Click on a cover
and place a hold!
The Friends Annual Children's, Tweens and Teens Book Sale: Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday Sunday, July 27. The entire public is invited on Friday, July 25 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday (1/2 Price Sale) from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please keep your book donations local by donating them to the library for the direct benefit of Westford residents. A collection box is located near the back door of the library making it possible to donate books around the clock.
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
J. V. Fletcher Library
$50,000 Planning and Design Grant.
In 2014 twenty-eight Libraries across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts competed for a state-funded Planning and Design Grant Award. All twenty-eight applications underwent a rigorous, independent grant review process. The applications chosen to receive grant awards were selected based on many factors, including: community need, an understanding of future trends in library services, integration with the library’s long-range plan, support from local officials and a plan for community input.
“We are thrilled,” notes Library Director Ellen Rainville, “to receive a grant award that allows us to take this step forward in ensuring responsive, state-of-the-art library service for Westford’s future. The Feasibility Study that will be conducted with this award will inform and poise the Town of Westford for consideration of the next planning phase – an application under the next projected Massachusetts Public Library Constructions Grand round in 2016 or 2017.”
This Feasibility Study will receive support from the Permanent Town Building Committee and will assess the potential for renovation/expansion of the current J. V. Fletcher Library facility on the present Town Common site, as well as site options elsewhere (a grant mandate) for the projected population of 2034. A design of the future Fletcher Library would address the inadequacies identified in the 2013 Library Needs Assessment, plus incorcoprate new and future trends in service, programs, collections, formats and outreach within the anticipated new space.
Hula Hooping with Pinto Bella: Wednesday, July 23 at 4 p.m. Play and hoop around with Pinto Bella - enjoy a story along with hula hooping instruction, practice, demonstration, and even games! Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Group Hula Hoop: Wednesday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m. Get hooked on hula hooping this summer with Pinto (or Katie), a Hoop-notica certified and licensed Hula Hoop instructor.
The One-Man Circus In-a-Suitcase: Thursday, July 24 at 3 p.m. From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, a boisterous ringmaster, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars, and Keefer – an innocent boy trying to run away and join the circus.Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up
New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories: Thursday, July 24 at 7 p.m. Ted Reinstein is a longtime, award-winning reporter for "Chronicle", Boston's celebrated TV newsmagazine. After covering every corner of New England for 16 years, Ted got tired of saying, "I have enough stories to fill a book", so he picked the best stories and wrote one. Looking to buy some medieval armor? Know where to find America's oldest baseball diamond? How about the smallest town in the smallest county in the smallest state in the nation? Or the most inviting diner, best clam chowder, choicest oyster, or tastiest pancakes? They're all in New England
Notebook . Ted will talk about some of his favorite anecdotes and showcase photos from his book. FREE! Drop-in!
Nile: The Life-Sized Humpback Whale: Wednesday, July 30 at 2 p.m. It’s all about whales at this program with Cynde McInnis – not only will you see, touch, and feel whale artifacts; you actually get to go inside the whale. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Zany Zentangle with Wendy: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 3 p.m. Create your own whimsical art designs with certified Zentangle Specialist, Wendy Brown. This session will focus on applying Zentangle designs on 3-D objects.
STAR WARS!: Saturday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. As Yoda says, “A Jedi's strength flows from the Force” and the force is strong with the Youth Services librarians! They have put together another intergalactic program featuring Star Wars trivia, games, & activities – yes, it’s all about Star Wars. Feel free to come as your favorite character. You may even encounter Darth Vader or Princess Leia or ??? This free drop-in program is for all ages. This program takes place outside on the grass by the back parking lot. (If it rains, the event will take place in the Meeting
Stealing Rembrandts: Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. What drives a thief to steal a piece of artwork right off the museum wall, often in broad daylight? What really happens to artwork after it's stolen? Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, and an art crime expert, will speak about notorious art crimes and thefts. His talk will include the unsolved Gardener Museum heist in 1990, when two thieves--disguised as policeman--stole 13 pieces of artwork, valued at $500 million. FREE! Drop-in.
Origami & Pizza Party: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Join Origami Master Michael LaFosse and construct your own Origami creations. Then dine on a slice or two of cheese pizza.
Rock-it Science Sing Along with Steve Blunt: Tuesday, August 5 at 11:30 a.m. Sing along and shake your hypothesis! Steve Blunt offers a high-energy summer reading show--with a little science and lots of fun. Come sing along and rock with us. This free drop-in program is for all ages and takes place outside. Please bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. But if it rains, please eat before you come and the show will be in the Meeting Room.
End of Summer Reading Bash with the Toe Jam Puppet Band: Thursday, August 7 at 1:30 p.m. This will be a rollicking high energy show that you will not want to miss. Get ready for a bash of original music crammed with laughs and overflowing with fun. Bring a blanket and your dancing shoes and enjoy the fun outside at the side of the library. Cake at 1:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 2 p.m. and takes place outside on the side lawn. This free drop-in program is for all ages. (If it rains, please eat before you come. The Concert will then be held in the Meeting
End of the Summer Random Fandom Party & Grand Prize Raffle Drawings: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1 p.m. If you love all things Doctor Who, Divergent, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Percy Jackson, then come to our End of the Summer Random Fandom event full of Fandom activities, crafts, and foods. Be sure to dress up like your favourite character and earn bonus raffle tickets for our Grand Prize Raffle Drawings. This is a drop-in event and you must be present to participate in the Grand Prize Raffle Drawings.
Pastel Paint Like the Masters: Georgia O'Keefe's Calla Lily, with Greg Maichack:Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. In this two-hour workshop, Maichak demonstrates how everyone from beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of Georgia O'Keefe. Everyone will go home with their finished version of a Calla Lily. All materials are provided. FREE! Limited to 30 participants. Registration starts on Monday, July 28 in the Information Services Department (978) 399-2304.
Rosetta Stone Language Database! The Rosetta Stone database is available once again, so we subscribed tout de suite. The Rosetta Stone is an extremely popular 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
Zinio! Download Digital Magazines! Fletcher Library cardholders can now download (to computers, tablets, smart phones, etc.) DIGITAL ISSUES OF MAGAZINES! Smithsonian, Us Weekly, Bloomberg Business News, Vegetarian Times, Macworld, Men's Health to name a few; magazines that cover food, entertainment, electronics, arts and crafts, politics, business and more. You will have the option to choose from over fifty of today's most popular magazines. Once an issue is downloaded, it's yours to keep. There are no waiting lists, and you can download as many titles as you want. For more information, connect to our Zinio! Launch Page.
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! For instructions and to LOGIN in to IndieFlix click on the INDIEFLIX icon in the left hand menu.
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.
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:
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
2014 - Westford learns in June if 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 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.)
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.