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What’s Happening at the Library? – May 13 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: The Town of Westford will receive a provisional grant notice from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for the Library Construction Project this July 2022, one year earlier than anticipated. Within six months of this notice, critical Committee, Board, Special Town Meeting and ballot votes will be needed to for the community to formally approve this Library Renovation and Expansion Project, and for this project to move forward. Beginning in March 2012, Town Meeting has voted four times to proceed with two separate grants and match grant funding to make this expansion a possibility. Look for updates for more information on the Massachusetts Library Construction Grant Program and Westford’s potential expansion plans. Read more about the Library Building Project.

Look for the J.V. Fletcher Library’s entry in the Apple Blossom Parade on Sat., May 14. The highly anticipated annual Westford Kiwanis Sponsored Apple Blossom Parade will march along Main Street and down to the Abbot School. This is the event where the Library Children’s Dept. entry in the Parade “announces” the theme for their upcoming Children’s Summer Reading Program. We hope to see you there!

Book Sale Donations: The Friends of the Library are in need of your gently used items for the June Book Sale!  Donate your gently used books, DVDs, CDs, and albums.  There is a donation bin outside of the Library’s back door where donations may be left anytime or leave your donations outside the sorting room door (just inside the back entrance)  For more information about donating to the book sale, please visit the Book Sale page.

Friends of the Library June Book Sale: The June Book Sale will take place in the Meeting Room, Friday, June 3- Sunday, June 5.  On Friday night from 6:30-9:00 p.m. there will be a Members Only Preview Sale. Memberships will be available to purchase at the door or purchase one online. The sale will be open to the public on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  On Sunday, June 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. purchase a bag to fill for $5.00.

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.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Mon., May 23 at 2:00 p.m. We’ll meet on the library’s back lawn! Please bring your own lawn chair. If it rains, we’ll meet on Zoom, and members will receive an email with the link that morning. We’ll discuss The Night Fire by Michael Connelly. Print copies are available at Main Desk, and the ebook and digital audiobook are on Overdrive. Email Sarah at sregan@westfordma.gov for details.

Library Garden “Check In” with Fresh Start Food Gardens: Wed., May 25 at 4:00 p.m. We will be monitoring the progress in our library garden with Fresh Start Food Gardens – Christine Berthold will be back to help us observe and care for our spring planted garden bags. We can talk about what is growing, what it looks like, did we find any bugs, have the critters left us alone? This fun informational program is for kids ages 4 to 10 with a caregiver. Come and learn how you can help us take care of the library garden! No registration required.

Did You Know? The Library subscribes to Hoopla, an extensive downloadable digital collection that includes e-books, audiobooks, movies, tv shows, music, and comic books. Check it out!

Staff Recommends: Charles Schweppe, our Interlibrary Loan/Serials Librarian, and facilitator of our Adult Nonfiction Book Club, recommends, “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” by David Epstein. “David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency.”

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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