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THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF COLUMBUS DAY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12 FROM 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. WE RE-OPEN TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 AT 10 a.m.
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Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc. October Family Book Sale is on the Horizon: Friday, October 16, Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18. A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending the preview sale. The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the special half price extravaganza happens on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Teens and Tweens Zentangle Club: Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. Zentangle is essentially drawing repetitive patterns with intention. It is fun, relaxing and produces amazing results. Come learn about Zentangle and create your own whimsical art designs with certified Zentangle Specialist, Wendy Brown. This program is open to Teens and Tweens and their parents or caregivers and other interested adults. Registration is required.
Teens and Tweens Make & Take Mondays: Mondays, Oct. 5, 19, and 26 at 3:30 p.m. Imagine, create, and participate. Each Monday teens will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that might include trying out our new computer “Makey-Makey” systems (a simple invention kit that turns everyday objects into touchpads or mice that interact with a computer) or making fun, seasonal crafts. All materials will be provided are provide to you, for free, thanks to the Friends of the Library. This is a drop-in event.
Lego® Club: Saturday, October 10 from 2 - 3p.m. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. For ages 5 and up.
3D Printing for Teens and Tweens with TOYS IN BOX: Tuesday, October 13 at 1:00 OR 2:00 p.m. Sign-up for either the 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. time slot; first you'll be engaged by a short presentation on 3D printing. You will then get to print your own 3D object to take home with you. Participants may also have the opportunity to print out a 3D object in multiple colors. FREE! Registration begins Oct. 1 in the Youth Services Department.
3D Design and Printing Workshop for Adults: Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. Participants will learn about 3D design and create a keychain (in 3 dimensions) to take home. Registration begins in Information Services on Monday, Oct. 5. 978-399-2304 For ages 16 and up. This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library. FREE!
Snap Circuits for Grades 2-5: Friday, October 23, 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.
The Friends of the Library, Inc. are sponsoring a Pastel Paint Workshop on Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. In this two-hour workshop, Greg Maichak demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of Vincent Van Gogh. Everyone will go home with their finished version of "Sunflowers." All materials are provided. FREE! Registration begins in Information Services on Monday, Oct. 5. 978-399-2304 For ages 16 and up.
An Evening in Iran: Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. An ancient crossroads, Iran has a rich history of trade, intellectual achievement and creation in the arts. Join Professor Bruce Browne for a look at Iran that includes history, geography, and art along with depictions of Iran in literature and film. FREE! Drop-in. This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
A New Database for Library Patrons: AtoZdatabases is considered a premier job search, reference and mailing list database. It includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, descriptions of 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. You’ll find sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, criminal and arrest background histories and much more. To access this database, select DATABASES from the left hand menu on this Homepage and connect to it from either the library or your home and business.
The Library is aTwitter about Tweets: There are so many ways to stay in the know about Library news and events. You may have liked us on Facebook, subscribed to our weekly enewsletter and now you can follow us on Twitter. To read our latest tweets, find the Twitter link on our homepage, or if you have a Twitter account follow us “@westfordlibrary." To create a free Twitter account go to twitter.com on your computer or download the Twitter app to your smart device. Click on the “Sign Up” link and create an account. Search “@westfordlibrary" and click on
“Follow” from our Library Twitter page.
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.
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:
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 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.