December at the Library

Storytime for Families with Young Children

Saturdays,10:30 a.m.

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

Children’s Play Group. Two Meeting Times!

Mondays 3–4:30 p.m.
Game Play: school-age kids
Fridays 9:30–11 a.m.
Play Group: toddlers/young kids

Belding Library welcomes the return of Ashfield’s Play Group! Activities will vary based on attendance and the group’s needs. The group will meet in the downstairs community room or outside on the library back lawn, as weather and interest allow. Provided are light healthy snacks for kids, water and tea/coffee for adults.

On Mondays, join in some game play after school for elementary-age kids, siblings and their caregivers. Bring your favorite games, check out what we have or create your own games.

On Fridays, toddlers, young children, siblings and their caregivers can enjoy fun, developmentally guided exploration and free play with friends. (Note: the library is not open on Friday, so please enter through the rear door to the building.)

Ukulele Strum-a-long with Dan Frank

Every Monday evening, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Join friends and neighbors for a free weekly ukulele strum-a-long with musician Dan Frank. Music, ukuleles and guidance will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own instruments.

Good-bye and Thank you!

Retirement Open House

Saturday December 28, 2–5 p.m.

It has been a wonderful privilege being Ashfield’s Library Director for the last six years. I have thoroughly enjoyed running reading programs, facilitating the increased use of the CW Mars automated network, helping folks find enjoyable books and media and helping to make the library a safe, comfortable and lively community space.

Thank you all for your support and use of the library! Great appreciation to the Board of Trustees for their guidance, dedication and oversight of the library building and services. Heartfelt gratitude to library assistants Sherrie and Irene, who welcome and assist everyone with knowledge, friendliness and generous, thoughtful attitudes. A huge shoutout to the  fabulous volunteers who donate time, energy and technical expertise all year round! Warm and grateful acknowledgment of the fundraising support of the Friends of the Belding Library and to all the folks who run the annual Town Raffle and Book Sale!

It has truly been a joy to get to know everyone who uses the library and to work together with all the people in town whose lives are touched by Belding Library. Personally and on behalf of the Trustees, I would like to invite everyone to attend my Retirement Open House on Saturday December 28 from 2–5 p.m. at the Library!


New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Last Pick 2 by Jason Walz (Teen Graphic Adventure)

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (African Folklore/Fantasy)

What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous stories of rebellion & renewal by Eldon Yellowhorn

Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14)

 A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin (Picture book)

The Book Rescuer by Sue Macy (Picture book)

A Dragon on the Roof by Cecile Alix (Picture book)

Fry Bread: a Native American family story by Kevin Noble Maillard (Picture book)

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe (Picture book)

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper (Picture book)

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty (Picture book)


10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak (Psychological drama)

The Accomplice by Joseph Kanon (Historical suspense/WWII)

The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel Wilson (Techno-thriller)

The Angel’s Share by Ellen Crosby (Wine Country Mystery #10)

Blind Search by Paula Munier (Mystery/Mercy & Elvis #2)

Blue Moon by Lee Child (Suspense/Jack Reacher #24)

A Book of Fields: tales from the Pioneer Valley by Stephen Billias

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg (Psychological drama)

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell (Suspense)

Find Me by Andre Aciman (Love Story)

The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre (Suspense/France)

Let it Snow by Nancy Thayer (Romance)

A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci (Suspense/Atlee Pine #2)

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino (Uplifting tales/Japan)

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (Quirky drama)

The Old Success by Martha Grimes (Mystery/Richard Jury #25)

Queen of Bones by Teresa Dovalpage (Mystery/Cuba)

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris (Historical Sci-fi Thriller)

The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith (Suspense/Arkady Renko #9)

Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich (Mystery)

Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung by Nina Maclaughlin (Feminist retellings of Ovid’s Metamorphoses)


Accessible Yoga: poses and practices for every body by Jivana Heyman

All Hell Breaking Loose: the Pentagon’s perspective on climate change by Michael Klare

At Home: historic houses of central and western Massachusetts by Beth Luey

The Death of You: a book for anyone who might not live forever by Miguel Chen

Eat Joy: stories & comfort food from 31 celebrated writers 

Erosion: essays of undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

The Golden Thread: how fabric changed history by Kassia St. Clair

Jubilee: recipes from two centuries of African American cooking by Toni Tipton Martin

Kintsugi: the Japanese art of embracing the imperfect and loving your flaws by Tomas Navarro

Making Comics by Lynda Barry

Oblivion Banjo: the poetry of Charles Wright 

The Ship of Dreams: the sinking of the Titanic and the end of the Edwardian era by Gareth Russell

This Land is Their Land: the Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony and the troubled history of Thanksgiving by David Silverman

Vegan Everything: 100 easy recipes for any craving by Nadine Horn

Welcoming the Unwelcome: wholehearted living in a brokenhearted world by Pema Chodron

Wild Life: dispatches from a childhood of baboons and button-downs by Keena Roberts


The Art of Racing in the Rain (Milo Ventimiglia)

Country Music (Documentary, Ken Burns))

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 3 

The Kominsky Method: Season 1 (Netflix)

The Lion King (Live action, 2019)

Poldark: Final Season 5 (BBC)