Gardening Slide Lecture on May 21 @ 7 pm

Jane Roy Brown, co-author of the lovely book One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place, will present a Slide Show and Lecture –“My Mother’s Garden”: Eudora Welty’s Garden and Its Roots in the Progressive Era” at Belding Library on the evening of May 21 @ 7:00 pm.

The writer Eudora Welty (1909–2001) wove images of flowers and gardens into her descriptions of people and place. Most Welty readers and scholars, however, did not realize that this rich imagery originated in hands-on experience in the garden she shared with her mother in Jackson, Mississippi. Long after she became the garden’s sole caretaker, Welty always called  it “my mother’s garden.” Poring through letters and journals, the authors of One Writer’s Garden learned that their shared pastime also brought the Welty women solace, joy, and creative inspiration.

This slide lecture sets the Welty garden in the context of garden making in the early twentieth century, touching upon:

• The “new” suburban garden of the 1920s: what it looked like and why

• How Progressive-era woman’s clubs, which originally formed as study groups before    most women could go to college, became vehicles for social reform

• The growth of the garden club movement as an offshoot of woman’s clubs

• The surge of garden magazines that proliferated ideas about planting and design in the             home garden in the 1920s

• How garden clubs shaped modern city streetscapes in a grassroots push for civic             beautification, and in the process, gained a voice for women in civic life



Centennial Celebration : The Library’s 100th Birthday!

 The Centennial Committee has been working hard to plan several different events to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Belding Library. We want to look back at what the Library has meant to the community, look forward to new ways the Library can serve the community and to reach out to people who have not yet discovered the Library’s resources.

The Centennial celebration will feature events for all ages throughout the summer and upcoming events will be highlighted in the Ashfield News.  The library birthday celebration will kick off on Memorial Day weekend and we are looking for anyone who would like to dress up as a favorite book or movie character to be part of our Library Float in the Memorial Day Parade on May 26.  Everyone (adults, families, kids, teens) is welcome to participate!

Also, the Library will be creating a 100th Birthday Banner to use in the Parade and to display at the Library all summer. We would like to invite everyone who visits the library, especially young people, to add their artistic touch to the banner. Look for the Banner creation station in the Children’s area during the month of May!

Summer Reading Program

The Library will run a Summer Reading program in June, July and August for preschool and elementary age children. The program theme is Fizz, Boom, Read! and it encourages kids to explore science, technology, math and reading in fun ways all summer long! I’ll be talking more about the summer reading program as the weather warms up, we shed our jackets and the school year comes to a close.

Kids Market Library Table Volunteer Sign Up

The Library has officially been invited to have a table at the Wednesday Kids Market, right across the street, to let kids and families know about all the exciting upcoming centennial and summer reading program events.  We are looking for kids, teens or parents who would be willing to staff the Library table. If you would be willing to staff the table on a summer Wednesday from 4-6, please drop by the library and sign up.     Thanks very much! 

Lego Donations, Please! 

Do you have old Lego blocks or figures that aren’t being used anymore? If so, please consider donating your unused Legos to the Library. Many kids who visit the Library love building Lego creations and we would like to start a regular Lego Club to encourage kids’ architectural explorations. 

A Selection of New Titles This Month – 


All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu (Socio-political love story)

American Romantic by Ward Just ( Nuanced political-historical drama)

Death in Sicily: the First 3 Novels in the Inspector Montalbano Series by Andrea Camilleri (Mystery)

Death on Blackheath by Anne Perry (Mystery)

Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Compelling domestic drama)

Frog Music by Emma Donaghue (Historical thriller)

Seventh Trumpet by Peter Tremayne (Irish medieval mystery)

The Storied Life Of A.J.Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (Literary love story)

The Target by David Baldacci (Political thriller)


A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka (Guidebook for living with cancer)

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren (Shrewd passionate memoir)

The Farmstead Egg Guide and Cookbook by Terry Golson (Raising chickens and egg recipes)

I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia By Su Meck

Love and Math by Edward Frenkel (Math as aesthetic adventure))

Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home by Nina Stibbe (Life as a nanny in London)

New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir by Gail Caldwell

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall

The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds by Noah Strycker


American Hustle (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper)

August: Osage County (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts)

Collision (BBC Masterpiece Contemporary)

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen Brothers film w/Oscar Lewis)

Page Eight (BBC Masterpiece Contemporary w/Bill Nighy)

Philomena (Judi Dench, Steve Coogan)

Saving Mr Banks (Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giametti)

Sherlock: Season 3 (Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch)

Martha Cohen

Belding Library:   628-4414,