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INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY HOURS:
  • Saturday, July 1 - Open 10-5
  • Monday, July 3 - Open 10-5
  • Tuesday, July 4 - CLOSED
Reading is Awesome is the 2017 Children’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration begins May 30 for this Friends’ funded Program You can sign up for events and shows at the same time that you register. Some events require tickets for children, parents, and/or caregivers while others are free drop-in. Please call, visit the Youth Services Department, or check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page  here for more information on this exciting summer-long FUN spree.
Teens & Tweens "Build a Better World" by joining the J. V. Fletcher Library's Summer Reading Program.  Registration begins May 30 for this Friends’ funded Program at the Library near the Main Circulation Desk and in the Young Adult Department.  Once you have registered, please do sign up for one or more free teen and tween events online here.  To find out more about this amazing program visit the Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program webpage or phone the Youth Services Department at 978-399-2302.
Adult Summer Reading Program: This year's theme is "Build a Better World"! Sign up at any public service desk, click here, or by calling the Information department at 978-399-2304.  Choose any goal for your summer reading (3 books, read a newspaper once a week, “War and Peace”.) Once you have completed your goal, stop by the Information Desk for a gift certificate for a free kiddie cone at Kimball Farm.  Every week during the program, we will give away gift certificates to Barnes and Noble and a grand prize drawing for a gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Summer Reading Programs aren't just for kids! The adult summer reading program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Books Build a Magical World Show with Mike Bent: Wednesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. Our summer reading program kicks off with our favorite magician Mike Bent. This book themed show uses hilarious comedy, amazing magic, games, music, sound effects, AND storytelling to motivate kids to get reading. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 4 and up.

Brainstorm Your College Essay: Wednesday, June 28 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. This FREE workshop is available to rising seniors only. The abbreviated workshop will help students understand how to choose an essay topic and how to begin writing. This is a shortened version of the three-hour workshop provided by Joyce Pellino Crane. An award-winning journalist, Joyce has been tutoring Westford Academy students for five years. Registration is required by clicking here (It’s FREE!). Space is limited.

Applying for College; What You Need to Know: Wednesday, June 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Get a jump on the college application process by attending this FREE panel discussion provided by college experts and moderated by Joyce Pellino Crane, theCollege Essay Confidante. Experts will take you through the application process from beginning to end. Panelists areWendy Pechacek, Westford School Department Guidance Coordinator 6-12; Troy E. Lazaro, Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment, UMass-Lowell; Andrew N. Carter, Senior Associate Director, Office of Admissions, College of the Holy Cross; Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning at the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority; Joyce Pellino Crane, the College Essay Confidantè and News Director at WestfordCAT.  Registration is required by clicking here (It’s FREE!). Space is limited.
Hank and Tom's Old Time Fiddle Music:Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a “family friendly” fiddle concert with Tom from ‘The Toe Jam Puppet Band’ and his amazing son Hank. Tom and Hank play traditional Fiddle Tunes & Songs from  Appalachia to New England.  Look for their suitcase full of instruments for folks to play and join in! FREE!  Open to all ages! Enjoy the fun on the back lawn by the parking lot. If it rains, we will be in the Meeting Room.
Camp Read A-Lot: Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for lots of singing and dancing around our indoor campfire. Program takes place in the Story Hour Room. This free registration program is for ages 3-7. Pre-register at the Children’s Desk.
Tall Ships and Pirate Tales with the Sciencetellers: Thursday, July 6 at 1 p.m. Set sail on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Volunteers from the audience will help explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more! Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
The Yo-Yo-Guy: Monday: July 10 at 11 a.m. World Champion and four time Guinness World record holder John Higby will be here to present his unique high energy comedy yo-yo show. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 4 and up.

Monthly Knitting Group: Monday, July 10 and July 24 at 3:00 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Our new informal knitting group will meet the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 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 Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.
The One-Man Circus in-a-suitcase: Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, a boisterous ringmaster, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars, and Keefer–an innocent trying to run away and join the circus. This FREE program is funded by the KDK Foundation in honor of Kurt Kelly. Free tickets are available for children 4 and up along with their caregivers.
Rolie Polie Guacamole Family Concert: Monday, July 17 at 2 p.m.  Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole offers a rocking show that stylishly dresses up original tunes and classic covers. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for all ages.
Camp Read A-Lot: Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for lots of singing and dancing around our indoor campfire. Program takes place in the Story Hour Room. This free registration program is for ages 3-7. Pre-register at the Children’s Desk.
Ready Set Move! Sing-along with Steve Blunt: Thursday July 20 at 11:30 a.m.  With lots of laughs and audience participation, Steve’s music is never a spectator sport. His catchy tunes and bouncy beats feature a healthy dose of music & movement for the young. Sing along and rock with us in the grass in back of the library. FREE for all ages. (If it rains, please eat before you come. The Concert will then be held in the Meeting Room.)
Police Story Time with Police Officer Brandon Holmes: Friday, July 21 at 1:30 p.m. Police Officer Holmes is crazy for reading and for the safety of the kids of Westford and their families. He is also pretty good at the hokey pokey. This free drop-in program is for children ages three and up.
Sky Pirates with Robb Preskins: Wednesday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m. Ahoy shipmates – take a trip to far off lands with Captain Robbie Bones, a wonderful magician and storyteller who has brought back some amazing tales and magic tricks. Tickets ($2.00) for children and their caregivers are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Harry Potter’s Birthday Party: Friday, July 28 at 2 pm:  Hold on to your Sorting Hat!  The YS Librarians will host our annual magical Harry Potter birthday party!  Join us for new Harry Potter crafts, games, and activities. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 7 and up.
Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary Party: Saturday, July 29 at 7 pm. It has been 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone and the JVF staff is planning a great event for the entire family. Wingmasters will present a live owl program for attendees who are 5 and up while younger siblings craft and play in the Children’s Room. Other treats include trivia, a scavenger hunt, three door prizes, and great food. Costumes are strongly suggested! Tickets are $5 each up to $20 per family.
Library App: Our Library app is currently not interfacing with the new Library catalog. In the meantime, feel free to download the “Bookmyne” app from the first page of the online catalog or from your phone/device’s app store. This app offers you the ability to log into your library catalog account, place holds and access your Overdrive account to see what your checkouts and holds.
New database- LYNDA.Com!: Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. Connect from the Library | Connect from Home  (You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   
Library Adult Book Discussion Group: Are you looking for a fun and lively book discussion group?  Our Adult Book Discussion group meets the second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room.  We alternate between fiction and non-fiction titles.  Copies of the current month's selection are available at the Main Desk.  Check out our Reading List.
Library Monday Mystery Book Club: Wake up your week with stimulating book discussions. The Mystery Book Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Hall. Copies of the current month's selections are available at the Main Desk. This is a drop-in program. Newcomers are always welcome! Check out our Monthly Reading List.
Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
During the month of March the Library - in collaboration with the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - is hosting a special “Start Your Own Business” workshop series. Pre-registration is required for these: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ma/boston. The schedule of dates and program titles is as follows:   March 8: “Preparing to Finance a New Business” presented in collaboration with ACCION~(an SBA Microlender); March 15: “Starting and Growing a Business – The SBA Advantage” presented by SBA; March 22: “Women’s History Month” – we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of women and their many contributions to our communities; March 29: “Opening Doors to Government Contracting” presented in collaboration with Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and April 5: “Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts” in collaboration with Salem State Small Business Development Center (SBDC.) For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov
Link to Literacy: Link to Literacy is a non-profit, volunteer run organization devoted to enabling adults who have joined us from other cultures to read, write, and speak American English more effectively. Training and materials are provided to tutors. Tutors work with their students at the Library. Click here for student and tutor applications.  To pick up a tutor or student application or for more information, stop by or contact the Information Services department at 978-399-2304.  Currently, there is a need for additional tutors.
PRINT FROM ANYWHERE: would you believe that you can send a print job from your Internet connected PC, smartphone, tablet or laptop from your home, business or anywhere within the Library to our Print Release Station in Reference. To print the document that you sent remotely, come to the Library and find your job in the queue on the Print Release Station. Just remember that you will need remember the password that you chose (from the list in the instructions) to print your job. All jobs will delete after 48 hours.To use this exciting new service go to the library’s website: www.westfordlibrary.org and click on the link Print From Anywhere or enter the following URL on your browser: http://www.printeron.net/jvfletcher/library 
The Commonwealth Catalog:Can't find the item you want in the Merrimack Valley Consortium catalog?  In one easy step, you can search through millions of items (at participating Libraries across Massachusetts) to find the books, DVDs, and music you're looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered to our Library for pickup.  Link to the Commonwealth Catalog from the search page of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium Catalog or link directly to the Commonwealth Catalog.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reference and Information Services Desk at 978-399-2304.
Sign up for text notification from the Library. What a time saver! Receive a text (that can be saved for future reference) on your smart phone when materials you have requested are ready to be picked up. To sign up, go to the Library’s website home page, choose Catalog from the horizontal menu, click on Online Catalog and sign in to your library account. Click on “account preferences.” Then put a check mark next to “notify by text by default when a hold is ready to pick up.” Patrons may also sign up by contacting the Main desk staff at 978-399-2301.
New Library Titles! Would you like to be among the first to know about the newest books, music, and DVDs added to our collection?  Each week there will be a link to our newest titles on the front of our website.  Simply scroll down the left hand column until you see the icon that reads “New! @ the Library - Books - Music – Movies”.  Next to each title, you can follow the link to “Borrow” (or simply click on the title) which takes you into our catalog to place a hold on the item.  There is also a “More Info” link next to each title. This will take you to the Amazon site since they are the vendor that administers this service.  Here you can read a more detailed description and editorial reviews. At the top of the page, there is an option to “Sign Up” to have the newest titles list sent to your e-mail each week.  (Please note: New orders for each collection are assigned an ordering week each month. Each week one collection’s numbers will be higher than another due to our ordering calendar.)









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