May at the library 

Opening our doors

Exciting news: In early May, we will be transitioning from curbside pickup to limited indoor browsing! Individuals and “pods” will be able to browse for twenty minutes at a time. Twenty minute computer appointments will also be available. We can invite volunteers back into the building too!  

Go green, get growing!  

Belding has been awarded a Libraries Transforming Communities grant from the ALA for a series on plant biodiversity and sustainability from June-September. What started as a series on gardening quickly expanded to include all things that grow around us. How do we support pollinators? Forage for food and medicine? Tend our gardens? Make compost? Create art of and inspired by the plant world around us? If you are interested in working with us while we plan, please get in touch! We’re looking for collaborators all over our community and can offer stipends for participation.


We will be distributing “grab-and-grow” kits for all ages and offering educational workshops throughout the summer. Projects in the works: a learning garden behind the building and a lending library of tools and equipment useful for gardening and food preservation. 

NEA Big Read: Pocumtuck Valley

Libraries in the Woods is co-hosting a community read of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The narrative flashes between a pre- and post- apocalyptic world, focusing on the importance of art and the resilience of community in the face of a pandemic. 


Zine Making Workshop with artist Anne Thalheimer on May 2 at 2 p. m. 

Pick up a kit with everything you need to participate!


Book discussion on May 18 at 6:30 p. m

Pick up a copy of the book at Belding Memorial Library. After our own pandemic year, there is much to talk about.


With 21 libraries participating, there are dozens of events to choose from! Check the full list online 


NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is sponsored by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

Musical storytime:

Musical storytime on Zoom, held most Tuesdays at 4:30 p. m., continuing through June. For babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers. Join Julie Stepanek for stories and songs with help from her stuffed animal friends. Snuggle up to listen or join in the fingerplays! Contact the library for the link.

Remote Library Resources:

You can access digital books, audiobooks, and magazines anytime, anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. All you need is your CWMARS library card. Browse the digital collection at

New Items at the Library:

Adult Fiction

Brood by Jackie Polzin

Caul Baby by Morgan Jenkins

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake by Claire Christian

Milk Blood Heat: stories by Dantiel W. Moniz

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

Pew by Catherine Lacey

Red Island House by Andrea Lee

The Ardent Swarm by Manai Yamen

The Opium Prince by Jasmine Aimaq

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

What Comes After by Joanne Tompkins 

Adult Nonfiction

Faithful and Virtuous Night: poems by Louise Glück

Just As I Am: a memoir by Cicely Tyson

Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion

Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance by Mia Bay

What Doesn’t Kill You: A Life With Chronic Illness Lessons from a Body in Revolt by Tessa Miller


All Creatures Great and Small (2020)

In the Mood for Love (2000)

Judas and the Black Messiah (2020)

Onward (2020)

Minari (2020)

Promising Young Woman (2020)

Soul (2020)


Children’s fact and fiction

A Girl Named Rosita: the Story of Rita Moreno by Anika Aldamuy Denise

Animorphs: The Invasion by K.A. Applegate (graphic novel

Art Is Life : the Life of Artist Keith Haring by Tami Lewis Brown

Baloney and Friends by Greg Pizzoli

Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Lane (graphic novel)

Bill Nye’s Great Big World of Science by Bill Nye

Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith

Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger (graphic novel)

Bug Boys : outside and beyond by Laura Knetzger (graphic novel)

Cat Kid Comics by Dav Pilkey (graphic novel)

Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger

Class Act by Jerry Craft (graphic novel)

Climate Change by Maryam Sharif-Drape

Consent (For Kids!) : Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of You by Rachel Brian

Curious Comparisons : a Life-Size Look at the World Around You by Jorge Doneiger

Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song

Dungeon Critters by Natalie Riess (graphic novel)

Girl Haven by Lilah Sturges (graphic novel)

Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood by Gary Paulsen

Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman

Honeybee: the Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming

Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes

King & Kayla and the Case of the Gold Ring by Dori Hillestad Butler

Lemonade Code by Jarod Pratt

Loretta Little Looks Back: Three Voices Go Tell It by Andrea Davis Pinkney

My Light by Molly Bang

Ordinary People Change the World Biography series (12 titles including Amelia Earhart, Billie Jean King, Jim Henson, Jane Goodall, and more)

Pea, Bee, & Jay: Wannabees by Brian Smith

Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck together by Brian Smith

Perkin’s Perfect Purple : How a Boy Created Color with Chemistry by Tami Lewis Brown

Rachel Carson : True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers by Birdie Willis (graphic novel)

Science Comics. Cars by Dan Zettwoch (graphic novel)

Science Comics: Cats by Andy Hirsch (graphic novel)

Science Comics: Rocks and Minerals by Andy Hirsch (graphic novel)

Science Comics: Flying Machines by Alison Wilgus (graphic novel)

Science Comics: The Digestive System by Jason Viola (graphic novel)

Secrets of the Sea : The Story of Jeanne Power, Revolutionary Marine Scientist by Evan Griffith

Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! by Veronica Chambers

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

Stand up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

The Leak by Kate Reed Petty (graphic novel)

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan 

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Wanderer by Peter Van den Ende

This is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

What is the Civil Rights Movement? By Sherri L. Smith

What was the Holocaust?  by Gail Hermanm

When Does a Cloud Became a Cloud by Rob Hodgson

When You Look Up by Decur (graphic novel)

Who was–? Biography series (22 titles including Ceasar Chavez, Coretta Scott King, Harvey Milk, Julia Child, Nellie Bly, Sitting Bull, Temple Grandin and more!)


Picture books

A Garden to Save the Birds by Wendy McClure

Dewdrop by Katie O’Neill

Fairy Tales & Fantasies : a can-you-find-it book by Sarah L. Schuette

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis

In My Mosque by M.O. Yuksel

It’s So Quiet : a not-quite-going-to-bed-book by Sherri Duskey Rinker

My Day with the Panye by Tami Charles

Out of Nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar

Superheroes are Everywhere by Kamala Harris

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang

There is a Rainbow by Theresa Trinder

Trouble by Katherine Battersby

Watercress by Andrea Wang

We Wait for the Sun by Dovey Johnson Roundtree

We Will Live In This Forest Again by Gianna Marino

Worth the Wait by Lynne Scott

Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal


Teen Fact & Fiction

A Phở Love Story by Loan Le

After the Rain by Nnedi Okorafor and John Jennings (graphic novel)

Almost American Girl : an illustrated memoir by Robin Ha (graphic novel)

Be Gay, Do Comics: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire by The Nib (graphic novel)

How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)

Flamer by Mike Curato (graphic novel)

Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (graphic novel)

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (graphic novel) 

The Montague Twins: the Witch’s Hand by Nathan Page (graphic novel)