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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 now number 10). 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. Town residents will vote on funding both at a future Town Meeting and at the ballot.

The Friends October Book Sale is on the horizon!: Mark your calendars for the weekend of Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending the preview sale.  The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to the special half price extravaganza on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

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.

Overdrive Digital Magazines!: In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, Overdrive now offers downloadable magazines! All of the magazines you borrow will be able to be 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.

Story Time and Book Club Online Registration is Now Open!: Although you can always stop by and register in person, online registration for these popular programs is now open. Book clubs are open to Westford residents and non-resident Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Book clubs are for grades Kindergarten through grade 5 and meet once a month from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Mini Masters Art Book Club is for children in grades 3, 4, and 5 and meets one Thursday afternoon a month. The Non-Fiction Book Club is for kids in grades 3 and 4 and meets once a month on Monday afternoon.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, September 20 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 September pick is Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman. 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 the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, September 24 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet on the fourth Monday morning of each month @ 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our September selection is Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New Members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

Teen and Tween Make & Take Monday: Papercrafting with Sherry Hoffman. Monday, September 24 from 3:30 to 4:30p.m. Full STEAM Ahead! Each Monday Teens and Tweens create and participate in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts and exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities. This is a FREE drop - in event for Teens and Tweens entering Grades 5 to 12, registration is not required.

Knitting Group: Monday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Knitting Group is back! Our informal knitting group will be meeting again in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. AND the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 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 Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Epigenetics: Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. Our DNA tells us the color of our eyes, how tall we are, and even if we like broccoli. But does your DNA say everything about you? If one identical twin becomes an astronaut and the other a ballerina, does their biology change? Are they still identical? Epigenetics is the study of the various different switches that can turn parts of your DNA on and off. How your genetic code is read can cause very real differences in your life. This talk will discuss how epigenetics works, how it is researched, and how it is found in everyday life. We will also be touching on topics such as gene editing and biohacking. Come by for a stimulating, interactive discussion about some cutting-edge science! Register here or in  Information Services.

Advanced Snap Circuits and Takeaparts: Friday, September 28 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. We have five exciting Snap Circuits kits to play with: RC Cars, Light, Motion, Arcade, and 3D Illumination. Preregister online. This free program is for children in grades 3 to 5.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. Learn to play by playing! Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Singing is encouraged. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. Register here or in the Information Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.

Teen and Tween Advisory Board, September 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. The Teen (& Tween) Advisory Board is open to Westford students in grades 5-12 who want to share positive ideas, who can listen and work well with others, who will volunteer at programs for children and youths, and who are willing to help the library better serve teens and tweens in our community, and especially to have FUN! If interested, stop by the Youth Services Department, call us at (978) 399-2307, or email Nancy at nboutet@westfordma.gov.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the NEW 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 October 2nd book discussion will be How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Reading List for 2018

Journalism and the First Amendment Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. Be part of a fascinating discussion about free speech!  The New England First Amendment Coalition, the region’s leading advocate for the First Amendment, will present a panel discussion with several prominent media and legal experts. FREE!  Register here or in Information Services.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  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 2018.

English Conversation Circle: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The English Conversation Circle is starting up again! The group has resumed its weekly meetings. They meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 in the Mary Atwood Room.  Practice your English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment led by Carol Morse. FREE! Registration is not required.  If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309.

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 will also be digitizing our microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle.  Currently we have digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970-1973. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.

J.V Fletcher Library Grant Award: The J. V. Fletcher Library is the recipient of a $10,000 Readers’ Advisory Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grant to ensure that Library staff receives the training and education to provide consistent and exemplary Readers’ Advisory Services to library patrons. Via presenters’ workshops, training, activities and Book Discussion Groups over the course of a year, staff will develop confidence and Readers’ Advisory skill-sets in fulfilling “high touch” service responses for our patrons. A critical by-product of this grant will be patron satisfaction with a Library environment in which book discussions, suggestions and recommendations proliferate and are valued. This grant award is made possible with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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 students.

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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