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A Safety Warning: The J. V. Fletcher Library’s circulating Telescopes ARE NOT EQUIPPED with a safety mechanism for viewing the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21st.

Labor Day Hours: In observance of Labor Day the Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.

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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 number 15 of 24). Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization. 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.

Library "Kindness Cart:" The Joseph Middlemiss Bigheart Foundation generously donated a Kindness Cart loaded with children’s picture books, chapter books, and young adult fiction that all have “kindness” as a theme.  The Joseph Middlemiss Foundation was founded in memory of six year old Joseph Middlemiss who inspired random acts of kindness in all who knew him.  The Library is honored and pleased to house this collection in the Library lobby.

Announcing the launch of a new format for Adults: Launchpads! Launchpads are tablets that are pre-loaded with interactive, entertaining apps - the apps (or brain games) are easy to navigate regardless of your technical abilities. Examples of the types of Brain Games on each Launchpad include: “Crossword Workout”; “Mind Games”; “Letter Sleuth”; “Do You Sudoku and many more. Both the Children’s and Young Adult collections circulate these popular tablets, so the Library was thrilled when they became available for adults as well. Visit the Information Services/Reference desk
and check them out!
Library App: Our Boopsie Library app IS BACK and interfacing with the new Library catalog! You also have the option 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 your checkouts and holds. However, there are more links to our Library services from the Boopsie Library app. To download the Boopsie Library App, please click here.

Monthly Knitting Group: Monday, August 21 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 Cookbook Book Club meets on Tuesday, August 22 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman 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 the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. No registration required.

Cooking and Gardening from an Edible Garden with Liz Barbour: Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. Cookbook author, chef, and cooking instructor Liz Barbour will take you on a slide presentation tour through her cottage sized gardens. The Barbour’s edible gardens have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle and appeared in New Hampshire Magazine. During Barbour’s presentation you’ll learn how to use every inch of a small garden to maximize its beauty and its bounty using herbs, edible flowers, fruits, and vegetables as part of an edible landscape. Take in all the varieties of ornamental and edible plants as Liz offers tips about how to plan ahead so that you can truly enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Following the slide presentation will be a cooking demonstration and sampling of two delicious recipes featuring fresh, healthy ingredients. Add in Liz's easy cooking technique tips and you are on your way to creating great meals you can prepare at home. Click here to register  or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
Library Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, August 28 at 10:30 AM. Drop-in and experience a club that whose discussions are as robust as a wakeful cup of coffee or tea! For our second meeting this month, the book selection is "The Crossing Places" by Elly Griffiths. Copies of the book are available to check-out at the Main Desk. Newcomers are always welcome.

Story Time and Book Club Online Registration: Monday, September 11 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, September 12 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

Preschool Concert with “Toddlerbilly” musician Matt Heaton: Wednesday, September 14 at 11:30 a.m. Now that the kids are back in school, bring the little ones by for fantastic songs for all ages. Matt’s songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the fun on the back lawn by the parking lot.  (If it rains, please eat before you come. The concert will be held in the Meeting Room.) All ages.
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.
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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