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What’s Happening at the Library? – April 29 Edition

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WESTFORD – Assistant Library Director Kristina Leedberg has shared the most recent edition of “What’s Happening at the Library?” with WestfordCAT.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Library, Inc.

Director’s Corner: Massachusetts is home to the first public library in the United States, the first Public Library Agency (the Board of Library Commissioners) and the first tax-supported library – the Boston Public Library. Westford’s library legacy dates back to the founding of a subscription library in 1797. In light of the renewed and unending interest in Benjamin Franklin, the following is from the Franklin Public Library website —

“The Franklin Public Library is considered America’s first public library. In 1778, when the town was incorporated, the designated name Exeter was changed to Franklin in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. In return Franklin was asked to donate a bell for the town’s church steeple. Acknowledging that “sense” was preferable to “sound”, Dr. Franklin responded with an offer of books for the use of the town’s residents. When the volumes arrived, a great controversy arose over who should be allowed to use them. On November 20th, 1790, those attending Franklin’s town meeting voted to lend the books to all Franklin inhabitants free of charge. This vote established the Franklin collection as the first public library in the United States.”

JVF Teen Lounge: Fri., April 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Meet up in the library Meeting Room for a Friday afternoon lounge. Come prepared to do anything you want: bring your sketchbook, favorite card game, whatever you’re reading right now – or just bring yourself! We’ll have a build-your-own boba bar and plenty of things to do. Hope to see you there! No registration required.

Virtual Discover India Series: Mon., May 2 & 9, all at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by the India Association of Greater Boston, this series of four virtual programs explores some of India’s exciting facts, places, people, and architecture. For middle schoolers, teens, and adults.  Register through the Library Events Calendar to receive a single Zoom link for all four programs. 

Teen and Tween Crafternoon: Mon., May 16 at 3:30 p.m. It’s our last Crafternoon until the Fall! Join us in the Meeting Room to to make mixed-media collages. Snacks provided: please e-mail Jess at jdyment@westfordma.gov if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Register here.

Did You Know? : Book Clubs The Library hosts three different adult book clubs that meet each month. Depending on your reading preference, you may like to join “The Mystery Book Club”, “The Non Fiction Book Club,” or “The Adult Book Club” (alternates between fiction and nonfiction titles).  All offer lively discussions.  Copies of the current month’s reading titles are available at the Main Desk. Often titles are also available to download from Hoopla or Overdrive. No registration is required. For questions, meeting dates, and reading lists, please visit the Adult Book Clubs page. New members are always welcome!

Staff Recommends: Holly Sheridan Pritchard, Head of Circulation really enjoyed Ruth Reichel’s sweet novel, Delicious!, that explores the culinary delights in New York City. “Working as a public relations hotline consultant for a once-prestigious culinary magazine, Billie Breslin unexpectedly enters a world of New York restaurateurs and artisanal purveyors while reading World War II letters exchanged between a plucky 12-year-old and James Beard”.

If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at 978-399-2300 or send us an email at westfordlibrary@westfordma.gov.

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