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What’s Happening at the Library? – Aug. 5 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: New Cost Being Calculated: 

The Board of Library Trustees, representatives of the Permanent Town Building Committee and the Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee have contracted with Finegold Alexander Architects and CHA Consulting, Inc. to re-visit and re-estimate the cost of the Library Building Design grant submitted in January 2017. This cost estimating will determine the funding which the Town must appropriate in order to collect the $7,851,994 Massachusetts Public Library Construction grant. Anticipating new stretch codes, MassSAVE initiatives and net zero benchmarks, the proposed future library design will be re-evaluated for sustainability and future building costs, and will come before Westford voters at the October 17 Special Town Meeting and on the November 8 local ballot this fall.

Grand Finale with the amazing Toe Jam Puppet Band Tuesday, Aug 9 at 2:30 p.m. The grand finale to summer reading just would not be the same without the Toe Jam Puppet Band! Put it on your calendars – this rocking high-energy show is packed with original music, crammed with laughs, and overflowing with fun. Bring a blanket and enjoy the fun outside in the grass behind the library and celebrate all of the great reading you did this summer. If it rains, we will be in the Meeting Room. Register here.

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!

Adult Book Club: Thu., Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. We’ll meet in the downstairs meeting room. We will discuss Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. 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 ebook and audiobook are both available on Overdrive and on Hoopla. Email Kristina Leedberg at kleedberg@westfordma.gov for details!

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.

Virtual Qigong Class. Dvora Eisenstein leads this free recurring Qigong class on Zoom, every Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system integrating slow movements, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Qigong calms your mind, improves your balance, and enhances health. This practice is suitable for all levels of ability and ages. Anyone may join this free class at any time. Hosted and sponsored by the Sunderland Public Library and made available to all residents. To join, click this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/117278043

Did You Know? You can download and stream free music from Freegal?  Library users have up to 5 downloads per week and can stream up to 3 hours per day.  The catalog includes 16 million songs, millions of albulms, hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of audio books and thousands of music videos.  Free apps are available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Check it out here.

Staff Recommends: If you enjoy historical fiction, Lisa Navarro recommends The Last Night in London, by Karen White.“New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a story of friendship past and present, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day. In a city on the brink of war, beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her best friend, sweet Southerner Precious Dubose, are young models on the rise–and a duo as close as sisters. But when Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and former pilot, she finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. Her journey will test the limits of her friendship with Precious–and the mettle of all Britons as the Blitz devastates their world, snatching in an instant all they hold dear. Eighty years later, in 2019, journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, comes to London to interview Precious. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to love, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own–and whose wisdom may teach Maddie how to navigate her relationship with Colin, Precious’s shy and handsome surrogate nephew. But first Maddie will have to unravel Precious’s many secrets–the unremembered acts of glory, love, and betrayal that have haunted her for more than fifty years.”

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