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What’s Happening at the Library? — June 30, 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:  Holiday Closing — the Library will be open 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 3 and will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. The Library will be open Saturday July 1. 

Mother Goose Story Time, Thursdays in July at 10:30 a.m. Mother Goose is an interactive story time for children ages 0 and up with their caregivers. We include books, songs, a field trip, fun movements, and of course, dancing! Hang out for a few minutes afterwards and make some new friends, or migrate up to the children’s room for more play. We will do the program outside when weather permits – we will keep you posted!

“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!

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. 

Middle Grade Book Club: Thursday, July 6th at 3:00 p.m. The Middle Grade Book Club is open to Grade 5 and up. For our first meeting, we will discuss the graphic novel Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. Copies of the books will be available for registered attendees at the Main Desk prior to the meetings. Register here.

Traveling Goats and Giggles, Monday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign up for one of four half-hour time slots for cuddle and play time with baby Fainting and Nigerian Dwarf goats from Chip-in Farm – treats and water are provided. Please be sure to sign up for one time slot; children need to be accompanied by an adult please. Register here.

DIY Macrame Wall Hanging: Monday, July 10th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. For Grade 5 and up. Meet outside on the library lawn to create handmade macramé wall hangings. Register here.

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

Reverse Painting with Pop-Up Art: Wednesday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m. For grades 8 and up. Led by our friends at Pop-Up Art School! Learn about the centuries-old art of reverse glass painting and create your own reverse painting! Choose from three images, and paint it using acrylic paint on clear acetate. Reverse painting techniques have been used since the 16th century. In reverse painting, the details are painted first and then the larger shapes. It’s the reverse order of how one usually paints on paper or canvas where we start with the background, add medium to large shapes and then details. Once the image has been painted, it is viewed from the opposite side through the clear acetate. Please e-mail Jess at jdyment@westfordma.gov with any questions. Register here.

Adult Book Club: Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. We will meet in the Mary Atwood Room to discuss The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama. Copies are available at the Main Desk and there are downloadable copies available from Overdrive/Libby. No registration required.  New members are always welcome!  Please email Kristina Leedberg with any questions.

Staff Recommends: If you enjoyed Cutting for Stone, you won’t want to miss Abraham Verghese’s latest novel,The Covenant of Water.  This looks to be one of the most popular books for 2023. “Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one person dies by drowning-and in Kerala, water is everywhere. At the turn of the century, a twelve-year-old girl from Kerala’s long-existing Christian community, grieving the death of her father, is sent by boat to her wedding, where she will meet her forty-year-old husband for the first time. From this unforgettable new beginning, the young girl–and future matriarch, known as Big Ammachi–will witness unthinkable changes over the span of her extraordinary life, full of joy and triumph as well as hardship and loss, her faith and love the only constants. A shimmering evocation of a bygone India and of the passage of time itself, The Covenant of Water is a hymn to progress in medicine and to human understanding, and a humbling testament to the difficulties undergone by past generations for the sake of those alive today. Imbued with humor, deep emotion, and the essence of life, it is one of the most masterful literary novels published in recent years.”

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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