May Free Events at the Library

Storytime for Families with Young Children:

Saturday, May 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m.      

No Storytime on May 7.


Soup & Syrian Fiction Book Group Meeting:

Saturday, May 28 at 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, are served at the book group meetings.

The featured book for May 28 will be In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa, the story of a young Muslim woman who must choose whether to remain in the protection of her secluded life or to join the fight for her religion, nation, and beliefs. The novel, though banned in Syria, was named a finalist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Khalifa, winner of the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, was born in 1964 and lives in Damascus.

Copies of the book are available at Belding Library and through CWMars.


Library Exhibits:  

Ramon Sears’ collection of late 1800 & 1900’s medicines and utensils used to treat human and animal ailments.

Clay sculptures made by Sanderson Academy art students

Paintings by Mohawk Regional art students


Summer Reading Program Volunteers Needed!!

Do you have an hour on a Wednesday afternoon in July or August to lead an activity for our elementary school age kids in Ashfield?  The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program — Ready Set…Read! —  is fitness and games.  So the Library is looking for folks to lead activities such as Frisbee, Hopscotch, a Bike Ride, Paper Airplane making, Hula Hoops, Jump Rope, Baseball practice,  Nerf football, or any kind of Dancing. We are also open to other ideas you may have. Please contact the Library if you are interested – thank you!


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Nonfiction

The 52-Story Treehouse  by Andy Griffiths

Almost a Winner (Teddy Mars #2)  by Mollie Burnham

Baseball Then to Wow! (Sports Illustrated Kids)

Coral Reefs: Science Comics  by Maris Wicks

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo  

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley  (Picture Book)

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Sci-fi fantasy chapter book)


Before the Wind  by Jim Lynch (Pacific NW fiction)

Before We Visit the Goddess by Chitra Divakaruni (Indian-American saga)

The Butcher Bird  by S.D.Sykes (Medieval mystery)

Cold Barrel Zero  by Matthew Quirk (Suspense)

Dust Up by Jon McGoran (Suspense)

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (Modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice)

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton (Family saga)

A Hologram for the King  by Dave Eggers (Literary fiction)

The Infidel Strain  by M.J. Carter (Historical mystery)

Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs mystery)

The Last Mile  by David Baldacci (Suspense)

The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith (Historical fiction)

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien (Literary fiction)

Miller’s Valley  by Anna Quindlen (Family drama)

Most Wanted  by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery)

The Murder of Mary Russell  by Laurie King (Mystery)

Quiet Neighbors  by Catriona McPherson (Mystery)

We Love You, Charlie Freeman  by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Intriguing MA family saga)



Aim True: love your body, eat without fear, nourish your spirit, discover true balance! by Kathryn Budig

Baby Birds:  an artist looks into the nest by Julie Zickefoose

The Bee-Friendly Garden  by Kate Frey

Consequence: a memoir by Eric Fair (Experiences of a military interrogator in Iraq)

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and meaning at midlife and beyond  by Julia Cameron

Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren (Biology/Memoir)

Lust and Wonder  by Augusten Burroughs (Memoir)

Silence: the power of quiet in a world of noise  by Thich Nhat Hanh

Until We are Free: My fight for human rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi



Gasland, Parts I and II  (Documentaries by Josh Fox)

Lady In the Van  (Maggie Smith)

The Revenant (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens