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What’s Happening at the Library? — Oct. 13, 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:  Not only is the upcoming October Book Sale a great place to find bargains and support the Friends of the Library but you are also recycling and reusing when you purchase a used book, DVD, or CD.  Donations for the sale may be dropped off in the Friends’ book donation bin outside the library’s back entrance.

Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library October Book Sale: Fri., Oct. 20, Sat., Oct. 21 and Sun., Oct. 22 A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending this sale. The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and for the $10.00 Bag Sale on Sunday, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. So much stock! So little time!

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 Crafternoon: Monday, October 16 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us in the Meeting Room for a relaxing afternoon of crafting! For Grade 6 and up. Registration is helpful but drop-ins are always welcome.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Resumes: Beyond The Basics: Wed., October 18, 9:30– 11:30 a.m. The Massachusetts Library Collaborative’s 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 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

Westford Author Visit – Luna McNamara: Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Join us for an author visit with Westford author Luna McNamara as she discusses her first novel, Psyche and Eros.” Who said true love is a myth?

A prophecy claims that Psyche, princess of Mycenae, will defeat a monster feared even by the gods. Rebelling against her society’s expectations for women, Psyche spends her youth mastering blade and bow, preparing to meet her destiny.

When Psyche angers the love goddess Aphrodite, she sends Eros, god of desire, to deliver a cruel curse. After eons watching humanity twist his gifts, the last thing Eros wants is to become involved in the chaos of the mortal world. But when he pricks himself with the arrow intended for Psyche, Eros finds himself doomed to yearn for a woman who will be torn from him the moment their eyes meet.

Thrown together by fate, headstrong Psyche and world-weary Eros will face challenges greater than they could have ever imagined. And as the Trojan War begins and divine powers try to keep them apart, the pair must determine if the curse could become something more . . . before it’s too late.

A joyous and subversive tale of gods, monsters, and the human heart and soul, Psyche and Eros dazzles the senses while exploring notions of trust, sacrifice, and what it truly means to be a hero. With unforgettably vivid characters, spellbinding prose, and delicious tension, Luna McNamara has crafted a shimmering and propulsive debut novel about a love so strong it defies the will of Olympus.” No registration required.

YAAB Meeting: Saturday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m. The Young Adult Advisory Board is a group of Westford residents in grades 6-12 who represent and advocate for young adult library users. If you are interested in joining, e-mail Jess at jdyment@westfordma.gov or come to a meeting!

Sweet Reads Book Club: Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room Come for the desserts, stay for the discussion. This month we will read Small Spaces by Katherine Arden and enjoy some apple cider donuts. Registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the Main Desk. For Grade 6 and up.

Tricks and Treats with Robert Rivest (and a Library Spooky Walk), Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. In this fun and interactive program, comic mime Robert Rivest performs a series of spooky, yet silly, Halloween stories where you will learn how to do mime tricks to create funny illusions and hilarious Halloween characters. Bring some ideas and suggestions because we will create a spooky story as a group with Robert. Come in costume – Robert might even help you to move and act like your costume characters to include them in the spooky stories. After the show (or before the show if you prefer), head outside and enjoy a silly spooky walk around the library. If it rains, we will plan to set something up inside. This program is for kids in grades K and up and is generously funded by the KDK Foundation in honor of Kurt Kelly. Online Registration for this program opens on October 9.

Story times are held in the Meeting Room. To accommodate a wider variety of participants there will be no registrations or reservations. All Story Times are Drop-In and scheduled Monday – Thursday. There are no story times on Indigenous Peoples Day (10/9/23) and the Thanksgiving holiday (11/23-23).

  • Mother Goose – Mondays 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. – for babies up and kids up to age 5, September 25 through December 4.
  • ABC and Me – Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. – for kids ages 2 to 5, October 3 through November 28.
  • Book Bunch – Tuesdays 1:15-1:45 p.m. – for kids ages 3 to 5, October 3 through November 28.
  • Wiggle Words – Wednesdays 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. – for kids ages 2 to 4, October 4 through November 29.
  • Stay and Play – Thursdays 10:30-11:30 – for babies and kids up to age 5, October 5 through December 7.

Annual Magazine Giveaway Signup is now underway! Each fall we discard our oldest issues of magazines to make room for the incoming year, and we offer these discarded titles first to our patrons before we recycle them. We continue this tradition this year so we are now taking orders for our 2022 issues! If you would like any particular titles, contact Charles Schweppe. Call Information Services at 978-399-2304 or email him at cschweppe@westfordma.gov. This is a “first come, first serve” service. Titles will be ready by the end of the year, and you will be notified when your titles are ready, when you can retrieve them through at the Reference Desk.

MVLC APP: The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium Mobile App makes it quick and easy to access the library on the go! Search the catalog, download items, manage your account, access electronic resources, and view library events with your mobile device. Download your library barcode to always have it with you. Scan barcodes of items to determine availability at the library. Download the app at the following links: Google Play Store or the Apple App Store  For assistance, please contact the Information Services Desk at (978) 399-2304.

Staff Recommends: If you are a dog person, you won’t want to miss Woodrow on the Bench: Life Lessons From a Wise Old Dog, by New York Times bestselling author, Jenna Blum. Be sure to have tissues nearby. “Since she adopted him as a puppy fifteen years earlier, Jenna Blum and Woodrow have been inseparable. Woodrow and his ‘Mommoo’ are fixtures in their Boston neighborhood. But Woodrow is aging. As he begins to fail, the true nature of his relationship with Jenna is revealed. Jenna may be the dog parent, but it is Woodrow, with his personality and trusting nature, who has much to teach her. A divorcée who has experienced her share of sadness and loss, Jenna discovers, over the months she spends caring for her ailing dog, what it is to be present in the moment, and what it truly means to love. Aided by friends and buoyed by the support of strangers, Jenna and Woodrow navigate these precious final days together with kindness, humor, and grace.”

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