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Gravestone Girls: A Virtual Tour of Westford's Cemeteries:  Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. Cemetery Educators, the Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to "Keep Our Dead Alive", will present a virtual tour built on photographs recently taken in Westford's cemeteries; in effect charting the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the colonial era into the 21st century.  This is a popular program that has been given around the New England area for almost fifteen years.  Free! Registration begins on Monday, March 23 in the Information Services Department (978) 399-2304.

Zentangle Club for Teens and Tweens: Thursday, April 2, from 7 to 8 p.m.  Discover an incredible and whimsical art form led by certified Zentangle Specialist, Wendy Brown.  You will be amazed with the results. Registration on-going in the Youth Services Department.

Teen & Tween MANGA Fandom: Monday, April 6 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Each month the Library will feature a different Fandom.  During the Winter-Spring Session we will celebrate and Manga.  Enjoy Fandom related activities, crafts, and share your own Fan art/fiction. Registration required in the Youth Services Department.

Make and Take Crafts: Saturday, April 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. Teens and tweens~in grades 5 to12 imagine, create, and participate! Make a selection of fun, seasonal crafts.  Registration required in the Youth Services Department.

Teen & Tween Advisory Board Meeting:  Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m. Do you want to make your voice heard in the Library, volunteer at Library events, and have fun making new friends? The Teen and Tween Advisory Board is a place share ideas about activities, materials, and changes to implement to make the Library a destination for teens. To join, you must be a Westford Teen or Tween in grades 5 to 9. No experience needed, just bring your enthusiasm.  We meet four times a year in the Story Hour Room.

Peeps Diorama Competition: Wednesday, April 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
We are hosting a Peeps Diorama Competition for Teens and Tweens.  Participants will work together in groups of three and create a Peeps diorama. Prizes will be awarded for the top three dioramas and all materials will be provided. Registration required in the Youth Services Department.

Manga Maki with Andy & Veronica Fish: Thursday, April 23 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Participants will take a classic Japanese folk tale, break it down into scenes, and each draw a piece of the story. The pieces will be put together at the end of the program and voila a huge wall comic!  Registration required in the Youth Services Department.

Cookbook Book Club:The Baking Bible by Rose Bernbaum: Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. Copies of the cookbook are available for checkout at the Main Desk.  So many sweets, so little time. Please join us to discuss the cookbook and sample a recipe or two.  If you are interested in bringing a dish from the cookbook (this is not required), please contact Kristina Leedberg at (978) 399-2309. Free!  Drop-in.

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.
eBOOKs Update:  Patrons who use our free, downloadable eBook service (Overdrive) will be thrilled by the following: users can now return eBooks before the end of the lending period and can then immediately download a new eBook.  This option is only available for devices that use EPUB file format, such as a Samsung, iPad and Windows tablets or smart phones (Amazon has its own restrictive file format so Kindles cannot take advantage of this new option.)  Further, you can now suspend your holds (for let’s say a week or two) and keep your place in the holds queue. And finally, you now have the option to have your eBook holds downloaded to your device automatically. The latter two features just require checking a box when you are placing your hold. Happy eReading.

New offerings from Indieflix (our online streaming service where you can browse and watch films.) Up until now Indieflix has been marketed as the “Netflix of Independent films” showcasing award-winning Independent films, shorts and documentaries. But to entice more users Indieflix – whose total number of available movies to Libraries tops 5,500 – is making more mainstream content available (including genres like classics, feature, horror and zombie films)such as Psycho, Planet of the Apes and All the President’s Men. To watch an Infieflix film (or many) go to the Library homepage and click on the Indieflix graphic in the left hand menu. Watch a film on any device with a browser. And of course it is a free service to Westford residents.
New Titles added to Zinio! Download Digital Magazines! Fletcher Library cardholders can download (to computers, tablets, smart phones, etc.) DIGITAL ISSUES OF MAGAZINES! Smithsonian, Us Weekly, Bloomberg Business News, Vegetarian Times, Macworld, Men's Health to name a few; magazines that cover food, entertainment, electronics, arts and crafts, politics, business and more. New titles just added at the end of September include American Girl Magazine, The Atlantic, Audubon,  Better Homes and Gardens, Business Weekly-in Chinese, Cook's Illustrated, The Nation, and many more!  You will have the option to choose from over seventy of today's most popular magazines. Once an issue is downloaded, it's yours to keep.  There are no waiting lists, and you can download as many titles as you want.  For more information, connect to our Zinio! Launch Page.
Rosetta Stone Language Database! The Rosetta Stone database is available once again, so we subscribed tout de suite. The Rosetta Stone is an extremely popular language learning resource based on their proven language immersion method (which integrates listening, reading, and speaking in the language that you are learning). There are thirty different languages to choose from.  When you first log on, you will be prompted to create an account so that your lessons will be saved.  Connect to Rosetta Stone
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.
Check the weekly list of guest speakers and program description. For more information call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308 or email: dkanabar@westfordma.gov

NEED SMART 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.

PLANNING FOR A 21st CENTURY WESTFORD LIBRARY:
Recent Dates:
1988 - the "new" Library addition and renovation
2001 - the Library bond issue funding the 1988 addition/renovation is paid off
2007-2011 - Friends, Trustees, the Town and donors fund the Library Beautification Project to cosmetically refurbish the existing library spaces
2013 - Annual Town Meeting funds $20,000 as a local match for a future Planning and Design Grant; to be supplemented by Trustee funds
2014 - in January the Library submits a Planning and Design Grant to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, competing for $50,000 to conduct a Feasibility Assessment       
Future Dates:
2014 - Westford learns in June that the Library has been awarded a Planning and Design Grant to conduct a Feasibility Study!
2014-2016 - the Westford Community advises, analyzes and assesses its position on a future library design
2016 or 2017 - Westford applies for a competitive Public Library Construction Grant with a potential 50% match for local communities from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
2017-2020 - the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners pursues state funding for the Public Library Construction Grant round, with municipalities wait-listed for grant monies            
2020-2023 - A 21st Century Library

J. V. Fletcher Library Mobile App! The Library's new, free 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 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.)

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.








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