October Free Events at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

Weekly Storytime  on Saturdays, October 1, 15, 22 & 29 at 10:30 a.m.

No Storytime on October 8 (Fall Festival) ~ Special Halloween Storytime on October 29!

Poetry Reading with Rochelle Wildfong and Jack Barry
Thursday October 20 at 7 p.m.

You are invited to hear Rochelle and her husband Jack read from their new books of poetry, Just Ask and Winter Garden. This  tandem reading celebrates the double book release by these long-time local poets.

Just Ask is Wildfong’s collected poems spanning 40 years. It is a reflection of the places she has lived and traveled. Born and raised in Michigan and Wisconsin, Wildfong moved to Williamsburg in the 1970s and has been the children’s librarian at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg for over 30 years. She has been living in Ashfield for over 20 years. Also a storyteller, she can be seen and heard at the Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the Roundhouse in Colrain.

Jack Barry, originally from eastern Massachusetts, graduated from UMass Amherst. A well known haiku poet, his work has been published in numerous haiku anthologies including the landmark Haiku in English, the First One Hundred Years, by W.W.Norton, in 2013, The Wide Sky, edited by Bruce Ross, in 2015, and Where the River Goes, edited by Alan Burns, in 2014. Winter Garden is his fourth collection of haiku.

Display your treasures at the Library

The Library display case is now available to showcase your special collection of…ANYTHING! Recent displays have included dice, mahjong sets, bookmarks, vintage book plates, Happy Meal collectibles, Native American artifacts, antique medicine bottles, and haiku with original illustrations. Any and all ideas welcome. Please talk with library staff!

New Selections at the Library

Youth Fiction and Fact

Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl (Picture book)

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic novel)

Inspector Flytrap (books 1&2)  by Tom Angleberger (Adventure/Humor)

The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe (Fantasy)

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan (Gentle story for younger readers)

The Reader  by Traci Chee (Sci-fi fantasy)

Secret Coders: Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang (Graphic novel/Mystery)

StarTalk by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Science/National Geographic Book)

The Tapper Twins Run for President by Geoff Rodkey

Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir  (Sci-fi/Fantasy)

Writing with Rosie by Patricia Reilly Giff (Writing guide for young people)



Arrowood  by Laura McHugh (Mystery)

Closed Casket: an Agatha Christie mystery  by Sophie Hannah

Commonwealth  by Ann Patchett (Family drama)

A Great Reckoning  by Louise Penny (Mystery/Canada)

Here I Am  by Jonathan Safran Foer (Jewish identity/Family life)

Home  by Harlan Coben (Suspense)

The One Man  by Andrew Gross (Historical suspense)

The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke (Historical drama)

The Kept Woman  by Karin Slaughter (Suspense)

Lady Cop Makes Trouble  by Amy Stewart (Historical mystery)

Leave Me by Gayle Forman (Psychological drama)

The Nix by Nathan Hill (Family saga)

Nutshell  by Ian McEwan (Suspense with echoes of MacBeth)

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler (Literary fiction/Vietnam War)

Secrets of Wishtide  by Kate Saunders (Historical mystery)

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (Historical mystery)

A Shocking Assassination  by Cora Harrison (Mystery)

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mewed  by Alan Bradley (Mystery)

The Wonder  by Emma Donoghue (Psychological fiction)



The Art of Waiting: on fertility, medicine and motherhood  by Belle Boggs

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits  by Ilona Bray

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman (bought in memory of Violet Allen)

Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms (Quilts/Needlepoint)

The Living Bird by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (bought in memory of Violet Allen)

The Making of Donald Trump  by David Cay Johnston (Biography)

A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones (Vegetarian cooking)

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey (Science/Health/Memoir)

Substitute: Going to school with a thousand kids  by Nicholson Baker

A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder (Biography/Finance)



11.22.63 (TV mini-series w/James Franco)

Boy and the World  (Animation/Brazil)

Endeavour: Season 3 (BBC/PBS)

The Family Fang (Jason Bateman & Nicole Kidman)

Genius (Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, & Laura Linney)

Inspector Lewis: Season 8 (BBC/PBS)

The Jungle Book (Disney)

Love and Friendship (Jane Austen adaptation w/Kate Beckinsale)

The Man Who Knew Infinity (Dev Patel & Jeremy Irons)

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War

Me Before You (Adaptation of the Jojo Moyes novel)

Mountains May Depart (Socio-political drama/China)

The Nice Guys (Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling)

The Night Manager (TV mini-series w/Tom Hiddleston & Hugh Laurie)