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News from the J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main St., Westford – January 27, 2023


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Unless otherwise noted, the following programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Director’s Corner: Library Sunday Hours have returned in 2023! Enjoy Simple Sundays as a family, a solitary browser, or a worker needing a quiet space! The Library will be open on Sundays from 2:00-5:00 p.m., through April 30, 2023 – with the exception of April 9 (Easter). Look for Sunday Fill-A-Bag-for $5.00 Deals at the Friends’ February Book Sale on Sunday, February 12!

Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library February Book Sale: Friday, February. 10, Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending this sale. The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and for the $5.00 Bag Sale (purchase a bag from the Friends for $5.00 and fill it, customers should not bring their own bags) on Sunday, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. So much stock! So little time!

Pajama Story Time: Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. Drop in on a Monday night once a month for stories, flannel boards, songs, and rhymes. Come in your PJs if you like and bring a favorite stuffed animal. No registration required.

Animanga Club: Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. Join us in the Meeting Room on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30.  We will talk manga, browse the newest selections, watch anime on the library’s Crunchyroll account, eat snacks and draw characters. For Grade 6 and up. Registration is very helpful but drop-ins are always welcome! Register here. 

Virtual YA Tiny Art Show: All Day on Wednesday, February 1 Calling all artists!

If you are in Grades 6-12, you are welcome to submit a piece to our first ever TINY ART SHOW. The TINY ART SHOW is open to art in any medium, as long as it is smaller than your hand. Registrants can receive a kit with a tiny canvas, or they can use any of their own supplies. Submissions must be turned in on or before Wednesday, March 29 to be displayed. An all-ages reception for the artists, their guests, and any Tiny Art aficionados will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 30th. Register here.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Marketing Plan & Marketing Brief: Wednesday, February 1, 9:30 a.m. to 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 and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6pm to 8pm, 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.

Lego Club: Saturday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. Do you love to build with Legos®? Come to our Lego® Club each month to create something fun with Library Legos.This program is best for any child who will not eat the Legos and takes place in the Meeting Room. Parents stay and join in the fun or visit with other parents in the room. Drop-in; no registration necessary.Thanks to the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library for providing ALL of the Legos for this program.

Virtual Abolition’s Foot Soldiers: Female Anti-Slavery Societies in Ante-bellum Massachusetts: Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. For at least the past three decades, scholars have argued that slavery’s abolition would not have happened without interracial collaboration between politically-minded women. From 1830-1865, an interracial and transnational group of women insisted that the struggles for women’s liberation and abolition were linked. They rooted their activism in their shared passion for religion, writing, reading, and teaching. They defended their activism from those who called their actions unbecoming for women by saying that their efforts were part of their duty as women and mothers. The abolitionist mother did not want her child to bear witness to the atrocities of slavery and therefore would do what she could to end it. In this talk, Dr. Jaimie Crumley will show that the efforts of the anti-slavery women in Massachusetts demonstrate the distinctively feminist contours of antebellum abolitionism. Further, she will assert that learning from the successes and failures of antebellum female anti-slavery societies can inform contemporary feminist organizing. Brought to you in collaboration with the Reading Public Library.  Register here.

Staff Recommends: A novel with an interesting twist, the story is based on a true crime. Check out The Art Forager by B.A. Shapiro. “Almost twenty ­five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum–still the largest unsolved art theft in history–one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one­woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long­missing masterpiece–the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years–may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing–and not seeing–the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.”

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