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WESTFORD READS!


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Westford READS!
The Civil War
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What would happen if all of Westford read the same book? We find out this winter as Westford READS! in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Whether you choose to read March by Geraldine Brooks (our fiction selection based upon the war experiences of chaplain Bronson Alcott, the “father” in Little Women) – or elect to read Tony Horwitz’s rousing Confederates in the Attic, a non-fiction journey into the Civil War battlefields with modern re-enactors – discovery of our Civil War heritage awaits.

Book clubs beckon younger readers for discussions of award-winning juvenile works on the War Between the States. And, most local and personal - excerpts of the Civil War correspondence of John and William Jubb – two sons of Westford will be available. Further, through movies, music, historical lectures, bus tours and teas – understand how the defining conflicts of nineteenth-century America have shaped our past and our shared future.

March by Geraldine Brooks
Upon enlisting as an army chaplain, March [the father in Little Women] was an idealistic man. He knew, above all else, that fighting in this Civil War for the Union cause was right and just. But he had not expected he would begin a journey through hell on earth, where the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, were too often blurred. Book Discussion Guide

Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance. Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War. Book Discussion Guide

Thursday, January 10th
7:30PM
LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
March by Geraldine Brooks
Sunday, January 13th
2:30PM
BOOK GIVEAWAY AND RECEPTION
Choose: March or Confederates in the Attic
Saturday, February 2nd
2:00PM
MOVIE MATINEE
Little Women
Thursday, February 14th
7:00PM
LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Thursday, February 21st
1:30PM
JUVENILE PROGRAM
Civil War Days
Saturday, February 23rd
1:00PM
MOVIE MATINEE WITH POLLY PETERSON
Glory, followed by presentation on Robert Gould Shaw
Thursday, February 28th
7:00PM
AUTHOR PROGRAM WITH STEVE PULEO
The Caning
Wednesday, March 6th
3:00PM
JUVENILE BOOK CLUB
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Thursday, March 14th
2:00PM
TEA PARTY WITH LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Thursday, March 21st
7:00PM
HISTORICAL LECTURE WITH RICHARD HOWE
Making Sense of the Civil War
Tuesday, March 26th
7:00PM
DROP-IN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Thursday, March 28th
7:00PM
AUTHOR PROGRAM WITH HARRIET REISEN
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Thursday, April 4th
3:00PM
YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer
Tuesday, April 9th
7:00PM
HISTORICAL LECTURE WITH JULIA GREENE
The Abolitionists in Massachusetts
Tuesday, April 16th
7:00 PM
CIVIL WAR CONCERT WITH ROGER TINCKNELL
Songs of the Blue and Gray
Thursday, April 18th
9:30AM Departure
HISTORICAL TRIP TO ORCHARD HOUSE
Tour & Shop Orchard House in Concord
Thursday, April 18th
7:00PM
DROP-IN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Civil War Correspondence of the Jubb Brothers of Westford Massachusetts
Saturday, April 20th
1:00PM
MILITIA RE-ENACTMENT WITH JEFF LAWRENCE
Massachusetts 22nd Volunteer Infantry
Tuesday, April 23rd
7:00PM
DROP-IN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
March by Geraldine Brooks
Sunday, April 28th
3:00PM
HISTORICAL LECTURE WITH DR. IRA SPAR
Life and Times in a Civil War Hospital

All Westford READS! programs and events are made possible by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc.


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