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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; the MBLC is
currently seeking bond funding as part of its FY2020 legislative agenda. 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. Read the full grant binder in either the Fireplace Browsing Room or in the Reference Area.
Sunday Hours: Resume on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 thru Sunday, April 28. On Sundays the Library is open from 2 to 5 p.m.
Love Letters for the Library: Share your love for the library! Stop by and fill out a ready- made valentine or go to https://lovemasslibraries.com/ to fill one out online. Tell us why you love the library! All Valentine's will be forwarded to our state legislators to raise awareness about the value of libraries! #LibraryLovers
J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has once again 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 Feb.1 through March 15, 2019. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. The drop off bin is located next to the Main Desk.
News from the Friends of the Library: We are pleased to announce that the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc. has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, which is specially designed to support local non-profits. For every reusable Community Bag purchased at the Hannaford located at Drum Hill in Chelmsford during the month of February, $1 is donated to the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc.
Playful Engineers Travelling Makerspace: Wednesday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is a hands on STEM focused workshop where kids can design, build, test, and play with mechanical doodads, ping pong catapults, exploding popsicle stick snakes, and domino pyramids, just to name a few. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 4. This program is for kids in grades K to 4. Please note that space is limited to 100 people in the room – adults are encouraged to participate with their school age children.
Cookbook Club: Thursday, February 21 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 February pick is Ciao Italia by Mary Ann Esposito. Copies will be 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. Reading List
Library Party for Gerald and Piggie: Friday, February 22 at 1:30 p.m. You are officially invited to an awesome library party for our favorite twosome, Gerald and Piggie. There will be games (can you walk with a bird nest on your head?), crafts, photo ops, and just maybe a dramatic reading of one of our favorite Elephant and Piggie books. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available for pick up starting Monday, February 4. This program is for all ages.
Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, February 23 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.
Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, February 25 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 February selection is Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List
Knitting Group: Monday, February 25 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.
Green Burials: Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. Come learn about “green” or “natural” burial, a practice being revived nationwide and currently under consideration in Westford’s cemeteries, where burial is directly in the earth with a simple casket or shroud, no vault lines the grave, embalming fluid is not used, and the body enriches the soil. There will be a short film and a presentation, followed by discussion. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, March 5 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. Our March 5th book discussion will be My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019
Votes for Women: Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. Massachusetts was at the center of the national struggle for women's rights. Long before the Civil War, Lucy Stone and other Mass. abolitionists launched the organized movement at the first National Woman's Rights Convention, held in Worcester. After the war, state activists founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association and Woman's Journal to lead campaigns across the country. Their activities laid the foundation for the next generation of suffragists to triumph over tradition. Author Barbara Berenson will discuss her book, which gives these revolutionary reformers the attention they deserve. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register online or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
Adventures in Seed Starting: Saturday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m. There's nothing like the taste of homegrown vegetables! The options and varieties of produce are endless when you start your plants from seed. Whether you're new to gardening or a vegetable growing veteran, join gardener and teacher Judith Taylor for an interactive session of seed starting tips and tricks. Attendees will have the opportunity to plant some seeds and take them home. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss A Revolution in Color: the World of John Singleton Copley by Jane Kamensky. 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 2019.
English Conversation Circle: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment led by Carol Morse. We meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Mary Atwood Room. Please note that we are moving to Wednesday mornings starting Wednesday, March 6th. We'll still meet at 10:30 in the Mary Atwood Room. FREE! Registration is not required. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309.
Reference Display Case: Stop by our Reference display case and help solve a library mystery! The library held its 100th anniversary gala on June 2, 1996. We’ve put a number of unlabeled photos from that night on display. Can you identify any of the attendees? The photos will be on display through February.
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.
BookBrowse: Looking for your next great read? Find it at "BookBrowse" your guide to exceptional books! Search for book information by theme, read-alikes, book club resources, articles and reviews, and much more! This exciting new database can be accessed from the library or from home with your Westford Library card number.
Overdrive Digital Magazines: In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, our Overdrive subscription 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. This collection will continue to grow! Please note that due to high cost and low usage, the library no longer subscribes to RBDigital (formerly known as Zinio).
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.
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.)