June at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

June  1, 8* and 15  at 10:30 a.m.

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

*Yoga Storytime June 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga Storytime with Ms Sue continues this month at the Library.

Mindful Movement with Ms Sue helps young ones learn the importance of connecting their mind, breath and body. A fun way to discover Your Own Great Adventure (YOGA) with stories and yoga poses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

Open Book Group Meeting at Belding Library

Monday, June 10, 4–6 p.m.

Book Selection: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Contact the library to reserve a copy of the book.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at vkworth@gmail.com

“A Universe of Stories” Summer Reading for Youth!

Children of all ages are encouraged to join this year’s Library Summer Reading Program, “A Universe of Stories”! The program encourages kids to keep up their reading skills over the summer and to visit the library to find new and exciting books to read. Drop by the library anytime on or after June 15 to pick up Summer Reading Program materials, reading-related goodies, and a schedule of  fun summer programs.

Summer programs will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3–4 pm, June 19 through August 14. Programs, with stories, songs and activities, in keeping with the “Universe” theme will focus on Stars, Planets, the Moon, the Sun, Comets, Space Travel and the tiny universe of microscopic life. The program finale on August 14 will be a Space dance and Ice Cream party on the library back lawn.

As a special treat, folks of all ages are invited to experience Starlab, the Springfield Science museum’s portable planetarium. Starlab’s “Night Sky” will be offered free for three shows on Saturday August 10th @ 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m on the upper floor of the Ashfield Town Hall.  Make a note not to miss this special opportunity!

Summer Reading BINGO for Adults!

This summer, back by popular demand, is the Library’s a reading program for adults, making it a fun challenge for grown-up folks to read at least four books during June, July and August. Everyone who participates will be treated to a wine, cheese and chocolates party at the end of the summer, where you can share all your favorite books with friends and neighbors! So drop by the Library on or after June 15 to pick up your 2nd Annual Summer Reading BINGO sheet!

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

Yes, you can now borrow an E-Reader from the Library! Just call or drop by the Library to reserve the Kindle Fire E-Reader 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 on the E-Reader and will show you how it works. So…if you are interested in trying out an E-Reader or you’ve wondered whether it would work for you, now is your chance!

And looking ahead:

Extended Hours for July, August and September:

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

Thanks to increased patronage and community support, the library will be open for a trial period of three months on Thursdays. All regular library services will be offered with additional programs for kids in the morning, board games available in the afternoon and iced  tea and snacks served all day.

New Selections at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (Teen Fantasy)

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (Teen Fantasy)

5 Worlds #3: The Red Maze by Mark Seigel (Graphic/Adventure)

Awkward; Brave; Crush by Svetlana Chmakova  (Berrybrook Middle School Series)

Batting Order by Mike Lupica (Sports drama)

Fuzzy Baseball #1 & #2 by John Gurney (Graphic/Humor)

Knights vs Monsters by Matt Phelan (Humor/Fantasy)

Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein

The Line Tender by Kate Allen (Family drama)

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata (Historical fiction)

Spark by Sarah Beth Durst  (Dragon fantasy)


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Romance)

Dark Site by Patrick Lee (Suspense; Sam Dryden #3)

Deception Cove by Owen Laukkanen (Suspense)

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips (International suspense)

The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer (Historical drama/WWII)

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (Family saga)

How we Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee (Historical drama/WWII)

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon (Suspense)

The Island by Ragnar Jonasson (Suspense/Iceland)

Louise’s Crossing by Sarah Shaber (Mystery/WWII)

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim (Family legal drama)

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin (Historical drama/WWII)

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth (Mystery)

The Mykonos Mob by Jeffrey Siger (Mystery/Greece)

The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver (Suspense)

The Night Window by Dean Koontz (Suspense; Jane Hawk #5)

The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone (Suspense; Kate Moore #2)

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank (Family drama)

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini (Historical drama)

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (Family/Humor)

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane (Literary fiction/Gardening & friendship)

The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey (Mystery/India)

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz (Mystery; Daniel Hawthorne #2)

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline (Suspense)

Springtime in a Broken Mirror by Mario Benedetti (Political drama/Uruguay)

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths (Mystery; Ruth Galloway #11)

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum (Palestine-American family saga)


Coffeehouse Knits: knitting patterns and essays with robust flavors by Kerry Bogert

Einstein’s War: how relativity triumphed amid the nationalism of WWI by Matthew Stanley

Furious Hours: murder, fraud and the last trial of Harper Lee  by Casey Cep

Knitted Animal Friends by Louise Crowther (Crafts)

Lake of the Ozarks: my surreal summers in a vanishing America by Bill Geist

Lessons From Lucy: the simple joys of an old happy dog by Dave Barry

Mostly Plants: 101 delicious flexitarian recipes from the Pollan family by Tracy Pollan

The Mueller Report: with related materials by The Washington Post

Naturally Sweet Baking: healthier recipes for a guilt-free treat by Carolin Strothe

The Pioneers: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west  by David McCullough

Sea People: the puzzle of Polynesia  by Christina Thompson

Spying on the South: an odyssey across the American divide by Tony Horwitz

The Tiny Journalist: poems  by Naomi Shihab Nye

Where the Light Enters: building a family, discovering myself by Jill Biden

A Woman of No Importance: the untold story of the American spy who helped win WW II  by Sonia Purnell


Agatha Raisin, Series 2 (BBC)

Apollo II (Documentary)

Better Call Saul, Season 4 (Bob Odenkirk)

Call the Midwife, Season 8 (BBC/PBS)

How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World

The Lego Movie 2

Mary Poppins Returns

Mirai  (Japanese animation)

The Mule (Clint Eastwood)

Outlander, Season 4 (Starz)

The Upside (Bryan Cranston & Nicole Kidman)