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In honor of President’s Day the Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. We re-open on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m.

Indoor Snowball Fight and Minute to Win It Competition: Tuesday, February 16 at 2 p.m.  Teens and Tweens are invited to join our indoor snowball fight at the J. V. Fletcher Library! Enjoy the fun without the frostbite at this FREE wintry event! Additional activities include a variety of minute-to-win-it contests and prizes will be awarded. Registration is required.

Teens and Tweens Tiny Treats Food Competition: Wednesday, February 17 at 11:30 a.m.  Showcase your culinary skills by working together in groups of two or three to create tiny treats from teeny tiny food items provided by the Library.  Prizes will be awarded. All food items and prizes have been paid for through the generosity of the Friends. Thank you Friends! Registration is required.

Mr. Vinny’s Little Puppet Show: Wednesday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m. There really is nothing little about this puppet show.  Mr. Vinny from the Toe Jam Puppet Band has created a fantastically funny and silly interactive program. Tickets ($2.00) go on sale in Youth Services starting Monday, Feb. 1. For ages 5 and up.

Jedi Knight Training with Jungle Jim: Thursday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m.  Jedi Knight Jungle Jim leads children through a series of challenges - including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork Training - all culminating in an epic lightsaber duel. Tickets ($2.00) go on sale in Youth Services starting Monday, Feb. 1. For ages 5 and up.

Internet Privacy for Desktop Computers with Alison Macrina: Thursday, February 18 at 7:00 PM.  Back by popular demand!  Alison Macrina, a librarian and privacy activist will present an “online privacy toolkit” that helps subvert digital spying.  These tools address encryption, password protection, secure browsing and more. Free! Drop in. For ages 13 and up.

Teens and Tweens Make & Take Monday "Penguins": Monday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m.  What do you know about penguins?  Learn some facts about penguins then sew a plush penguin and create a miniature sugar cube igloo home.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This is a drop-in event, registration is not required.

Growing Herbs and Vegetables in Small Gardens and More!: Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. In collaboration with the Westford Community Gardens and the generosity of the Friends, Jodi Gilson of Gilson Greenhouses will show us how to start plants from seeds and talk about several types of gardens inlcuding container, raised beds, etc. Free. No registration required.  For all ages.

Rudyard Kipling Revisited with Jackson Gillman: Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. Through Gillman's performance of the "Just So" stories, you'll see why Kipling's timeless classics have been adored by many generations worldwide.  Come learn how the Whale, Camel, Elephant, and others got their features in this sparkling adventure.  This free program is funded by the Friends of the Library and does not require registration.  Open to all ages.

Snap Circuits for Grades 2-5, Friday, February 26 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join our Snap Circuits club and build fans that whir, lights that flash, and button activated sirens all with safe, snap-together parts and an easy-to-follow project manual. Register in the Youth Services Department.

Lego® Club Saturday, February 27, 2:00 - 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. For ages five and up.

Teens and Tweens Make & Take Monday "Sharpie Art": Monday, February 29 at 3:30 p.m.  Budding artists join us and decorate all sorts of 3D objects with sharpie pens at our sharpie art workshop.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This is a drop-in event, registration is not required.

Zentangle Club: Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m.  We decided to add in an extra Zentangle Club session! Come and create your own whimsical art designs with certified Zentangle Specialist, Wendy Brown.  Parents or caregivers and other interested adults are welcome to attend too.  Registration is required.

NEW: The Library Monday Mystery Book Club debuts on March 14 at 10:30 in the Mary Atwood Hall. Wake up your week with a stimulating book conversation group. This is a monthly drop-in event where newcomers will always be welcome. The club will meet on the fourth Monday of the month (the first meeting is an exception.)  Copies of our first book, “Still Life” by Louise Penny,  are available for pick up at the Main Desk of the Library. Questions? Contact India Nolen via email at inolen@westfordma.gov or by phone 978-399-2311.


Planning for a 21st Century Library-Read More

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 2016 Reading List.
New!- The Commonwealth Catalog Replaces the Virtual 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.

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 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
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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