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Welcome to the J. V. Fletcher Library
Serving Westford Since 1797...
                     



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The J. V. Fletcher Library is thrilled to announce that we
won the "Coveted Roudenbowl" for our float entry in the
Kiwanis sponsored 2015 Westford Apple Blossom Parade.
The library is beholden to The Friends of the J. V. Fletcher
Library, Inc. for funding the props, costumes and the candy
(tossed to Westford children on the Parade sidelines)
that made our participation - in this annual, uniquely
Westfordian tradition - possible.

Planning for a 21st Century Library-Read More

In Observance of Memorial Day the Library will be closed on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will re-open on Tuesday, May 26 at 10 a.m.

Friends of the Library June Book Sale – June 12-14 
The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library will be holding a used book sale on Friday, June 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the J.V. Fletcher Library at 50 Main Street in Westford. 

Friday evening is a special preview sale for Friends members. Membership is available at the door. On Sunday all materials will be offered at half price Scanners may not be used on Friday but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday.

After running a summer children’s book sale for many years, the Friends of the Library have decided to discontinue it.  Please mark your calendars to stock up on your summer reading inventory at the June sale.

The sale will include over 10,000 gently used books plus CDs, cassettes, LPs/vinyl, audio books, DVDs and videos.  Regular prices are 50 cents and up for paperbacks and $1 and up for hardcover books.

The Massachusetts Library Association (MLA) presented the 22nd biennial public relations awards to the winning applicants during the MLA Annual Conference in May, 2015. The J. V. Fletcher Library is honored to win 1st prize in the category of Public Relations Awards for our Community Reading Program “Westford Reads the Civil War."

eBOOKs Update: Chinese language eBooks,funded by the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, are now available for downloading from the Overdrive link on our website.  The collection contains over 500 Chinese language titles including books on history, biography, classics, modern fiction, crafts, cooking and self-help.  In addition to having a great variety of genres to choose from, Westford Library patrons of all ages (adults, teens and tweens and young children) can enjoy this new collection offering. All you need for downloading these free titles are 1.) your J. V. Fletcher Library card barcode and 2.) a device (iPad, Kindle, iPhone, etc.) or computer. The Overdrive website also provides the option to turn the entire website into Chinese text.  If you have any questions on how to download Chinese language eBooks, please contact the Information Services/Reference Department 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.
Rosetta Stone Language Database! We've resubscribed to the most popular foreign language learning tool. The Rosetta Stone is a 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 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 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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