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Potions with Sciencetellers: Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. Discover the secrets of a hidden laboratory, perform narrow escapes, witness surprising discoveries, and reveal an unbelievable ending. Interactive experiments include screaming quarters, jets of gas to taste, popping potions, incredible showers of smoke-filled bubbles, and buckets of fog! Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person starting Monday, October 6. This program is for ages 6 and up.
Cartooning & Comic Book Art Club: Saturday, October 25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Draw comics and Manga with professional comic book artists Andy and Veronica Fish.  This program is for Teens & Tweens in Grades 5-12. Call (978) 399-2302 for more information and to register.
Family Adventures in Reading for Preteens: Saturdays, October 25; November 8 & 22 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A FREE reading and art making adventure for preteens (ages 10-13) and parents/caregivers.  Participants will talk about characters, plots, and ideas in books, create illustrational art, and explore public library riches using one pair of young adult novels as a touchstone and source of inspiration. Healthy snacks  provided. Families who attend regularly will receive a canvas book bag and a free book.   Grant-funded by MassHumanities. Call (978) 399-2302 for more information and to register.
Hunger Games Fandom Program: Monday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m.  Each month the Library will feature a different Fandom program for Teens and Tweens in grades 5-12.  In November we will celebrate Hunger Games Fandom. Come and enjoy Hunger Games activities, games, and share your own Fan fiction.  Call (978) 399-2302 for more information and to register.
Creating an Edible Still Life for Your Holiday Buffet!: Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. Learn how to turn your holiday buffet table into a work of art. Watch as cooking instructor Liz Barbor demonstrates how to use found objects, fruits, vegetables, fine china, fresh herbs, and flowers to create a three dimensional still life for you and your dinner guests to enjoy.  The program will also include a cooking demonstration of two, seasonal recipes.  The finished recipes, works of art in themselves, will be placed onto the Still Life buffet for all to taste and enjoy. FREE!  Limited to 40. Ages 14 and up.  Please register in the Information Services Department, 978-399-2304.
Make & Take Craft Program: Monday, November 17 at 3:30 p.m. Teens & Tweens in grades 5-12 imagine, create, and participate! Make a selection of fun, seasonal crafts to decorate your room.  All materials will be provided.  Call (978) 399-2302 for more information and to register.
The Map Thief with Author Michael Blanding: Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. Author, Michael Blanding will discuss his exciting new book that follows the true life story of  E. Forbes Smiley, an antiquarian map dealer who over time, stole rare maps valued at three million dollars. Free. Drop-in.  Open to all ages.
eBOOKs Update:  Patrons who use our free, downloadable eBook service (Overdrive) will be thrilled by the following: users can now return eBooks before the end of the lending period and can then immediately download a new eBook.  This option is only available for devices that use EPUB file format, such as a Samsung, iPad and Windows tablets or smart phones (Amazon has its own restrictive file format so Kindles cannot tak advantage of this new option.)  Further, you can now suspend your holds (for let’s say a week or two) and keep your place in the holds queue. And finally, you now have the option to have your eBook holds downloaded to your device automatically. The latter two features just require checking a box when you are placing your hold. Happy eReading.

New offerings from Indieflix (our online streaming service where you can browse and watch films.) Up until now Indieflix has been marketed as the “Netflix of Independent films” showcasing award-winning Independent films, shorts and documentaries. But to entice more users Indieflix – whose total number of available movies to Libraries tops 5,500 – is making more mainstream content available (including genres like classics, feature, horror and zombie films)such as Psycho, Planet of the Apes and All the President’s Men. To watch an Infieflix film (or many) go to the Library homepage and click on the Indieflix graphic in the left hand menu. Watch a film on any device with a browser. And of course it is a free service to Westford residents.
New Titles added to Zinio! Download Digital Magazines! Fletcher Library cardholders can 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. New titles just added at the end of September include American Girl Magazine, The Atlantic, Audubon,  Better Homes and Gardens, Business Weekly-in Chinese, Cook's Illustrated, The Nation, and many more!  You will have the option to choose from over seventy 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.

Potions with Sciencetellers: Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. Discover the secrets of a hidden laboratory, perform narrow escapes, witness surprising discoveries, and reveal an unbelievable ending. Interactive experiments include screaming quarters, jets of gas to taste, popping potions, incredible showers of smoke-filled bubbles, and buckets of fog! Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person starting Monday, October 6. This program is for ages 6 and up.

Halloween Drop-in Craft: Thursday, October 30 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Drop-in and make a paper plate eyeball, a pipe cleaner pumpkin, and a pipe cleaner spider. This free drop-in program is for all ages and takes place in the Meeting Room.
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
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 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.








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