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What’s Happening at the Library? — June 2, 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: THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE! As we have spent the Spring shifting and relocating book collections! We are thrilled that the result will be:

  • All Children’s collections on the same floor
  • All Adult Dewey Decimal collections in order in the west wing from 000’s through biographies
  • 100% more space for Large Print books
  • 33% more space for Young Adult books
  • 33% more space for Adult Fiction books

We continue to shift and re-label with the intent of creating space for our most popular collections and serving you better! 

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.

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).

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room to discuss Hoover: an Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte.  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 – Hiring Employer Event: Wed., June 7, 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

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.

Young Adult Advisory Board Meeting: Saturday, June 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room This is our final meeting of the YAAB until September. Join us to talk library news, share your ideas, and get ready for the Summer Reading kickoff party. Register here.

Westford Academy Students – Exam Week Study Hours: Monday, June 12, Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14 from 2:00 to 10:00 pm Drop into the Meeting Room during Exam Week to get together and study! Free pizza will be provided each night at 6:00 p.m. Free snacks, beverages, and coffee will be provided every day. Students must have a ride home promptly at closing time.

Staff Recommends: A new mother and a college senior discover an unlikely friendship but is it meant to last?  At times funny, at time serious, the complex characters in Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan will make you wonder if you can ever truly know your friends. “ Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after twenty years in New York City. Alone in the new house with their infant son all day and night, she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms’ Facebook group, her ‘influencer’ sister’s Instagram feed, and text chains with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, who is hired by Elisabeth to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she’s always planned on and romantic entanglement. Sam and Elisabeth grow close. Sam becomes Elisabeth’s confidante, a repository for all the secrets Elisabeth is too ashamed to tell. Elisabeth, in turn, offers guidance, allaying Sam’s fears. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and lead to a betrayal that has devastating consequences.”

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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