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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.
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.
Sharks to Parks: Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. Ever seen a real hammerhead shark? Now’s your chance! Join photographer Bob Michelson for a narrated slideshow. He’ll discuss predator/prey relationships using an actual 7.5 foot hammerhead shark, “Bruce!” Learn about marine life found off the Massachusetts coast, then fish and fauna from the Peabody area, and then all the wildlife that call Peabody home, from red foxes to bald eagles. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.
Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, April 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.
Nuclear Security in the 21st Century: Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency to them. The New Start Treaty with Russia is up for renewal in 2021, a summit with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. Expert Keith West has been involved with speech and debate for nearly two decades. Come hear him discuss to what degree past nuclear talks should guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
Cuba and the "Last" Baseball Season with author José Ramírez: Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. After the Castro regime abolished professional baseball in 1961, young Cuban players had a choice: leave family, friends and a beloved homeland,
knowing they may never see them again, to play professionally — or stay home and pursue a different and uncertain way of life. Local author José Ramírez will discuss his book about the personal struggle these men and their families endured, and the heart-wrenching judgement they had to make. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, May 7 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 May 7th book discussion will be Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy. 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.
Eat Your Blues Away with author Cheryl Major: Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Come hear certified nutrition and wellness consultant Cheryl Major discuss her book, Eat Your Blues Away. It chronicles Cheryl’s recovery from years of struggle with chronic depression by changing how she eats. The transformation was accidental, amazing and life changing, and has lasted for more than six years. Cheryl shares the steps she took and includes important information about how food affects us mentally as well as physically. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
Knitting Group: Monday, May 13 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. Please be aware that we will not be meeting on the fourth Monday in May due to the Memorial Day holiday. 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.
Cookbook Club: Thursday, May 16 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 May pick is King Solomon's Table by Joan Nathan. 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
Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, May 20 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. Please note that in May we are meeting one week early due to the Memorial Day holiday. Our May selection is Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List
No-Knead Bread Making with Denali Delmar: Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Craisin pecan bread? Asiago cheese bread? Anadama bread? Join us to sample these delicious breads while veteran baker Denali Delmar shows how you can easily make these and other crusty artisan loaves. Denali has simplified the New York Times no-knead method to three steps. No mess and no kneading at all. Come learn to make Denali’s “no-knead miracle bread” — it’s miraculous how easy it is to make! FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.
English Conversation Circle: Wednesdays 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 Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 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.
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