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What’s Happening at the Library? — July 28, 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

If you have questions or need assistance, please call us at 978-399-2300 or send us an email at westfordlibrary@westfordma.gov.

Director’s Corner: In fiscal year 2023, the library circulated 423,540 items!  With our booming Summer Reading Programs, we have no doubt that those numbers (along with July temperatures) will continue to rise.

Harry Potter’s Birthday: Monday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. We are hosting our annual Harry Potter birthday celebration. We are planning the party games and crafts, which are sure to spill out of the Meeting Room and all over the library. Remember to dress up as your favorite witch or wizard or wear your house colors. Register here.

YA Improv with Little Spark Theater: Tuesday, August 1 at 3:00 p.m. Join us for Improv with Ali from Little Spark Theater! Perfect for the theater pro or newbie. We’ll explore the basics of improvisation and acting through high-energy games, so get ready for some antics, shenanigans, and a ridiculously fun time! Improv promotes creativity, quick thinking, problem-solving, and confidence! Open to grade 5 and up. Registration is required.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Self-Assessment/Transferrable Skills: Wed., Aug 2, 9:30am -11:30am. The Massachusetts Library Collaborative’s 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6pm to 8pm, 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

Adult NonFiction Book Club: Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. – We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room to discuss A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Copies are available at Main Desk. Email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov 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. 

YA Bleach Tie-Dye: Wednesday. August 2nd at 3:00 p.m.: Meet outside on the library lawn to bleach dye your clothes! Bring your own black or dark color clothing that you’d like to bleach. We’ll provide some extra things to dye like socks, bags, and t-shirts. Wear something you won’t mind getting splattered. For grade 8 and up. Register here.

Toddlerbilly Concert with Matt Heaton Thursday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. Toddlerbilly artist Matt Heaton delivers a fun and upbeat show for all ages. Matt says call it children’s music, family music, kindie, or toddlerbilly but no matter what, it’s sure to please listeners of all ages. This program takes place outside, weather permitting. If it rains, we will be in the Meeting Room. No registration required.

Flying High Dogs: Thursday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. Mike Piazza and four of the most athletic Border Collies on the planet will perform a variety of Frisbee and other amazing tricks on the Town Common. Mike is a multiple world finalist and world record holder in K-9 Frisbee and the current #1 Professional K-9 Frisbee performer in the world. This program is for all ages and again, takes place on the Town Common. If necessary, we will let you know of a rain date. Registration is not required. This program is generously funded by the KDK Foundation in honor of Kurt Kelly.

Mother Goose Story Time, Thursdays in July and Mondays in August 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!

Staff Recommends: Our search for the perfect beach read continue.  If you are heading off on vacation and are looking for a light romantic read, check out Love, theoretically by Ali Hazelwood. “The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people-pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs. Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig–until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and arrogant older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And he’s the same Jack Smith who rules over the physics department at MIT, standing right between Elsie and her dream job. Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?”

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