Happy New Year from Belding Library!

We are starting 2015 with a reorganized and revitalized library space. We would like to say thank you to everyone for your support through this past year of many changes!

The Library now has an area especially for teens, middle-school and high-school students. The Children’s Room has new display shelves, an activity area with LEGO Duplos and soon will have an expanded children’s CD audio book collection. The Mysteries are now part of the Adult Fiction collection, but are still clearly labelled as “Mysteries” or “Suspense” (high-action thrillers, often political/spy stories). We now have a designated “Classics” collection plus more space for special displays.

Just as we weed our gardens to make room for flowers and vegetables to grow, we “weed” our library collections in order to make room for new books and to make it easier to find the books we need and want. Weeding creates a cleaner, healthier collection because it allows the library to discard moldy books and books that are falling apart. Ashfield’s library collection was weeded over the past year. We kept books of historical importance to Ashfield, books by Ashfield authors and materials of interest to the Ashfield community. In addition to books in poor condition, we discarded books that were outdated as well as books that had not circulated for years and were no longer of general interest. Many of these books were donated to Big-Hearted Books, who re-distributes these books around the state.

Please remember that Belding Memorial Library now participates in the CW Mars automated network and in state-wide and national Interlibrary Loan programs, so you, as an Ashfield resident and library user, can get almost any published book, free of charge. If you do not see a book you seek on the Ashfield shelves, please let us know so we can request it for you; you will usually have it in anywhere from 2 days to a week.

We also, as in the past, encourage you to suggest materials to be added to our collection and to be displayed on our shelves!

 New Selections at the Library

Children’s Books
The Contract by Derek Jeter
The Magician’s Fire by Simon Nicholson
My Heart is Laughing and My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Zita the Spacegirl Series by Ben Hatke (graphic novels)
Hunters of the Great Forest by Dennis Nolan (Storybook)
Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judith Schachner (Storybook)

Teen Books
Fantasy League by Mike Lupica
The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner (Contemporary Family Drama)
As Chimney Sweepers Come To Dust by Alan Bradley (Mystery)
Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery)
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (Historical Drama)
Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler (Mystery)
How To Be Both by Ali Smith (Literary Fiction)
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Mystery Anthology)
Revival by Stephen King (Suspense)
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (Humorous Family Drama)
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid (Scottish Mystery)
Thief by Mark Sullivan (Suspense)
Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmer (Historical fiction about Virginia Woolf)
Woman With a Gun by Philip Margolin (Suspense)

The Carry Home: Lessons from the American Wilderness by Gary Ferguson (Memoir)
Frommer’s Easyguide to Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands 2015
Norwegian Knits with a Twist by Arne & Carlos
The Robot Book by Bobby Mercer (Make-It-Yourself)
Why Read the Classics? by Italo Calvino (Reprint; Essays)
The World Split Open: Great Authors on How and Why We Write (Portland OR: Literary Arts)

Alive Inside! (Music Documentary)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana)
Hundred Foot Journey (Helen Mirren)
Inspector Lewis, Seasons 6 and 7 (PBS)
The Paradise, Seasons 1 and 2 (BBC)

Martha Cohen
Library Director