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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Artist Jennifer Gokey brings her love of fantasy, folk tales, and nature into her folk tribal imagery. Her prints are on display through March.
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
The little hours
Simon and the oaks