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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.

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Check out the newly updated Friends of the J. V. Fletcher, Inc. website! It is now chock full, via direct links (to pie charts, financial data and detailed examples) of the myriad ways that the Friends support the Library. To view the website just go to http://www.westfordlibraryfriends.org or click on the word “Friends” under the “Supporting the Library” button in the menu on the left hand side of this page.

THREE Summer Reading Programs at the Library - sign up NOW and all through the summmer! There’s one for Children, one for Teens and Tweens and one for Adults. All the programs are a continuous spree of summer (the end of June through mid-August) fun via ongoing programs, prizes, raffle drawings and so much more. For the Children’s and Teen and Tween Summer Reading Programs visit the Youth Services Dept. and sign up (each child gets a special logbook and program brochure); Teens and Tweens sign up in the YA or Youth Services Dept. Adults (ages 16 and older) sign up at the Information Services/Reference desk and enter the weekly and grand prize raffles. Adults can also sign up on line at www.readsinma.org/westford. For more information on all programs check out the Library homepage at www.westfordlibrary.org and for a listing of all the programs go to the individual department’s web pages. This summer is going to be a blast at the J. V. Fletcher Library, and you have the Friends of the Library to thank for it. They support all of our programming, supply needs and purchase all of our fabulous prizes. Please consider becoming a Friend. Without the Friends our Library summer times be would as exciting as a “ping” sound, instead it’s a resounding WHAM, BAM, BOOM of a time!

Camp Read-A-Lot, Monday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. Join us for lots of stories, singing, and dancing! Program takes place in the Story Hour Room.This free registration program is for ages 3-7. Register at the Children’s Desk or by phone at 978-399-2302.
Mr. Vinny's Shadow Puppets Monday, July 6 at 3 p.m. This not to be missed, hilarious, zany show features Vinny Lovegrove from The Toe Jam Puppet Band will appeal to kids and their adults of all ages. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 4 and up.
Graffiti Art with Debra Bana: Wednesday, July 8 at 3 p.m.
Develop your own graffiti art style and learn the art of legal graffiti. We supply the tools and you bring your imagination.  This is a free registration program for those entering grades 5 to 12.  Pre-register at the Children’s Desk.
Teen Summer Book Club: Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.
This Library book club open to teens in grades 5-8 and includes discussion, refreshments, and fantastic hands-on activities.  This is a free registration program.  Pre-register at the Children’s Desk.
Firefighter Story Time! with the Westford Fire Department, Wednesday, July 15 at 3 p.m. Join Seana and Firefighter --- for a fire-themed story time. The firefighter will talk about his important job, his uniform, and then we will go across the street to the Fire Department to see his truck! Free drop-in for ages three and up. This program takes place in the Meeting Room.
Superhero Sing Along with Steve Blunt, Thursday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. Expect a high-energy summer reading show--with a special appearance by Super Reading Man. Come sing along and rock with us. This free drop-in program is for all ages. 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.
Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, Tuesday, July 21 at 11 a.m. Lindsay and her puppet pals - giant hand puppets and marionettes bring a show filled with silliness, crowd participation, and familiar stories. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 4 and up.
A River of Song Runs Through My Life: Thursday, July 30 at 7 Li Min Mo is a professional story-teller, writer, and artist. She will perform stories from her own life growing up as a special-needs pupil and immigrating from China to America at age 13 during the sixties.  In addition to telling her own life tales, she sprinkles in old Chinese songs, poetry recitation and traditional holiday tales from the oral tradition. FREE! Drop-in. Open to ages thirteen and up.
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."
eBOOKs Update: 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.
Rosetta Stone Language Database! We've resubscribed to the most popular foreign language learning tool. The Rosetta Stone is a 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

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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