JV Fletcher Library
50 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886-2599
ph: (978) 692-5555
www.westfordlibrary.org
Adult Programs
Spring 2019
 


Date and Time
Program Description
Thursday, March 28
7:00 p.m.

The Softer Side of Celtic with Jeff Snow

Growing up as the son of a drummer in a bagpipe band, Jeff developed a love for the music of Scotland, England and Ireland. His concerts have been described as quiet and relaxing, and much of it is, but sometimes he'll break out and the foot stomping begins! The instruments, vocals and Jeff's love and knowledge of his Scottish heritage create a delightful program of traditional and original songs. Hear those stories along with the songs that educate as well as entertain. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Saturday, March 30
2:00 p.m.

Ukulele Strum Along

Learn to play by playing! Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Singing is encouraged. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. Register here or in the Information Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.

Tuesday, April 2
7:00 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

J.V.Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club

Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. Our April 2nd book discussion will be Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019

Thursday, April 4
7:00 p.m.

ClassiGals Concert
Enjoy a potpourri of poems set to music in honor of National Poetry Month! The local trio “ClassiGals” will present an hour-long concert of poems set to music. The group consists of singers Beth Fowler of Rye, NH, and Jeanne Masterman of Westford, accompanied by pianist Rachel Muller of Westford. Hear poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Rabindranath Tagore, and Robert Browning. Composers represented include Amy Beach, Randall Thompson, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti, and John Carpenter. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Monday, April 8
3:00 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

Knitting Group

Do you enjoy knitting? Our informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. AND the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Bring your latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters! If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Thursday, April 11
7:30 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

J.V.Fletcher Adult Book Club
Join us to discuss Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New members are always welcome! Check out our reading list for 2019.

Thursday, April 18
7:00 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

Cookbook Club

The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. Our April choice is Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden. Copies are available for check out at the Main Desk.  If you would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), please contact Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. No registration required.  Reading List

Saturday, April 20
2:00 p.m.

Learn Ukulele
Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. (Note: this is a beginner lesson, and not our monthly ukulele strum along.) Bring your own ukulele or register in advance to borrow one. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Monday, April 22
10:30 a.m.
FREE!  Drop in!

Monday Mystery Book Club
Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion!  We meet on the fourth Monday morning of the month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room.  Our April selection is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New members are always welcome! FREE! Drop in. Reading List

Monday, April 22
6:30 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

Knitting Group

Do you enjoy knitting? Our informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. AND the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Bring your latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters! If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Thursday, April 25
7:00 p.m.
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Sharks to Parks!
Ever seen a real hammerhead shark? Now’s your chance! Join photographer Bob Michelson for a narrated slideshow. He’ll discuss predator/prey relationships using an actual 7.5 foot hammerhead shark, “Bruce!” Learn about marine life found off the Massachusetts coast, then fish and fauna from the Peabody area, and then all the wildlife that call Peabody home, from red foxes to bald eagles. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

Saturday, April 27
2:00 p.m.

Ukulele Strum Along

Learn to play by playing! Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Singing is encouraged. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. Register here or in the Information Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.

Monday, April 29
6:30 p.m.

Nuclear Security in the 21st Century

Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency to them. The New Start Treaty with Russia is up for renewal in 2021, a summit with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. Keith West has been involved with speech and debate for nearly two decades. Come hear him discuss to what degree past nuclear talks should guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.


Thursday, May 2
7:00 p.m.

Cuba and the "Last" Baseball Season
After the Castro regime abolished professional baseball in 1961, young Cuban players had a choice: leave family, friends and a beloved homeland, knowing they may never see them again, to play professionally — or stay home and pursue a different and uncertain way of life. Local author José Ramírez will discuss his book about the personal struggle these men and their families endured, and the heart-wrenching judgement they had to make. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Tuesday, May 7
7:00 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

J.V.Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club

Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. Our May 7th book discussion will be Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019

Thursday, May 9
7:30 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

J.V.Fletcher Adult Book Club
Join us to discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy. Copies of the current reading selection will be available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New members are always welcome! Check out our reading list for 2019.

Thursday, May 9
7:00 p.m.

Eat Your Blues Away

Come hear certified nutrition and wellness consultant Cheryl Major discuss her book, Eat Your Blues Away, about how changing her diet helped her overcome chronic depression. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Monday, May 13
3:00 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

Knitting Group

Do you enjoy knitting? Our informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. AND the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please be aware that we will not be meeting on the fourth Monday in May due to the Memorial Day holiday. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Bring your latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters! If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Thursday, May 16
7:00 p.m.
FREE!  Drop in.

Cookbook Club

The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. Our May choice is King Solomon's Table by Joan Nathan. Copies will be available for check out at the Main Desk.  If you would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), please contact Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. No registration required.  Reading List

Saturday, May 18
2:00 p.m.

Ukulele Strum Along

Learn to play by playing! Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Singing is encouraged. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. Register here or in the Information Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.


        





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