January at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

January 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.

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


New Yoga Storytime, January 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga Storytimes with Ms. Sue are starting here at the Library on the second Saturday of each month at our regular storytime, 10:30–11:15 a.m. from January–June 2019. Mindful Movement with Ms Sue helps young ones learn the importance of connecting their mind, breath and body. A fun way to discover Your Own Great Adventure (YOGA) with stories and yoga poses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

New Infant/Toddler/Preschool Playgroup

Families and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschool children are welcome to join our new Playgroup in the community room at Belding Library on the following Wednesdays from 2–3:45 p.m. and  Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.:  January 2, 5, 9, 16, 23, 26 & 30, February 2, 6, 9, 13, 20 & 27.

The Playgroup is run by parents and caregivers and the idea is to follow the children’s lead for play, with table toys, dress up, building, and creative materials supplied and available. A light snack on Wednesdays and coffee, tea, and water available both days.

We will change as needs do — so please share your ideas and invite your friends!

Group leaders are Elizabeth and Jennifer. Email for Info: Jennylee.Wildermuth@hotmail.com


NEW Book Group Forming at Belding Library: Monday, January 14, 3–5 p.m.

Are you an enthusiastic reader? Someone who likes to discuss books and ideas? Someone who is passionate about delving into fiction, non-fiction, international texts, poetry, plays, and off-beat literature?

Please join us on the second Mondays of each month from 3–5 p.m. at the Belding Library.

Our first meeting will be on January 14 and the book  we will discuss is Elaine Pagels’ Why Religion? A Personal Story. Please call the Library to reserve a copy of the book.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at vkworth@gmail.com

The Library Quilt: A Winter Reading Challenge for Adults through March 2019

Reading is the perfect activity for the winter months, when, thanks to the chilly, snowy weather, we often find ourselves spending lots of time inside, sipping hot drinks, donning cozy socks and tending the wood stove. So make that reading count: join the Library Quilt Reading Challenge. Pick up a “Quilt Square” at the library and track your winter reading.

Then, on Wednesday, March 20, the first day of spring, the Library will host a chocolate fondue party from 6:30–8:30 p.m. for all the Library Quilt participants, where we can share with friends and neighbors all the books that kept us company through the cold winter.

For more information, drop by the library anytime and ask about the Library Quilt Winter Reading Challenge.

Library Exhibit: Rustic Clocks

Ashfield rustic-furniture maker Collin Ricketts will have a display of his “woodland clocks” at the Library in January. He uses native materials that he collects from our local forests.

Seeking Volunteers…

To read stories to toddlers and preschoolers at Saturday morning storytimes.

To deliver library materials to homebound folks who are unable to get to Main Street building.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction


The Brain (Science Comics) by Tory Woollcott

Collage Workshop for Kids: rip, snip, cut and create with inspiration from the Eric Carle Museum by Shannon Merenstein

Guinness Book of World Records 2019

National Parks of the USA by Kate Siber

Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison (Middle School; Humor/Romance)

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (Teen Fantasy; Dark Artifices #3)

Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey (Dog Man #6)

Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan (Time Mash-up Adventure)

Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty (The Questioneers #1)

Shine of the Silver Dragon by Tracey West (Dragon Masters #11)

Treasure of the Gold Dragon by Tracey West (Dragon Masters #12)

Twilight of the Elves by Zack Loran Clark (Adventurers Guild #2)

If DaVinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold (Picture Book)

Picasso Painted a Snowman by Amy Newbold (Picture Book)

Just Add Glitter by Tony DiTerlizzi (Picture Book)

Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc (Picture Book)

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands by Rafael Lopez (Picture Book)

Winter is Here by Kevin Henkes (Picture Book)


At the End of the Century: the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel (Romance)

Broken Ground by Val McDermid (Mystery/Scotland; Karen Pirie #5)

Bryant and May: Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler (Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery #15)

The Gown: a novel of the royal wedding by Jennifer Robson (Historical drama)

Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates (Sci-fi)

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin (Rebus Mystery #24)

Into the NIght by Sarah Bailey (Mystery/Australia)

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny (Three Pines Mystery #14)

Milkman by Anna Burns (Historical suspense/Northern Ireland)

Money in the Morgue by Ngaio Marsh & Stella Duffy (Mystery)

Not of This Fold by Mette Ivie Harrison (Mystery/Utah Mormons)

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield (Suspense/England)

The Songbird by Marcia Willett (Romance)


The Ghost Photographer: a Hollywood executive discovers the real world of make-believe by Julie Rieger

Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler: how birds got their names by Stephen Moss

Never Home Alone: from microbes to millipedes, camel crickets and honeybees, the natural history of where we live by Rob Dunn

The New Childhood: raising kids to thrive in a connected world by Jordan Shapiro

The Noma Guide to fermentation: foundations of flavor by Rene Redzepi & David Zilber

Walking Each Other Home: conversations on loving and dying by Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush


Crazy Rich Asians (Romantic Comedy)

Elizabeth I and Her Enemies (BBC)

Father Brown, Season 6 (BBC)

Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2 (Hulu)

The Incredibles 2 (Animation)

Searching  (Thriller w/John Cho)


Martha Cohen, Library Director