May Free Events at the Library:
Storytime for young children: Saturdays, May 2, 16, and 30 @ 10:30 a.m.
Puppet Show “Fairies of the Seasons”: May 9 @ 10:30 am
Hands-On Preschool Workshop “Flower Fun!”: May 23 @ 10:30 am

Library Exhibits: Antique Book Plates
Mohawk Regional HS Senior Artworks

Visit our New Paperback Book Swap!
Open during library hours, donations welcome!

Special May Programs for Families with Young Children!
“FAIRIES OF THE SEASONS” Puppet Show on Saturday May 9 @ 10:30 am
In this magical show, set on a handmade dress that twirls as the year turns, each season has its own fairy that takes care of changing the natural world accordingly. That is, until a grumpy gnome decides to rearrange all the season fairies so things will stay the same all year round! Beautiful handmade fairy puppets and hand-felted animals invite young children to move, sing, and help the fairies of each season as they try find their way back. Recommended for ages 2-7.
“Flower Fun!” Hands-On Workshop for Preschoolers on Saturday May 23 @ 10:30 am
Come plant a rainbow garden at the library! Families with young children are invited to attend a special story hour to learn about flowers and help plant flowers in an indoor rainbow garden which will light up the sunny windowsill inside the library into the summer.
This program is provided free of charge by Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Mohawk Trail Engaging Preschool Families in Hands-On Science Explorations.

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:

*Program organizers: Creative folks with ideas for programs that will appeal to the Ashfield community and who are willing to organize and facilitate these programs with library staff.
*Summertime Local Heroes: Generous folks who are willing to share their skills and talents on one Wednesday afternoon this summer in an interactive program with Ashfield young people. For example: storytellers, craftspeople, farmers, folks who can cook, technologists, folks with interesting/unusual hobbies or jobs
If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, drop by the library, call (628-4414) or email ( or

New Selections at the Library

Children’s Picture Books
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
Grasshopper and the Ants by Jerry Pinkney
Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen
My Pen by Christopher Myers (Jewish Holidays)
Over the Hills and Faraway: a Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
Should You Be a River by Ed Young
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
Winnie: the Remarkable Tale of a Real Bear by Sally Walker

Children’s Chapter Books
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Island of Dr Libris by Chris Grabenstein
Spirit Animals: the Evertree by Marie Lu
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly Burnham
The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry (Mystery)
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen (Historical fiction)
Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo (Swedish mystery)
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (Suspense)
Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer (Family saga)
The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo (Cuban historical fiction)
Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg (Fictional biography of George Sand)
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline (Suspense)
Falling In Love by Donna Leon (Mystery)
Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories from around the World
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (Literary fiction)
The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle (Father & sons, violence and the American psyche)
Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (Medical fiction)
Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell (Victorian mystery)
The Invention of Fire by Bruce Holsinger (Medieval mystery)
I Refuse by Per Petterson (Norwegian psychological novel)
Memory Man by David Baldacci (Suspense)
Reykjavik Nights by Amaldur Indridason (Icelandic mystery)
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Mystery)
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam war novel)

Big Weed by Christian Hageseth (Inside look at the legal marijuana industry)
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Poetry & Essays)
Children of the Stone: the Power of Music in a Hard Land by Sandy Tolan (Inspirational Biography)
Food52 Genius Recipes (Cookbook collection from famous chefs)
Get What’s Yours; the Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security by Laurence Kotlikoff
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege (Powerful memoir)
Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) by Bill Gifford (Health and Nutrition)
What Comes Next and How To Like It by Abigail Thomas (Memoir)

Big Eyes (Amy Adams/directed by Tim Burton)
Foyle’s War: Season 8 (Michael Kitchen/BBC)
Grantchester: Season 1 (BBC Mystery)
The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (Narrated by Morgan Freeman)
Pelican Dreams (Documentary)