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What’s Happening at the Library? — Feb. 10, 2023 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: The Friends of the Library three annual Book Sales, memberships, and the Fall Appeal fund ALL of our programming, museum passes, enhance our print and digital collections and so much more!  We are so grateful for their continued support. We hope to see everyone at the Book Sale!

It’s Finally Here! 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 – Applications/Cover Letters/Negotiating: Wed., Feb 15, 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.

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.

Virtual Nature of Winter with the Mass. Audubon: Thursday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m. The nature of Massachusetts is filled with seasonal mysteries waiting to be uncovered. Have you ever wondered which animal left tracks in the snow? What happens to pond animals under a layer of ice? Or what trees are lining the trails on your winter walks? This online program will introduce the seasonal dynamics of nature in winter, and provide ideas and resources for observing, appreciating, and supporting wildlife near home this winter. Led by Tia Pinney, a Biologist, Lead Naturalist, and educator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. Since 1994, when she first started working at the farm, Tia has overseen efforts to maintain New England’s wildlife on our 206-acre property, managing staff and volunteers in planting projects and citizen science. Registration is required. A Zoom invite will be sent via email after registering. This program is in collaboration with the Tewksbury Public Library. Register Here.

Pirate Magic Show with Captain Robbie Bones: Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. Set sail with pirate Captain Robbie Bones: magician and juggler extraordinaire. Learn to speak pirate and laugh like a rogue! This pirate, magic, juggling show will have you laughing all the way to Davey Jones Locker. Program is best for kids ages 4 and up (older kids are of course welcome!). Robb is guaranteed to make you laugh, a lot. Register here.

Frozen Party with Elsa: Thursday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. Elsa from one of your favorite Disney movies will be back here in person to dance, tell a story with interactive play, sing your favorite songs. There will also be a photo opportunity with Elsa so dress the kids to meet the queen! This program is best for ages four and up. Register here.

YA Crafternoon: Thursday, February 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tweens & Teens: Join Jess for an afternoon of crafting and creating. For this special February Vacation crafternoon, you can make whatever you want! Bring something from home that you’ve been working on, or use our supplies and let your creativity lead the way.Please e-mail jdyment@westfordma.gov if you have any questions. Register here.

Mother Goose: Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose is an early literacy interactive story time. Children and their caregivers join us in the Meeting Room for this drop in program.


ABC and Me, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is an early literacy story time for preschoolers aged 2 to 4 years old. Kids attend with their adults.

ABC and Me, Tuesdays at 1:15 p.m. is an early literacy story time for older preschoolers ages 3 to 5. Younger kids attend with their adults; you decide for older kids.

Wiggle Words, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. is an early literacy story time for preschoolers aged 2 to 4 years old. Kids attend with their adults.

MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has once again teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect  new pajamas for children and teens in need.   The PJ Drive runs from Feb.1 through March 15, 2023. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas from size 0-3 months through adult size medium. The drop off bin is located next to the Main Desk.

Staff Recommends: If you like historical fiction AND a good mystery, check out The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict. “December 1926: England unleashes the largest manhunt in its history. The object of the search is not an escaped convict or a war criminal, but the missing wife of a WWI hero, up-and-coming mystery author Agatha Christie. When her car is found wrecked, empty, and abandoned near a natural spring, the country is in a frenzy. Eleven days later, Agatha reappears, claiming amnesia. She provides no answers for her disappearance. That is…until she writes a very strange book about a missing woman, a murderous husband, and a plan to expose the truth. What role did her unfaithful husband play? And what was he not telling investigators? THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE explores one strong woman’s successful endeavor to take her history into her own hands.”

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