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In honor of President’s Day the Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. We re-open on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

Sunday Hours: Sunday hours resumed on January 7, 2018 and will continue through Sunday, April 29, 2018. On Sundays the Library is open from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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WESTFORD - Waitlisted for Library Construction Grant
Westford Library on MBLC Construction Grant List: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to place the J. V. Fletcher Library on a waitlist for a Provisional Construction Grant. The grant is part of the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) which helps libraries across the state meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities. Thirty-three libraries completed the grant round process and through a rigorous review, 9 libraries were identified to receive grants and 24 were placed on a waitlist (Westford is number 15 of 24). Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization. This means Westford could be in line for $7.8 million of matching funding and a community vote to approve funds and proceed with the library renovation/expansion in the 2021-2022 timeframe. Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot.
J.V Fletcher Library Grant Award: The J. V. Fletcher Library is the recipient of a $10,000 Readers’ Advisory Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant to ensure that Library staff receives the training and education to provide consistent and exemplary Readers’ Advisory Services to library patrons. Via presenters’ workshops, training, activities and Book Discussion Groups over the course of a year, staff will develop confidence and Readers’ Advisory skill-sets in fulfilling “high touch” service responses for our patrons. A critical by-product of this grant will be patron satisfaction with a Library environment in which book discussions, suggestions and recommendations proliferate and are valued. This grant award is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
J.V. Fletcher Digital Archive: The Library now has digital copies of The Jubb Brothers Civil War Letters and The Rustic (A newspaper that included local news from Westford and surrounding towns for the year 1885.)  We will also be digitizing our microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle.  Currently we have digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970-1973. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.
J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need.   The PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2018. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. The drop off bin is located across from the Main Desk.

Create a Book Purse Craft Program: Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. Crafter Elaine Sousa will lead participants in creating a purse made out of a book cover. Add your personal touch with an array of artistic embellishments. All materials are provided. Participants should bring scissors appropriate for cutting material. Registration required. This program runs from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Registration is required.  Register here or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304. For ages 14 and up.
Big Joe Storyteller, “The Robin Williams of the G-Rated set”: Tuesday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. This promises to be a rambunctious, exciting, energetic, and animated program with Big Joe.  There will be puppets, there will be props, and best of all, there will be stories kids will not soon forget! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 5. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Teen & Tween Big Games: Tuesday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m.  Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 come play our “BIG” Indoor Games.  Snacks will be served.  Registration required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register ONLINE
Cookbook Book Club: Tues., Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Jerusalem a Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi are available for check out at the Main Desk. If you would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), please contact Sarah Regan in the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. No registration required. Reading List for 2018
Teen & Tween Graffiti Art Afternoon with Sherry Hoffman: Wednesday, February 21 at 2 p.m. Teens & Tweens in grades 5 to 12 will be looking at graffiti art through artist's Keith Haring's eyes and creating their own graffiti. Registration required for this free program. Registration required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register ONLINE
The Motion Man: Thursday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. The Motion Man has it all: precision pantomime, lyrical movement, hysterical characterizations, and inspirational improvisation. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 5. This program is for ages 5 and up.
The Magic of the Snowy Owl: Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. Wildlife Photographer Peter Christoph shares his rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat. Several of his snowy owl photos have earned national and international awards. No registration required. Open to all ages.
Chinese New Year Lion Dance and Craft: Saturday February 24  at 11:00 a.m. The Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy of Lowell will be here to perform their spectacular Lion Dance in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Following the dance, the troupe will meet with fans in the Meeting Room for a closer look at the lion heads, the drums, and to answer any of your questions.
We will also be offering a simple drop-in craft to celebrate the Year of the Dog. All ages are welcome. This program is very generously funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 5.
Ukulele Strum-Along: You Learn to Play by Playing: Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Singing is encouraged. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This new program will meet on a monthly basis. Register here to borrow a ukulele or bring your own. Open to adults and teens.
Murder Mystery Book Club: Monday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet once a month on Monday morning @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our February selection is "The Snowman" by Jo Nesbo. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New Members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List for 2018
Teen and Tween Make & Take Mondays: Monday, February 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Imagine, create, and participate!  Each Monday teens will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that will include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This week we will enjoy herbal tea sampling and make cookie purses. This is a free, drop-in event.  Registration not required.
Bimonthly Knitting Group: Monday, Feb. 26 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Try out our informal knitting group with an afternoon and evening meeting time. The group will meet the second Monday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and the fourth Monday of the monthfrom 6:30-8:30 PM. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Bring your latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters! If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights with Local Author, Deborah Kops: Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.  In January 2017, when hundreds of thousands of women—and men—marched in Washington, DC, and in cities and towns around the country, the name Alice Paul popped up in some of the newspaper accounts. About a century earlier, Alice Paul, a young Quaker woman, had organized a giant march in Washington in support of votes for women the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. That march woke up the sleepy women’s suffrage movement and galvanized it into action. In her book Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights, Deborah Kops describes the life and times of one of the most dedicated and brilliant leaders of the battle for the ballot.  After women won the vote, Paul went right on fighting for women’s rights. She wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and lived long enough to see women rally around it during the women’s movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. Join us to learn about the fascinating life of Alice Paul. No registration required.  Open to all ages.  
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group:  Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Join us to discuss "Never Caught" by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New Members are always welcome! Free! Drop in. Reading List for 2018

English Conversation Circle - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. This program meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood room.  The group is led by Carol Morse. Registration is not required for this program. If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.
Zinio Digital Magazines is Changing it’s name to RBdigital Magazines:  The digital magazine collection will remain the same but if you use the mobile app to checkout magazines, you will need to download the new version of the app.  Links to the new version of the app are available HERE or you can search for RBdigital in your app store.  If you do not already have an account, you will need to create an account from our RBdigital page before you download the app.  Simply click on “Create New Account” in the top right hand corner, you will need your Library card barcode number.  If you have any questions, please call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
Announcing the launch of a new format for Adults: Launchpads! Launchpads are tablets that are pre-loaded with interactive, entertaining apps - the apps (or brain games) are easy to navigate regardless of your technical abilities. Examples of the types of Brain Games on each Launchpad include: “Crossword Workout”; “Mind Games”; “Letter Sleuth”; “Do You Sudoku and many more. Both the Children’s and Young Adult collections circulate these popular tablets, so the Library was thrilled when they became available for adults as well. Visit the Information Services/Reference desk
Library App: Our Boopsie Library app IS BACK and interfacing with the new Library catalog! You also have the option to download the “Bookmyne” app from the first page of the online catalog or from your phone/device’s app store. This app offers you the ability to log into your library catalog account, place holds and access your Overdrive account to see your checkouts and holds. However, there are more links to our Library services from the Boopsie Library app. To download the Boopsie Library App, please click here.
New database- LYNDA.Com!: Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. Connect from the Library | Connect from Home  (You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.   
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 Reading List.
Library Monday Mystery Book Club: Wake up your week with stimulating book discussions. The Mystery Book Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Hall. Copies of the current month's selections are available at the Main Desk. This is a drop-in program. Newcomers are always welcome! Check out our Monthly Reading List.
Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov
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.
PRINT FROM ANYWHERE: would you believe that you can send a print job from your Internet connected PC, smartphone, tablet or laptop from your home, business or anywhere within the Library to our Print Release Station in Reference. To print the document that you sent remotely, come to the Library and find your job in the queue on the Print Release Station. Just remember that you will need remember the password that you chose (from the list in the instructions) to print your job. All jobs will delete after 48 hours.To use this exciting new service go to the library’s website: www.westfordlibrary.org and click on the link Print From Anywhere or enter the following URL on your browser: http://www.printeron.net/jvfletcher/library 
The Commonwealth 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.
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.)









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