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Fall Happenings at the Library: This fall will be a time of launching the new, restoring the historic, and memorializing the declining. In September, the Library begins work on a new library website, which will finally afford a more user-friendly, graphical and responsive resource to Westford library users. We hope to unveil this upgrade in January 2020, and offer a cutting edge Library web experience. This initiative is funded in part by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc.
During the fall, residents will also see restoration work begin on the nine historic Greek Revival windows on the library third floor Main Street façade. These south-facing windows have suffered sun damage and deterioration, and will be removed and refinished off-site, restored, and re-installed with new protective storm windows. This historic preservation initiative is made possible due to the Community Preservation Commission’s generous granting of Community Preservation Act funds for this purpose, supplemented with some Town capital support.
All families should watch for the September 23rd 6:30pm Farewell Memorial Storytime and Program in honor of the declining Champion Black Oak situated between the Library and First Parish Church United. Unfortunately our arborist’s testing [via a sonar tomography assessment] on the health of this unique specimen found it to be in a serious state of decline and decay, substantially worse than when the Library last tested the oak five years ago.Three arborists recommend removal for safety reasons, but we plan to salvage parts of the tree, trunk, limbs and acorns [thriving seedlings do exist!] as we honor an historic presence in the Town Center, and preserve and
celebrate a magnificent oak, and put its legacy to new purpose. Read the risk assessment report here.
Finally, Westford now is number 8 on the waitlist for Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant funds. Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the bond authorization bill which the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is currently seeking as part of its FY2020 legislative agenda. 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 2023-2024 timeframe. Formal Town review will occur and Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at via a
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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 now number 8). Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization; the
MBLC is currently seeking bond funding as part of its FY2020 legislative agenda. 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 2022-2023 timeframe. Formal Town review will occur and Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot. Read the full grant binder in either the Fireplace Browsing Room or in the Reference Area.
Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet on the fourth Monday morning of the month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our September selection is The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome! FREE! Drop in. Reading List
Champion Black Oak Farewell Memorial Storytime and Program: Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Due to safety concerns and the natural decline of age, we will soon have to say farewell to the beloved Champion Black Oak that has watched over the Library and the Town Common for two centuries. Together we will pay homage to a living piece of Westford history that has stood so majestically as an abiding town landmark. Families and young ones are invited to gather in the Main Floor Reference Area to re-create the tree on our west-facing windows and share poems and moments in history which the tree
has witnessed as our farewell tribute. Healthy seedlings exist to extend the life of this tree. The Library will share plans for mementoes and future uses of the oak. Drop-in -- all ages are welcome.
Knitting Group: Monday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Our informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. AND the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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 Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.
College Planning Session: Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Preparing for college has never been more complex, and changes in admissions, financial aid, and financing only confuse parents more. This workshop provides an overview of the college planning process (and is different from the guidance/MEFA presentation). Financial coach T. Jack Wang and educational adviser Tom O’Hare explain how to get into the right college, how to understand and maximize financial aid, and how to find the most efficient payment method (and not wreck your financial future)! Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. Our October 1st book discussion will be The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019
Make Your College Essay Sparkle: Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. Rising seniors, are you struggling to find the right college essay topic? Join us to brainstorm ideas! Journalist Joyce Pellino Crane will use sample essays to show you how to begin and organize your story. She will discuss how to create curiosity to keep the reader interested, how to move the story forward to demonstrate emotional growth, and how to end it on a serendipitous note. This event is for seniors only. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
Cookbook Club: Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. Our October pick is Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat. Copies 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 Information Services at 978-399-2309. No registration required. Reading List
English Conversation Circle: every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment.This program meets every Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Hall. The group is led by Carol Morse. Registration is not required for this program. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.
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.
Dementia Friendly Library Kits: The J. V. Fletcher Library realizes the importance of meaningful, personal interactions for those struggling with memory loss and recognizes the value of those living with dementia and the importance of remaining and engaging in our community. Our six Dementia Friendly Library Kits are designed for caregivers,
friends and family members living with persons experiencing memory loss. Each kit contains the following variety of products: Dementia Friendly puzzle, Images SNAP Dementia cards, Reminiscent cards, Period music, Reminiscent book. As a support resource, a J. V. Fletcher Library designee serves on Dementia Friendly Westford.
NEW! 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 have also digitized more of our microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle. We now have digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970 through April 1990. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.
Free Mueller Report eBook: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has made The Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, or the Mueller Report, freely available in ebook format, in the redacted form. Read it on your phone or tablet by downloading it at https://pro.dp.la/ebooks/mueller-report or using the Open Bookshelf collection in the SimplyE App, available in iOS or Android.
DPLA’s ebook work and the production of the Mueller Report ebook has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SimplyE was developed by The New York Public Library. To learn more about Open Bookshelf and other DPLA ebooks offerings, visit ebooks.dp.la.