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What’s Happening at the Library? — Sept. 22, 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:  Did you know that you can sign up for “Author Alerts” and you will be notified by email or text message when any library in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers?  Sign up here! 

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Artificial Intelligence, Applications & Cover Letters: Wed., Sept.27, 6:00 -8:00 p.m. The Massachusetts Library Collaborative’s 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:00-8;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

Mystery Book Club: Monday, September 25th 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 Three Debts Paid by Anne Perry. Print copies are available at Main Desk. Email Justin Liberti at jliberti@westfordma.gov for details!

(Cancelled 9/27) 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. 

Pajama Story Time: Monday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. Pajama Time meets once a month on a Monday evening in the Meeting Room for children ages 3 to 7.  Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal or blanket! No registration required.

Sweet Reads Book Club: Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30pm. The Sweet Reads book club will meet one Tuesday evening per month. We will discuss Middle Grade novels and enjoy an on-theme dessert! Copies of each month’s book will be available at the Main Desk. For Grade 6 and up. Register here.

Heat Pump 101 with Westford Climate Action: Hear from Your Neighbors: Thursday, September 28 · 7:00 pm In-person and on Zoom Join neighbors for an information session on air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, and heat pump water heaters. Get guidance on replacing old HVAC and water heating systems! Find out about incentive programs. Attend in person in the Meeting Room (no registration necessary) or register here to attend virtually on Zoom.

YA Animanga Club: Thursday, October 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join us in the Meeting Room to talk manga, browse the newest selections, watch anime on the library’s Crunchyroll account, eat snacks and draw characters. For Grade 6 and up. Registration is helpful but drop-ins are always welcome! Register here.

Staff Recommends:  So many of us are entertained by wild birds and no other bird intrigues us more than the owl.  Check out Jennifer Ackerman’s fascinating new book, What an Owl Knows? “But what, really, does an owl know? Though our infatuation goes back centuries, scientists have only recently begun to study these birds in great detail. While more than 270 species exist today, and reside on every continent except Antarctica, owls are far more difficult to find and study than other birds – because while not only cryptic and perfectly camouflaged, owls are most active in the dark of night. Joining scientists on this maddening and elusive treasure hunt, Jennifer Ackerman brings alive the rich biological history of these animals and reveals the remarkable scientific discoveries into their brains and behavior. She explores how, with modern technology and tools, researchers now know that owls talk all night long – without opening their bills. That that their hoots follow a series of complex rules, allowing them to express needs and desires. That owls duet. They migrate. They use tools. They hoard their prey. Some live in underground burrows, some dine on scorpions. Ackerman brings this research alive with her own personal field observations about owls, and dives deep too into why this bird endlessly inspires and beguiles us. WHAT AN OWL KNOWS is an awe-inspiring and spellbinding journey across the globe and through human history, and a dazzling account of the astonishing health, hunting skills, communication, and sensory prowess that distinguishes the owl from nearly all other birds.”

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