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What’s Happening at the Library? – Aug. 12 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: Labor Day Weekend Reading The Library’s three Summer Reading Programs – all underwritten by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library – may be winding down, but relaxing reading continues through Labor Day weekend, so come in and take out books, DVD’s, magazines, hotspots and everything needed for the three-day weekend! Downloadable and streaming formats are available 24/7 and can go with you to your Labor Day destination!

Middle Grade Book Club and Author Q&A with Dr. Rajani LaRocca: Mon., August 15 at 3:00 p.m. For kids entering grades 5-8. Join us for a discussion of Rajani LaRocca’s novel-in-verse Red, White, and Whole. The author will be joining us for the end half of our meeting to answer any questions you may have! Copies of the book are available at the Main Desk. Register here.

Young Adult Writers’ Club: Tue., August 16 and 30 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.

Young Adult Craft Circle: Wednesday, Aug 17 at 2:00 p.m. Join us outside on the library lawn to create one-of-a-kind painted rocks and tiles. For Grade 5 and up. Register here.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Mon., Aug. 22 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 Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. Print copies are available at Main Desk, and the ebook and digital audiobook are on Overdrive. Email Kristina at kleedberg@westfordma.gov for details.

Middle Grade Book Club: Mon., Aug. 22 at 2:00 p.m. For kids entering grades 5-8. Join YA Librarian Jess for a discussion of Life in the Balance by Jen Petro-Roy. Our library friend and award-winning author Jen Petro-Roy will join us for the end of the meeting to answer your questions! Copies of the book are available at the Main Circulation desk. Register here.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Applications, Cover Letters, and Negotiation: Wed., Aug. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. The Massachusetts Library Collaborative’s 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom. If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your “Encore Career”, this networking group program is perfect for you! Register here.

Library Garden Check in with Fresh Start Food Gardens: Wed., Aug. 24 at 10:00 a.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? Weren’t the sugar snap peas and the potatoes great? 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! 

Mother Goose Story Time: Every Monday in August from 10:30 -11:15 a.m. We are OUTSIDE for the summer! This is a great early literacy program for you and your littlest ones. Get them started with reading fundamentals like rhymes, finger plays, and stories. No registration required!

Did You Know? If you can’t find the item you are looking for in our library or Consortium, you can search the Commonwealth Catalog and request the item to be sent to Westford.  “In one, easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries.”  Check out the Commonwealth Catalog. 

Staff Recommends: If you are looking for a thriller that you won’t be able to put down, Dina Kanabar recommends, The Local by Joey Hartstone. “A freewheeling, small-town attorney takes on a national murder trial when an out-of-town client is accused of killing a federal judge in Texas. In the town of Marshall sits the Federal courthouse of the Eastern District of Texas, a place revered by patent lawyers for its speedy jury trials and massive punitive payouts. Marshall is flooded with patent lawyers, all of whom find work being the local voice for the big-city legal teams that need to sway a small-town jury. One of the best is James Euchre. Euchre’s new client is Amir Zawar, a firebrand CEO forced to defend his life’s work against a software patent infringement. Late one night, after a heated confrontation in a preliminary hearing, Judge Gardner is found murdered in the courthouse parking lot. All signs point to Zawar-he has motive, he has opportunity, and he has no alibi. With the help of a former prosecutor and a local PI, Euchre must navigate the byzantine world of criminal defense law in a town where everyone knows everyone, and bad blood has a long history. The deeper he digs, the more he fears that he’ll either send an innocent man to death row or set a murderer free.”

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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