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The J.V. Fletcher library is featuring our first ever Story Walk at the Westford Community Garden. Walk around the outside garden fence and enjoy a wonderful children’s book and some exercise – just follow the signs around the Community Garden. Please use the QR code to leave comments or be sure to sign the guest book and take a book mark. P.S. Only Garden members can go inside the Garden gate.
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 13 of 22). 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.
“Readers ROCK” is the 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration is ongoing for this Friends’ funded Program You can purchase tickets for events and shows at the same time that you register. Some events require tickets for children, parents, and/or caregivers while others are free drop-in. Please call, visit the Youth Services Department, or check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page on our website for more information on this exciting summer-long June 25 to August 9 FUN spree.
Libraries Rock! Adult Summer Reading Program: Monday, June 25 to Saturday, August 11. Register now for the Adult Summer Reading Program which starts on June 25th! This year’s theme is Libraries Rock! Your summer reading goal is up to you: choose to read 1, 3, or 5 books this summer, to read a particular title, or to join a book club. By signing up you are automatically entered into our weekly raffle where you can win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. You will also be entered into the August 11th Grand Prize Drawing for a gift certificate to have a fabulous night out at a local restaurant! Fill out an entry form and raffle ticket at the Information Services Desk,
or call us at 978-399-2304, or register here and we’ll fill out your paper form and ticket for you. Once you complete your self-appointed reading goal, come to the Information Services desk to pick up your coupon for a free ice cream cone at Kimball Farm.
Overdrive Digital Magazines!: In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, Overdrive 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.
"Caps for Sale" with the Vermont PuppeTree Company: Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. Based on the children's classic book, the PuppeTree celebrates diversity with a romp across seven different cultures, using a variety of puppets accompanied by a range of music from Estonia to Mumbai. FREE tickets for children and adults are available in person for kids in grades K to 6. This program is generously funded by the KDK Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).
Teen & Tween Learn to Draw Your Pets with Debra Banna: Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m. Learn to draw the furry friends that enrich our lives. This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12. REGISTER HERE or Pre-register online the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.
Cookbook Book Club: Thursday, July 19 (new night!) at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia by Bridget Lancaster, 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. Please note our schedule change -- this club now meets on the third Thursday of the month. Reading List for 2018
Mystery Book Club: Monday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet once a month on Monday morning @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our July selection is "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly. 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
Giant Balloon Sculpture with Chip Rascal: Monday, July 23 at 1:00 p.m. Drop-in and watch award winning balloon sculptor Chip Rascal build a giant balloon scultpure and then take a memorable summer reading photo. All ages. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher library.
Outdoor Family Concert with Alastair Moock Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m. Grammy nominated Alastair Moock delivers his original high-enery folk-rock music in his trademark raspy voice with foot-stomping American roots music. This free drop-in program is for all ages. Concert will be in the Meeting Room if it rains. Generously funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.
Teen & Tween Creative Feast Cooking with Liz Barbour: Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about super snack foods, enjoy a cooking demo of two delicious recipes, and sample tasty treats. This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12. REGISTER HERE or Pre-register online the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.
SOLD OUT Mike the Bubble Man: Friday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. With bubbles choreographed to music and comedy, Mike explores the science and magic of bubbles in this energetic and fun-filled show. This free drop-in program is for children ages 4 and up. This program is generously funded by the KDK Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).
Teen & Tween Mixed Media Art Program with Sherry Hoffman: Monday, July 30 at 1 p.m. Create a mixed media collage masterpiece using musical notation and selection of other fun items. This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12. REGISTER HERE or Pre-register online the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.
SOLD OUT Harry Potter's Birthday Party: Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. An evening for the whole family celebrating the birthday of our favorite wizard! The night will include a sorting and wand ceremony, a quill craft, Quidditch, and other surprises. Costumes are STRONGLY suggested! Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available at the Youth Services desk. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Camp Read-A-Lot: Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. Camp fire stories, singing, and dancing! Program takes place in the Story Hour Room. This free drop-in program is for ages 3-7.
Toddlerbilly Family Concert with Matt Heaton: Thursday, August 2 at 11:30 a.m. Matt's music is a mix of rockabilly, American roots, and Irish traditional music delivered with a sense of humor. This free drop-in program is for all ages. Please bring a blanket and a picnic lunch. But if it rains, please eat before you come and the show will be in the Meeting Room.
The Spoon Man: Saturday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. With spoons and music, Jim Cruise (the Spoon Man) does hilarious impressions, leads a sing-along competition, and creates a mountain band from the audience. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available at the Youth Services desk. This program is for all ages.
A Royal Reception! Monday, August 6 at 1:00 p.m. Three favorite princesses will tell their personal stories, sing favorite songs, and have their pictures taken with you! Come dressed as your favorite character - princesses are not required. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available at the Youth Services desk. This program is for all ages.
End of the Summer Teen & Tween Design-It Event: Tuesday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. Come and enjoy our end of the summer celebrations at the Library by creating a most fantastical structure/sculpture in our Design–It Challenge. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative use of materials. Ice cream and popsicles will be served. And Grand Prizes raffled. Registration not required.
End of Summer Reading Bash with the Toe Jam Puppet Band: Thursday, August 9 at 1:30 p.m. This will be a rollicking high energy show that you will not want to miss. Get ready for a bash of original music crammed with laughs and overflowing with fun. Bring a blanket and your dancing shoes and enjoy the fun outside at the side of the library. Cake at 1:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 2 p.m. and takes place outside on the back lawn by the parking lot. This free drop-in program is for all ages. (If it rains, the concert will be in the Meeting Room.)
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss “Caroline” by Sarah Miller. 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 2018.
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.
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.
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.
Sign up for text notification from the Library. What a time saver! Receive a text (that can be saved for future reference) on your smart phone when materials you have requested are ready to be picked up. To sign up, go to the Library’s website home page, choose Catalog from the horizontal menu, click on Online Catalog and sign in to your library account. Click on “account preferences.” Then put a check mark next to “notify by text by default when a hold is ready to pick up.” Patrons may also sign up by contacting the Main desk staff at 978-399-2301.
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.)