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In Observance of Memorial Day the Library will be closed on Saturday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m.

The Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc. June Book Sale is just around the corner: Friday, June 9 from 6:30-9 PM, Saturday, June 10 from 10AM to 5 PM and Sunday, June 11 from 2 to 4 PM. Friday night is our Friends Members Only Sale (memberships can be purchased at the door.) On Saturday the entire public is invited to their all day sale and Sunday is a half-price extravaganza. The Friends June Book Sale offer patrons the perfect opportunity to stock up on summer and vacation reading! Special Note: The Friends still need donations for the June Sale, please check out their web site at www.westfordlibaryfriends.org for details. Hope to see you there!
Reading is Awesome is the 2017 Children’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration begins May 30 for this Friends’ funded Program You can sign up for events and shows at the same time that you register. Some events require tickets for children, parents, and/or caregivers while others are free drop-in. Please call, visit the Youth Services Department, or check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page  here for more information on this exciting summer-long FUN spree.
Teens & Tweens Build a Better World and join the J. V. Fletcher Library's Summer Reading Program.  Registration begins May 30 for this Friends’ funded Program at the Library near the Main Circulation Desk and in the Young Adult Department.  Once you have registered, please do sign up for one or more free teen and tween events online here.  To find out more about this amazing program visit the Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program webpage or phone the Youth Services Department at 978-399-2302.
Adult Summer Reading Program: This year's theme is "Build a Better World"! Registration begins on May 30. Sign up at any public service desk or by calling the Information department at 978-399-2304.  Choose any goal for your summer reading (3 books, read a newspaper once a week, “War and Peace”.) Once you have completed your goal, stop by the Information Desk for a gift certificate for a free kiddie cone at Kimball Farm.  Every week during the program, we will give away gift certificates to Barnes and Noble and a grand prize drawing for a gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Summer Reading Programs aren't just for kids! The adult summer reading program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
A New Service: The next time you visit the Library and you would like to charge your phone or electronic device, look for one of our two new courtesy charging stations; we have one in the Periodicals area and another in the Children’s Room. Each charging station can accommodate up to 8 Android or Apple devices.

Quadcopter Drones: How Did We Get Here and Where are We Going?: Tuesday, June 6 at  7 p.m. Looking forward to the day a drone drops down from above to deliver your pizza? Consumer drones, especially quadcopters, are becoming increasingly popular. During this hour-long discussion, Dr. Bernie Malouin will review some of the key technology developments that make drones work. He will even pop the hood on one of today’s most popular quadcopters and explain what’s inside. Finally, he’ll talk a little bit about some of the exciting capabilities that await us. No registration required.

Brainstorm Your College Essay: Wednesday, June 28 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. This FREE workshop is available to rising seniors only. The abbreviated workshop will help students understand how to choose an essay topic and how to begin writing. This is a shortened version of the three-hour workshop provided by Joyce Pellino Crane. An award-winning journalist, Joyce has been tutoring Westford Academy students for five years. Registration is required by clicking here (It’s FREE!). Space is limited.

Applying for College; What You Need to Know; Wednesday, June 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Get a jump on the college application process by attending this FREE panel discussion provided by college experts and moderated by Joyce Pellino Crane, theCollege Essay Confidante. Experts will take you through the application process from beginning to end. Panelists areWendy Pechacek, Westford School Department Guidance Coordinator 6-12; Troy E. Lazaro, Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment, UMass-Lowell; Andrew N. Carter, Senior Associate Director, Office of Admissions, College of the Holy Cross; Julie Shields-Rutyna, Director of College Planning at the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority; Joyce Pellino Crane, the College Essay Confidantè and News Director at WestfordCAT.  Registration is required by clicking here (It’s FREE!). Space is limited.

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.   
English Conversation Circle Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. September through June 13. 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 from September through mid-June. The last meeting for this session will be on Tuesday, June 13. The group will start up again in September, date TBD. 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, 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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