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The Westford 2017 Rain Barrel Program: Did you realize that by using a rain barrel you can save money, collect rainwater for your lawn and garden and conserve energy? You may even save money on your water bills. The Westford Water Department is selling rain barrels at a discounted rate of $79 to Westford residents. The barrels hold 60 gallons of water and are available in three earth tone colors. For more information or to order a rain barrel, go to www.tgarb.com. The deadline to order is Thursday, May 18 at 5 p.m. Water barrels will be available for pickup at the Water Department on Thursday, May 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. A rain barrel is currently on display on the ground floor of the J. V. Fletcher Library, next to the Seed Library.
The Westford Seed Library: T’is the season for seeds! The Westford Seed Library is stored in a card catalogue on the ground floor of the Library (in the hallway leading to the elevator.) The seeds (dried and storage ready) are donated by members of the community and have been harvested from plants which they have grown themselves. Patrons may “borrow” seeds with the expectation that they will return seeds - to the Seed Library - harvested from the plants that they grew from the seeds they initially “borrowed.” The Westford Seed Library is maintained by the Westford Agricultural Commission and the J. V. Fletcher Library.
Autism Adulthood: Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. How can a parent of an autistic child help them prepare for and transition into adulthood? Through thirty interviews with autistic adults and their parents, and her own experiences with her autistic twenty-five year old son, author Susan Senator provides hope and insight for struggling families. Free! Drop in.
Cookbook Book Club:The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook:Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us to discuss the book and sample a recipe or two! Copies of the current cookbook selection are available for checkout~at the Main Desk. If you are interested in bringing a dish from the cookbook (this is not required), please contact Sarah Regan at (978) 399-2309. Free! Drop in.
Knitting Group: Monday, May 8 and Monday, May 22 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!
Angels in Human Skin: Thursday, May 25, Art Viewing at 6:00 p.m., Program at 7:00 p.m. Westford resident, Rev. Dr. Dirkje Legerstee immigrated with her family with the label, “Nazi War Victims”. Through her original artwork and a multimedia presentation, she will share the story of her parents’ survival of World War II. Several pieces of her artwork will be on display and available for viewing in the Meeting Room an hour before the program begins. 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 (Click on the Sign In link at the top of the page, Click on Sign In with your organizational portal, type in wetfordlibrary.org,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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Please note: In preparation for our new computer system, borrowing in ComCat will not be available to patrons of MVLC libraries from Monday, May 1, 2017 - Monday, May 22, 2017. Borrowing will resume on Monday, May 22, 2017. We are sorry for the inconvenience.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.
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
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.)