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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

The Library is pleased to introduce Westford families to our newest, cutting-edge “kids only” technology collection: “Playaway Launchpads.” Imagine a tablet device, encased in thick rubber - so that it is easy for children to hold yet hard to break - that comes preloaded with age-appropriate, high-quality learning apps. Specifically, each Playaway Launchpad is labeled as either: Ages 3-5; Ages 5-7; Ages 8-10 or Ages 10 and up; they feature learning apps grouped together by subject area, theme, grade level and age. From math to monkeys to science and super heroes, every Launchpad experience is an adventure. Playaway Launchpads are ideally suited for summertime educational fun as they are pre-loaded with age-appropriate content which caregivers may monitor through a parental console to follow how children have spent their time on the Launchpad. The content collection spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and features themed learning packs including animals, princesses, fantasy, nature and much more. Visit Youth Services at the Fletcher Library to check one out and let the fun begin.

Harry Potter's Birthday Party! Friday, July 31 at 2:30 p.m. Hold on to your sorting hat! The YS librarians will host a magical celebration of our hero Harry's birthday. Join us for magical crafts, games, and decorations! Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 7 and up.

Dog Training for Teens: Monday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m.  Do you love dogs?  Would you like to learn the basics of training a dog? Through the generosity of the Friends, a trainer from Masterpeace Dog Training and a canine or two will show you how. This is a free program for grades 5 to 12. Pre-register at the Children’s Desk.

Teen Summer Book Club: Thursday, August 6 at 6:30p.m. This Library book club open to teens in grades 5 to 8 and includes discussion, refreshments, and fantastic hands-on activities.  We will be reading Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts.  Copies will be available on July 6, 2015.  Pre-registration is required as spots are limited.

End of the Summer Party for Teens & Tweens: Wednesday, August 12, at 1 p.m. Become a Superhero by our End of the Summer Party.  Make you own ice cream sundae then compete to win prizes by dressing up as your favorite superhero, playing bingo, and creating your own whimsical masks.  Not only that, you will also find out who won the grand prizes this summer. P.S. Don’t forget to wear a costume.

"Pastel Paint Like the Masters: Monet's Regatta" with Greg Maichack: Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m.
In this two-hour workshop, Maichak demonstrates how everyone from beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of the Claude Monet.  Everyone will go home with their finished version of the Regatta. All materials are provided.  This program is funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.  FREE!  Limited to 30 participants.  Sign-up starts on August 3 in the Information Services Department 978-399-2304.

Cookbook Book Club: Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, by Ina Garten: Thursday, August 27 at 7 p.m. Are you looking for some quick and easy recipes to add to your regular repertoire? Please join us to discuss "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof!" and sample a recipe or two! Copies of the cookbook are available for checkout at the Main Desk.  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!

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."
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.

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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