Free Events at the Library

Saturday Storytime for Families with Young Children

April 20 & 27, May 4 , 11*, 18 & 25 , June 1 & 8* at 10:30 am

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


*Kids Yoga Storytimes w/Ms. Sue

Saturday May 11 and Saturday June 8 at 10:30 am

Kids Yoga Storytimes with Ms. Sue continue at the Library! Mindful Movement with Ms Sue helps young ones learn the importance of connecting their mind, breath and body. A fun way to discover Your Own Great Adventure (YOGA) with stories and yoga poses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.


 Infant/Toddler/Preschool Playgroup

Families and caregivers with infants, toddlers and preschool children are welcome to join our new Playgroup in the community room at Belding Library on most Wednesdays from 2–3:45 p.m. and  Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  The Playgroup is run by parents and caregivers and the idea is to follow the children’s lead for play, with table toys, dress up, building, and creative materials supplied and available. A light snack on Wednesdays and coffee, tea, and water available both days.

We will change as needs do — so please share your ideas and invite your friends!

Group leaders are Elizabeth and Jennifer. Email for Info:


Playful Engineer: Chain Reactions & Creative Contraptions

Saturday April 27 ~ 2:30 – 4:30  pm

Playful Engineers teaching artist and engineering enthusiast Jay Mankita will present a hands-on workshop in which participants will have a chance to design, build, test, and play with Rube Goldberg “Machines”, and other chain reactions, connecting focused play with serious science. Participants learn through demonstration and play, exploring basic force and motion physics, as they build fun chain reactions with common toys and other ordinary materials. Jay brings lots of materials to work with, including dominoes, wood blocks, string, chain, pulleys,elastics, tinker toys, legos, tracks, ping-pong balls, clamps,connectors, dowels and magnets.

Recommended especially for youth ages 5-11; all ages welcome!

Sponsored by The Ashfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Belding Library


Open Book Group Meeting at Belding Library: Monday, May  13, 4-6 pm

May Book Selection ~ Complete Poems of Elizabeth Bishop 

Are you an enthusiastic reader? Someone who likes to discuss books and ideas? Someone who is passionate about delving into fiction, non-fiction, international texts, poetry, plays, and off-beat literature?

Please join us on the second Mondays of each month from 4-6  p.m. at the Belding Library.

Any questions, interest or suggestions, please email Victoria at


At Sword’s Point: A Labor History of Franklin County

A Talk by Tom Goldscheider

Wednesday May 1 @ 7 p.m.

Franklin County’s remarkable industrial history is matched by an equally remarkable history of organized labor. This untold story, pieced together using archival research, is presented with period images. The United Electrical Workers union was a good fit for workers until it was targeted by the Red Scare – turning the County into ground zero for a national struggle that lives with us to this day.

Tom Goldscheider is an independent scholar based in Florence. He earned a Masters in History at UMass Amherst and has published two articles.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Belding Library.


Library Exhibit:

Eclectic Dolls from the collection of Tadea Klein