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What’s Happening at the Library? — March 3, 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 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

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.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Developing a Resume – Part I: Wed., March 8, 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.

Adult Non Fiction Book Club: Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m.  We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room to discuss Energy: a Human History by Richard Rhodes.  Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required.  Email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov for details!

Adult Book Discussion Club: Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. – Our meetings take place upstairs in the Mary Atwood Room. Join us to discuss Galileo’s Daughter by Dave Sobel. Copies are available at Main Desk. The e-book and audiobook are both available to download from Overdrive.  No registration required. Email Kristina Leedberg at kleedberg@westfordma.gov for details! 

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.

SMALL GROUP STORY TIME PROGRAMS:

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 are fascinated by archaeology, Egyptian ruins, and an unsung heroine, check out Empress of the Nile by Lynn Olson. “In the 1960s, the world’s attention won’t want to was focused on a nail-biting race against time-an international campaign to save over a dozen ancient Egyptian temples, built during the height of the pharaohs’ rule, from drowning in the floodwaters of the gigantic new Aswan High Dam. But the massive press coverage of this unprecedented rescue effort completely overlooked the feisty French archaeologist who made it all happen. Without the intervention of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, the temples-including the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur-would now be at the bottom of a gigantic reservoir. It was a project of unimaginable size and complexity that required the fragile sandstone temples to be dismantled, stone by stone, and rebuilt on higher ground. A willful, real-life version of Indiana Jones, Desroches-Noblecourt refused to be cowed by anyone or anything. As a brave member of the French Resistance in WWII she had survived imprisonment by the Nazis; in her fight to save the temples she had to face down two of the most daunting leaders of the postwar world, Egyptian President Abdel Nasser and French President Charles de Gaulle. As she told one reporter, “You don’t get anywhere without a fight, you know.” Yet Desroches-Noblecourt was not the only woman who played a crucial role in the endeavor. The other one was Jacqueline Kennedy, America’s new First Lady, who persuaded her husband to call on Congress to help fund the rescue effort. After a century and a half of Western plunder of Egypt’s ancient monuments, Desroches-Noblecourt had done the opposite. She had helped preserve a crucial part of its cultural heritage and, just as important, made sure it remained in its homeland.”

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