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Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. During the month of March the Library - in collaboration with the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - is hosting a special “Start Your Own Business” workshop series. Pre-registration is required for these: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ma/boston. The schedule of dates and program titles is as follows:   March 15: “Starting and Growing a Business – The SBA Advantage” presented by SBA; March 15  event postponed due to weather forecast. Additional information for rescheduling forthcoming. March 22: “Women’s History Month” – we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of women and their many contributions to our communities    Register: http://bit.ly/2lYa6Cf ; March 29: “Opening Doors to Government Contracting” presented in collaboration with Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Register: http://bit.ly/2mH23Jr ,  and April 5: “Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts” in collaboration with Salem State Small Business Development Center (SBDC.) For more information call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov
ERROR: The Pet a Bunny: Meet and Greet with the 4H Club and Cavy Club was advertized as meeting on Weds. March 22. It has been rescheduled to Weds. April 5. Sorry for the confusion.
Pastel Paint Like the Masters with Greg Maichak- Georgia O'Keefe: Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. In this two-hour workshop, Maichack demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of of Georgia O'Keefe.  Participants will produce their own pastel painting of O'Keefe's elegant "Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 that sold for $45.4 million.  All materials are provided.  FREE! Limited to 30.  Ages 16 and up beginning on March 1. Program is full, sorry.
Monday Morning Mystery Book Club: Monday, March 27.  Wake up your week with stimulating discussions about books. This month's selection is The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. Copies are of this title are availalbe to check out at the Library's Main Desk. This is a monthly, drop-in progam. Join us. Newcomers are ALWAYS welcome.
Knitting Group: Monday, March 27 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting?  Our informal knitting group meets 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.
Teens and Tween Make & Take Monday: Monday, March 27 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 is a Free, drop-in event.  Registration not required.  This Month: 3/27 Mini Waterslides & Vinegar Rockets.
Please note- there will be no Conversation Circle on Tuesday, March 28. 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 Hall.  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.

Meet Your Muslim Neighbors Program- Movie Screening of "Prince Among Slaves": Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.Please join us for a viewing of the film "Prince Among Slaves' and a post film discussion with your Muslim neighbors. We will learn about early American Muslims, challenge stereotypes, and examine different facets of Muslim identity. "Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom." Free.  Drop-in.

Teens and Tween Make & Take Monday: Monday, April 3 & 10 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 is a Free, drop-in event.  Registration not required.  This Month: 4/3 Lava Lamps and Taste Test Challenge, and 4/13 Easter STEM Challenges.
Pet a Bunny: Meet and Greet with the 4H Rabbit and Cavy Club: Wednesday, April 5, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The 4H Club members will be in the Meeting room to answer your questions and you will have the opportunity to meet some very nice bunnies and guinea pigs. Free Drop-In! Free drop-in for all ages.
Teen & Tween Zentangle Club: Thursday, April 6 at 7 p.m.  Create your own whimsical art designs with certified Zentangle Specialist, Wendy Brown.  Parents or caregivers and other interested adults are welcome to attend too. Click Here To Register
Indian Film Series with Professor Bruce Browne: Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of film and a discussion of the societal and cultural issues depicted in the film; Water (April 6). “In 1938, Chuyia (Sarala) a child bride whose husband dies before their union is consummated is relegated to life in an ashram in Varanasi (Benares) for other "unwanted" widows. Their life is ruled over by a venal old woman, Madhumati (Manorama) She pimps the young widows out to wealthy Brahmin gentlemen, whose attentions are considered by society to be a blessing. Another young widow, Kalyani (Lisa Ray) runs away to marry a young lawyer, a devotee of Gandhi (Mohan Jhangiani), until she discovers that his father has been her "client/benefactor." She drowns herself in the Ganges, and the young man disowns his father. Chuyia is abused, then rescued and helped to escape by Shakuntala (Rishma Malik), another of the widows. “ No registration required.  This film is rated PG-13.
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 Hall.  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.
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 Replaces the Virtual 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.
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.
During the month of March the Library - in collaboration with the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) - is hosting a special “Start Your Own Business” workshop series. Pre-registration is required for these: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ma/boston. The schedule of dates and program titles is as follows:   March 8: “Preparing to Finance a New Business” presented in collaboration with ACCION~(an SBA Microlender); March 15: “Starting and Growing a Business – The SBA Advantage” presented by SBA; March 22: “Women’s History Month” – we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of women and their many contributions to our communities; March 29: “Opening Doors to Government Contracting” presented in collaboration with Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and April 5: “Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts” in collaboration with Salem State Small Business Development Center (SBDC.) For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, dkanabar@westfordma.gov
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.
J. V. Fletcher Library Mobile App! The Library's free (to our patrons, funded by the Friends Fall Appeal) mobile app is available for use on your smart phone or tablet! Please note: Barnes and Noble will not currently support this app for any Nook tablets. With the Fletcher Library app you can search the online catalog, access your account, place a hold, contact us, reserve a museum pass, and so much more! To download this free app, open the browser on your smart phone or tablet and go to http://fletcher.boopsie.com. If you have any questions, please call 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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