JV Fletcher Library
50 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886-2599
ph: (978) 692-5555

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Sunday Hours: Sunday hours resumed on January 7, 2018 and will continue through Sunday, April 29, 2018. On Sundays the Library is open from 2:00 to 5:00 p.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 number 15 of 24). 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.
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.
J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need.   The PJ Drive runs from February 1 through March 15, 2018. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. The drop off bin is located across from the Main Desk.
Teen and Tween Make & Take Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Imagine, create, and participate!  Each Monday teens will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that will include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room.  This is a free, drop-in event.  Registration not required.
  • March 19 Crystallized eggs and Peep Sculptures.
Cookbook Book Club: Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That?, by Ina Garten 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. The Cookbook Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Thursday, March 22 from  2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room.
Join us today as we honor the women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. They proved that women could succeed in every field. While each Honoree is extraordinary, each is also ordinary in her own way. Most importantly, these women have paved the way for generations of women labor and business leaders to follow.
FREE and OPEN to ALL.     Sponsored by the Westford Job Seekers.

Pastel Paint Workshop: Scarlet Poppies: Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m.  In this two-hour workshop you’ll learn the techniques of Georgia O’Keeffe. Everyone takes home their finished version of “Scarlet Poppies.” All materials are provided. Registration is required. Register Here or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.

Teens & Tweens Money Savvy Teens: Saturday, March 24 at 12:00 p.m.  Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 will learn how to budget their money, identify wants vs. needs, and much more with Tom Elkins from Trilogy Financial.  This free program is designed for teens (and parents may attend as well). Registration required. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can register ONLINE.

Ukulele Strum-Along: You Learn to Play by Playing: Saturday, March 24 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 ownOpen to adults and teens.

Teen & Tween Advisory Board Meeting: Saturday, March 24 at 3p.m.
Teens join the Library’s Teen and Tween Advisory Board and provide input for our Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program and support to the young adult librarian.  No experience necessary, but you must be in grades 5-9 and live in Westford, MA or your parent must be a member of the Friends of the Library. The meeting(s) will be held in the Children’s Story Hour Room.
Murder Mystery Book Club: Monday, March 26 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 March selection is "The Cater Street Hangman" by Anne Perry. 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

Middle School Book Club (Blanchard): Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m.  Library book club open to Blanchard Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8. Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a once a month until May 2018 at the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons.  Sign-up at the Blanchard Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Brandt.
Pet a Bunny: Meet and Greet with the 4H Rabbit and Cavy Club: Thursday, March 29, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The 4H Carrot Crusaders club members will be in the Meeting room to answer your questions, and you will have the opportunity to meet some very nice bunnies and guinea pigs. Free drop-in for all ages.
Touring a New England Cemetery with Marilyn Day: Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. Observe several different views of the cemetery – how it can be viewed as a garden cemetery, or as an outdoor art gallery, as well as a place rich in history. We’ll look at the artistry and at the symbols carved on the stones. Also we’ll see how attitudes toward death have changed over the years. No registration required
English Conversation Circle - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. This program meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood room.  The group is led by Carol Morse. Registration is not required for this program. If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg 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.
Zinio Digital Magazines is Changing it’s 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 tutors.
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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