Thank you to everyone who dropped by the Library in January to say hello! What a wonderful warm welcome! It has been great to meet so many people who appreciate the Library. I have been busy learning about the town, library operations and the book, media and magazine collections, so I may not yet have had time to talk with everyone who has visited the Library. I hope to have time in the coming weeks to talk with more people about the books and DVDs you like, about how the computers are working for you and about the kinds of programs you would like to see offered at the Library.

Thank you also to the fabulous library staff and the dedicated Trustees for making my transition such a positive and exciting process. It is also good to note that, in this recent icy cold weather, the Trustees are making great strides in working with the Ashfield Greening Communities Committee to make physical improvements that will increase our building’s energy efficiency.
The Belding Memorial Library will be 100 years old this year and we will be celebrating our library’s birthday all year long! In August of 1914, Milo Belding, a silk manufacturer, gave the Library as a gift to the town in memory of his parents, who were Ashfield residents. And over the last century, our library has grown, evolved and seen many changes as several generations have discovered the benefit of Milo Belding’s gift. Please drop by the Library and help us out with your ideas on how to celebrate our Centennial year! We are also looking for folks who would like to join the Library Centennial Committee and help the Trustees and staff plan our centennial celebration!

As you visit the Library in the coming months, you will notice some changes. We will be sprucing up the library space and collections to make room for more seating, more comfortable areas for reading and a new section especially for teens. We will also be shifting some collections to allow room for more new books and easier access to popular collections such as DVDs. Please drop by and let us know what you think. And soon you will see some new materials on our book and DVD shelves!

Thanks to all our wonderful Library supporters and to those who have made recent gifts to the Library! And remember, when you make a monetary gift to the Library, you can always let us know how you want it to be used (i.e. for books, DVDs, comfy seating) and your wishes will be respected.

The Library Trustees and staff would like to thank our Friends for providing the Library with a new addition to our Museum Pass program, which makes free or discounted passes available to Ashfield residents to visit local and regional museums. Our newest pass is for a free visit to Mass MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams. Other passes are available for the Berkshire Museum, the Clark Art Institute, the Eric Carle Museum, Mystic Aquarium, Old Deerfield, the Smith College Museum of Art and the Springfield Quadrangle.  So plan a museum adventure today and stop by the library for more information!

You probably know that the Library has computers for you to use to do Internet searching and that Ashfield residents can order books, DVDs and music CDS from libraries all over the state. But maybe you have been wondering how you can download books from the library to read on your smartphones, IPads, Kindles, Nooks and other electronic devices? If so, then go ahead and bring your phone, tablet or eReader device to the Library and I will be happy to show you how to get and read eBooks free from the library. Monday and Wednesday evenings and anytime on Saturday are the best time to drop in for an eBook introduction!

Martha Cohen

Library Director

Here are just a few of the materials added to the library collection in January:


Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah (Contemporary Fiction set in Sierra Leone)

Stone Cold by CJ Box (Mystery)

Andrew’s Brain by E.L Doctorow (Contemporary Fiction)

Brown Dog Novellas by Jim Harrison (Collected stories)

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Contemporary Fiction; Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Historical Fiction)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Multigenerational Fiction set in Afghanistan)

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth (Graphic novel/Mystery)

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith (Suspense thriller)

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Literary Fiction)

Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Multigenerational fiction set in China)


The Trickster’s Hat by Nick Bantock (Exercises in Creativity)

Neitzche’s Angel Food Cake by Rebecca Coffey (Humor; Literary recipes)

Ten Years in a Tub by Nick Hornby (Essays about books and reading)

My Age of Anxiety by Steve Stossel (Memoir interwoven with  medical research)

Guinness Books of World Records 2014

Magic School Bus Chapter Books


Foyle’s War Set 7

Midsomer Murders Sets 21 and 22

Last Tango in Halifax Season 1

Never Stand Still (Dance at Jacob’s Pillow)