March Free Events at the Library

“Being Mortal” End-of-Life Care Discussion

Saturday, March 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

Dr. Atul Gawande’s acclaimed bestseller, Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End, has started a national conversation about the deep flaws in our society’s current treatment of people with serious illness and those who are facing death. Using Dr. Gawande’s book as a springboard, a professional from Cooley Dickinson Health Care will facilitate a discussion in which we will look closely at our goals for end-of-life care and begin to plan to bring about better outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones. Copies of the book are available at the library.


Ukulele Workshop with Julie (All Ages)

Saturday March 19 at 11:00 a.m.

Learn to play the ukulele with Julie Stepanek! Free workshop! Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours ~  please sign up ahead of time so we know we will have enough ukuleles.

The program includes a ukulele tune-up, a short lesson and a strum-along! All ages welcome!


Storytime for Families with Young Children:

Saturday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.

*Special Storytime on March 19 with Julie and her Ukulele!*


Soup & Syrian Fiction Book Group Meeting:

Saturday, March 26, 1:00 p.m.

This book group, which meets once a month at the Library,  reads and discusses short fiction by contemporary Syrian writers.  Different soups from the cookbook Soup For Syria, published by Interlink in Northampton, will be served at the book group meetings.

The next meeting will be on Saturday March 26 at 1:00 p.m. and the featured book will be Just Like a River by Muhammad Kamil ai-Khatib. This first novel of prominent intellectual writer Khatib is a riveting exploration of Syrian political and social life in the 1980’s . Copies of the book are available at Belding Library and through CWMars.


Library Exhibit: Native American Miniatures by Andrea Ociesa-Sears


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction

Bad Luck  by Pseudonymous Bosch  (Humorous fantasy series)

Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson (Scary stories)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling  (Illustrated edition)

Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein (New sequel)

Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon Korman (Middle school mystery/comedy)

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Teen historical fiction)

When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad (Delightful Danish story, ages 9-12)



The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (Suspense)

The Ex by Alafair Burke (Legal thriller)

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin (Family drama/mystery)

A Friend of Mr Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan (Insightful historical/political fiction)

The God’s-Eye View by Barry Eisler (Suspense)

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (Literary fiction)

Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason (Suspense/Iceland)

The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Mystery)

The Last Dawn by Joe Gannon (Political suspense)

Life of the Elves by Muriel Barbery (Fantasy/France)

The Lion’s Mouth by Ann Holt (Suspense/Norway)

Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles (Romantic comedy/France)

Queen of the Night  by Alexander Chee (Dramatic historical fiction)

The Revolving Door of Life by Alexander McCall Smith (Scotland Street series #10)

Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin (1950s society scandals glamorously retold)

A Taste for Nightshade by Martine Bailey (Victorian mystery)



And Then All Hell Broke Loose: two decades in the Middle East by Richard Engel

The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the politics of race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets (Suspense)

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri (Memoir)

Light: a radiant history, from creation to the quantum age by Bruce Watson

Norwegian Wood: chopping, stacking and drying wood the Scandinavian way by Lars Mytting

Paradise Now: the story of American Utopianism by Chris Jennings

Scaly Spotted Feathered and Frilled: how do we know what dinosaurs really looked like? by Catherine Thimmesh

Tea with Demons: Games of Transformation by Jean-Claude van Itallie


Audio Books (on CD)

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Classic read by Gildart Jackson)

Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon (Memoir read by the author)

H is for Hawk  by Helen Macdonald (Memoir read by the author)

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Award-winning sci-fi read by Kirsten Potter)



Bridge of Spies (Tom Hanks; directed by Steven Spielberg)

Everest  (Josh Brolin; Based on true-life tragedy)

Goosebumps  (Jack Black)

Grandma (Lily Tomlin)

Groundswell Rising: protecting our children’s air and water (Bullfrog Films)

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (Lyrical animation)

Man Up  (British comedy; Simon Pegg; Lake Bell)

Truth (Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford)

Shetland — Seasons 1 & 2  (BBC Scottish Crime Drama)

Spotlight (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton)

Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet)

Suffragette  (Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep)