A "library of things" is a nontraditional collection of items that can be checked out: tools, games, musical instruments, & more! Here are some of our "things”. You may reserve these by calling us at 413-628-4414 or coming into the library.
Filmmaker's Lending Library
This equipment was picked out by the Ashfield Film Fest committee to encourage budding filmmakers! You can check out a camera, microphone, tripod, lightboxes, projector, and screen with your library card. 2 week loan. See available items in our catalog.
This lending library was brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Gardening and Food Preservation Collection
To promote sustainability, biodiversity, and food security, Belding Memorial Library is curating a collection of tools & equipment related to gardening and food preservation. 2 week loan. See available items in our catalog.
This collection was made possible by a Libraries Transforming Communities grant. Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).
Joe Donald Memorial Art on Loan Collection
The Joe Donald Memorial Art on Loan Collection includes framed original art by Ashfield artists as well as original art depicting Ashfield. Artists include Beverly Duncan, Walter Cudnohofsky, Ken Kipen, Peter Kitchell, Jane Lund, Elice Davis Pieropan, Marcine Eisenberg, and others. 8 week loan. Almost all the art you see hanging in the building can be checked out! See available artwork in our catalog.
Museum Pass Collection
Check out passes to the Clark Art Institute, DCR Parks, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Historic Deerfield, and Mass Moca, which offer free or discounted admission to these sites! 1 week loan. See available passes in our catalog.
Seed Lending Library
Browse our self-serve seed catalog during our open hours, which is refreshed seasonally. Our goals are to make healthy food accessible to all and protect/promote biodiversity and heirloom plants. Our motto is "Take what you want, share what you can". The collection is housed in an old card catalog!
STEM At Home Collection
Reflector Telescope Kit: Modified by the Aldrich Astronomical Society and gifted to us by Friends of the Library, this easy-to-use telescope is perfect for beginner stargazers. 2 week loan. Check our catalog to see if the scope is available.