Fun, Free programs for Preschool and Elementary Age Children at Belding Library this Summer!

Meet our Ashfield Local Heroes — Wednesdays, 2:30-4 pm

July 1: Double Edge Theatre, Actors

July 8:  Zoe and Friends, Singers

July 15:  Beverly Duncan, Artist (Drawing)

July 22:  Phil Nolan, Recycle & Rubbish Expert

July 29:  Bob Markey, Artist (Painting)

August 5:  Michael Hulburt, Juggler

August 12:  Ted Murray, Bee-keeper


Library Exhibits: Antique Book Plates

Visit our New Paperback Book Swap. Open during library hours, donations welcome!


Be a Reading Hero  — Join the Summer Reading Program!

The Library encourages preschool and elementary age children to join this year’s Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story! Drop by the library during open hours to pick up a Reading Hero packet, which includes bookmarks, pencil, wristband, ice cream cone coupon, reading log, special event flyer and an Ashfield Kid’s Favorites Book List! In addition to entering for end-of-the-summer prizes (like Big E tickets and Friendly’s coupons), every week all Reading Heroes can help create the Ashfield Summer Reading Mural by adding a drawing or favorite quote/scene from books read during the summer.

Also, thanks to the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls, all Ashfield Reading Heroes can visit the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, and ride the Little Yellow Trolley for free on July 9 from 10 am to noon. Please sign up at Belding Library! When visiting the trolley, children participating in the Summer Reading Program must bring their reading log (picked up at the library) with them. In addition to a free trolley ride, Marie Bartlett will read every half hour from her book The Little Yellow Trolley”, there will be coloring pages for kids in a coloring corner, a “train table” time, the pump car for those big enough, and the caboose will be open for self-guided tours. Each child will be given a special Trolley Museum card made for this visit.

New Computers at the Library!

Many thanks to the Friends of the Belding Library for their generous purchase of two brand new public computers for the Library! Come in to the library, check out the CW Mars automated catalog, visit your favorite Internet site, use Microsoft Office 2013 and type or print your Word documents.

Got Classics?!

The Library is expanding and updating our well-used Classics collection and we need your help. We would like to replace many tattered and crumbling volumes by authors such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, William Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis, Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf. Please drop by the library to see a complete list of classic titles we need. The library would especially appreciate hardcover books in good condition.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful summer! Feel free to ask at the library for summer reading suggestions and for help downloading books onto your Kindle, Ipad, smartphone or other electronic device!


New Selections at the Library


All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank (Great beach read)

Bitter Creek by Peter Bowen (Mystery)

Dark Moon Walking/Black Tide Rising by RJ McMillen (Pacific NW Mysteries)

Finders Keepers by Stephen King  (Horror/Mystery)

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (Family saga)

The Kill  by Jane Casey (Suspense)

Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf (Literary fiction; author’s last work)

Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews (Suspense/Espionage)

People of the Songtrail by W. Michael and Katherine Gear (Historical fantasy)

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Science fiction)

The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows (Historical fiction)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (Fantasy)



The Fellowship: the literary lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip and Carol Zaleski

Out of Orange  by Cleary Wolters (Prison Memoir)

Pioneer Girl: the annotated autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Books on CD

Runner by Patrick Lee/read by Raul Esparza (Suspense)

The Starling Project by Jeffrey Deaver (Suspense Drama performed by Alfred Molina and cast)



Black Sea (Jude Law)

Kingsman: the Secret Service  (Colin Firth)

McFarland USA  (Kevin Costner)

Rich Hill (Documentary on poverty in America)

The Screen Painters (Short documentary on painting Baltimore screens)

Spare Parts (George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marisa Tomei)