June Free Events at the Library

Storytime for Families with Young Children:

Saturday, June 4 and 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Puppet Show: “Bugaboo Revue!” with Talking Hands Theatre

Saturday June 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Some people love creepy crawlies— and some people think they’re just plain gross! Miss Rosey’s from the city, but this year she’s planting a garden. Watch out bugs! She’s out to get you! The bugs plan a musical “revue,” and each one sings an interactive song in a different musical style. Learn more about why it’s important to keep bugs alive and eat and garden organically. The puppet show is recommended for families with children ages 2-8.

The Library thanks the Ashfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Belding Library for sponsoring this puppet show!

Library Exhibits:

Ramon Sears’ collection of late 1800 & 1900’s medicines and utensils used to treat human and animal ailments.

Clay sculptures made by Sanderson Academy art students

Paintings by Mohawk Regional art students


Still Needed: Summer Reading Program Volunteers!!

Do you have an hour on a Wednesday afternoon in July or August to lead an activity for our elementary school age kids in Ashfield?  The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program — Ready Set…Read! —  is fitness and games.  So the Library is looking for folks to lead activities such as Frisbee, Hopscotch, a Bike Ride, Paper Airplane making, Hula Hoops, Jump Rope, Baseball practice,  Nerf football, or any kind of Dancing. We are also open to other ideas you may have. Please contact the Library if you are interested – thank you!


Summer Reading Program

Children of all ages may  join the Library Summer Reading Program as soon as school is finished in June!  The Summer Reading 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 anytime after June 18 to pick up Summer Reading Program materials, reading-related goodies and a schedule of fun summer programs.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Nonfiction

Ape Quartet, Book 3: Rescued by Eliot Schrefer (Animal adventure)

Talon Saga 3: Soldier by Julie Kawaga (Dragon Fantasy)

Thrones and Bones, Book Two: Nightborn  by Lou Anders(Exciting Viking-inspired adventure)

Trials of Apollo, Book One: the Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Warriors, A Vision of Shadows: The Apprentice’s Quest  by Erin Hunter

Wolf Hollow  by Lauren Wolk (Historical fiction)



After the Fire by Jane Casey (Suspense)

Bloodroot  by Cynthia Riggs (Mystery)

Boar Island  by Nevada Barr (Mystery)

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman (Engaging Swedish story)

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong (Suspense)

City of Secrets by Stewart O’Nan (Historical thriller)

Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (Delightful tale)

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn (Fantasy)

Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo (Literary drama)

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (Historical romance)

Extreme Prey by John Sandford (Suspense)

Hide Away by Iris Johansen (Suspense)

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All by Jonas Jonasson (Humor/Sweden)

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (Suspense)

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett (Compelling family drama)

LaRose  by Louise Erdrich (Complex family saga)

Redemption Road by John Hart (Suspense)

Robert Parker’s Slow Burn by Ace Atkins (Mystery)

Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton (Mystery)

Three Minutes to Midnight by A.J. Tata (Suspense)

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman (Suspense)

The Woman In Blue by Elly Griffiths (Mystery)

Zero K by Don DeLillo (Literary drama)



Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? By Frans De Waal

Love That Boy by Ron Fournier (Memoir about being a father)

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick


Zahav: a world of Israeli cooking  by Michael Solomonov


Books on CD (Audio)

2 A.M at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino (Good-hearted fiction)

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Award-winning fiction)

Career of Evil and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling (Suspense)

Find Her by Lisa Gardner (Suspense)

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell (Humor)

Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding DaVinci’s creative genius by Leonard Schlain

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson (Horror)

M Train by Patti Smith, read by the author (Memoir)

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury and the Colonial Radio Theatre (Sci-fi)

My Brilliant Friend and Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (Award-winning fiction)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Award-winning fiction)

Presence: Bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges by Amy Cuddy

Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma (Good-hearted fiction)

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink (Humor; from the wildly popular podcast)



Mr. Selfridge, the Final Season (BBC Masterpiece)

Orange Is the New Black, Season 3  

War and Peace (BBC miniseries with Lily James and James Norton)