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What’s Happening at the Library? – Aug. 19 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: LIBRARY BUILDING PROJECT HIGHLIGHTED AT TOWN STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT:  Register for the free Town Strategic Planning Retreat on Thursday, September 8 from 5-8pm and get a free Kimball’s dinner and ice cream while discussing the latest topics and issues of Westford town interest! This includes a major presentation on the Library Building Project and its $8 million library grant which must be approved and funded in two steps by town voters this fall.  Everyone is welcome – join us under the big tent at Kimball’s on Rt. 110 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.

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!

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Develop Your Resume – Part I: Wed., Sept. 7, 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.

Did You Know? The Friends of the Library cull any and all titles from the school summer reading lists from the book sale donations.  Copies of the books are available for free on a first come, first serve basis.  The library also purchases multiple copies of each summer reading title.  If you would like to check on availability or put a title on hold, contact the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304.  The school summer reading lists are available here.

Staff Recommends: If you like a good romance, you won’t want the summer to end without reading Book Lovers by Emily Henry.Nora Stephens life is books–she’s read them all–and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby. Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away–with visions of a small town transformation for Nora who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute. If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again–in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow–what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.”

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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