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What’s Happening at the Library? – May 20 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, all of our 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.

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.

Apple Blossom Parade Results!: Thank you to all who came out and cheered us on at the Apple Blossom Parade.  The Library once again won the coveted Roudenbowl for our “Into the Woods” float entry.  Congratulations the staff of the Youth Services Department who dreamed this theme into reality and to everyone who participated! “Into the Woods” will be the theme of our upcoming Summer Reading Programs.  Stay tuned for more information!

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.

Growing Our Own Food with Fresh Start Food Gardens: Wed., May 25 at 4:00 p.m.. In April, we planted carrots, lettuce, potatoes, peas, and kale in our new garden. Christine from Fresh Start Food Gardens will lead our May update program and we’ll be talking about how these plants grow so differently from each other and which parts of the plants we eat.  We will watch the peas climb, imagine the carrots pushing downward, look at a potato’s eyes growing sideways, marvel at the colorful chard stalks, and watch the greens grow from the middle of the plant. This fun informational program is for kids ages 4 to 10 with a caregiver. We will also be planting the next round of crops. No registration required.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club:  Tues., June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room. We’ll discuss The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris by David McCullough. Copies are available at Main Desk, the ebook is on Overdrive, and the audiobook is on Hoopla. Email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov for details!

Hikes Through History: Thu., June 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room Ever wandered through the woods and wondered who was there before you? Many Massachusetts parks and trails are in historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, award-winning journalist and coauthor of the AMC’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites. Using maps and historic photos, she describes several Massachusetts day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features. Includes varying levels of difficulty (flat and easy to steep and challenging) and variety of scenery. Register here.

Did You Know? You can check out the Internet! The library has mobile hotspots available for checkout!  The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), funded the purchase of five hotspots. Reserve one just like a book through the Library catalog or by calling the Information Services Desk at 978-399-2304.

Staff Recommends: Ellen Apicco can often be found leading storytimes but she is also an avid reader of adult fiction.  She enthusiastically recommends, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons. “Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world–all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.   Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley–afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.   But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?”

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

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.

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.

Apple Blossom Parade Results!: Thank you to all who came out and cheered us on at the Apple Blossom Parade.  The Library once again won the coveted Roudenbowl for our “Into the Woods” float entry.  Congratulations the staff of the Youth Services Department who dreamed this theme into reality and to everyone who participated! “Into the Woods” will be the theme of our upcoming Summer Reading Programs.  Stay tuned for more information!

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.

Growing Our Own Food with Fresh Start Food Gardens: Wed., May 25 at 4:00 p.m.. In April, we planted carrots, lettuce, potatoes, peas, and kale in our new garden. Christine from Fresh Start Food Gardens will lead our May update program and we’ll be talking about how these plants grow so differently from each other and which parts of the plants we eat.  We will watch the peas climb, imagine the carrots pushing downward, look at a potato’s eyes growing sideways, marvel at the colorful chard stalks, and watch the greens grow from the middle of the plant. This fun informational program is for kids ages 4 to 10 with a caregiver. We will also be planting the next round of crops. No registration required.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club:  Tues., June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room. We’ll discuss The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris by David McCullough. Copies are available at Main Desk, the ebook is on Overdrive, and the audiobook is on Hoopla. Email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov for details!

Hikes Through History: Thu., June 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room Ever wandered through the woods and wondered who was there before you? Many Massachusetts parks and trails are in historical sites. Author Alison O’Leary, award-winning journalist and coauthor of the AMC’s new guide Best Day Hikes Near Boston, will share her favorites. Using maps and historic photos, she describes several Massachusetts day trip destinations with historical significance and interesting features. Includes varying levels of difficulty (flat and easy to steep and challenging) and variety of scenery. Register here.

Did You Know? You can check out the Internet! The library has mobile hotspots available for checkout!  The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), funded the purchase of five hotspots. Reserve one just like a book through the Library catalog or by calling the Information Services Desk at 978-399-2304.

Staff Recommends: Ellen Apicco can often be found leading storytimes but she is also an avid reader of adult fiction.  She enthusiastically recommends, The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons. “Eudora Honeysett is done with this noisy, moronic world–all of it. She has witnessed the indignities and suffering of old age and has lived a full life. At eighty-five, she isn’t going to leave things to chance. Her end will be on her terms. With one call to a clinic in Switzerland, a plan is set in motion.   Then she meets ten-year-old Rose Trewidney, a whirling, pint-sized rainbow of color and sparkling cheer. All Eudora wants is to be left alone to set her affairs in order. Instead, she finds herself embarking on a series of adventures with the irrepressible Rose and their affable neighbor, the recently widowed Stanley–afternoon tea, shopping sprees, trips to the beach, birthday celebrations, pizza parties. In reflecting on her past, Eudora realizes she must come to terms with what lies ahead.   But now that her joy for life has been rekindled, how can she possibly say goodbye?”

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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