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The Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library need book and media donations! As you are cleaning out your unwanted books and media this spring, please consider donating them to the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. The Friends will gladly take your unwanted books, audio and video materials for the direct benefit of the library and the community of Westford. These materials can be dropped off at the left-hand door just inside the library’s rear entrance. If the library is closed, drop your donations in the collection box that is located near the back door of the library. Tax deduction forms are available at the library’s main desk. The Friends of the J .V. Fletcher Library appreciate your support.
Snap Circuits for Grades 2-5: Friday, April 29, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join our Snap Circuits club and build fans that whir, lights that flash, and button activated sirens, all with safe, snap-together parts and an easy-to-follow project manual. Call the Youth Services Department to register (978-399-2302).
NEW!- Weekly English Conversation Circle starting on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Starting on Tuesday, May 3, this program will meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood room. The group will be led by Carol Morse. Registration is not required for this program. If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.
Westford Knight Author- David Goudsward: Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room David Goudsward, author of, The Westford Knight and Henry Sinclair, will lead a lecture and discussion on the Westford Knight that will "unravel the threads if the knight's history, separating fact from fantasy." Free! Drop in. Open to all ages.
Teen & Tween Advisory Board Meeting: Saturday, May 7 at 3p.m. Teens join the Library’s Teen and Tween Advisory Board and provide input for our Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program and support to the young adult librarian. No experience necessary, but you must be in grades 5-9 and live in Westford, MA or your parent must be a member of the Friends of the Library. The meeting(s) will be held in the Children’s Story Hour Room.
Meet Your Muslim Neighbors!: Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room What is Islam and what do Muslims really believe in? Make new friends as we explore the fact vs. fiction about American Muslims. This program offers a great opportunity to learn about American Muslims in our community and their culture. Chaplain Mary Lahaj will be the featured speaker. Drop in. Light Refreshments. Free. Open to all ages.
Adult Coloring Party- Back by Popular Demand!: Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room Are you looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend the evening? Explore the latest trend in relaxation; adult coloring books. Specially designed adult coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Light refreshments will be served at this Friends funded event. Free. Drop in. For ages 18 and up.
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 2016 Reading List.
NEW! 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
NEW!- The Commonwealth Catalog Replaces the Virtual 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.
Westford Job Seekers Network meets every Wednesday, at the library from 2-4:30pm.
Are you about to start a job search or are you in the midst of looking for a new job? Most people know that the best way to find a job is through networking. We provide guest speakers at many of our meetings who are experts in the job search process or in career development and can provide people with valuable advice that can positively affect their job search.
Need Device Advice? Assistant Director, India Nolen and Head of Information Services, Kristina Leedberg offer one-on-one tutorials on how to successfully download free eBooks from an Overdrive App (for tablets or smart phones) or in the case of eReaders, how to wirelessly download eBooks from your PC or Mac to your eReader. Drop-in sessions are offered on Mondays from 2 to 4 p.m. please come to the Information Services/Reference desk to check in. Evening sessions will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., on an “appointment only” basis. Please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2304 to schedule a tutorial.
J. V. Fletcher Library Mobile App! The Library's free (to our patrons, funded by the Friends Fall Appeal) mobile app is available for use on your smart phone or tablet! Please note: Barnes and Noble will not currently support this app for any Nook tablets. With the Fletcher Library app you can search the online catalog, access your account, place a hold, contact us, reserve a museum pass, and so much more! To download this free app, open the browser on your smart phone or tablet and go to http://fletcher.boopsie.com. If you have any questions, please call the Reference and Information Services Desk at
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.)
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.