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The Library will be closed: on Easter Sunday, April 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. and in observance of Patriot’s Day on Monday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will re-open on Tuesday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 27 is the last day of the Sunday season; the Library will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. The Library is scheduled to re-open again on Sundays in January 2015.  

Teen & Tween Comic Art & Cartooning Club with Andy & Veronica Fish. Saturday, April 19 at 2 p.m. Meetings will highlight story-boarding, creating unique cartoon characters and drawing in the different styles of comic art (i.e. Cartooning, Manga (Japanese Comics) and Comic Book Art.)  Come prepared to draw and doodle! Register now.

Pirate Captain Robbie Bones with Robb Preskins Tuesday, April 22 at 2:00 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 from his travels. Tickets ($2.00) for children and their caregivers are available now by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Cats Only! With Author Jef Czekaj Wednesday, April 23 at1:00 p.m. The good news: Jef is here to read his book, Cat Secrets. The bad news: this book is only for cats. Luckily, Jef has a cat costume and, if the audience is willing to pretend that they are also cats, he can read the book. He will also perform another book, do a little rapping, and there definitely will be music. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available now by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.

"Dirt on Your Hands, Soil in the Garden"with Master Gardener, Betty Sanders: Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Few of us start with great soil, but we can all build it.  By using gardening methods which improve rather than hurt the soil and an emphasis on turning kitchen and garden waste into compost, the "Black Gold" of gardens, Betty will show us how to create great gardens from the ground up.  FREE! Drop-in! Register now in the Reference and Information Services Department (978) 399-2304.

Zinio! Download Digital Magazines! Fletcher Library cardholders can now 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.  You will have the option to choose from over fifty 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.

IndieFlix: “The Netflix of Independent Films.” The Fletcher Library is thrilled to offer our patrons an online streaming service where you can browse and watch films from a collection (3000 strong and growing) of independent films, shorts and documentaries. Films in this streaming collection have been screened at more than 2,000 film festivals worldwide. The collection contains films for all ages and tastes: some are different parts eclectic, artistic, imaginative, award-winning, dark, fun, political and controversial. Films can be searched by genre, Country, film festival, the length of time you want to watch a film, its intended audience and so much more. Best of all, or pretty close, "watching films on IndieFlix directly supports the filmmakers who made them! For instructions and to LOGIN in to IndieFlix click on the INDIEFLIX icon in the left hand menu.

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:

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.

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 if 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 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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