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Holiday Hours: The Library will be closed on Saturday, December 23 through Monday, December 25.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26.  The Library will be closed Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2 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. Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot.
J.V Fletcher Library Grant Award: The J. V. Fletcher Library is the recipient of a $10,000 Readers’ Advisory Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant to ensure that Library staff receives the training and education to provide consistent and exemplary Readers’ Advisory Services to library patrons. Via presenters’ workshops, training, activities and Book Discussion Groups over the course of a year, staff will develop confidence and Readers’ Advisory skill-sets in fulfilling “high touch” service responses for our patrons. A critical by-product of this grant will be patron satisfaction with a Library environment in which book discussions, suggestions and recommendations proliferate and are valued. This grant award is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Holiday fun for Everyone with Steve Blunt: Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m.Get in the spirit of all the winter holidays! Celebrate the season with musician Steve Blunt – we’ll be ringing jingle bells, dancing, and singing along. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available in person only starting Monday, November 27. This program is for all ages.
Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Join us to discuss "Love Anthony" by Lisa Genova. This will also be our "Title Picking Party for 2018".  Bring your recommendations for next year's reading list.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New Members are always welcome! Free! Drop in. Reading List for 2017
Lego® Club: Saturday, December 16, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. Free drop-in for ages 5 and up.

Murder Mystery Book Club: Monday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet once a month on Monday morning @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our December selection is "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley. This is also our "Title Picking Party"!  Bring your suggestions for next year's reading list.  Light refreshments will be served.  Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New Members are always welcome. No registration required.
India Through Literature Series with Professor Bruce Browne: Monday, December 18 at 1:00 p.m. Books provide an interesting and  direct way to experience a culture; our fall book series on India presents a variety of perspectives on a complex country. All book discussions will be augmented with music and film clips that touch on themes of the text. Monday, Dec. 18, 1-2:30 p.m. "Indian Summer: the Secret History of the End of an Empire" by Alex von Tunzelmann. Copies of the current selection are available for checkout at the Main Desk. No registration required.  Bruce C. Browne is a professor, director, actor, and playwright.  At the University of Wisconsin Colleges, he taught courses in Theatre, Film, and Mass Communications, while directing forty productions for University Theatre. He has also worked for National Public Radio, hosting the classical music and news program Daybreak on WFCR in Amherst.
Bruce spent eighteen years in India, and has taught in Iran, and Qatar, teaching for Qatar Community College, Doha Film Institute, and Northwestern-Qatar. Most recently, he was an adjunct teaching Theatre History at Siena College and Documentary Filmmaking at the University at Albany.

Cookbook Book Club: Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker: Recipes for Entertaining", by Beth Hensperger 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.

A Celtic Holiday:Holiday Harp Music: Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room Join singer, harper, storyteller, and poet Kate Chadbourne for a warm and festive program of songs and stories drawn from Irish and Celtic tradition. Come to sing and laugh, to feel the wonder of winter, and to encounter a rather mysterious special guest. We will revel! Free! All ages are welcome. No registration required.

Adult Coloring Party: Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Hall Are you looking for a 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. Free. Drop in.

Teen & Tween Holiday Food and Craft Program: Wednesday, December 27 at 11:30 a.m. Celebrate the Season with a hands-on cookery and crafts program where teens can learn how to make a variety of scrumptious treats and crafts for family and friends.  For Grades 5 to 12.  Registration is requiredClick here to signup
3rd Annual 9-Hole Mini Golf in the Library: Thursday, December 28, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Again! Mini-golf in the library. Here is something to do with the whole family during the holiday break. This free drop-in program is generously funded by the KDK Memorial Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).
There will be no meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26. English Conversation Circle - Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. This program meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood room.  The group is led by Carol Morse. Registration is not required for this program. If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.
Zinio Digital Magazines is Changing it’s name to RBdigital Magazines:  The digital magazine collection will remain the same but if you use the mobile app to checkout magazines, you will need to download the new version of the app.  Links to the new version of the app are available HERE or you can search for RBdigital in your app store.  If you do not already have an account, you will need to create an account from our RBdigital page before you download the app.  Simply click on “Create New Account” in the top right hand corner, you will need your Library card barcode number.  If you have any questions, please call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
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
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.
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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