September at the Library

Storytime Returns for Families with Young Children

Thursdays and Saturdays,10:30 a.m.

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities.

Open Book Group Meeting at Belding Library

Monday, September 9, 4–6 p.m.

Book Selection: Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

Drop by the Library to pick up a copy of the book.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at

Author Visit! Monday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.

Meet Siegfried Haug, author of the Bad Sleep: a Key West mystery of pharmaceutical intrigue

Siegfried Haug, a retired marriage/family therapist and Insomnia specialist, is now mystery author. He has taught at various universities and lives with his wife in the hills of western Massachusetts. When it gets too cold, they escape to Key West. He is also the author of I Want to Sleep: Unlearning Insomnia.

On Monday, September 9th, at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Haug will read from his new book,  Bad Sleep, a Key West mystery of pharmaceutical intrigue.The book, set in New England and Key West, involves murder, corporate intrigue, sleep drugs, a pesky author turned sleuth, his feisty, geriatric Aunt Rosie and a large international cast of characters. The book is  available at Belding Library and through the CW Mars catalog.

Meet President James Madison at the Library on

Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.

The reason we study our country’s founders is to understand their circumstances, their

concerns, and their decisions. Then, using what we have learned, we make better decisions going forward. In portraying James Madison at Belding Library on the evening of Wednesday, September 18, Bil Lewis wants to provoke comprehension and compassion in the audience. He hopes you will leave asking about how power is distributed in society today, what role money plays, and how dead slavery is or isn’t. Lewis/Madison hopes that you will wonder how things would be if this or that fundamental decision had been made differently.

Bil Lewis is a computer scientist who has taught at Stanford and Tufts Universities. He is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer who taught high school in Kenya and later in the U.S. He is a past District Governor for Toastmasters, a small businessman, and an Eagle Scout.

Bil has presented as James Madison in many settings, including the National Archives, the Shirley-Eustis House, the offices of Congress, and the Massachusetts Statehouse. He has presented formal courses to numerous high school and college classes, along with dozens of civic clubs.

Read it on a Kindle Fire E-Reader from the Library

You can now borrow an e-reader from the library. Just call or drop by to reserve the Kindle Fire for three weeks, and let us know the titles of some books you are interested in reading. Library staff will download one of your titles onto the Kindle and will show you how it works. If you have been interested in trying out a Kindle or you’ve wondered whether it would work for you, now is your chance.


Extended Hours Continue for September:

Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thanks to increased patronage and community support, the library is open for a trial period of three months on Thursdays. All regular library services will be offered.


Second Book Return Added at Library Back Door

The library’s 24-hour front door book-return slot is often difficult to get to at night, in bad weather and by those folks for whom climbing the stone steps is unsafe. So there is now has a second 24-hour materials return box at the back door. Thanks to Sandy and Tom Carter for transporting the somewhat awkward metal return unit to its new home! And thanks to Ed Branson for leveling and enhancing the sturdiness of the book drop!


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais (Teen realistic fiction)

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty (Questioneers #2)

For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (Dog Man #7)

The Girl Who Sailed the Stars by Matilda Woods (Adventure/fantasy)

The Poison Jungle by Tui Sutherland (Wings of Fire #13)

The Pigeon has to go to School! by Mo Willems (Picture book)


The Bitterroots by C.J.Box (Mystery; Cassie Dewell #4)

A Capitol Death by Lindsey Davis (Mystery/Ancient Rome; Flavia Albia #7)

Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron (Suspense)

Chances Are by Richard Russo (Literary fiction; Men’s friendships)

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis (Historical drama)

The Cold Way Home by Julia Keller (Mystery; Bell Elkins #8)

A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais (Elvis Cole/Joe Pike mystery #18)

Death in a Desert Land by Andrew Wilson (Historical mystery)

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth MacNeal (Historical suspense)

Game of Snipers by Stephen Hunter (Political suspense)

The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Psychological drama)

The Helpline by Katherine Collette (Upbeat/Humor)

The Hidden Things by Jamie Mason (Suspense)

Hunter’s Moon by Philip Caputo (Literary fiction; Men’s lives)

Inland by Tea Obreht (Historical ghost story)

Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Mystery; Royal Spyness #13)

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Family saga)

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (Suspense)

Old Bones by Douglas Preston (Historical suspense)

Outfox by Sandra Brown (Romantic suspense)

The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs (Family drama)

The Perfect Wife by J.P.Delaney (Psychological suspense)

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center (Romance)

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (Historical drama)

The Turn of the Key  by Ruth Ware (Psychological suspense)

You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman (Humor; Class Mom #2)


An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo (Poetry)

The Conscious Closet: the revolutionary guide to looking good while doing good by E. Cline

Forest Woodworker: a step-by-step guide to working with green wood by Sjors Van der Meer

Gods of the Upper Air: how a circle of renegade anthropologists reinvented race, sex, and gender in the twentieth centuryby Charles King

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi

The Last Ocean: a journey through memory and forgetting by Nicci Gerrard

The Lifelong Gardener: garden with ease and joy at any age by Toni Gattone

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller (Memoir)

Writing to Persuade: how to bring people over to your side  by Trish Hall


Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin concert)

Biggest Little Farm (Documentary)

Grantchester, Season 4 (Masterpiece Mystery)

Murdoch Mysteries, Season 12  (Acorn)

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu 

The Rookie, Complete First Season (Nathan Fillion/Police drama)

Tolkien (Bio-drama w/Nicholas Hoult)