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

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Labor Day Hours: In observance of Labor Day the Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.

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The J.V. Fletcher library is featuring our first ever Story Walk at the Westford Community Garden. Walk around the outside garden fence and enjoy a wonderful children’s book and some exercise – just follow the signs around the Community Garden. Please use the QR code to leave comments or be sure to sign the guest book and take a book mark.  P.S. Only Garden members can go inside the Garden gate.

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.

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.

Overdrive Digital Magazines!: In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, Overdrive now offers downloadable magazines! All of the magazines you borrow will be able to be 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.

Unraveling America's Musical Roots: Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy this multimedia, participatory program with musician and author Craig Harris! Combining archival audio/film, well-researched storytelling, and collective music-making, this program runs the gamut from old-time Appalachian fiddlers and bluegrass banjo players to Americana experimenters and beyond. Free! Register here or in Information Services.  Open to all ages. Generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

Mystery Book Club: Monday, August 27 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 August selection is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. 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

Cookbook Club: RESCHEDULED for Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. We normally meet on the third Thursday of the month. Please note this meeting was rescheduled from August 16.  We will be discussing The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes by Jaden Hair. 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 the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. No registration required.  Reading List for 2018

Adult Nonfiction Book Club (NEW!): Tuesday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the NEW Adult Nonfiction Book Club. We will 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. Our first book discussion on September 4th will be American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse. Copies of the current selection are at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

College Financial Aid Workshop: Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. If you don’t know the rules, you can’t win the game! Financial coach T. Jack Wang will go over common questions such as how to save for college, options for paying, how to get more aid, and what factors are truly important. We’ll also be discussing how to avoid the unintentional mistakes that ruin your chances for aid!  This is not the same information presented in the guidance/MEFA financial aid session. FREE!  Register here or in Information Services.

How Tax Reform will affect Small Businesses: Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m. Presenter and author Beth Logan will speak about Section 199A of the new tax law and how it specifically affects small businesses.  For more information, please contact Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308 or dkanabar@westfordma.gov. This program is sponsored by the J.V. Fletcher Library’s Westford Job Seekers Network which meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2-4:30 p.m. FREE! No registration required.

English Conversation Circle is starting up again! The group will resume its weekly meetings starting Tuesday, September 11th.  They meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Mary Atwood Room.  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.

Knitting Group is coming back! Starting on Monday, September 10, our informal knitting group will be meeting again 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.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs.  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.

Know the Ten Signs of Dementia: Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Join us for this talk with Lisa Sobhian of the Alzheimer's Association.  Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Register here or in the Information Services Department.

Preschool Concert with Miss Emily: Wednesday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m. Parents' Choice Award winner Emily Hall brings her catchy and upbeat music for a special back to school concert. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch and enjoy the fun on the back lawn. This free drop-in program is for all ages. Please bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. If it rains, please eat before you come and the show will be in the Meeting Room.

Adventures in Seed Saving: Saturday, September 15 at 10:30 a.m. Saving seeds is fun and inexpensive, but beware, it can also be addictive! Join our class with gardener and teacher Judith Taylor to learn about the importance of saving seeds, and tips for saving and storing seeds successfully. Many types and sizes of seeds will be included, and some will be available for attendees to save and take home. FREE!  Register here or in Information Services.

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.

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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