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What’s Happening at the Library? — March 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: Have you considered serving as an elected Library Trustee? There will be a vacancy on this 6-member Board at this critical juncture – for a listing of Board Attributes and a Position Description see https://westfordlibrary.org/about/board-of-trustees/ Nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk. Please call Director Ellen Rainville at 978-399-2312 for an orientation packet and an invitation to the next Trustee meeting.

The elected Board of Library Trustees performs the following functions:

  • Acts as legal representatives of the J. V. Fletcher Library and as official civic advocates of its service program. 
  • Develops Library administrative and program policy and sets Goals and Objectives for service. 
  • Management of, and authorization of expenditures from, Trust Funds; management of the Fine Arts and Historical Arts assets of the Library. 
  • Selection, hiring and evaluation of the Library Director 
  • Determination, with the Director, of service priorities for preparation of annual budgets, recruitment to staff, program development and facilities management. 
  • Ultimate oversight of Trust Fund expenditures primarily in the nature of: 
  • Public Programming
  • Continuing Education and Staff Development
  • Fine Arts Insurance, Historical Conservation
  • Public Relations relating to Long Range Goals and Objectives  
  • Equipment, Capital and Specialized Expenditures
  • Library Materials

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Developing a Resume –Part 2 – Experience/STARS: Wed., March 15, 9:30a.m to 11:30a.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 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.

YAAB Meeting: Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Members of the Young Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) will serve the library as representatives of teen library users. They will work together with the YA Librarian to make improvements to the YA space, suggest additions to the collection, plan events, and provide service to the community. The YAAB meets once a month. If you couldn’t make our initial meeting in February, you can still register for this one. E-mail jdyment@westfordma.gov with any questions. Register here.

YA Crafternoon: Monday, March 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tweens & Teens: Join Jess for an afternoon of crafting and creating.  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.

Teen Tiny Art Show: Submissions due by March 29th. Calling all teen artists: 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. Stop by the Childrens’ Room to pick up a tiny canvas. Submissions must be turned in on or before Wednesday, March 29 to be displayed. An all-ages, in-person reception for the artists, their guests, and any Tiny Art aficionados will be held on the evening of Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 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.

Freegal Music: Download free music! All music is free and you get to keep it forever – no due dates! Library users have up to 5 downloads per week and can now stream 24 hours per day.  The catalog includes 16 million songs, millions of albums, hundreds of curated playlists, thousands of audio books, and music videos.  Free Freegal apps are available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. You will need your Westford Library card number to connect.  If you need your card number or a new Library card, please contact us at 978-692-5555 or send us a message at westfordlibrary@westfordma.gov

Staff Recommends: Looking for a book that will make you laugh and that you won’t want to end?  Check out Someone Else’s Shoes by bestselling author, JoJo Moyes.  If you really want to be entertained, get the audio version read by Daisy Ridley. “Nisha Cantor is the longstanding second wife of wealthy American businessman, Carl, a master of murky wheeler-dealing. In London as part of their privileged, globe-trotting life, Nisha is caught entirely off-guard when, at the gym of all places, she learns Carl plans to divorce her. Nisha is glamorous, fearless, and determined to hang onto the life she has created for herself. But soon, she must scramble to adjust to an entirely new landscape as she tries to work out how to get back at Carl, and the woman who is now ensconced with him in the penthouse of the Bentley Hotel, taking Nisha’s rightful place (and her wardrobe). Sam is at the bleakest point of middle age. Her husband is jobless and depressed, her daughter barely gives her the time of day, and her boss is systematically destroying the small pleasures she once gained from her job. She is a woman who feels invisible to everyone and trapped by everyone else’s needs. When she mistakenly grabs Nisha’s gym bag, Sam finds herself wearing Nisha’s six-inch high Christian Louboutin red crocodile shoes to take a series of important meetings. The unexpected results give her a jolt of confidence that makes her realize something must change, and that something is herself. And when the two women finally meet, they will discover that each needs the other to put right the wrongs that are done to them, and to the women around them.”

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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