
…and a number of lovely picture books.

Teen Books
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Ms Marvel 1
Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly
Visitors by Orson Scott Card
Where She Went by Gail Forman

A Fine Summer’s Day by Charles Todd (Mystery)
A String of Beads by Thomas Perry (Mystery)
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman (Short stories)
An Appetite for Violets by Martine Bailey (Historical mystery)
Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos (Mystery)
Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag (Suspense)
Descent by Tim Johnston (Adventure/Suspense)
Die Again by Tess Gerritsen (Suspense)
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Etta Hooper (Literary fiction)
First Frost by Sarah Allen Addison (Family drama w/a little magic)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Suspense)
The Hollow Land by Jane Gardam (Literary fiction)
Honeydew by Edith Pearlman (Short stories)
John LeCarre: The First Three Novels (Classic Reissue)
Saving Grace by Jane Green (Contemporary fiction)
Tell by Frances Itani (Historical fiction)
West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan (Biographical fiction about F.Scott Fitzgerald)

Adventures in the Anthropocene by Gaia Vince (Global environment)
Changing the Conversation by Dana Caspersen (Conflict management)
How the Body Knows the Mind by Sian Bellock (Wholistic exploration)
Leaving Before the Rain Comes by Alexandra Fuller (Memoir)
My Life as a Foreign Country by Brian Turner (War memoir)
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the US (7th Ed.)

Books on CD
Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer (Suspense)
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick (Fiction)
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Fiction)
Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech (Fiction)
Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman (Mystery)
Yes Please by Amy Poehler (Humorous memoir)

Boyhood (Oscar Nominee w/Ethan Hawke)
Frank (Offbeat music-themed comedy)
Gone Girl (Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike)
The Good Lie (Reese Witherspoon)
The Honorable Woman (BBC)
Keep On Keepin On (Jazz Music Documentary)
Love is Strange (Alfred Moline, John Lithgow)
Magic in the Moonlight (Colin Firth, Woody Allen dir.)
Maze Runner (from the James Dashner book)
Pride (Bill Nighy)