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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEKEND HOURS:
FRIDAY: Open 1-5pm
SATURDAY: Open 10-5pm
SUNDAY: Closed 2-5pm [in anticipation of inclement weather]
MONDAY: Closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Planning for a 21st Century Library-Read More:

WESTFORD - Waitlisted for Library Construction Grant
Westford Library on MBLC Construction Grant List: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to place the J. V. Fletcher Library on a waitlist for a Provisional Construction Grant. The grant is part of the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) which helps libraries across the state meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities. Thirty-three libraries completed the grant round process and through a rigorous review, 9 libraries were identified to receive grants and 24 were placed on a waitlist (Westford is now number 10). Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization; the MBLC is currently seeking bond funding as part of its FY2020 legislative agenda. This means Westford could be in line for $7.8 million of matching funding and a community vote to approve funds and proceed with the library renovation/expansion in the 2021-2022 timeframe. Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot.

Sunday Hours: Resume on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 thru Sunday, April 28. On Sundays the Library is open from 2 to 5 p.m.

Story Time and Book Club Online Registration: Mon., Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Although you can always stop by and register in person, Online Registration for these popular programs starts Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. (978-399-2302) you are welcome to register by telephone. Book clubs are for grades Kindergarten through grade 5 and meet once a month from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Mini Masters Art Book Club is for children in grades 3, 4, and 5 and meets one Thursday afternoon a month. The new Non-Fiction Book Club is for kids in grades 3 and 4 and meets once a month on Monday afternoon.

The Friends February Book Sale is on the Horizon: Mark your calendars for the weekend of Friday, Feb. 8, Sat., Feb. 9 and Sun., Feb. 10. A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending the preview sale.  The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to the special half price extravaganza on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

BookBrowse: Looking for your next great read?  Find it at "BookBrowse" your guide to exceptional books!  Search for book information by theme, read-alikes, book club resources, articles and reviews, and much more!  This exciting new database can be accessed from the library or from home with your Westford Library card number.

Overdrive Digital Magazines: In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, our Overdrive subscription now offers downloadable magazines! All of the magazines you borrow will be able to be read on the main Overdrive app (available on Android and IOS devices) and also the Libby app (available on IOS and Android devices except Kindle). A selection of the titles you’ll find available include OK! magazine, HGTV Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest and many other popular publications. This collection will continue to grow!  Please note that due to high cost and low usage, the library no longer subscribes to RBDigital (formerly known as Zinio).           

Perfume Making with Essential Oils: Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. Make your own personal perfume! Holistic nurse Nora Zinan will talk about the historical use of essential oils for both health and perfume making. Participants will learn the properties of the (hypoallergenic!) oils and their blending companions, and then blend the oils that are most appealing to them, making their own personal perfume. Limited to 15 people. Ages 14 and up. FREE!  Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Booktalk!: Friday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room Are you wondering what to read next? Growing tired of reading the same authors?  Looking for some recommended titles?  Join Mayleen and Kristina for an informal "Booktalk".  During this hour we will talk about titles both old and new.  Please join us!  No registration required.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. 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 Mystery Book Club: Monday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet on the fourth Monday morning of each month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our January selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List

Knitting Group: Monday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. 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.

An Evening with President James Madison: Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. Meet President James Madison! Brought to life by performer Bil Lewis, Madison will speak about his experiences, from the Constitution to the first few presidents, to the friendship and challenges of the Federalists. Hear about the struggle to build a country whose government is based on the consent of the governed. The President will talk about almost any issue and any of his colleagues. The audience is encouraged to question, comment, and debate. See how many of the issues confronted then — slavery, money, power, and more — remain relevant today. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. 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 February 5th book discussion will be Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer K. Armstrong. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Check out our Reading List for 2019.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. Our February pick is Ciao Italia by Mary Ann Esposito. 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. No registration required. Reading List

Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov

English Conversation Circle: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The English Conversation Circle is starting up again! The group has resumed its weekly meetings. They meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Mary Atwood Room. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment led by Carol Morse. FREE! Registration is not required.  If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309.

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 students.

J.V. Fletcher Digital Archive: The Library now has digital copies of The Jubb Brothers Civil War Letters and The Rustic (A newspaper that included local news from Westford and surrounding towns for the year 1885.)  We will also be digitizing our microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle.  Currently we have digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970-1973. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.

Recommended Book Club Titles: Looking for your next great read or selection for your book group?  We asked local book group participants for their favorite discussion books and compiled this list of Recommended Book Club Titles.  Paper copies are also available at the Information kiosk in the Information Services Department.


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.


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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