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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 13 of 22). Waitlisted libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization. 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.

“Readers ROCK” is the 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration is ongoing 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 June 25 to August 9 FUN spree.

Libraries Rock! Adult Summer Reading Program: Monday, June 25 to Saturday, August 11. Register now for the Adult Summer Reading Program which starts on June 25th!  This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!  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 11th Grand Prize Drawing for a gift certificate to have a fabulous night out at a local restaurant! Fill out an entry form and raffle ticket at the Information Services Desk, or 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.

Ukulele Strum-Along: You Learn to Play by Playing: Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. 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 new program will meet on a monthly basis. Register here to borrow a ukulele or bring your own. Open to adults and teens. Please note, there will be no Ukulele Strum-Alongs in July or August but they will resume in September.

Cookbook Book Club: Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America by José Andrés, 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 the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. No registration required.  Please note that as of July 2018, the club is moving to the third Thursday of the month. Reading List for 2018

Mystery Book Club: Monday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet once a month on Monday morning @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our current selection is "Open Season" by Archer Mayor. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New Members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

Rock, Roll, and READ! Magic Show with Mike Bent: Wednesday, June 27 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. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 4 and up.

Camp Read-A-Lot: Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Camp fire stories, singing, and dancing! Program takes place in the Story Hour Room. This free drop-in program is for ages 3-7.

Pastel Paint Workshop: Sailboats: Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. Greg Maichack demonstrates how anyone from beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of the masters.  Participants will each produce their own unique sailboat painting. All materials are provided.  Ages 16 and up.  Limited to 30.  FREE!  Registration is required.  Register here or in Information Services. FULL.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss “Sacco and Vanzetti” by Bruce Watson.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New members are always welcome.  No registration required. Check out our Reading List for 2018.

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.

J.V Fletcher Library Grant Award: The J. V. Fletcher Library is the recipient of a $10,000 Readers’ Advisory Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant to ensure that Library staff receives the training and education to provide consistent and exemplary Readers’ Advisory Services to library patrons. Via presenters’ workshops, training, activities and Book Discussion Groups over the course of a year, staff will develop confidence and Readers’ Advisory skill-sets in fulfilling “high touch” service responses for our patrons. A critical by-product of this grant will be patron satisfaction with a Library environment in which book discussions, suggestions and recommendations proliferate and are valued. This grant award is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Zinio Digital Magazines has changed its name to RBdigital Magazines:  The digital magazine collection will remain the same but if you use the mobile app to checkout magazines, you will need to download the new version of the app.  Links to the new version of the app are available HERE or you can search for RBdigital in your app store.  If you do not already have an account, you will need to create an account from our RBdigital page before you download the app.  Simply click on “Create New Account” in the top right hand corner, you will need your Library card barcode number.  If you have any questions, please call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.

Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov

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 students.

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 

The Commonwealth 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.

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.

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.)









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