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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.

Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc. Annual Meeting: Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Come and vote at the annual meeting at 7:00 p.m. and stay for the speaker at 7:30 p.m. This year, the Friends are pleased to welcome Kate Clifford Larson, author of "Rosemary, the Hidden Kennedy Daughter".  She is also the author of "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero", and "The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln." Ms. Larson has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum and public history initiatives focusing on the lives and contributions of women in the making of our national identity. No registration required. Free! All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

The Annual Magazine Giveaway is here! We're now taking requests for any and all 2017 magazines. We're discarding them to make room for next year's issues. Let us know which titles you'd like, and we'll contact you when they're ready for pickup. First come, first serve as always. To place a request, email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov, call Information Services at 978-399-2304, or just drop by in person.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, October 22 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 September selection is The Alienist by Caleb Carr. 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

Knitting Group: Monday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. The Knitting Group is back! 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.

Paying for Your Own Health Insurance: Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about paying for your own health insurance. Licensed insurance agent and broker Bob Gaughan can advise on the enrollment process and answer questions related to who can enroll and when, deadlines, information needed, and how to ensure that your doctors/hospitals take your plan. Learn how the plans are structured and what you need to look out for.  Bob can also advise about supplemental insurance plans in the face of lost wages or out-of-pocket medical costs. FREE! Register here or call Information Services.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, October 27 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.

Your Hearing: Why You're Losing It, and Why What You Don't Know May Hurt You: Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. Do you not hear as well as you used to? Jonathan O’Dell from the Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will talk about best practices for people who think or know they have hearing loss, why taking action is more important than ever, and what auxiliary aids and services exist under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He’ll also demonstrate assistive listening devices. (Please note Jonathan is not a doctor and can’t give medical or hearing-aid specific advice.) FREE! Register here or call Information Services.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the NEW 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 November 6th book discussion will be Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New members are always welcome.  No registration required. Please note, this meeting is rescheduled from November 8 due to the Friends Annual Meeting. Check out our Reading List for 2018.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, November 15 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 November pick is The Chopped Cookbook by The Food Network. 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

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.  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.

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.


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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