Saturday Storytimes
Families with young children are enjoying the Library’s new Saturday morning Storytimes. We will be continuing into March, so please bring your little ones to the Belding children’s room at 10:30am on Saturdays for a cozy storytime followed by time to play, read on your own and visit with other families.

Pajama Drive at Belding Library
One last call for donations of new children’s pajamas in support of the Annual Pajama Drive sponsored by the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons, a charitable group that helps MA low-income and homeless children! Until March 16th, the library will collect new kid-size pajamas (sizes: 4/5T – 18/20). Bring your donations to Belding Library and look for the PJ Drive Donation box. The Mass Library System and Mass Board of Library Commissioners will make sure all donations made in Ashfield get to Cradles to Crayons, who will distribute the pajamas across the state. Thank you!

New Paperback Swap
March 15 is the beginning of Spring. It is also the start of our new Belding Library Paperback Swap!
Located in the back hallway of the library, the swap rack will be stocked with donated paperbacks. Anyone is welcome to take one to read and is encouraged, in turn, to replace it with a paperback you are no longer reading and want to share.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Library
Volunteers have always played a valuable role in helping Belding Library thrive. A huge thank you to all past and current library volunteers! We are currently seeking:

*Saturday morning helpers – Reliable folks to check books in and out, answer the phone, shelve books and keep the collection looking great.
*Program organizers – Creative folks with ideas for programs that would appeal to the Ashfield community and would be willing to organize and facilitate these programs with library staff.
*Local Heroes – Generous folks who would be willing to share their skills and talents on one Wednesday afternoon this summer in an interactive program with Ashfield young people. For example: musicians, artists, craftspeople, folks with interesting/unusual hobbies or jobs.
*Story Readers – Animated folks to read stories on a Saturday morning to young children.

If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, drop by the library, call (628-4414) or email ( or

March Free Events at the Library:
Mondays @ 6-7 pm Yoga w/Blake Macko
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 @ 10:30-11 am — Storytime for young children

New Selections at the Library

Teen Books
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Fantasy)
Masterminds by Gordon Korman (Thriller)
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Dystopian Fantasy)

Amherst by William Nicholson (Historical fiction)
The Beige Man by Helene Tursten (Swedish mystery)
The Big Seven by Jim Harrison (Mystery)
The Chessmen by Peter May (Scottish mystery)
Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner (Suspense)
Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger (Suspense)
Doing the Devil’s Work by Bill Loehfelm (Mystery)
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (Literary fiction)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (WWII Historical fiction)
Prudence by David Treuer (Historical fiction; praised by Toni Morrison)
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Multigenerational family saga)
The Swimmer by Joakim Zander (Swedish suspense)

Aging Backwards by Miranda Esmonde-White (Health and fitness)
Because They Marched by Russell Freedman (Civil rights history)
Gateway to Freedom: the hidden history of the underground railroad by Eric Foner
Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Prison memoir)
It’s What I Do: A photographer’s life of love and war by Lynsey Addario ( Memoir)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (Self-help from Japan))
Winter Landscapes by David Bellamy (Art Instruction)

Books on CD
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toiban (Read by Meryl Streep)
White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Mystery)

1,000 Times Good Night (Juliette Binoche)
Birdman (Michael Keaton)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Gary Oldman)
Downton Abbey, Season 5 (BBC)
Fury (Brad Pitt)
Get On Up (James Brown Biopic w/Chadwick Boseman)
The Judge (Robert Downey, Robert Duvall)
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Documentary about Studio Ghibli)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO w/Frances McDormand)
Parade’s End (BBC w/Benedict Cumberbatch
St Vincent (Bill Murray)
The Tale of the Princess Kayuga (Studio Ghibli)
The Theory of Everything (Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones)