Centennial Celebration: The Library’s 100th Birthday!

 Please join your friends and neighbors at an Open House on Saturday June 14th to kick off our Centennial Summer. Drop in during library hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for tasty treats, historical tidbits, a library artifact display, Centennial event information, conversations with the Library Trustees and a scavenger hunt for kids!  And look for the Library Centennial table at the Farmer’s Market.

Children’s Summer Reading Program

 Saturday June 14 will be a big day at Belding Library! Children, from preschool to grade 6, can pick up reading logs and sign up to participate in “Fizz, Boom, Read”, the state-wide summer reading program. Throughout the summer, for reading a certain number of books or reading for a certain amount of time, kids can win prizes. And all summer long, to go along with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read”,  kids can participate in a weekly science experiment/activity set up in the library children’s room.

Free STEM Workshop for Families

Bring your children, ages 5-12, to Belding Library on Saturday June 21 from 11 a.m. to noon for a fun-filled hour of hands-on science and nature exploration activities.  This is part of a series of free workshops offered at all West County Public Libraries. STEM focuses childrens’ natural curiosity on pre-scientific discoveries as they play with water, look at bugs, experiment with smells and sounds, use magnifying glasses and otherwise have a good time!   Every family that participates will take home an awesome STEM Kit with materials to continue having science fun at home.  The workshop is free but please contact Melissa Pincus/CFCE coordinator to sign up @ 413-625-6194 or mepincus@mohawkschools.org.

The Lego Lady Visits the Library

 Come play with thousands of Lego elements when the Library Lego Lady visits Belding Library on Thursday June 26 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The Lego Lady will help kids find specific pieces and figure out how to connect parts.  She will also present a 5 or 10 minute challenges such as: create an animal, make something that has moving parts, or build a micro-building.

A thought or two…and New Materials at the Library This Month ~

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”  — Andre Gide

A wise Ashfield booklover recently gifted me this quote by the Nobel-prize-winning French author. Thinking about it, and worrying perhaps that I have been one of those who was not listening, I feel it is perhaps too harsh. I prefer a similar, more compassionate quote from an esteemed American writer:

No two persons ever read the same book” – Edmund Wilson

Both are explanations as to why there are so many volumes of tales tumbling about in our world and why those stories must be told again and again in myriad different ways!!

Enough philosophy….here is a selection of new titles at the library:


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (“dazzling” literary WWII drama)

The Bees by Laline Paull (Fantasy thriller)

Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods (Suspense)

Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson (Mystery)

A Darkling Sea by James Cambias (Science fiction)

Delicious! A Novel by Ruth Reichl (Food fiction)

The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry (Western)

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose (Literary love story)

Missing You by Harlan Coben (Mystery)

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (“sizzling” historical mystery)


Book of Trees: Visualizing branches of knowledge  by Manuel Lima

The Boom: How fracking ignited the American energy revolution and changed the world

by Russell Gold

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast  (Memoir)

The Hour of Peril: The secret plot to murder Lincoln before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich (An atheist’s spiritual memoir)

True American: Murder and mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas

(“ poignant and nuanced look at the meeting of modern America and the Muslim world”)


Her  (Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlet Johansson)

Inequality for All  (Political documentary with Robert Reich)

Labor Day  (Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin)

Teen Fiction

Cress by Marissa Meyer (Sci-fi fantasy)

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly (Mermaid fantasy)

Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  (Real-life drama)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Real-life drama)

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizen (Real-life drama)

Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Real-life drama)

Reality Boy by A.S. King (Real-life drama)

The Story of Owen by E.K.Johnson (Adventure fantasy)

Martha Cohen

Library Director