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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 number 15 of 24). 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.
CHILDREN'S ONLINE STORYTIME REGISTRATION IS ONGOING: Please call us at 978-399-2302 if you have any questions.
Middle School Book Clubs. Teens entering grades 6 through 8 are welcome to sign up for a middle school book club at either Blanchard Middle School or Stony Brook Middle School. Once a month, from September until May, each middle school will host an after-school book club with J. V. Fletcher Library’s Young Adult Librarian, Kira McGann. It will feature lively discussion, hands-on activities, and snacks. To register, please see the School Librarian at your respective Middle School:
Blanchard Middle School - Ms. Ellen Brandt and Stony Brook Middle School - Mrs. Nicole Smith.
Adult Coloring Party: Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.: Are you looking for a relaxing way to spend the evening? Explore the latest trend relaxation adult coloring books. Specially designed adult coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. Free! Drop in.
Lego® Club: Saturday, September 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Stop by for our first Lego meeting of the fall. Come create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next time we meet. Free drop-in for ages 5 and up with parent or caregiver.
Teens and Tween Make & Take Monday : Monday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m. Imagine, create, and participate! Each Monday teens will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that will include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This week: Papier Mache & Nice Cream. This is a Free, drop-in event.
Monday Murder Mystery Book Discussion Group: Monday, Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. This Month's selection is "Early Autumn" by Robert Parker. Copies are available for pick up at the Main Desk. This is a drop-in Program. Newcomers are always welcome. Join us, we have so much fun!!
Knitting Group: Monday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.: Do you enjoy knitting? Try out or informal knitting group with a new evening meeting time. The group will meet the second Monday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM. 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.
English Conversation Circle- Resumes from Summer Break on Tuesday, September 26 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.
Medicare 101: Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. Do you have questions about signing up for Medicare? Barbara Lynch, Field Representative for Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred, will provide some answers by explaining what to do, when to do it, and cost options. Registration is required. Register here or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.
Ukulele Program for Adults: Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. Come join Julie Stepanek, local musician and teacher, as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing followed by strum along of fun and easy songs. It really isn't hard! Bring your own or borrow one of ours. Registration is required. Register here or call the Information Services Desk at 978-399-2304..
India Through Literature Series with Professor Bruce Browne: Monday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. Books provide an interesting and direct way to experience a culture; our fall book series on India presents a variety of perspectives on a complex country. All book discussions will be augmented with music and film clips that touch on themes of the text. Monday, Oct. 16, 1-2:30 p.m. "The Inheritance of Loss" by Kiran Desai, Monday, Nov. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
"Sideways on a Scooter" by Miranda Kennedy, Monday, Dec. 18, 1-2:30 p.m. "Indian Summer: the Secret History of the End of an Empire" by Alex von Tunzelmann. Copies of the current selection are available for checkout at the Main Desk. No registration required.
Zinio Digital Magazines is Changing 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.
Announcing the launch of a new format for Adults: Launchpads! Launchpads are tablets that are pre-loaded with interactive, entertaining apps - the apps (or brain games) are easy to navigate regardless of your technical abilities. Examples of the types of Brain Games on each Launchpad include: “Crossword Workout”; “Mind Games”; “Letter Sleuth”; “Do You Sudoku and many more. Both the Children’s and Young Adult collections circulate these popular tablets, so the Library was thrilled when they became available for adults as well. Visit the Information Services/Reference desk
Library App: Our Boopsie Library app IS BACK and interfacing with the new Library catalog! You also have the option to download the “Bookmyne” app from the first page of the online catalog or from your phone/device’s app store. This app offers you the ability to log into your library catalog account, place holds and access your Overdrive account to see your checkouts and holds. However, there are more links to our Library services from the Boopsie Library app. To download the Boopsie Library App, please click here.
New database- LYNDA.Com!: Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be
uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. Connect from the Library | Connect from Home (You will be linked to the Lynda.com website, be sure to follow these steps exactly to log into the database from home. Step 1. Click on the "Sign In" (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on "Sign In with your organizational portal", Step 3.
Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin) Once logged in, you will be asked to create an account so you can save your lessons.
Library Adult Book Discussion Group: Are you looking for a fun and lively book discussion group? Our Adult Book Discussion group meets the second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction titles. Copies of the current month's selection are available at the Main Desk. Check out our Reading List.
Library Monday Mystery Book Club: Wake up your week with stimulating book discussions. The Mystery Book Club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Hall. Copies of the current month's selections are available at the Main Desk. This is a drop-in program. Newcomers are always welcome! Check out our Monthly Reading List.
Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
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.)