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Holiday Hours: The Library will be open on Monday, Dec. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be closed on Tuesday , Dec. 25 and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The Library will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. We will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 and will reopen on wednesday, Jan. 2 at 10:00 a.m.
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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. 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.
Holiday fun for Everyone with Steve Blunt: Wednesday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. Get in the spirit of all the winter holidays! Celebrate the season with musician Steve Blunt – we’ll be ringing jingle bells, dancing, and singing along. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available in person only starting Monday, December 3. For all ages.
Cookbook Club: Thursday, December 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 December pick is Baking wtih Less Sugar by Joanne Chang. 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. This meeting is also our annual title-picking party! Bring your cookbook suggestions for 2019. Reading List for 2018
Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, December 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.
4th Annual 9-Hole Mini Golf in the Library: Thursday, December 27, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It's tradtition - Mini-golf in the library! Here is something to do with the whole family during the holiday break. This free drop-in program is generously funded by the KDK Memorial Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).
U.S. Global Engagement and the Military: Thursday, January 3 at 7:30 p.m. The global power balance is rapidly evolving, leaving the U.S. at a turning point. Some argue for “America First,” while others call for a more assertive posture overseas. Some advocate restoring American multilateral leadership and strengthening diplomacy. Still others envision a restrained U.S. role. Expert Keith West has been involved with speech and debate for nearly two decades. Come hear him discuss how our military functions in today’s international order. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, January 8 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. Please note we are meeting one week later than usual due to our being closed for New Year's Day. Our January 8th book discussion will be The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List
Student Tuition Payment Plan: Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. Wondering how you’ll manage tuition payments? This class will review your different options for paying the college bill, ranging from loans to payment plans to other strategies that you may not have thought of. Financial coach T. Jack Wang will review the pros and cons of each option so you can decide which is best for your family. Intended for parents of high school seniors. FREE! Register here or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Crash Override by Zoe Quinn. Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required.
Knitting Group: Monday, January 14 at 3:00 p.m. and Monday, January 28 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.
Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, January 28 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 January selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List
Tween and Teen Advisory Board Meeting POSTPONED to early December: If you are interested in helping out the new YA librarian, Westford kids in grades five and up are welcome to join our Tween and Teen Advisory Board. The next meeting will take place in December (date to be announced). We want your creativity and fabulous ideas to help the YA Librarian choose and prepare for fun Tween & Teen programs and to help out at the programs for the younger kids. Please contact Nancy at 978-399-2302 if you have any questions in the meantime.
English Conversation Circle: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The English Conversation Circle is starting up again! The group has resumed its weekly meetings. They meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Mary Atwood Room. Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, there will be no meeting on Tuesday, December 11th. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment led by Carol Morse. FREE! Registration is not required. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309.
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.
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.
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.)