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NEW SERVICE! 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!”
Fletcher library cardholders can view these films on their tablets, smart phones, computers, etc. IndieFLix offers UNLIMITED ACCESS which means that you never have to place a hold or have a waiting period. To get started click on the IndieFlix icon on the left hand side of this page.
Note: this streaming service does not run on an app, you need an internet connected device. Further if your default web browser is not: Internet Explorer version 10 or Safari or Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, you will need to download one of those four browsers to your computer or device to watch these films. So open up the Library website in one of these browsers and click on the IndieFlix icon in the left hand menu. Create an account using your Fletcher Library card. The next time you open IndieFlix you'll just need your email address and the password you created during set up. Click on the Movies graphic and discover, explore, enjoy.
Holiday fun for everyone with Steve Blunt: Thursday, December 19 at 11 a.m. Get in the spirit of all the winter holidays with our pal Steve. We will all be ringing the jingle bells, dancing, and singing along.Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone (979-399-2302) or in person in the Youth Services Department. This program is for all ages.
The Nutcracker Suite- A Piano Concert: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Alfred Watson, classical composer and pianist, Juilliard graduate and seasoned performer has created a unique presentation, a magical lecture and performance built around the music of the nutcracker, as well, as the story and life of it's composer, Peter Tchaikovsky. Light refreshments will be served. This is a great program for children and adults! FREE! DROP-IN!
New Year's Party Food Program: Friday December 27 at 1p.m. Teens & Tweens are you planning a fun New Year's Party with your family and friends? Then be prepared and learn how to make several simple and scrumptious finger foods to serve at your big event at this FREE hands-on cooking program on Friday December 27 from 1-2:30 with Kira. Registration is required and starts December 9.
75 New Overdrive Titles: have been added to our Overdrive Advantage Collection (the portion of all downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks owned by Overdrive that are only available to Westford Library card holders.) Some of these titles are extra copies of popular authors and some are “must haves” that only the Fletcher Library has purchased. Ultimately though what we purchase is limited to what Overdrive offers, which often does not include new, bestselling or favorite titles and authors.
To browse these newly added Advantage titles, click on the Overdrive icon in the left hand menu on this page. Sign in to Overdrive with your Library card number. Click on Advanced Search (in white font) on the horizontal menu at the top of the page. Then scroll down the page, next to "Show Me" choose "My Library's Collection," and finally in the "Sort By" box choose "added to site" and SUBMIT. The etitles that appear should all have the orange seal on the upper left hand side of the book (the "a" with the check mark means it is an Fletcher Library Advantage Title.)
A FUTURE (20/20) VISION:
While an eventual library renovation/expansion has been discussed as a planning goal since 2001 (the library has passed the 25 year anniversary in the current renovation which was designed for 20 years), the current goal is the J. V. Fletcher Library's application for a competitive Planning and Design Grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This grant is due January 16, 2014 and Westford will be competing against other Commonwealth communities studying the feasibility of enlarging, renovating or building their public library or library branch. The municipality's local funds (Westford has $25,000 in hand) would be "matched" by up to $50,000 from the state. The grand award notice would be approximately one year out (summer 2014) and the results of Public Forums and the Feasibility Study over the following eighteen months would inform whether, or where, a renovation, and or expansion is feasible.
The Board of Library Commissioners intends to hold a competitive Public Library Construction Grant round in either FY16 or FY17 -- this is when municipalities would vie for funding for improvements to their libraries and branches. With positive results from the feasibility study and Town support, Westford would apply under this grant round hoping for a fifty per cent match from grant funds. Westford and other municipalities could be wait-listed for grant monies for several years thereafter while the state pursues funding legislation. Benefactors, gifts and grant funding have been integral to the Library from its
1797 – Westford male citizens create the Subscription Library, supported by individual “subscriptions” or shares
1859 – the Subscription Library is gifted to the Town of Westford
1871 – the Library is located in a “commodious room” in the new Town Hall
1873 - the Agricultural Library is gifted to the Town of Westford
1895 – Jonathan Varnum Fletcher gifts $14,000 for the new library, matched by $5,000 from the Town
1963 – the great granddaughter of J. V. Fletcher, Marian F. Winnek funds a basement Children’s Room renovation
1969 – a renovation/new Children’s Room is funded with a federal Library Services and Construction Act (L.S.C.A.) grant
1979 - the original Bookmobile is funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act grant funds
1987 – the J. V. Fletcher Library is expanded and renovated in part with Massachusetts Public Library Construction Grant monies, with the local bond paid off in 2001
New! DEVICE ADVICE: Library Staff is offering 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 will be offered on Mondays from 2 to 4 PM. 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 PM, on an “appointment only” basis. Please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2304 to schedule a tutorial.
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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.)
Westford Cardholders have the “ADVANTAGE” The next time you link to the Overdrive website (either by clicking on the Overdrive icon on the Library’s home page or by visiting www.mvlc.lib.overdrive.com) to download free eBooks or eAudiobooks, you will find that as a Westford resident you have more to choose from than “meets the eye.” Always SIGN IN first to access this special option. Whenever you see a “sun icon” next to a title it means that the Fletcher Library has purchased extra copies, or perhaps the ONLY COPY in the Consortium, of that title; it is your14-digit Library barcode, that you SIGN IN with, that alerts the software that you have the ADVANTAGE!
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.