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Library wins "Coveted Roudenbowl" for "Star Wars" float in Apple Blossom parade, heralding the "Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program Theme! Pictures from the parade!
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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 10). 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 2021-2022 timeframe. 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.
Sign up for Summer Reading! “A Universe of Stories” is the 2019 Summer Reading Program theme. Registration for the Children's program (ages 0 to grade 4) begins Tuesday, May 28 for this Friends’ funded Program You can purchase tickets for events and shows at the same time that you register. Some events require tickets for children, parents, and/or caregivers while others are free drop-in. Please call, visit the Youth Services Department, or check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page on our website for more information on this exciting summer-long FUN spree.
Registration for Teens and Tweens in grades 5 – 12 also begins Tuesday, May 28. All Teen and Tween events are FREE thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.
Nancy and Kate will be visiting all of the schools so please bring your children to the library to register for summer reading when they ask to go to the library.
Sign up for Adult Summer Reading! Register now for the Adult Summer Reading Program, which starts on June 24th! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Your summer reading goal is up to you: choose to read 1, 3, or 5 books this summer, to read a particular title, or to join a book club. By signing up you are automatically entered into our weekly raffle where you can win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. You will also be entered into the August 9th Grand Prize Drawing for a Westford-themed gift basket! Fill out an entry form and raffle ticket at the Information Services Desk, or you can call us at 978-399-2304, or register here and we’ll fill out your paper form and ticket for you. Once you complete your self-appointed reading goal, come to the Information Services desk to pick up your coupon for a free ice cream cone at Kimball Farm. Check out some new titles and join a Universe of Stories!
The Adult Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc. and is for Westford residents and non-resident members of the Friends. A Universe of Stories is also sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Booktalk with Mayleen and Kristina: Mon., June 17 at 7 p.m. Are you looking for some summer reading recommendations? Growing tired of the same authors? Join Mayleen and Kristina for an informal “Booktalk”. During this hour we will talk about books both old and new. No registration required.
Cookbook Club: Thursday, June 20 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 June pick is Barefoot Contessa: Family Style by Ina Garten. 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
Winning College Essays with Joyce Pellino Crane: Thurs., June 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Writing a college essay can be the most challenging and time consuming part of completing admissions applications. Come and learn about ways to brainstorm topics and launch the essay with an interesting hook. Good writing and a well constructed story make all the difference. We'll talk about how to start your essay, how to keep the reader reading it, and how to trust that a compelling end will come to you. Free.Register here.
Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, June 22 at 2:00 p.m. Learn to play by playing! 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 program is open to adults and teens. Register here or in the Information
Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.
Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet on the fourth Monday morning of each month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our June selection is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List
Knitting Group: Monday, June 24 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.
SUMMER READING KICK OFF - Blast Off with Books! Magic Show with Mike Bent: Wednesday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Our summer reading program kicks off with our favorite magician Mike Bent. This book themed show uses hilarious comedy, amazing magic, games, music, sound effects, AND storytelling to motivate kids to get reading. Tiickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available in the children's room. This program is for ages 4 and up.
Humpback Whale Behaviors in New England: Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. Join photographer Robert Michelson for a narrated slideshow! During this presentation, participants will learn about the behaviors exhibited by New England's most acrobatic whale, the humpback whale. Still photos and video combine to bring this 40-foot baleen whale to life. See whales breaching, tail slapping, flipper slapping, diving, fluking, close to boat behavior, cross-over, logging and several whales blowing and diving in unison. All ages. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, July 9 (note date change!) 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. Please note that in July we will be meeting one week later, on Tuesday, July 9th. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. Our July 9th book discussion will be Nixon and Mao by Margaret MacMillan. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019
Expanding Digital Collections with Overdrive RLA: If you are a fan of downloading e-books and audiobooks through our Overdrive collection, you will be thrilled to know that you now have access to Overdrive collections to other Consortium libraries throughout Massachusetts. The Merrimack Valley Consortium is now part of a Reciprocal Lending Agreement that allows MVLC patrons (including Westford) to borrow titles from the Overdrive collections at the Boston Public Library, Minuteman Library Network, and many other MA Library Consortiums. You can access these
collections through the Overdrive App, Libby App, or the MVLC Overdrive homepage by clicking on the “Add a Library” feature. Read here for more specific directions or contact the Information Desk at 978-399-2304.
English Conversation Circle: Off for the summer! Our English Conversation Circle is taking the summer off and will start holding meetings again in September. We'll announce our fall start date soon -- watch this space!
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.
BookBrowse: Looking for your next great read? Find it at "BookBrowse" your guide to exceptional books! Search for book information by theme, read-alikes, book club resources, articles and reviews, and much more! This exciting new database can be accessed from the library or from home with your Westford Library card number.
Overdrive Digital Magazines: In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, our Overdrive subscription now offers downloadable magazines! All of the magazines you borrow will be available to read on the main Overdrive app (available on Android and IOS devices) and also the Libby app (available on IOS and Android devices except Kindle). A selection of the titles you’ll find available include OK! magazine, HGTV Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, The
Atlantic, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest and many other popular publications. This collection will continue to grow!
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.
Recommended Book Club Titles: Looking for your next great read or selection for your book group? We asked local book group participants for their favorite discussion books and compiled this list of Recommended Book Club Titles. Paper copies are also available at the Information kiosk in the Information Services Department.
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