June at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, June 2, 9 and 16 at 10:30 a.m.

Storytimes will end for the summer and return in September.

Summer Reading Kick-off with Tom Knight Puppets Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Tom Knight’s original songs and skits with colorful puppets include pieces about the library, the garbage monster, and the solar system. New skits for 2018 include a story about a humble pig who dreams of a life with a princess, and some mean flowers who won’t share the garden with their neighbors. Tom’s dynamic show is 45 minutes long and is recommended for families with children 3-8 years old.

Tom Knight has been making music and performing puppet shows since 1987. He performs over 50 shows a year in libraries, schools, and festivals from California to Boston. Songs from his recordings are available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and CDBaby. His popular animated music video “The Elephant’s Lullaby” is on YouTube.

“Tom Knight brings a totally delightful, engaging, artful performance.” -Margie Young, Dietrich Theater

“His unique blend of musicianship and puppetry make him a fine choice for family entertainment.” – Peter Lewis, The Puppet Playhouse, NYC

Summer Reading Program for Children:  Libraries Rock!

Children of all ages are encouraged to join this year’s Library Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock”! 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 anytime on or after June 23 to pick up Summer Reading Program materials, reading-related goodies, and a schedule of fun summer programs.

Summer programs will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4 pm, June 27 through August 14. Programs, in keeping with the “Libraries Rock” theme  include instrument-making, music from India, a dance party, a sing-along and workshops led by musicians playing the accordion, ukulele, guitar and drums.

Summer Reading Program for Adults:  Reading Bingo!

This summer, the Library will also sponsor a reading program for adults, encouraging grown-up folks to read at least 4 books during June, July and August. Everyone who participates will be treated to a wine, cheese and chocolates party at the end of the summer, where you can share all your favorite books with friends and neighbors! So drop by the Library on or after June 23 to pick up your Summer Reading Bingo sheet!

Special Summer Exhibit: Music in Ashfield

In conjunction with the “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading theme, the Library will host a special exhibit from June to August on music in Ashfield! We want something of YOURS for the exhibit! We welcome anything music-related (instruments, posters, concert souvenirs, etc) that you are willing to display.  Please drop off items throughout June for the summer display!

Volunteers Needed…

With musical skills or a passion for music or singing to help out with the Children’s Summer Reading Program. This summer’s theme is Libraries Rock! and we are looking for volunteers to help out with  music-themed activities for children on Wednesday afternoons in July or August!

New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Science Comics: Sharks by Joe Flood

5 Worlds: The Cobalt Prince by Mark  Siegel (Graphic/Fantasy)

Al Capone Throws Me A Curve by Gennifer Choldenko (Alcatraz #4)

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (Historical fiction)

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall  (Penderwicks #5)

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant (Family life & friendship)

In-Between Things by Priscilla Tey (Picture Book))

New Shoes by Chris Raschka (Picture Book)

Square by Mac Barnett (Picture Book)

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer (Picture Book)


By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank (Summer romance)

The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz (Suspense/Jane Hawk #3)

The Ensemble  by Aja Gabel (Classical music and personal drama)

Gale Force by Owen Laukkanen (Suspense at sea)

How It Happened by Michael Koryta (Political suspense)

How To Walk Away by Katherine Center (Romantic drama)

A Howl of Wolves by Judith Flanders (Mystery/Sam Clair #4)

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (Historical fiction)

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Prison drama)

The Night of the Lightbringer by Peter Tremayne (Mystery/Sister Fidelma #26)

The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick (Romantic suspense)

Robert B. Parker’s Old Black Magic by Ace Atkins (Mystery)

Savage Liberty by Eliot Pattison (Historical mystery/Revolutionary War)

The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan (Mystery at a convent in Wales)

A Shimmer of Hummingbirds by Steve Burrows (Mystery/Birder Murder #4)

Sins of the Father by Stephen Weeks (Mystery/Countess of Prague #2)

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Suspense)

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Historical fiction/WWII)


Factfulness; ten reasons you’re wrong about the world–and why things are better than you think by Hans Rosling

From Cold War to Hot Peace: an American ambassador in Putin’s Russia by Michael McFaul How to Change Your Mind: what the new science of psychedelics teaches us about consciousness, dying, addiction, depression and transcendence by Michael Pollan

Lives of the Surrealists by Desmond Morris (Art)

Milk! :a 10,000-year food fracas by Mark Kurlansky (History)

The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli (Physics/Philosophy)

The World-Ending Fire: the essential Wendell Berry (Essays)


Black Panther

Call the Midwife: Season Seven (BBC)

The Florida Project (Willem Dafoe)

Game Night (Jason Bateman & Rachel MCAdams)

Hostiles (Christian Bale)

I, Tonya (Margot Robbie)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Animation)

Molly’s Game (Jessica Chastain & Idris Elba)