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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 8). 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 2022-2023 timeframe. Formal Town review will occur and 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.

Kids SRP Raffle winners: Mary Poppins: Abby G., Squishmallows: Anya J, Star Wars figures: Desmond P. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated!
Dementia Friendly Library Kits: The J. V. Fletcher Library realizes the importance of meaningful, personal interactions for those struggling with memory loss and recognizes the value of those living with dementia and the importance of remaining and engaging in our community. Our six Dementia Friendly Library Kits are designed for caregivers, friends and family members living with persons experiencing memory loss. Each kit contains the following variety of products: Dementia Friendly puzzle, Images SNAP Dementia cards, Reminiscent cards, Period music, Reminiscent book. As a support resource, a J. V. Fletcher Library designee serves on Dementia Friendly Westford.
Feasting with Your Instant Pot: Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m. The instant pot craze is here, are you onboard? For many of us, the instant pot is patiently waiting to be used. Whether yours is tucked away in a cupboard or still in the box, it’s time to take out your electric pressure cooker and put it to use. Join chef Liz Barbour for a cooking program that will help take the mystery out of this amazing, time-saving kitchen tool. Liz will demonstrate two recipes that you can recreate at home. Following her demonstration, Liz will  offer samples for everyone to enjoy! Limited to 50 people. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call 978-399-2304.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, August 26 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion!  We meet on the fourth Monday morning of the month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our August selection is White Heat by M.J. McGrath.  Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome! FREE! Drop in. Reading List

Knitting Group: Monday, August 26 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.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, September 3 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 September 3rd book discussion will be The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019

Bay Circuit Trail: Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. Come learn about the Bay Circuit Trail! This 200 mile trail through natural open spaces extends all the way from Newburyport north of Boston to Duxbury south of Boston, and passes through Westford. Dan and Marilyn Brielmann will present music and pictures while describing the many sights along the trail, as well as its history, accomplishments and current conditions. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call 978-399-2304.

Knitting Group: Monday, September 9 at 3:00 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.

KonMari Tidying Workshop: Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Need to declutter? Come learn the basic principles of the KonMari Method! Certified KonMari consultant Cristin Condon will discuss the method’s myths and misconceptions, how to set yourself up for success before you start, how to maintain your  success, and the effects of KonMari on your life. You can even bring a “tough to fold” item for a folding demonstration! Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. 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.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, September 19 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 September pick is Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots by Matt Jennings. 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 Information Services at 978-399-2309. No registration required. Reading List

Knitting Group: Monday, September 23 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.

College Planning Session: Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. Preparing for college has never been more complex, and changes in admissions, financial aid, and financing only confuse parents more. This workshop provides an overview of the college planning process (and is different from the guidance/MEFA presentation). Financial coach T. Jack Wang and educational adviser Tom O’Hare explain how to get into the right college, how to understand and maximize financial aid, and how to find the most efficient payment method (and not wreck your financial future)! Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Expanding Digital Collections with Overdrive RLA:  If you are a fan of downloading e-books and audiobooks through our Overdrive collection, you will be thrilled to know that you now have access to Overdrive collections to other Consortium libraries throughout Massachusetts.  The Merrimack Valley Consortium is now part of a Reciprocal Lending Agreement that allows MVLC patrons (including Westford) to borrow titles from the Overdrive collections at the Boston Public Library, Minuteman Library Network, and many other MA Library Consortiums.  You can access these collections through the Overdrive App, Libby App, or the MVLC Overdrive homepage by clicking on the “Add a Library” feature. Read here for more specific directions or contact the Information Desk 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

NEW! 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 have also digitized more of our microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle.  We now have digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970-1990. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.

Free Mueller Report eBook: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has made The Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, or the Mueller Report, freely available in ebook format, in the redacted form. Read it on your phone or tablet by downloading it at https://pro.dp.la/ebooks/mueller-report or using the Open Bookshelf collection in the SimplyE App, available in iOS or Android. DPLA’s ebook work and the production of the Mueller Report ebook has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SimplyE was developed by The New York Public Library. To learn more about Open Bookshelf and other DPLA ebooks offerings, visit ebooks.dp.la.

English Conversation Circle: Off for the summer! Our English Conversation Circle is taking the summer off and will start holding meetings again starting on Wednesday, September 4th.

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.

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 available to 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!


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 











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