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What’s Happening at the Library? — Sept. 8, 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: Joining a book club is the perfect way to discover new titles and authors.  The library sponsors many different book clubs for all ages.  Check out our events calendar for upcoming meeting dates and reading lists.  Did you know that the library also loans book club kits or will put multiple copies of a title for your book club on hold?  Contact the Information Services department at 978-399-2304 for more information.

Online Registration – Book Clubs for Kids in Grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade: Monday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. Book clubs meet IN PERSON in the large Meeting Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Please visit the Kids Book Club page for registration links, details, and schedules.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Artificial Intelligence, Applications & Cover Letters: Wed., Sept.13, 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

Virtual Find More Birds: Wednesday, September 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.  This one is for our bird and nature lovers! Author Heather Wolf will be with us discussing her new book “Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are”. It will be a fascinating conversation about being in the moment and noticing the wonderful and varied birds around us. And, apparently, this is a high migration time, so perfect to see even more birds in your backyards! This program is offered in conjunction with the Ashland Public Library.  Register here.

Preschool Concert with Steve Blunt, Thursday, September 21 at 10:30 a.m. The big kids are back to school so that means the younger kids get an energetic show just right for preschoolers with dancing, singing, and playing along with Steve. If it rains, we will move the show inside to the Meeting Room. No registration is required.

Virtual -The Hollywood Blockbuster: Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. Hollywood is an industry that has always depended on blockbusters, beginning with The Birth of a Nation and continuing with epics like Gone with the Wind, The Ten Commandments, and The Sound of Music. But beginning in 1974, two young filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, would together change the way the movie industry made movies. Spielberg’s Jaws and Lucas’ Star Wars (neither of which was predicted to be a hit) helped launch the careers of the most influential directors of our time. Whether they were making films together (like Indiana Jones) or separately (E.T., Jurassic Park, The Empire Strikes Back), they introduced the age of the “modern blockbuster,” which featured elaborate special effects and thrilling spectacle. This presentation will look at their four decades of filmmaking and discuss how they changed the movies. Register here.

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.

Staff Recommends: True crime podcaster, Ashley Flowers, does not disappoint with her debut novel, All Good People Here. “Everyone from Wakarusa, Indiana, remembers the infamous case of January Jacobs, who was discovered in a ditch hours after her family awoke to find her gone. Margot Davies was six at the time, the same age as January-and they were next-door neighbors. In the twenty years since, Margot has grown up, moved away, become a big-city journalist. But she’s always been haunted by the fear that it could’ve been her. And the worst part is, January’s killer has never been brought to justice. When Margot returns home to help care for her uncle after a diagnosis of early-onset dementia, it all feels like walking into a time capsule. Wakarusa is exactly how she remembered-genial, stifled, secretive. Then news breaks about five-year-old Natalie Clark from the next town over, who’s gone missing under eerily similar circumstances. With all the old feelings rushing back, Margot vows to find Natalie and solve January’s murder once and for all. But the police, the family, the townspeople-they all seem to be hiding something. And the deeper Margot digs into Natalie’s disappearance, the more resistance she encounters, and the colder January’s case feels. Could the killer still be out there? Could it be the same person who took Natalie? And what will it cost to finally discover what truly happened that night?”

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