March at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

March 2, 9*, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities.

*Yoga Storytime, March 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga Storytime with Ms Sue continues this month at the Library.

Mindful Movement with Ms Sue helps young ones learn the importance of connecting their mind, breath and body. A fun way to discover Your Own Great Adventure (YOGA) with stories and yoga poses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

Infant/Toddler/Preschool Playgroup

Wednesday 2-3:45 p.m. & Saturdays 11:15-12:15 p.m.

Families and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschool children are welcome to join our new playgroup in the community room at Belding Library on most Wednesdays from 2–3:45 p.m. and  Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The playgroup is run by parents and caregivers and the idea is to follow the children’s lead for play, with table toys, dress up, building, and creative materials supplied and available. A light snack on Wednesdays and coffee, tea, and water available both days.  We will change as needs do — so please share your ideas and invite your friends!

Group leaders are Elizabeth and Jennifer. Email for Info:

Open Book Group Meeting at Belding Library: Monday, March 11, 4–6 p.m.

Book Selection ~ The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at

Library Quilt Reading Challenge Wrap-Up Party

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 20, the first day of spring, the Library will host a chocolate fondue party from 6:30–8:30 p.m. for all the Library Quilt Reading Challenge participants! Come and share with friends and neighbors all the books that kept you company through the cold winter. Enjoy chocolate fondue, cold and warm drinks and lots of new book suggestions!

And a peek at April…

A Talk with Kate Stevens: The Road Home

Monday April 8 @ 7 p.m.

Rev. Kate Stevens, UCC minister and current president of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County, will be giving a presentation on her 3 month trip last year to the U.S. South to learn in more depth about our country’s history.  The trip was called ‘The Road Home: a spiritual pilgrimage to the US South.’ Her talk will include photos and time for discussion.

Although some pride themselves on our country’s principles of democracy and justice for all, in actuality the U.S. was founded on the realities of genocide and slavery. Stevens, who recently undertook a three-month, 6,000-mile pilgrimage to the Southern states to better understand this country’s racial history, uses pictures and words to follow the history of Africans brought to this land by force – and the “white” oppressive economic systems that have held a people captive and enslaved for 400 years.  This history, both devastating and inspiring, is a story of oppression and resistance, of violence and creativity and determination.   Please join us, and share in this conversation.

Seeking Volunteers…

To read stories to toddlers and preschoolers at Saturday morning storytimes.

To deliver library materials to homebound folks who are unable to get to Main Street building.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

On the Come Up  by Angie Thomas (Teen drama)

Powers of a Girl: 65 Marvel women who punched the sky and changed the universe by Lorraine Cink

The 91-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Humor/Adventure)

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu (Fantasy)

One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko (Family Adventure)

Straw into Gold: fairy tales re-spun by Hilary McKay

Katie Can: a story about special needs by Erin Palmer (Picture Book/autism)


The Au Pair by Emma Rous (Psychological suspense)

Black Ascot by Charles Todd (Mystery; Ian Rutledge #21)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Fantasy)

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Historical saga)

Cherokee America by Margaret Verble (Historical epic)

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders (Sci-fi)

A Deadly Divide by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Mystery; Esa Khattak #6)

Death is Hard Work  by Khaled Khalifa (Family/War drama; Syria)

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts (Fictional biography of Maud Gage Baum)

A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Hamilton (Historical mystery/London)

Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando (Legal suspense)

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman (Romantic comedy)

The Heavens by Sandra Newman (Psychological drama)

House Arrest by Mike Lawson (Political suspense; Joe DeMarco #13)

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (Romantic comedy)

Judgement by Joseph Finder (Legal suspense)

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin (Family drama)

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (Family journey/migrant stories)

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff (Historical drama; WWII)

The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Suspense; Australia)

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner (Psychological suspense)

Out of the Dark by Greg Hurwitz (Suspense; Evan Smoak #4)

The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri (Mystery; Italy: Inspector Montalbano #23)

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman (Historical drama; WWII)

What We Did by Christobel Kent (Psychological suspense)


The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook: more than 100 healing, low-histamine,

gluten-free recipes  by Leslie Langevin

Antisemitism: here and now by Deborah Lipstadt

The Art of Dying Well: a practical guide to a good end of life by Katy Butler

How to Hide an Empire: a history of the greater United States by Daniel Immerwahr

Merchants of Truth: the business of news and the fight for facts by Jill Abramson

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (Stress Management)


800 Words, Season 3, Part 2 (Australian comedy)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Drama about the band Queen and its lead singer Freddie Mercury)

Boy Erased (Nicole Kidman & Russell Crowe)

Eating Animals (Documentary)

The Hate U Give (Teen drama; based on the bestselling book))

A Place to Call Home, Seasons 1-5 (Australian drama)

A Private War (Bio-drama about journalist Marie Colvin)

Shoplifters (Japanese drama)

The Wife (Glenn Close)