March at the Library

Storytime for Families with Young Children

Saturdays 10:30–11:15 a.m.

Note: no storytime on March 14

Join us for stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities.

Children’s Play Group. Two Meeting Times!

Mondays 2–4:30 p.m.
Game Play: school-age kids

Fridays 9:30–11 a.m.
Play Group: toddlers & young kids

Belding Library welcomes the return of Ashfield’s Play Group! Activities will vary based on attendance and the group’s needs. The group will meet in the downstairs community room or outside on the library back lawn, as weather and interest allow. Provided are light healthy snacks for kids, water and tea/coffee for adults.

On Mondays, join in some game play after school for elementary-age kids, siblings and their caregivers. Bring your favorite games, check out what we have or create your own games.

On Fridays, toddlers, young children, siblings and their caregivers can enjoy fun, developmentally guided exploration and free play with friends. (Note: the library is not open on Friday, so please enter through the rear door to the building.)

Talking Hands Theatre: Loveable Me

Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.

Talking Hands Puppets returns to Ashfield! It’s the timeless fantasy of toys coming alive, while everyone sleeps, to take children on a magical journey.  When new toys exclude a broken old one, the audience is invited to imagine solutions and watch their ideas play out on the puppet stage!  

 Recommended for ages 2-7. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Ashfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Ukulele Strum-a-long with Dan Frank

Mondays 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Join friends and neighbors for a free weekly ukulele strum-a-long with musician Dan Frank. Music, ukuleles and guidance will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own instruments.

Writer’s Read

Sunday, March 1, 2–4 p.m.

Meets every first Saturday, co-sponsored by the Straw Dogs Writers Guild. Featured writer: Faith D. Kindness. The featured writer reads recent work and describes the journey to publication, followed by questions and answers. Then the floor opens to other writers, who can read for five minutes each.

Open Book Group

Monday, March 2, 4–6 p.m.

Book Selection: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Copies are available at the Library.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at

Seeking Volunteer Readers

Can you get lost in picture books? Do you have a flair for the theatrical? We’re always looking for enthusiastic readers for storytime! Contact the library at 413-628-4414 or email Sarah at

Library Exhibit:

Artist Jennifer Gokey brings her love of fantasy, folk tales, and nature into her folk tribal imagery.  Her prints are on display through March.

New Selections
at the Library

Youth Fact and Fiction

If polar bears disappeared – Lily Williams (picture book)

Out of this world: the surreal art of Leonora Carrington – Michelle Markel (picture book)

When you trap a tiger – Tae Keller (picture book)

The best of Iggy – Annie Barrows (novel)

From the desk of Zoe Washington – Janae Marks (novel)

Here in the real world – Sara Pennypacker (novel)

Little women – Louisa May Alcott (novel)

Hilo #6 – Judd Winick (graphic novel)

Narwhal’s otter friend – Ben Clanton (graphic novel)

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh (graphic novel)

Cast Away – Naomi Shihab Nye (poetry)

Abigail – Magda Szabó (teen novel)

The good hawk – Joseph Elliot (teen novel)

Skim – Mariko Tamaki (teen graphic novel)

Supermutant Magic Academy – Jillian Tamaki (graphic novel)

Yes no maybe so – Becky Albertalli (teen novel)


Alone in the wild: a Rockton Novel – Kelley Armstrong

American dirt – Jeanine Cummins

Apierogon – Colum McCann

The circus – Jonas Karlsson

A cold trail – Robert Dugoni

Criss cross – James Patterson

Crooked river – Douglas Preston

Hitting a straight line with a crooked stick – Zora Neale Hurston 

Into the fire – Gregg Hurwitz

The killing tide – Jean-Luc Bannalec

Salt river – Randy Wayne Wright

Show them a good time – Nichole Flattery

Treason – Stuart Woods 

When we were vikings – Andrew MacDonald

Yellow earth – John Sayles


Bad data: why we measure the wrong things and often miss the metrics that matter – Peter Schryvers

Before and after the book deal: a writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving – Courtney Maum

Memory craft: improve your memory with the  most powerful methods in history – Lynne Kelly

The natural shade garden – Kenneth Druse

Me: a memoir – Elton John 

The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction – Christine Carter

The Toni Morrison Book Club – Juda Bennett


Fleabag – Season 1

The Good Place – Seasons 1 & 2

The Musketeers – Season 1

The Tenth Kingdom (miniseries)

The first grader

Ford v Ferrari 

Jojo Rabbit

The little hours



Simon and the oaks