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What’s Happening at the Library? — June 16, 2023 Edition


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WESTFORD — Assistant Director of the J.V. Fletcher Library 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:  Our Friends of the Library June book sale was a huge success!  Thank you to the Friends, the volunteers at the sale, everyone who donated books, and all of you who came out and shopped in support of the library.  The funds raised at the Friends of the Library Book Sales in October, February, and June fund our adult, children’s and young adult programming, including our extremely popular summer reading programs.  We hope you enjoy your purchases and we are so grateful to the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher for all of their hard work and support.

Juneteenth: The Library will be closed on Monday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

Summer Reading – Be a Readosaurus! Now that the theme has been revealed, ask our 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. 

“Dig Into Something New” is this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program Theme! Why not have some fun and sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program? It’s easy, just sign up at any public service desk, from our website, or call the Information department at 978-399-2304, then choose any goal for your summer reading (3 books, read a newspaper once a week, read a classic, etc.). Once you have completed your goal, stop by the Information Desk for a gift certificate for a free kiddie cone at Kimball Farm.  Every week during the program, we will give away gift certificates to the Silver Unicorn Book Store and a grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  Summer Reading Programs aren’t just for kids!

Virtual Trip to Scotland- Finding the Underwater Gannet in the Shetland Islands: Tuesday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. Follow Ken Carlson’s journey to the Shetland Islands in Scotland as he searched for a way to photograph the graceful Northern Gannet seabird diving underwater to fish. Not being a scuba diver made this a challenge, but Carlson finds a way after following up on a clue. Carlson is a nature, landscape and Fine Art photographer living in Harrington, Maine, after living and practicing veterinary medicine in Ipswich for 43 years. He is a presenter, judge, educator, and traveler. Carlson has traveled to more than 40 locations for his photography, including four trips to Scotland, of which two were to the Shetlands. This program is run in conjunction with the Tewksbury Library.  Register here for the Zoom link.

A Capella Concert : Tuesday, June 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. You won’t want to miss this a cappella concert with “Full Circle”! Enjoy a delightful afternoon listening to their interpretations of Broadway and Jazz standards. Registration is not required.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Networking 2.0 –Give to Get!: Wed., June 21, 9:30 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

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, June 26 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 Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. No registration required. Print copies are available at Main Desk. Email Justin Liberti at jliberti@westfordma.gov for more information.

Children’s Summer Reading Kick off Magic Show with Mike Bent: Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 p.m. Our summer reading program kicks off with our favorite magician Mike Bent. This book themed show uses hilarious comedy, amazing magic, music, sound effects, AND storytelling to motivate kids to get reading. This program takes place in the Meeting room. No registration required.

Young Adult Summer Reading Kickoff Party: June 29th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Open to pre-teens and teens in grade 5-12. Stop by the meeting room to celebrate the beginning of Summer Reading at the library! Featuring: A henna artist, raffle, collaborative art, music, games, and refreshments! No registration required.

Staff Recommends: If you are looking for a touching story that will also make you laugh out loud, look no further than the Guncle by Steven Rowley. “”Patrick O’Hara is a bit out of his league. Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for week-long visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. So when tragedy strikes and Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian, he is, honestly, overwhelmed. Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled acting career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine- year old. But when his waggish set of “Guncle Rules” no longer appease Maisie and Grant’s parental void, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.”

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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