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What’s Happening at the Library? – June 10 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 J. V. Fletcher Library is a municipal service whose budget is funded by the Town’s voters at Westford’s Annual Town Meeting. Attendance and support at ANNUAL TOWN MEETING on Saturday, June 11 at Westford Academy Trustees Field are simply another form of Library FRIENDship! The library constitutes less than 1.4% of the total Town budget – or only two dimes and three pennies on the tax rate!

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages! : This summer we have exciting programs and prizes lined up for children, young adults, and adults.  The majority of our program offerings will take place outside on the back lawn. Check out the Children’s Summer Reading page , Teens Summer Reading page and the Adult Summer Reading Page for more information. Please call or email us with any questions on these exciting summer-long programs. 

Library Director Celebrates Fifty Years of Service at the Library! June 5 was Ellen Rainville’s fiftieth anniversary working for the J.V. Fletcher Library. The Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Board, and the Library staff celebrated this crowning achievement with accolades and cake.  Ellen’s amazing career and years of service are an inspiration to us all. Congratulations Ellen!

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.

Adventure is Out There Magic Show with Mike Bent: Wed., June 22 at 1:00 p.m. on the Back Lawn The Summer reading program kicks off with our favorite magician Mike Bent. This is Mike’s 11th summer reading show with us! This book themed show uses hilarious comedy, amazing magic, music, sound effects, AND storytelling to motivate kids to get reading. Register here.

Young Adult Writers’ Club: Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. A chance to meet up with fellow writers to discuss your latest projects, read your work aloud if you want to, and write in a relaxing and encouraging space. YA Librarian Jess will be present at each meeting with writing prompts, brain exercises, and snacks! Register here.

Teen and Tween Crafting Circle: Wed., June 22 at 2:00 p.m. Bring your creativity and join us in a meeting of crafty minds. We’ll focus on a different crafting skill each meeting, and provide the materials to get you started! All skill levels welcome. Register Here.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Mon., Jun. 27 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 be discussing The Survivors by Jane Harper. Print copies are available at Main Desk, and the ebook and digital audiobook are on Overdrive, and the audiobook is on Hoopla. Email Kristina at kleedberg@westfordma.gov for details.

Jazzin’ the Blues with The Paul Speidel Band: Tue., Jun. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and get ready to rock out to some jazzy beats! The Paul Speidel Band has been playing in the Boston area for over 20 years. They have played with many greats including Jay Geils, Shirley Lewis, and John Lee Hooker, Jr. This concert will take place outside on the library’s back lawn. If the weather does not cooperate, the concert will be in our downstairs Meeting Room. No registration required. Questions? Email kleedberg@westfordma.gov.

Did You Know? Any Westford resident who is temporarily or permanently unable to come to the Library due to limited mobility, illness or physical disability is eligible for homebound delivery. Many delight in our curated homebound collection of traditional and large print titles or take advantage of our audio resources available from our own collection or the Perkins Library. Concerned that you don’t own the correct audio equipment? The Perkins Library has many available resources to loan. Contact Judy Madsen for more information.

Staff Recommends: Laura Fowler always has good recommendations for anyone she meets at the Main or Fine Arts Desk.  She highly recommends, The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb. “Ray McMillian loves playing the violin more than anything, and nothing will stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who thinks he should get a real job, not the fact that he can’t afford a high-caliber violin, not the racism inherent in the classical music world. And when he makes the startling discovery that his great-grandfather’s fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, his star begins to rise. Then with the international Tchaikovsky Competition-the Olympics of classical music-fast approaching, his prized family heirloom is stolen. Ray is determined to get it back. But now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-grandfather are each claiming that the violin belongs to them. With the odds stacked against him and the pressure mounting, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again?”

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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