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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.
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.

Monthly Knitting Group: Monday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Our new informal knitting group will meet the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 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.

Sky Pirates with Robb Preskins: Wednesday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m. Ahoy shipmates – take a trip to far off lands with Captain Robbie Bones, a wonderful magician and storyteller who has brought back some amazing tales and magic tricks. Tickets ($2.00) for children and their caregivers are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.
Harry Potter’s Birthday Party: Friday, July 28 at 2 pm:  Hold on to your Sorting Hat!  The YS Librarians will host our annual magical Harry Potter birthday party!  Join us for new Harry Potter crafts, games, and activities. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available by phone or in person. This program is for ages 7 and up.
SOLD OUT Harry Potter’s 20th Anniversary Party: Saturday, July 29 at 7 pm. It has been 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone and the JVF staff is planning a great event for the entire family. Wingmasters will present a live owl program for attendees who are 5 and up while younger siblings craft and play in the Children’s Room. Other treats include trivia, a scavenger hunt, three door prizes, and great food. Costumes are strongly suggested! Tickets are $5 each up to $20 per family.
Library Monday Mystery Book Club. In August we have 2 Book Club meetings scheduled. Instead of cancelling the July 28 meeting (due to external issues) that Club members voted to meet twice in August. On August 7 we will meet to discuss, "No Time for Goodbye" by Linwood Barclay. Copies of this title are available to be checked out at Main Desk. Our second August Mystery Book Club meeting will take place on its regularly schedule date, August 28. The mystery selection for that meeting will be The Crossing Places" by Elly Griffiths. Copies of that selection will be available to pick up at Main Desk during the first week of August. Newcomers are always welcome to drop in.
Pastel Paint Like the Masters - Monet's Water Lilies: Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. Click here to register or in Information Services beginning on July 17. Greg Maichack demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of Monet. Participants will produce their own pastel painting of Monet's “Water Lilies” . All materials are provided. FREE! Limited to 30. Ages 16 and up. Register online or in Information Services beginning on July 17. This program is generously funded by the Friends of the Library.

Monthly Knitting Group: Monday, August 14  and Monday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Our new informal knitting group will meet the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 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.
Heartbeat: a Native American Musical Experience: Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. Percussionist, educator,and the author of Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (University of Oklahoma Press), Craig Harris leads this exciting multimedia, participatory, and stereotype-defying celebration of American Indian music. Combining archival recordings, a video montage, thought-provoking storytelling, and collective music-making, this 90-minute program ties together Standing Rock, Wounded Knee, and the Trail of Tears and spans from the "heartbeat" of powwow drums and the “warble” of wooden flutes to the electrifying sounds of Native infused rock, jazz, reggae, country music, blues, hip-hip, and electronic dance music. Free! Open to all ages!  No registration required.
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.
For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov
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.)









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