Masks continue to be appreciated in Library Spaces serving Young Unvaccinated Users.

Friends of the Library BOOK SALE – February 10-12

In the J.V. Fletcher Library’s downstairs meeting room. Friday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Members-only preview sale. Not a member? Join at...

Library Building Project – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended Special Town Meeting and the November 8 election and voted to approve the Library Building Project! This could...

Pirates and Snow Queens in February

Pirate Magic with Captain Robbie Bones Wednesday, February 22 – 2 p.m. Set sail with pirate Captain Robbie Bones: magician and juggler extraordinaire. Frozen...

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The YA Advisory Board is for Westford residents in grades 6-12. Fill out the survey!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Meeting Room
Meeting
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Virtual
Tween/Teen
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Meeting Room
Meeting
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Stony Brook Middle School
Tween/Teen
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Meeting Room
Children
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Meeting Room
Meeting
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Mary Atwood
Meeting
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Meeting Room
Family
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Meeting Room
Children
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Meeting Room
Tween/Teen
Friday, February 3, 2023
Mary Atwood
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image of library facadeWESTFORD received notice from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) that it is in line for  a provisional state-funded grant in the amount of $7,851,994.00 under the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) 2017. Library building at nightThis $7.8 million of matching funds and town costs was approved by Westford voters at the October 17 Special Town Meeting and on the November 8 local ballot. Design Development will occur in 2023 — the library’s historic facade on the Common will be unchanged, but the rear will be 21st century. The Westford Library has a strong history of gifts, donations, benefactors and grants:

  • 1797 – Social Library founded by 25 citizens
  • 1859 – Social Library donated to the Town
  • 1873 – Agricultural Library donated to the Town
  • 1895 – Jonathan Varnum Fletcher donated 75% of the funds to build a new library on the Common
  • 1963 – Basement Children’s Room funded by J. V. Fletcher’s great grand-daughter Marian F. Winnek
  • 1969 – Renovation/addition funded by federal LSCA Title II grant
  • 1979 – Bookmobile funded by federal LSCA Title I grant
  • 1988 – Renovation/addition awarded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Project (MPLCP) grant award
  • 2007-2012 – Library Beautification funded by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc. and Capital funds
  • 2017 – Westford wait listed for MPLCP grant award of almost $8 million
  • 2022 July 7 – Provisional grant notification from MBLC of $7,851,994
  • 2022 October 17 – Project approved at Special Town Meeting [2/3rds vote ensured passage]
  • 2022 November 8 – Project approved at the local ballot [majority support ensured passage]
  • 2023 January 9 – Deadline to accept grant

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