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What’s Happening at the Library? — April 28, 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: Trustee Bob Price is retiring from the Board of Library Trustees, having served 24 years as Library Trustee, preceded by twelve years as Book Sale Co-Chair of the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library.

During his Trustee tenure, Bob served on the:

  • Branding Committee
  • Expansion Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Foundation Committee, and
  • The Library Facility Needs Committee as Trustee representative – jointly with representatives from the Permanent Town Building Committee form 2014-2016

Bob held numerous Board offices and during his 24 years saw multiple grants, library consultants, Strategic Plans as mandated by the state, and the Library Beautification Project spanning over five years. He attended every professional Library Trustee workshop and conference held by the Massachusetts Library Trustee Association, and all of the regional annual Library Legislative Breakfasts.

Meetings missed by Bob can be counted on one hand.

National Library Week – There’s More to the Story! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. Most people know about the wealth of stories available at the library, from picture books and large print to audiobooks and e-books. But there’s so much more to the story of libraries. Libraries are welcoming spaces that bring communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, crafting classes, lectures, and more. The J.V. Fletcher Library is always looking for new ways to add to “your story”.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.  We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room to discuss Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande.  Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required.  Email Charles Schweppe 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. 

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Interview Preparation and Strategy: Wed., May 3, 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 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 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

YA Animanga Club: Thursday, May 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join us in the Meeting Room to talk manga, browse the newest selections, watch anime on the library’s Crunchyroll account, eat snacks and draw characters. For Grade 6 and up. Registration is helpful but drop-ins are always welcome! Register here.

Adult Book Discussion Club: Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. We will meet in the Mary Atwood Room to discuss Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach .  Copies are available at the Main Desk and there are downloadable copies (e-copies) available from Overdrive/Libby. No registration required.  New members are always welcome!  Please email Kristina Leedberg with any questions.

Top Book Club Titles of 2022: We continue to highlight the most requested Book Club titles for 2022.  A book club favorite this year was The Push, by Ashley Audrain. “ A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family, about a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared. Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting, supportive mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–Violet rejects her mother, screams uncontrollably, and becomes a disturbing, disruptive presence at her preschool. Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. What he sees is an overwhelmed wife who can’t cope with the day-to-day grind. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well. Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the natural, blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth. Here, we see the making and breaking of a family in crystalline detail, and what it feels like when women are not believed. The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive pageturner that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about our children, and about what happens behind the doors of even the most perfect-looking families.

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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