July at the Library


Attend the Summer Sun-Tea Poet-Tea!

Saturday July 8, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Join the Saturday afternoon poetry reading in the backyard of Belding Library! Share your poems or poems of your favorite poet while sipping herbal sun teas or lemonade and nibbling on seasonal treats.  This event is sponsored by Hearken to Avalon, offerings for Community Building, the Missions and Social Justice Committee of the First Congregational Church, UCC Ashfield and Belding Memorial Library.

Also, please visit the Farmer’s Market every Saturday this summer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   On Saturday, July 8th, Belding Library is sponsoring Anna Sobel from Talking Hands Theater at the Farmer’s Market. Anna will be telling stories all morning about Fairies and Magic!

On Being Ill: A Conversation About

the Experience of Caregiving and Illness

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to a Wednesday evening conversation about the experience of caregiving and illness,  with readings from Virginia Woolf’sOn Being Illand  Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen, Woolf’s mother. Readers will feature Ashfield residents Jane Lund, Kim Mancuso, Julie Orfirer, Susannah Lee and Paris Press director Jan Freeman.

Books will be available to purchase. To order On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms  go towww.parispress.org.   This event is sponsored by Paris Press, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Schocken Family Foundation.


Special Summer Exhibit: Handmade in Ashfield

In July and August, the Library will host a special exhibit of items made in Ashfield! We want something made by YOU for the exhibit! We welcome items made by our local artists, artisans and craftspeople but we also encourage folks of any age to bring in something handmade …racing cars, Lego buildings, jewelry, duct tape creations, anything special you like to make and are willing to display. We are collecting handmade items NOW for the summer display!


Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World!

Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Children of all ages are encouraged to join this year’s Library Summer Reading Program! The program encourages kids to keep up their reading skills over the summer and to visit the library to find new and exciting books to read.  Drop by the Library during open hours to pick up a reading log and  reading-related goodies. Here is the schedule of  free, fun summer programs:

June 28:     Build A Pizza with Country Pie

July 5:      Help A Pet with Esther Coler

July 12:      Weave Recycled Materials with Helene Uprichard

July 19:      Free-form Building with Karen Sullivan

July 26:   Create a Fort or Playhouse with Mary Monohon

August 2:  Kids Can Make A Difference with MA Senator Adam Hinds

August 9:  Summer Party with make-your-own-sundaes!


 Fax service now available at the Library!

The Library now has a fax machine for public use, at the cost of .10/page. Thanks to the Ashfield police department for donating the machine to the library.


Thank you…

To Laura Stravino for a delightful June storytime reading!

To Jeanne Robertson and the Sanderson second grade for a wonderful library visit in June!

To Claire Cournand for her continuing donation of the NY Review of Books, the London Review of Books and The Week magazine to our Library!


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Fact

Lord of the Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Teen/Fantasy)

Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have by Sarah Dees

Dog Man and Dog Man Unleashed  by Dav Pilkey (Humor)

The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry (Fantasy)

Lilly and Fin: a mermaid’s tale by Cornelia Funke (Fantasy)

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney(Picture Book)

The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd-Stanton (Picture Book)

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi (Picture Book)

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney (Picture Book)


Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton (Mystery)

Camino Island  by John Grisham (Suspense)

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (Ruth Galloway Mystery #9)

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy (Psychological suspense)

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Historical saga)

A Fugitive in Walden Woods  by Norman Lock (Historical fiction/MA)

The Force  by Don Winslow (Suspense)

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly (Psychological suspense)

A House Among the Trees  by Julia Glass (Literary family saga)

The Identicals  by Elin Hilderbrand (Summer romance)

I Found You  by Lisa Jewell (Psychological suspense)

Kiss Carlo  by Adriana Trigiani (Historical family saga)

Knife Creek  by Paul Doiron (Mike Bowditch Mystery #8)

The Little French Bistro by Nina George (Romantic adventure)

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne (Suspense)

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Agatha Christie-style mystery)

Matchup edited by Lee Child (Mystery anthology)

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness  by Arundhati Roy (Family & political saga/India)

Murder in Saint-Germain  by Cara Black  (Mystery/France)

Odd Numbers by Anne Holt (Suspense/Norway)

Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw (Mystery/Maine coast)

The Silent Corner  by Dean Koontz (Psychological suspense)

Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green (Family saga)

The Switch  by Joseph Finder (Political suspense)

The Templar’s Last Secret by Martin Walker (Mystery/France)


Churchill and Orwell: the fight for freedom by Thomas Ricks (History)

Grocery: the buying and selling of food in America  by Michael Ruhlman (Diet/Economics)

Growing A Revolution: Bringing our soil back to life by David Montgomery (Ecology)

Guesswork: a reckoning with loss by Martha Cooley (Memoir)

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?  by Alan Alda

Theft by Finding: diaries 1977-2002   by David Sedaris

You Don’t have to Say You Love Me  by Sherman Alexie (Memoir)

You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!(and other myths) by Laura Erickson-Schroth (Gender/Identity)


Beauty and the Beast (Emma Watson & Dan Stevens)

The LEGO Batman Movie (Animation)

Planet Earth II (BBC, David Attenborough)