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THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY HOURS AT THE LIBRARY: On Wednesday, November 25 the Library will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The Library re-opens on Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m.

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New!- The Commonwealth Catalog Replaces the Virtual 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.

Teens & Tweens Paper-crafting at Make & Take Monday: Monday, November 30 at 3:30 p.m.  Do you love crafting with paper? At this Monday’s program you will have the opportunity to try out a little bit of everything from Origami to collage.  This FREE program is open to teens and tweens and no registration is required.  Just drop-in.

MEFA- Planning and Saving for College Seminar: Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.: A representative from the non-profit group, Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority will present on saving for college, how your savings impact financial aid, and how, when, and how much to save.  FREE!  Drop-in.

Lego Club: Saturday, December  5 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Kids ages 5 and up are invited to make Lego creations at the library using the library Legos. Parents and caregivers need to stay and play too. All creations will stay on display in the Children’s Room through the month. Free. No registration required.

Teens and Tweens Make & Take Monday "Beaded Ornaments": Monday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m. Create a variety beaded ornaments to adorn your room this holiday season.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This is a drop-in event, registration is not required.

Zentangle Club: Thursday, December 10 at 7 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 Tweens, their parents or caregivers and other interested adults.  Registration is required.

Teens and Tweens Make & Take Monday "Holiday Gifts": Monday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m.  Make a selection of quick and easy holiday gifts for family and friends.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This is a drop-in event, registration is not required.

Holiday fun for Everyone with Steve Blunt, Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Get in the spirit of all the winter holidays with our pal Steve. We will all be ringing the jingle bells, dancing, and singing along. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person starting Monday, November 30. This Friends funded program is for all ages.

Pajama Story Time: Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. PJs and slippers are always in fashion at these story times. For children ages 3 to 7; parents & caregivers can choose to stay in the Story Hour Room with their child or wait for them in the Children's Room.

Sounds of the Season with the Merrimack Valley Chorus - A Program for the Whole Family!: Thursday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m.: Escape the holiday hustle and bustle and bask in the joyful voices of an award-winning a capella women's chorus.  FREE!  Drop in!

Teens and Tweens Make & Take Monday "Winter Solstice Gifts": Monday, December 21 at 3:30 p.m. Create a variety winter gifts from birdseed ornaments to and twig tree ornaments for family and friends.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This is a drop-in event, registration is not required.

Teens and Tweens Holiday Food Party: Wednesday, December 30 at 3 p.m.  Celebrate the Season at our hands-on cookery program where teens & tweens can learn how to make a variety of simple and scrumptious treats for family and friends’ holiday parties, and sample them too.  Registration is required.

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.
Check the weekly list of guest speakers and program description. For more information call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308 or email:

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.

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
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 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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