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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.

PATRON SURVEY - WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!: Library staff recently completed a variety of training sessions to improve Readers' Advisory Services. Staff learned new methods and resources to highlight and recommend books to our patrons. The training was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in conjunction with an LSTA grant administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  Do you ask Library staff for reading recommendations?  Please provide us with some feedback by taking this short SURVEY between March 1- March 31.


Cookbook Club: Thursday, March 21 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 March pick is Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott. 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, March 25 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. Our March selection is Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List

Knitting Group: Monday, March 25 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. 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.

The Softer Side of Celtic with Jeff Snow: Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Growing up as the son of a drummer in a bagpipe band, Jeff developed a love for the music of Scotland, England and Ireland. His concerts have been described as quiet and relaxing, and much of it is, but sometimes he'll break out and the foot stomping begins! The instruments, vocals and Jeff's love and knowledge of his Scottish heritage create a delightful program of traditional and original songs. Hear those stories along with the songs that educate as well as entertain. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, March 30 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.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, April 2 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 April 2nd book discussion will be Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019

ClassiGals Concert: Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a potpourri of poems set to music in honor of National Poetry Month! The local trio “ClassiGals” will present an hour-long concert of poems set to music. The group consists of singers Beth Fowler of Rye, NH, and Jeanne Masterman of Westford, accompanied by pianist Rachel Muller of Westford. Hear poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Rabindranath Tagore, and Robert Browning. Composers represented include Amy Beach, Randall Thompson, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti, and John Carpenter. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. 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.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, April 18 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 April pick is Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden. 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

Learn Ukulele: Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. (Note: this is a beginner lesson, and not our monthly ukulele strum along.) Bring your own ukulele or register in advance to borrow one. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call Information Services 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.

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Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.  For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov

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. Please note that we will not meet on Wednesday, April 17th due to school vacation week. FREE! Registration is not required.  If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309.

Reference Display Case: Stop by our Reference display case and help solve a library mystery! The library held its 100th anniversary gala on June 2, 1996. We’ve put a number of unlabeled photos from that night on display. Can you identify any of the attendees? The photos will be on display through February.

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 

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.


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.)









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