March at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10:30 a.m.


Wednesday, March 28, 7–8 p.m. Charkha Spinning Demo with Mary Link (Re-scheduled from March 7, due to snow)

Mary will be at the Library on Wednesday, March 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. to demonstrate how to spin with the Book Charkha, a portable spinning wheel from India. Mary will allow attendees to take a turn spinning and she will tell stories about her experiences in India.

Charkhas were a symbol of the Indian independence movement, re-popularized by Gandhi himself. Cotton was one of the most economically important crops in India, but under British rule, it was shipped to England for processing, spinning and weaving. Gandhi advocated taking back the means of production and putting it in the hands of the Indian people. Gandhi wanted a portable version of the traditional floor charkha, so he held a competition for a more portable design. The book charkha won. Ghandi recommended that every household in India have one, and that everyone—adult or child, of any gender—use the charkha for at least an hour a day, often in public, as a form of passive resistance. This would mean that India would spin its own cotton, and so could begin weaving it again for use and sale.


Wednesday, March 14, 7–8 p.m.

“Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal’ Must Be So Boring!”

A One-Woman Show by Susan Cummings

Susan Cummings’ new one-woman show, “Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal’ Must Be So Boring!”  is coming to the Belding Library on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 pm! The show is a funny, spirited, sometimes poignant journey of a woman trying to find  her non-“normal” body beautiful.

Cummings’ journey takes her to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to art therapy and ballroom dance lessons, to London. A certain green vine turns out to be pivotal. Cummings tells her story with the help of more than twelve characters and a bit of music.

Some recent audience comments: “At times we were falling off our chairs laughing!” “I have tears in my eyes. So moving.” “Well written, well acted and very inspirational!” “Great story fabulously told!” The show is appropriate for those from college age to seniors.

Cummings, an Amherst writer/actress, comments, “I hope the show inspires the audience to realize that each of their bodies is uniquely beautiful, that all bodies are beautiful.”


Wednesday, March 21, 6:30–8 p.m.

March Madness Wine and Poetry Dine!

Celebrate Spring at the Library with wine, cheese & chocolates and of course … POETRY!

Let’s gather and read poems in honor of the season.

Bring your favorite chocolate or cheese & crackers. Drinks will be provided.

Socialize & choose poems from 6:30–7 p.m. Poetry Share from 7–8 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Hearken to Avalon, Offerings for Community Building, and the Belding Library.

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 lead music-themed activities for children on Wednesday afternoons in July and August.

Library Exhibits:

South Face Farm will display its syrup pitcher collection as well as some old style spouts and postcards from the Lesure farm, with thanks to Judy Haupt.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (Teen Graphic novel)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Teen Fantasy)

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West (Books 5–9)

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: how Maria Merian’s art changed Science by Joyce Sidman

A Pup Called Trouble by Bobbie Pyron(Animal Adventure)

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta (Fantasy)

Be Kind  by Pat Zeitlow Miller (Picture Book))

Elmore by Holly Hobbie  (Picture Book)



An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Family saga)

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard (Historical fiction)

Chicago by David Mamet (Suspense)

A Dangerous Crossing  by Ausma Zehanet Khan (International mystery)

Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton (Mystery)

The Deceivers by Alex Berenson (Political suspense)

Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Suspense/Australia)

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Literary fiction…with a dog)

The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd (Mystery; Ian Rutledge #20))

Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley (Mystery)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (Family drama)

Hotel Silence by Audur Ava Olafsdottir (Literary fiction/Iceland)

House Witness by Mike Lawson (Political suspense)

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig (Romantic fantasy saga)

The Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason Matthews (Political suspense)

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner (Suspense)

A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey (Historical fiction/Australia)

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik  (Historical fiction/Iran)

Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Romantic adventure)

Sunburn by Laura Lippman (Psychological suspense)

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern (Uplifting drama)

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella (Romantic adventure)

A Time of Love and Tartan by Alexander McCall Smith (Scotland St series #12)

White Houses by Amy Bloom (Historical fiction)

The Wife by Alafair Burke (Psychological suspense)

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira (Historical fiction)



Catnip: a love story by Michael Korda (Memoir)

Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

Gorilla and the Bird: a memoir of madness and a mother’s love by Zack McDermott

Heart Berries: a memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

How Democracies Die by Steve Levitsky (Political Science)

The Line Becomes a River: dispatches from the border by Francisco Cantu (Immigration)

The Milk Lady of Bangalore: an unexpected adventure by Shoba Narayan (India)

Nine Continents: a memoir in and out of China by Xiaolu Guo

Renoir’s Dancer: the secret life of Suzanne Valadon by Catherine Hewitt

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

What Are We Doing Here? Essays by Marilynne Robinson

White American Youth: my descent into America’s most violent hate movement—and how I got out by Christian Picciolini



Coco (Animated; Golden Globe winner)

Death in Paradise, Seasons 1–6 (BBC Murder mystery series)

The Detectorists (BBC Comedy series)

Last Flag Flying (Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell & Laurence Fishburne)

Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh)

Only the Brave (Josh Brolin)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (Frances McDormand)

Wonder (Julia Roberts & Owen Wilson)