Centennial Celebration: The Library’s 100th Birthday!

Hello…and thanks to everyone who dropped by for sweet treats and to wish the Library “Happy Birthday!” at our Open House a couple of weeks ago. If you missed the first celebration, there will be several more opportunities, as the festivities will last all summer.
And you can now find information about all library events on the new Belding Library website, www.beldingmemoriallibrary.org . The website went live in mid-June, thanks to the dedicated work of Library Centennial manager Abby Straus and Library Trustee Virginia Wiswell!

Special Library Talk on July 17th by Vermont Librarian Jessamyn West

The whole community is invited to a talk by Jessamyn West, a mover and shaker in the library world, on Thursday July 17 at 7 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room at Belding Library. Jessamyn, who lives in Vermont and has long-time connections to Ashfield, is a technologist studying the digital divide and solving technology problems for schools and libraries. She is good with computers and likes them and thinks she can teach anyone to use a computer. She has written a book called Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide, published by Libraries Unlimited.

Jessamyn’s talk in Ashfield is entitled “How Do We Get to the Future From Here?” She will discuss
some exciting national trends that open up access to resources for the public. She will also highlight some simple and interesting but not super high-tech things libraries are doing that can help folks of all ages and technological abilities. Jessamyn will touch on a few concerns that we should be aware of as we move into a more digitally-oriented future. There will be lots of time for questions and conversation. We hope this talk will open up a discussion about how the library can meet community needs as we move into our second hundred years.

Children’s Summer Reading Program

“Fizz, Boom, Read”, the state-wide summer reading program is off and running! Children from toddlers through sixth grade are encouraged to drop by Belding Library and sign up. Throughout the summer, kids can win a variety of prizes for reading a certain number of books or for reading regularly in July and August. All summer long, coordinating with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read”, kids can also participate in weekly science activities set up in the library children’s room.

Special Summer Reading Entertainment: “Rock-It! Sing-Along with Steve Blunt on July 24th

NH singer/storyteller Steve Blunt offers a high-energy summer reading show–with a little science and lots of fun – in the Community meeting Room at Belding Library on Thursday June 24 at 4 p.m. Steve is a dynamic family performer whose rocking musical show entertains audiences of all ages. Full of non-stop action and imagination, the show is free for everyone and sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.

Special Exhibit to Honor Ashfield Resident, Friend and Distinguished Editor Carol Sheehan

A selection of titles from Carol Sheehan’s marvelous collection of design and decorating books is on display at the Belding Library through mid-July. These books have been generously donated in her memory to the Library. A nationally known and respected lifestyle editor, Carol died at her home in Ashfield in April 2013 at the age of 66. Carol worked as the editor for several nationally-known magazines including Countryside and Country Home. She and her husband Larry also collaborated on a beautiful series of books, all owned by Belding Library, which include The Sporting Life, The Angler’s Life, The Birding Life and The Gardener’s Life.
New Materials at the Library

Fiction
China Dolls by Lisa See (Historical Drama)
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (Horror/Suspense)
Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst (Historical Mystery)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Horror/Suspense)
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (Mystery)
Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes (Mystery)

Nonfiction
Hummingbirds: a life-size guide to every species by Michael Fogden
The Map Thief: the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps by Michael Blanding
Sting in the Tale: my adventures with Bumblebees by Dave Goulson
Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins
Unstoppable: the emerging left-right alliance to dismantle the corporate state by Ralph Nader

DVDs
Grand Budapest Hotel
LEGO Movie
Monuments Men
Orange is the New Black, Season 1
God Loves Uganda (Documentary about the American evangelical movement’s role in suppressing human rights for gay people in Uganda))