“Our Library’s Future: What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next?”
A Community Conversation over coffee and dessert on Thursday, August 7, 7-9 pm

Everyone is invited to an interactive discussion that will help plan for the future of the library as a community anchor in our town. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided at this evening event where we will share ideas and begin to envision possibilities for how the library can continue to meet the needs of Ashfield residents. Folks of all ages, library enthusiasts and people who don’t use the library much are all encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, please contact Abby Straus at 628-4525 or akstraus@gmail.com.

You are invited to the Library’s 100th Birthday Party on Saturday, August 23, 2-4 pm

In August of 1914, our library was given to the town of Ashfield by silk merchant Milo Belding and dedicated in honor of Milo’s parents, Hiram and Mary Belding. This month, one hundred years later, everyone is invited to a Re-dedication of the Belding Library and a huge birthday celebration with music, cake and ice cream! The Big Belding Birthday Bash will be held at Town Hall ~ see you there!

Children’s Summer Reading Program

A Shout Out to the 56 kids (and their supportive parents) who have signed up to participate in our Fizz Boom Read! Summer Reading Program! We are already halfway through the summer, so when our young readers are half way to their summer reading goal, remember to drop by the library and pick up a coupon for an ice cream cone! And when our super-duper readers meet their final summer reading goals in August, pop in to the library and choose a treat from our Prize Basket! Kids who meet their reading goals may also enter a drawing for one of several Grand Prizes: Big E tickets, a Country Pie Pizza gift certificates, a wax hand mold from Yankee Candle or meal coupons from Friendly’s.

Take a StoryWalk and Make a Recycled Robot on Saturday August 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

This special free summer fun program for preschool and elementary kids is happening at the transfer station! For little ones, there will be a special story time where you get to take a short walk at the dump and discover a “junkyard” story. Older children can make robots out of recycled materials…metal cans, springs, nuts, bolts, fiber and mesh!! Drop by the library and see an example of the type of robot you can make.

Two requests for help, please!!
* The library is happily accepting all donations of clean recycled metal soup and bean sized cans, springs, nuts, bolts, fiber and other cool recycled items that can be used for arms, legs, eyes, noses and hair for our recycled robots!
* To minimize traffic at the transfer station, please try to car pool to the StoryWalk/Recycled Robots event or sign up at the library for free transportation.
Teen Book Discussion and Art Group, Wednesday August 6, 6:30-7:30 pm
Focus: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The library is hosting an evening of the Wandering Teen Book Club for all young people, ages 11-18, who want to share their thoughts and artistic expressions about the ideas and characters in the novel Cinder by Marissa Meyer, a cyberpunk re-telling of Cinderella, with a bionic heroine and an evil stepmother from the Moon who can manipulate people’s minds. Copies of Cinder are available at the Library.

Memoir-Writing Workshop for Seniors in September ~ Sign up at the Library NOW!

And on Tuesday evenings (7-9 pm) in September (9/9, 9/16, 9/23 and 9/30), the library is offering a program designed for seniors (age 60+) on how to begin writing down your life memories. The set of four evening workshops is free but you must SIGN UP at the library by August 23rd to reserve one of the 6 available spots. The workshop facilitator is Jane Roy Brown, a writer/teacher from Conway, and the workshop are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

What else is New at the Library? Awesome Box, Library Donations and more…

A big thank you to all our library users! We know that the library looks a little different every time you come in. We are continuing to build our Teen Zone, to revitalize our children’s collection, to create more display space, to organize our History Reading Room and to provide services that help Ashfield folks of all ages.

This month we unveil our Awesome Box! This is a colorful box on our front desk near the Book Return where you can place books that you think are awesome (or wonderful, great, fabulous, must-read, have-to-recommend-to-everyone). These books will then be placed on our special Community Picks shelf where people can browse when they are looking for their next good read.

Extra thank your to those generous souls who have given donations to the Library in honor of our 100th birthday! If you would like to write a check to the library as a birthday present, please make it out to “Town of Ashfield – Library Donation”

New Materials at the Library

The Arsonist by Sue Miller (Suspense)
Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Win spear (WWI Drama)
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian (Dystopian Literary Fiction)
Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga (Reflective Literary Fiction)
Dry Bones in The Valley by Tom Bourman (Mystery)
The Girls of August by Anne River Siddons (Vacation Drama)
The Heist by Daniel Silva (Suspense)
Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (Family Drama)

Climate Changed: a personal journey through the science by Philippe Squarzoni
Interior Circuit: a Mexico City chronicle by Francisco Goldman
The Late Starter’s Orchestra by Ari Goldman (Musical Memoir)
On Paper: the everything of its two-thousand year history by Nicholas Basbanes
Search for Anne Perry by Joanne Drayton (Biography/Murder Investigation)

Books on CD
Cooked by Michael Pollan (Food Transformation/Nonfiction) Read by the Author.
Countdown by Alan Weisman (Ecology/Nonfiction) Read by Adam Grupper
Dance of the Reptiles by Carl Hiaasen (Entertaining Anecdotes) Read by Arte Johnson.
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr (Mystery) Read by Barbara Rosenblat.
Longbourn by Jo Baker (Victorian Drama) Read by Emma Fielding.
Mission to Paris by Alan Furst (Suspense) Read by Daniel Gerroll.
Revised Fundamentals of Caring by Jonathan Evison (Poignant Road Fiction) Read by Jeff Woodman.
Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (Swashbuckling Classic) Read by Simon Vance.
Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham (Literary Fiction) Read by Claire Danes.
The Son by Jo Nesbo (Swedish Mystery) Read by Gildart Jackson.
Endeavour: Series 2 (BBC Masterpiece Mystery)
Lunchbox (Award-winning International Drama)
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 6
Teen Wolf: Series 3, Part 2


Martha Cohen
Library Director