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What’s Happening at the Library? — May 19, 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.

News from the J.V. Fletcher Library, 50 Main St., Westford, MA (1-978-692-5555), http://www.westfordlibrary.org

Director’s Corner: LIBRARY TO RECEIVE SUPPLEMENTAL GRANT FUNDS! Subsequent to a vote by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), and after the Library Project meets critical benchmarks during construction, the Library Project is slated to receive an additional $829,263 in grant funding from the MBLC. This award notice brings the total grant offset to $8,681,257. Additionally, grant libraries are seeking funds from the State Legislature to cover escalation costs being seen by libraries now in construction.

Friends of the Library June Book Sale: The June Book Sale will take place in the Meeting Room, Friday, June 9- Sunday, June 11.  On Friday night from 6:30-9:00 p.m. there will be a Members Only Preview Sale. Memberships will be available to purchase at the door or purchase one online. The sale will be open to the public on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  On Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. purchase a bag to fill for $10.00. Please note, you must purchase a bag to participate in the Sunday sale.

Holiday Closing: The Library will be closed Sat., May 27 through Mon., May 29 in observance of Memorial day.

Summer Reading – Be a Readosaurus! Now that the theme has been revealed, ask your kids if Nancy and Jess have been to their school yet to talk about the FREE summer reading program at the library. Check out the Kids and the Teens sections of our website for all of the details about charms, raffles, hidden characters, and of course programs. All prizes and programs are fully funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library and the KDK Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).

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 Practice: Wed., May 24, 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 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

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, May 22 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 Maid by Nita Prose. No registration required. Print copies are available at Main Desk. Email Justin Liberti at jliberti@westfordma.gov for more information.

YA Crafternoon – Sharpie Art: Monday, May 22 from 3:00-400 p.m. This program is open to preteens and teens. Join Jess for an afternoon of crafting and creating in the Meeting Room. Please e-mail jdyment@westfordma.gov if you have any questions. Register Here.

Virtual 50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts: Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. Just in time for summer! We are looking forward to chatting with author Madeline Bilis about her book “50 Hikes in Eastern Massachusetts”. Hopefully, we’ll all feel motivated to dust off our hiking shoes and hit the road! From the rocky ledges of the Blue Hills Reservation to the sandy stretches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, incredible trails and vistas abound in this varied region. In addition to stunning natural views, you’ll delight in discovering dozens of small towns, cultural attractions, and historical sites during your adventures around Boston and the Cape. Please register for this event and you’ll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails – make sure to check your spam folder for them. The email will be coming from Zoom. This program is in partnership with the Ashland Public Library.

Jazz Concert: Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room Join us for a delightful evening of jazz music performed by vocalist Helene Gove and guitarist Michael Chasse. Helene and Michael have been performing throughout the New England area for over thirteen years. Stop by to listen to their unique style which includes passionate interpretations of the American jazz standards and original music too! Registration is not required for this program.

Animanga Club: Thursday, June 8, 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 grades 6 and up. Registration is very helpful but drop-ins are always welcome! Register here.

Staff Recommends: If you are interested in the struggle between man and wildlife, you will want to check out Fuzz: when nature breaks the law, by the Mary Roach.  “Join “America’s funniest science writer” (Peter Carlson, Washington Post) Mary Roach on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller-blasters. She travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. Along the way, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and mugging macaques, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.”

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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