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What’s Happening at the Library? — Oct. 20, 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 honor of National Friends of the Library Week, the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library offered fun raffles, a candy corn contest, coloring pages and celebrated the many ways the Friends support the Library.  After what we are sure will be a hugely successful Book Sale this upcoming weekend, the Friends will hold their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. with local author, Marcella Pixley.  We are so grateful to the Friends of the Library for all of their support and funding for Library programs, museum passes, new collections, and so much more!

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!

(Cancelled 10/25) 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. 

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.

VIRTUAL JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – JOB SEARCH HELP FOR 50 & OVER – Resumes: Beyond The Basics: Wed., Oct.25, 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 to 11:30 a.m. and 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:00 to 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

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.

Stamps Road Show Event: Thursday, October 26, 5:00-8:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room Stamp collecting is a fun and enriching hobby that explores history, geography, art, and politics. As collectible objects, stamps offer variety, rarity, scholarly interest, aesthetic appeal, investment returns and have been admired by collectors for their aesthetic qualities and as miniature works of art and masterpieces of engraving. Join us for Stamps Roadshow on Thursday October 26th from 5-8:30 pm at the JV Fletcher Library. Bring your childhood, inherited, family or acquired stamp collection and meet with experts from the Chelmsford Stamp Club for a free appraisal. Register here.

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.

Staff Recommends: Joshilyn Jackson’s, The Almost Sisters, is a twisty novel full of southern charm, complex family relationships, and a mystery.  Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs’ weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy—an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old’s life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

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