May at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime on Saturdays, May 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.  No Storytime on Saturday May 5, Town Meeting day.


Mystery Author Visit on Wednesday May 30 @ 7 pm

We are thrilled to welcome MA author Jan Willan, who will read from her debut cozy mystery, Shadow of Death, on Wednesday May 30 @ 7 pm. A charming and clever traditional mystery set at a bucolic Welsh convent, Shadow of Death introduces Sister Agatha (and her unwitting sidekick, Father Selwyn) a mystery-reading nun who finds herself in the midst of a real-life murder case.

Publisher’s Weekly calls Shadow of Death “a sprightly debut”, it has received 4-star average ratings on Goodreads and Amazon,  and will likely please fans of Agatha Christie, M.C.Beaton, G.M Malliet and the Father Dowling TV mysteries.

Jane Willan is also a parish minister at the First Congregational Church of Paxton MA and lives in the church parsonage with her husband Don and their two rescue dogs, Magi and Moses. Before becoming an ordained pastor, Jane worked in Boston as a science editor, a freelance science writer, a teacher, and a brief stint in biological research at Harvard.

Jane Willan’s visit is co-sponsored by the Ashfield Congregational Church.

Thank you…

To Esther Coler and Irene Branson for setting up the new “Seed Library”, a free seed swap, in the back hallway of the library near our paperback book swap!

To George Stephan for his technological help with our computers, printers and wireless access!

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 Exhibit:

Bryant Liimatainen’s collection of Gunpla, model kits from Japan based on the machines from Mobile Suit Gundam found in anime, manga or video games. The Gunpla on display are from random series which will show different styles of gundams.


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

American Girl Around the World Cookbook

Camp Panda: helping cubs return to the wild by Catherine Thimmesh

Plant, Cook, Eat!: a children’s cookbook by Joe Archer

Inferno by Julie Kagawa (Teen Fantasy; Talon saga #5)

Lulu is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst (Humor/Adventure)

Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton (Narwhal and Jelly #3)

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly (Middle school drama)

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal (Picture Book))

The Golden Thread: a song for Pete Seeger by Colin Meloy (Picture Book)

Hello Lighthouse  by Sophie Blackall (Picture Book))

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (Picture Book)

Sometimes You Fly by Katherine Applegate  (Picture Book)



After Anna by Lisa Scottoline (Suspense)

American By Day by Derek Miller (Mystery)

A Cast of Falcons by Steve Burrows (Mystery/Birder Murder #3)

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman (Mystery/Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #3)

Circe by Madeline Miller (Historical/Mythological fiction)

The Cutting Edge by Jeffrey Deaver (Suspense)

The Fallen by David Baldacci (Suspense)

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Literary fiction/Feminism)

The Fleur de Sel Murders by Jean-Luc Bannalec (Mystery/France)

The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves (Mystery/Vera Stanhope)

The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith (Historical fiction)

Head On by John Scalzi (Sci-Fi)

How To Be Safe by Tom McAllister (Literary fiction/Satire)

The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman (Family saga)

The Knowledge by Martha Grimes (Mystery/Richard Jury #24)

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas (Historical fiction)

Miss Julia Raises the Roof by Ann Ross (Mystery/Miss Julia #19)

Nothing Forgotten by Jessica Levine (Insightful domestic drama)

The Only Story by Julian Barnes (Psychological fiction)

The Overstory by Richard Powers (Literary fiction/Trees)

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen (Paranormal suspense/Eve Duncan #23)

Skyjack by K.J.Howe (Political suspense/Thea Paris #2)

Twisted Prey by John Sandford (Suspense/Lucas Davenport #28)

Varina by Charles Frazier (Historical Fiction/Civil War)

You Think It, I’ll Say It  by Curtis Sittenfeld (Short Stories)



Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl (Memoir)

The Displaced: refugee writers on refugee lives  (Anthology)

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

The Feather Thief: beauty, obsession and the natural history heist of the century by Kirk Johnson

A Higher Loyalty: truth, lies and leadership by James Comey

The Lyme Solution: a 5-part plan to fight the inflammatory auto-immune response and beat Lyme Disease   by Darin Ingels

Natural Causes: an epidemic of wellness, the certainty of dying and killing ourselves to live longer by Barbara Ehrenreich

Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix by Niki Jabbour

Planting for Honeybees: the grower’s guide to creating a buzz by Sarah Lewis

The Recovering: intoxication and its aftermath  by Leslie Jamison

Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: a new history of a lost world by Steve Brusatte

See What Can Be Done: essays, criticism and commentary by Lorrie Moore

Sharp: the women who made an art of having an opinion by Michelle Dean

Wade in the Water: poems  by Tracy K Smith

Who We Are and How We Got Here: ancient DNA and the new science of the human past by David Reich



Agatha Christie’s Crooked House (Glenn Close)

The Post (Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks)

Outlander: Season 3 (Starz)

Phantom Thread (Daniel Day-Lewis)