Storytime for Families with Young Children

Saturdays 10:30–11:15 am

Note: no storytime on February 22

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

Children’s Play Group. Two Meeting Times!

Mondays 3–4:30 pm
Game Play: school-age kids

Fridays 9:30–11 am
Play Group: toddlers/young kids

Belding Library welcomes the return of Ashfield’s Play Group! Activities will vary based on attendance and the group’s needs. The group will meet in the downstairs community room or outside on the library back lawn, as weather and interest allow. Provided are light healthy snacks for kids, water and tea/coffee for adults.

On Mondays, join in some game play after school for elementary-age kids, siblings and their caregivers. Bring your favorite games, check out what we have or create your own games.

On Fridays, toddlers, young children, siblings and their caregivers can enjoy fun, developmentally guided exploration and free play with friends. (Note: the library is not open on Friday, so please enter through the rear door to the building.)

Lego Lady

Saturday February 22, 11am–12:30pm

The Lego Lady returns to Ashfield! Come play with a mountain of legos. Open to ages 5 and up. (3 and up if accompanied by a parent.)

Ukulele Strum-a-long with Dan Frank

Mondays 6:30–7:30 pm

Join friends and neighbors for a free weekly ukulele strum-a-long with musician Dan Frank. Music, ukuleles and guidance will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own instruments.

Writer’s Read

Sunday February 2, 2–4 pm

Meets every first Saturday, sponsored by the Straw Dogs Writers Guild. Featured writer: Alice Barret. The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by questions and answers. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each.

Open Book Group

Monday February 3, 4–6 pm

Book Selection: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Copies are available at the Library.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at

Library Exhibit:

Jenny and Peter Wildermuth chronicled the restoration of their historical house on Spruce Corner in the January issue of the Ashfield Times. This month, they’re showcasing their unusual finds of objects around the property.

New Selections
at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

19 Love Songs — David Levithan (teen fiction)

Just Breathe — Cammie McGovern (teen fiction)

All The Days Past, All the Days to Come — Mildred Taylor (teen fiction)

Woven in Moonlight — Isabel Ibañez (teen fiction)

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work — Tiffany Jewel (a young adult’s guide to activism)

Sunnyside Plaza — Scott Simons (middle grade fiction)

Freedom Soup — Tami Charles (picture book)

Here and now — Julia Denos (picture book)

Grumpy monkey — Suzanne Lang (picture book)

Not a Bean — Claudia Guadalupe Martinez (picture book)


A Long Petal of the Sea — Isabel Allende

Lady Clementine — Marie Benedict

The Other End of the Line — Andrea Camilleri

Girl, Woman, Other — Bernadine Evaristo

House on Fire — Joseph Finder

Family Lexicon — Natalia Ginzburg

The Glittering House — Iona Grey

Under Nushagak Bluff — Mia Heavener

Little Gods — Meng Jin

All That’s Bright and Gone — Eliza Nellums

The Wild One — Nicholas Petrie

Topics of Conversation — Miranda Popkey

Such a Fun Age — Kiley Reid

Many Rivers to Cross — Peter Robinson

All the Ways we Said Goodbye: a novel of the Ritz Paris — Beatriz Williams


In the Dream House — Carmen Maria Machado 

One Long River of Song — Brian Doyle

The Blue Zones Kitchen — Dan Buettner

What’s Your Pronoun?: Beyond He & She — Dennis Baron

The Montessori Toddler: a parent’s guide to raising a curious and responsible human — Simone Davies

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope — Howard Axelrod

The History of Philosophy — A.C. Grayling


The Terror — Season 1

A Place to Call Home — Season 4

Killing Eve — Seasons 1&2


The Good Wife — Season 1–5

Big Little Lies — Season 2