May at the Library


Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, May 13*, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m.

No storytime on Saturday May 6, as it is the day of the Annual Town Meeting.
* Saturday, May 13 will be a special storytime with children’s books and a craft activity illuminating  the life of Henry David Thoreau, in honor of Thoreau’s 200th Birthday!

Under One Sky: Songs and Stories to Build a Better World with Davis Bates on Saturday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m.

The Belding Memorial Library will celebrate the coming summer reading program by presenting winning singer and storyteller Davis Bates in a performance of participatory of songs and stories for the whole family.  Entitled Under One Sky: Songs & Stories to Build a Better World, the program will include traditional and contemporary folk songs and stories from New England and around the world.  Hear how coyote got his howl, how foam came to be in the ocean, and more, and be prepared to sing, move and clap your hands.  There will even be a short lesson on how to play music on spoons from a kitchen drawer and a guest appearance by a dancing wooden dog named Bingo.

Pete Seeger has called Davis a “genius of a storyteller.”  Davis’ traditional and participatory performance style empowers and encourages audiences to join in the fun, and to take the songs and stories home with them to share with others.  He also encourages listeners to remember and share stories and songs from their own family and cultural traditions, and to find stories in the books and recordings provided by their local library.

Davis Bates has been telling stories for over thirty-eight years, in schools, libraries, colleges and community settings around New England and across the country.  He has also served as director and consultant for several local and regional oral history and folk arts projects, and has a won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award for his recording entitled Family Stories, which can be downloaded for free from his website,  Davis lives in the picturesque village of Shelburne Falls, MA, and when he isn’t collecting or learning stories he spends his time gardening and working on various pollinator and wildlife preservation projects.

Under One Sky: Songs & Stories to Build a Better World is recommended for children ages 4 and up and their families  This program is funded, in part, by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Library Exhibits

Pottery collection belonging to Jill Rierdan (April 15-May 15)

Nine hand-thrown and finely painted pots  introduce “the miracle of Mata Ortiz”.Mata Ortiz was a destitute village in northern Mexico when a villager, Juan Quezada, rediscovered a prehistoric ceramic technique by studying ancient pottery shards and experimenting with local clay, paint, and potting procedures. What emerged was an entire village of potters who produce world-class pots known for their thin walls and precision of design.

This is a story of new life and renewal — just right for spring.

International Coins: a display by Alex Osterman (May 15-June 15)
History Exhibit ~ A Selection of our Library’s Oldest Books

New Large Print Book Collection

Tired eyes? Sick of squinting through your glasses? Drop by and check out a Large Print book.  We have a growing collection of Large Print literary fiction, mysteries, romances, westerns and even a few non-fiction titles.


Thank you…

To Jen Gokey for keeping our big soft children’s room tiger from losing its stuffing!

To Karl Prahl for reading stories for Saturday Storytime in April.

To Bob White and Margaret Keith for sweeping the winter sand off our front steps.


Volunteers Needed…

To read stories to toddlers on Saturday mornings at the Library.

To organize the library’s History Room and to prepare History Room displays.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Fact

Legion (Talon saga, Book 4) by Julie Kagawa (Teen/Fantasy)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Teen/Fantasy)

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Friendship/Social issues)

At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye [the science guy](Adventure)

In Over Their Heads by Margaret Haddix (Sci-fi)

Journey Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth Durst (Fantasy)

The 65-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (Humor/Adventure)

Egg by Kevin Henkes (Picture Book)

Life on Mars by Jon Agee (Picture Book)

Norton and Alpha by Kristyna Litten (Picture Book)

Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz (Picture Book)

Triangle by Mac Barnett (Picture book)


Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: a novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle

Anything is Possible  by Elizabeth Strout (Short stories)

Beartown  by Fredrik Backman (Humor & hockey in Sweden)

Borne  by Jeff Vandermeer (Sci-fi)

The Burial Hour  by Jeffrey Deaver (Suspense)

Cold Earth  by Ann Cleeves (Shetland Island Mysteries, Book 7)

The Devil’s Feast by M.J.Carter (Historical mystery)

Earthly Remains by Donna Leon (Mystery/Venice)

Fallout  by Sara Paretsky (Mystery)

The Fix  by David Baldacci  (Suspense)

Golden Prey  by John Sandford (Suspense)

Last Days of Cafe Leila  by Donia Bijan (Family saga/Iran)

Lincoln in the  Bardo by George Saunders (Historical ghost story)

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan (Paranormal mystery)

The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent (Psychological suspense)

Miss Julia Weathers the Storm  by Ann Ross (Mystery)

Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner (War & redemption in Cambodia)

No Easy Target  by Iris Johansen (Suspense)

One Perfect Lie  by Lisa Scottoline (Suspense)

Secrets of Gaslight Lane by M.R.C. Kasasian (Mystery/Victorian England)

The Shadow Land  by Elizabeth Kostova (Literary suspense/Bulgaria)

Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman (Mystery)

The Stars Are Fire  by Anita Shreve (Historical fiction)

Trumpet of Death  by Cynthia Riggs (Mystery/Martha’s Vineyard)

Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Psychological suspense)

What’s Become of Her  by Deb Caletti (Romantic suspense)


An American Sickness: how healthcare became big business and how you can take it back by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming edited by Paul Hawken

Essential Pruning Techniques: trees, shrubs and conifers by George Brown

Field Guide to Knitted Birds by Arne and Carlos (Crafts)

Hallelujah Anyway: rediscovering mercy by Anne Lamott (Spirituality)

Island Home: a landscape memoir  by Tim Winton (Australia)

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann

No One Cares About Crazy People: the chaos and heartbreak of mental health in America by Ron Powers

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (Memoir)

Salt, Fat. Acid, Heat: mastering the elements of good cooking by Samin Nosrat

This Fight is Our Fight: the battle to save America’s middle class by Elizabeth Warren


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hidden Figures (Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monae)

La La Land  (Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling)

Lion (Dev Patel & Nicole Kidman)

A Monster Calls (Sigourney Weaver & Liam Neeson)

Paterson (Adam Driver; Jim Jarmusch, dir.)

Rogue One: a Star Wars Story

20th-Century Women (Annette Bening, Elle Fanning & Greta Gerwig)