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What’s Happening at the Library – January 20, 2023 Edition

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News from the J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main St., Westford, MA (1-978-692-5555), http://www.westfordlibrary.org

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

Director’s Corner: We would like to thank Darryl and Ann Greenwood and the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library for sponsoring another successful exam week!  Students from Westford Academy were treated to free pizza, snacks, and drinks while they studied and took advantage of our extended exam hours and reserved study space in the Meeting Room. We hope everyone did well on their final exams!

Exam Study Hours – One More Night: Monday, January 23 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Drop in to the Meeting Room to get together and study! Free snacks, beverages, and coffee will be provided. Students must have a ride home promptly at closing time. This evening is made possible by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library and a Generous Gift from Darryl and Ann Greenwood. 

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!

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Create Your “Career Story” Pitch: Wed., Jan 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Massachusetts Library Collaborative’s 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2nd& 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Staff Recommends: If you read the bestselling Malibu Rising, you won’t want to miss Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid. “Carolina Soto is undeniably fierce. She is determined to be the best professional tennis player the world has ever seen. And by the time she retires from the game in 1989 at the age of thirty-one, she is just that: the best. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Slam titles. And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one of those victories. Which is why it is infuriating when Nicki Chan arrives on the scene six years later and ties Carrie with twenty Slams. Just like that, Carrie’s championship record is slipping through her hands. And she can’t let that happen. So at thirty-seven years old, Carrie Soto is coming out of retirement to defend her title. Even if the sports media says she’s too old to be playing professionally. Even if her injured athlete’s body doesn’t move as fast as it once did. Even if it means trusting her father to coach her again after he betrayed her all those years ago. And even if the fans don’t want the cold, heartless “Battle Axe” Carrie back. In spite of it all: Carrie. Is. Back. She will return for one final season to prove to the world that she is the all-time champion. Because if you know your destiny is to be the best, isn’t it your right to keep fighting for it?”

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