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Library wins "Coveted Roudenbowl" for "Star Wars" float in Apple Blossom parade, heralding the "Universe of Stories" Summer Reading Program Theme!  Pictures from the parade!
Planning for a 21st Century Library-Needs, Designs, Costs:Read More:
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 8). 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 2022-2023 timeframe. Formal Town review will occur and 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.

Sign up for Summer Reading!  “A Universe of Stories” is the 2019 Summer Reading Program theme. Registration for the Children's program (ages 0 to grade 4) begins Tuesday, May 28 for this Friends’ funded Program You can purchase tickets 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 on our website for more information on this exciting summer-long FUN spree.

Registration for Teens and Tweens in grades 5 – 12 also begins Tuesday, May 28. All Teen and Tween events are FREE thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Nancy and Kate will be visiting all of the schools so please bring your children to the library to register for summer reading when they ask to go to the library.

Sign up for Adult Summer Reading! Register now for the Adult Summer Reading Program, which starts on June 24th!  This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”  Your summer reading goal is up to you: choose to read 1, 3, or 5 books this summer, to read a particular title, or to join a book club.  By signing up you are automatically entered into our weekly raffle where you can win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. You will also be entered into the August 9th Grand Prize Drawing for a Westford-themed gift basket! Fill out an entry form and raffle ticket at the Information Services Desk, or you can call us at 978-399-2304, or register here and we’ll fill out your paper form and ticket for you.  Once you complete your self-appointed reading goal, come to the Information Services desk to pick up your coupon for a free ice cream cone at Kimball Farm. Check out some new titles and join a Universe of Stories!
The Adult Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the J. V.  Fletcher Library, Inc. and is for Westford residents and non-resident members of the Friends. A Universe of Stories is also sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

NEW! 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 have also digitized more of our microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle.  We now have digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970-1990. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.

Free Mueller Report eBook: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has made The Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, or the Mueller Report, freely available in ebook format, in the redacted form. Read it on your phone or tablet by downloading it at https://pro.dp.la/ebooks/mueller-report or using the Open Bookshelf collection in the SimplyE App, available in iOS or Android. DPLA’s ebook work and the production of the Mueller Report ebook has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SimplyE was developed by The New York Public Library. To learn more about Open Bookshelf and other DPLA ebooks offerings, visit ebooks.dp.la.

Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration: Tuesday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. Join musician Craig Harris for his multimedia and participatory program, Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy rare recordings, archival video, captivating storytelling, group singing, and guided music-making. The August 1969 Woodstock Exposition of Music and Art continues to reverberate and this program will not only stir memories, but provide new perspectives on the famed concert. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Traveling Makerspace: Thursday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Don’t worry if you missed this great program in February because Jay returns with his amazing hands-on STEM focused workshop where kids can design, build, test, and play with mechanical doodads, ping pong catapults, exploding popsicle stick snakes, and domino pyramids, just to name a few. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available at the Youth Services desk. This program is for grades K and up.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, July 18 (Please note date change) at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Beautiful Boy: a Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff. 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, July 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 July pick is Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball. 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

Mary Poppins - In Person! Friday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. Mary Poppins will float into the library to dance, tell a story with interactive play, and sing some familiar songs. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available at the Youth Services desk. This program is for all ages.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion!  We meet on the fourth Monday morning of the month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our July selection is The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott.  Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome! FREE! Drop in. Reading List

Pastel Paint Workshop: Dandelions: Thursday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. Greg Maichack demonstrates how anyone from beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of Jean-Francois Millet. Participants will produce their own pastel painting of a selected section of Millet’s painting, “Dandelions.” Limited to 30 people. Ages 14 and up. FREE! All materials are provided. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Breaking Science: Renewable Energy: Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. Learn about the science and technologies in the news, from the scientists and engineers who work on them! With the threat of catastrophic climate change, it's all the more important that we minimize our global carbon emissions. Come hear mechanical engineer Christian Irwin talk about what we mean by "renewable energy," technology from past to present that will help reduce our carbon footprint, and a quick run-down of the Green New Deal and how it plans to incorporate sustainable sources of energy to power our future! Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register here or call 978-399-2304.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, August 6 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 August 6th book discussion will be American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2019

Expanding Digital Collections with Overdrive RLA:  If you are a fan of downloading e-books and audiobooks through our Overdrive collection, you will be thrilled to know that you now have access to Overdrive collections to other Consortium libraries throughout Massachusetts.  The Merrimack Valley Consortium is now part of a Reciprocal Lending Agreement that allows MVLC patrons (including Westford) to borrow titles from the Overdrive collections at the Boston Public Library, Minuteman Library Network, and many other MA Library Consortiums.  You can access these collections through the Overdrive App, Libby App, or the MVLC Overdrive homepage by clicking on the “Add a Library” feature. Read here for more specific directions or contact the Information Desk at 978-399-2304.

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: Off for the summer! Our English Conversation Circle is taking the summer off and will start holding meetings again starting on Wednesday, September 4th.

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.

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 available to 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!


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 











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