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What’s Happening at the Library? – May 6 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 public libraries circulate almost 55 million items per year! Of these, 11 million are inter-library loans delivered amongst the Commonwealth libraries daily – a huge mutual aid network! Westford Library alone handled 117,000 inter-library loans this past year!

Virtual Discover India Series: Mon., May 9 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. 

Adult Book Club: Thu., May 12 at 7:30 p.m. We have returned to in-person meetings and will meet in the downstairs Meeting Room. Join us to discuss Yellow Bird: oil, murder, and a woman’s search for justice in Indian country, by Sierra Crane Murdoch. Copies are available at Main Desk. Please request the book by title when you come to pick it up and tell the staff it is for the Library Adult Book Club. The e-book and digital audiobook are also available on Overdrive. Email Kristina Leedberg at kleedberg@westfordma.gov for details!

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.

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!

 

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? May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month. Kanopy, one of our on demand streaming video collections, has curated titles with actors that represent over 100 years of Asian Americans on the silver screen. The collection has everything from documentaries addressing the Asian American experience in the United States, to 25 color-rich and dance-filled Bollywood films from Eros International. Access this collection here or download the app.  You will need your Westford Library card number.

 Staff Recommends: Mayleen Kelley, one of our star staff members who has an uncanny knack for forecasting the most popular books of the season (she has groupies), recommends French Braid by Anne Tyler. “The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever venture beyond Baltimore, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons none of them understands. Yet as these lives advance across decades, the Garretts’ influence on one another ripples unmistakably through each generation, much like French-braided hair keeps its waves even after it is undone.”

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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