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What’s Happening at the Library? — June 23, 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:  Over 150 Westford Academy students congregated at the library last week during the extended final exam hours. Throughout the course of three evenings, free pizza, snacks, and drinks were devoured down in the Meeting Room as these students studied late into the night.  Thank you to Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library for funding the food necessary to fuel these students to success!

“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!

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.

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. 

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.

Virtual What to Look for When You Look at Art: Thursday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. Learn the basic principles of how to approach, analyze, and appreciate great works of art the way an artist would. Included are discussions on viewing art as both a physical object and the expression of an idea, art in the context of its time, and the elements of composition. Led by Gene Wisniewski, author of The Art of Looking at Art. Wisniewski received his art education at Rutgers University, the New York Academy of Art, The National Academy of Design, The New School, and L’Ecole Albert Defois in Vihiers, France. He has exhibited in galleries nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Wisniewski has twenty years’ experience teaching and lecturing on visual art. This program is run in conjunction with the Tewksbury Library.  Register here.

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.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club :Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. – We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Roomto discuss Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.  Copies are available at the Main Desk. Email Charles Schweppe for details!

Staff Recommends: Marie Benedict is a popular writer of historical fiction.  She often highlights remarkable women throughout history who have fallen under the radar.  “The Only Woman in the Room” shines the spotlight on Hedy Lamarr. “Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis … if anyone would listen to her.”

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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