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What’s Happening at the Library? — April 14, 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:. This week we celebrate Jacki Dibble, who is retiring from the Children’s Room after 23 years of exuberant, creative service! Whether constructing the Hogwarts Express, the Weasley Ford Anglia, or the Wizard of Oz tornado – for 23 years Jacki has been our Library engineer and creator extraordinaire! She relates,  

“Besides the splash of all the Apple Blossom Parade entries, I am particularly proud of:

  • Offering escape room programs
  • Creating the Non-Fiction Book Club, Art Book Club, and Snap Circuits program for upper elementary
  • Pulling together our recording studio for remote programming during COVID
  • Making it possible to have outdoor parking lot concerts with our 1610 AM WJVF radio station –”WJVF Still Serving You” on your car radio dial! that first COVID summer

The job grew as I grew.  I had a blast creating so many things!”


VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – LinkedIn – Personal Branding: Wed., April 19, 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 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

Mystery Book Club: Monday, April 24th at 2:00 p.m. – Wake up your week with a stimulating book club discussion! We’ll meet in the Mary Atwood Room to discuss The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly. Drop in. Print copies are available at Main Desk. Email Justin Liberti at jliberti@westfordma.gov for details!

WCAT News Office Hours: Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. Managing Editor Ben Domaingue will host drop-in office hours in an effort to increase accessibility and availability for residents. Drop by and say hi, or bring your story ideas, questions, comments or concerns with how news is reported in Westford. No registration necessary. Changes and cancellations will be announced the prior Friday and posted on our Studio Calendar. 

April Vacation Week Programs!

Frozen Party with Elsa: RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, April 18 at 2:00 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 Upcycled Book Crafts: Tuesday, April 18, 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Come turn discarded books and magazines into art! Create blackout poetry, make a mood board, or design a collage. We’ll provide the materials, just bring your creativity. Open to middle school and high school students. Drop-ins welcome!

Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppet Show: Wednesday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. This HILARIOUS show features none other than Vinny Lovegrove from the Toe Jam Puppet Band. This fractured fairy tale show will appeal to kids and their adults of all ages. This free program is for ages 4 and up. 

Library Earth Day Celebration: Thursday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Join your favorite children’s librarians for an hour of Earth Day crafting and activities. This family event is a drop-in program. 

YA Alpaca Therapy: Thursday, April 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Feeling stressed? Want the cutest, fuzziest hug ever? We are excited to welcome Harvard Alpaca Ranch’s registered Therapy Alpacas for a visit. Learn some alpaca facts from the experts and meet your new favorite animal. This event is for people in Grades 6 through 12. Register here.

Animal Craze Traveling Farm on the Common: Saturday, April 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. As part of the Westford Earth Day Celebration hosted by Westford Climate Action and the town Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee, the J.V. Fletcher Library is excited to once again host Animal Craze petting zoo as our contribution to the event. The traveling farm features a lamb, baby goats, a piglet, chicks, ducklings, AND baby bunnies. A knowledgeable farmer will introduce kids to the animals and help them to feed, brush, and hold them. They are also there to answer questions and make sure everyone including the animals are having fun. Special thanks to the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library for funding this extra fun event! No registration necessary.

Top Book Club Titles of 2022: Over the next few weeks we will highlight the most requested Book Club titles for 2022.  This week we are highlighting  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson “Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn’t mean she’s got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman’s determination to bring a little bit of hope to the darkly hollers.”

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