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Sunday Hours: Sunday hours resumed on January 7, 2018 and will continue through Sunday, April 29, 2018. On Sundays the Library is open from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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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 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.
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.
Middle School Book Club (Blanchard): Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. Library book club open to Blanchard Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8. Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a once a month until May 2018 at the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons. Sign-up at the Blanchard Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Brandt.
Life Cycle Gardening: Gardening for a Lifetime with Master Gardener, Betty Sanders: Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. Have you lived with the same plantings for many years and now found they don’t fit the way you want to live anymore? Reconfiguring your garden for new uses as your family grows and your life and interests change, makes sense and may be less work than you thought. It’s a matter of plant selection and design, and will enhance your garden enjoyment for years. Register here.
Advanced Snap Ciruits and Take Aparts: Friday, April 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. We have five new exciting Snap Circuits kits to play with: RC Cars, Light, Motion, Arcade, and 3D Illumination. Register online here: Register here using the Meeting Room Calendar or call the Children’s Desk at 978-399-2302 This free program is for children in grades 3 to 5.
J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss “The Hello Girls” by Elizabeth Hoffman Cobbs. 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.
Bimonthly Knitting Group: Monday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. Please note, there will be no meeting on May, 28 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Do you enjoy knitting? Drop in to our informal knitting group. The group meets the second Monday of the month from 3-5 p.m. and the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 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 Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.
Cookbook Book Club: Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get it!, by Ree Drummond 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 that as of July 2018, the club is moving to the third Thursday of the month.
Adult Coloring Party: Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Are you looking for a relaxing way to spend the evening? Explore the latest trend in relaxation; adult coloring books. Specially designed adult coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Free! Drop in.
Ukulele Strum-Along: You Learn to Play by Playing: Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. 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 new program will meet on a monthly basis. Register here to borrow a ukulele
or bring your own. Open to adults and teens.
Discover the Birds of Costa Rica with Peter Christoph: Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. Have you ever wondered why over 600 birds call Costa Rica their home year round? Due to its diverse topography, this tropical nation contains several life zones supporting a wide variety of birds, from tiny iridescent hummingbirds to colorful toucans. Discover Costa Rica’s national treasures with a top wildlife photographer as he travels by boat through mangrove swamps and wetlands, and hikes into lush rainforests on the side of a volcano in search of wildlife. By sharing these remarkable photographs,
Peter hopes you will develop a deeper appreciation for the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit this fragile tropical paradise where the rainforest meets the sea. Registration is required. Register here or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
Mystery Book Club: Monday, June 4 (please note date change due to Memorial Day) 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 current selection is "God in Concord" by Mark Pryor. 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
English Conversation Circle - Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. This program meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood room. The group is led by Carol Morse. Registration is not required for this program. If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg 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.
Zinio Digital Magazines has changed it’s name to RBdigital Magazines: The digital magazine collection will remain the same but if you use the mobile app to checkout magazines, you will need to download the new version of the app. Links to the new version of the app are available HERE or you can search
for RBdigital in your app store. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create an account from our RBdigital page before you download the app. Simply click on “Create New Account” in the top right hand corner, you will need your Library card barcode number. If you have any questions, please call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
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.
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.)