Jacqueline “Jackie” DeSelle: 1925-2013.
The Library Staff is deeply saddened by the news that our former beloved secretary, Jackie DeSelle, passed away on Saturday, June 15 2013 at Lowell General Hospital. Jackie worked at the J. V. Fletcher Library from 1969 through 2006. And while we begrudgingly let her retire, still youthful at the age of 81, she never left our hearts.
MVLC Network will be down on Sunday June 23, 2013:
The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium will be temporarily down for upgrades on Sunday, June 23, 2013. This means that the Library Catalog will not be available remotely. It also means that databases which are accessed via your library barcode number, and the Museum Pass reservation system, will not be available as well. The system should be back up and functional on Monday, June 24.
J.V. Fletcher Library Mobile App!:
The Library's free mobile app is now available for use on your smartphone or tablet! Please note: Barnes and Noble will not currently support this app for any Nook tablets. With the Fletcher Library app you can search the online catalog, access your account, place a hold, contact us, reserve a museum pass, and so much more! To download this free app, open the browser on your smartphone or tablet and go to http://fletcher.boopsie.com. If you have any questions, please call the Reference and Information Services Desk at 978-399-2304.
Sign up for Fun when you sign up for the Childrens, Tweens and Teens and Adult Summer Reading Programs:
The theme for kids up to grade four is Digging Into Reading; tweens and teens are going Beneath the Suface; and adults will experience Groundbreaking Reads. Please join us for a summer packed with great reads and fun programs. Kids can sign up in the Children's Department. Adults and Tweens and Teens can sign up at the Library or on-line at http://readsinma.org/index.asp?lib=westford
Carnival Kick-off with Rick Charette: Wednesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. We are so excited to have Maine kids’ music icon Rick Charette as our kickoff performer that we are having a carnival to celebrate. Rick sings original children's songs and offers imaginative activities that generate all kinds of audience participation. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for all ages.
Teen & Tween Kickoff Carnival: Wednesday June 26, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. Teens and Tweens here is your chance to get ahead and win tickets for the Library’s Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program weekly and grand prize-giveaways. All you need to do is come to the Library, play our Carnival Games, and indulge in the refreshments. This is a drop-in so registration is not necessary.
Legendary Locals of Lowell: Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Author, Richard Howe, will present his new book which tells the history of Lowell and the city’s most famous residents through anecdotes and pictures. From Nathan Appleton who built the first textile mill on the Merrimack River to Jack Kerouac, Lowell has an exciting and rich list of “legendary locals." This free drop-in program is open to all ages.
Readers of the Lost Book with Mike Bent: Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Join our favorite magician, Mike Bent, in an epic quest as he searches the ruins of an ancient temple for a priceless artifact – an overdue library book. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Lego® Club: Saturday, July 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. This program is for ages 6 and up.
Watercolor Workshop with Priti Lathia: Wednesday, July 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Be sure to sign up for our amazing "beginners" watercolor class presented by local artist Priti Lathia. If you have always wanted to try watercolor painting, this is for you. Learn the secret of watercolor's brilliance and the appeal of its watery nature. Sign-up begins Monday. June 24 at 10 a.m.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet to discuss The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman. Copies of the current reading selection are available for check out at the Main Desk. Meetings take place the second Thursday of every month. New members are always welcome! Reading list for 2013.
Overdrive Mobile App Upgrade:
On Tuesday, May 28, Overdrive upgraded their mobile app version to v2.6.5. If you access the mobile app using a device running an Android platform, you won't have to do anything to upgrade to the new version for downloading ebooks and audiobooks. If you access the mobile app using a device running the IOS platform (iPad, iPhone, etc.), please follow the links for instructions to upgrade the mobile app for accessing ebooks or audiobooks. If you have any questions, please call the Reference and Information Services Desk at 978-399-2304. Print instructions for the upgrade are also available at the Reference and Information Services Desk.
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 tutors.
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.)
Westford Cardholders have the “ADVANTAGE.”
The next time you link to the Overdrive website (either by clicking on the Overdrive icon on the Library’s home page or by visiting www.mvlc.lib.overdrive.com) to download free eBooks or eAudiobooks, you will find that as a Westford resident you have more to choose from than “meets the eye.” Always SIGN IN first to access this special option. Whenever you see a “sun icon” next to a title it means that the Fletcher Library has purchased extra copies, or perhaps the ONLY COPY in the Consortium, of
that title; it is your14-digit Library barcode, that you SIGN IN with, that alerts the software that you have the ADVANTAGE!
Westford's Children's Display Case:
Hey Westford kids - do you have a collection that you would like to share with your friends and other visitors to the library? Thanks to the very generous Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, we now own a display case reserved especially for you. Sign up at the Children's desk to fill the case with your treasures or collections for two weeks. Call 978-399-2302 if you have any questions or to make a reservation.
Why, you may ask, is the J. V. Fletcher Library thrilled to offer a new service for free downloading of digital audiobooks, to listen to, when ebooks are all the rage? Here's why:
1. BEST-SELLING AUTHORS (Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Elizabeth Berg, Charlaine Harris, Lisa Scottoline, John Sandford, Anne Tyler and many, many more.)
2. NO WAITING LISTS-YOU NEVER HAVE TO PLACE A HOLD (every title in their collection, and there are thousands to choose from, has unlimited downloads)
3. COMPATIBLE with iPods, iPhones, Androids, Macs, PC's, tablets and many other portable devices.
To get started, click on the ONECLICKDIGITAL icon on the left hand side of this page; create a LOGIN account; dowload ONECLICKDIGITAL Manager software to your portable device; find a favorite author or 10 to download to your device and Happy Listening! Remember, your ears are not second class citizens among your five senses, reading a book by listening to it is just as valid as reading it with your eyes!
What is Freegal?
Freegal is a downloadable music service. All you need to access it is your J. V. Fletcher Library card number and your EVERGREEN Account Password. Before you can use Freegal, please update your password in the Evergreen account. Freegal offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download any software.
How Freegal Music Works:
- The downloads are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPods, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs.
- Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.
- To access this wonderful downloadable music click the FREEGAL logo on the left navigation bar or click here.