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What’s Happening at the Library? — Feb. 17, 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: 10 Massachusetts Libraries slated for Library Construction Grants — representing communities from across the Commonwealth — make an urgent appeal to Legislators and the Board of Library Commissioners for an additional one-time $26 million to assist library projects saying…. “We emphasize that investing in a single library facility does not equal a single community’s benefit; rather, all libraries across the Commonwealth engage in mutual assistance, sharing collections, patrons and buildings. Every new library is a benefit to the citizenry of the entire Commonwealth. We ask you to invest in the future of this citizenry, and in the greater commonwealth.” Appealing libraries are: Amherst, Brewster, Deerfield, Fitchburg, Gloucester, Lynnfield, Orange, Sharon Swansea and Westford.

Holiday Closing:  In observance of the President’s day holiday, the Library will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023.

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.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Applications/Cover Letters/Negotiating: Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 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 to 11:30 a.m. and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:00 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.

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.

Animanga Club: Thursday, March 2, 6:30-7:30 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.Feel free to bring your favorite Squishie to keep us company! For Grade 6 and up. Registration is very helpful but drop-ins are always welcome! Register here.

Virtual Travels Through Ireland: Monday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, join us on Zoom for a trip to Ireland. Loaded with exciting pictures, videos, and historical information, Dana Zaiser’s presentation will focus on his 2017 “Castles and Manors” trip to Ireland. Sharing his extensive knowledge, Dana will offer many humorous stories from multiple travels. His plan is to transport attendees, through this presentation, to the Emerald Isle. The visit includes stops at the Rock of Cashel, Ring of Kerry, Kylemoor Abbey, Phoenix Park, and the Irish Potato Famine Museum, among others. And what trip to Ireland would be complete without a tour of the Guinness brewery. Erin go Bragh! 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 “a novel with a twist”, you will want to read The Sight of You, by Holly Miller. Joel has sworn off falling in love. But when he meets Callie, he can’t help being drawn to her. In Callie, he sees a second chance at life. And in Joel, Callie discovers the kind of love she’d always hoped was real. They challenge each other to take chances, to laugh, and to trust that no matter how hard each falls, the other will be there to catch them. But Joel has a secret. He dreams about the people he loves, and these dreams always come true. One night, Joel has the dream of Callie he’s feared the most, and each must decide: Can Callie stay, knowing her fate? And if her days must be numbered, is there a life she is meant to live?”

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