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What’s Happening at the Library? — Jan. 13 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, the following programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Director’s Corner: Library Sunday Hours return in 2023, beginning on January 8! The Library will be open on Sundays from 2-5pm, through April 30, 2023 – with the exception of April 9 (Easter). The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Winter Story Times – we offer a variety of small group (under 25 kids) story times for children this winter that take place in the Meeting Room. To accommodate a wider variety of participants there will be no registrations or reservations. Plan to arrive early, before the start of the story time. Go to the Meeting Room and ask for a Story time ticket for each child to claim your spots in the story time. Your options for story time are ABC and Me for kids ages 2 to 4 on Tuesdays at 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.; ABC and Me for kids ages 3 to 5 on Tuesdays at 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.; and Wiggle Words for ages 2 to 4 on Wednesdays at 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Please visit our website and Events calendar for more information.

Winter also means the restart of Mother Goose, and early literacy interactive story time that is offered every Monday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose will resume on Monday, February 6. Children and their caregivers join us in the Meeting Room for this drop in program.

Exam Week Study Hours: Tuesday, January 17, Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 from 2:00 to 10:00 pm and Monday, January 23 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Drop in to the Meeting Room during Exam Week to get together and study! Free pizza will be provided each night at 6:00 p.m. Free snacks, beverages, and coffee will be provided every day. Students must have a ride home promptly at closing time. EXAM WEEK is made possible by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library and a Generous Gift from Darryl and Ann Greenwood.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Create Your “Career Story” Pitch: Wed., Jan 18, 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.

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie story time with Strega Mama: Wednesday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m. While we are preparing for the return of our winter/spring story times, try this special story time featuring performer Strega Mama and her version of the beloved Laura Numeroff story. Enjoy a story and songs, games, learn some new sign language, and feed the cookie monster! This free, drop-in program is best for ages three and up.

Virtual James Herriot: Life of the World’s Most Famous Veterinarian: Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. Join Anglophile Claire Evans in this Zoom webinar as she recounts the life and times of Alf Wight, an unassuming country veterinarian who practiced for 50 years in the Yorkshire Dales. Alf Wight rose to international fame later in life under the pen name James Herriot as he recounted the heartwarming animal stories and colorful characters of a bygone era, inspiring a film and multiple television series. Of the latest TV adaptation of “All Creatures Great and Small,” shown on PBS’ Masterpiece, The Guardian said, “Switching it on was the television equivalent of taking your brain out and dunking it into a bucket of warm tea (Yorkshire, obviously).” Bask in the visual beauty of Claire’s recent Yorkshire Dales visit and learn the surprising story of the vet whose books still entertain millions. Register here.

Open Gameplay with One Up Games: Thursday, January 26, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come to the Meeting Room for an afternoon of video games and virtual reality! The crew from One Up Games will bring an Xbox, Switch, Playstation, and Occulus Quest with a wide variety of game choices. For Grade 6 and up. Registration required.

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!

Staff Recommends: A book that has been getting a lot of buzz lately and is highly recommended by some of our staff is Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin. “A modern love story about two childhood friends, Sam, raised by an actress mother in LA’s Koreatown, and Sadie, from the wealthy Jewish enclave of Beverly Hills, who reunite as adults to create video games, finding an intimacy in digital worlds that eludes them in their real lives, from the New York Times best-selling author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”

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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