HomeReader SubmissionsWhat’s Happening at the Library? — Nov. 17, 2023 Edition

What’s Happening at the Library? — Nov. 17, 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:  The Library is losing a dedicated Maintenance Worker to retirement! Please see the details below, or visit Westford Job Opportunities.

Building Maintenance Worker I —Town of Westford Public Library. Cleaning, facility, systems and equipment repair and maintenance, snow removal on walks, meeting room set-up and assorted projects.   

Duties — 37.5 hours per week including occasional evening or weekend snow removal, as required. 

Qualifications  —  Two or more years in the custodial or maintenance field, preferably in a supervisory capacity. Salary – beginning at $29.13 per hour [top step]; 10% differential for evening hours (after 6 p.m.). AA/EEO. 

Available — December 1, 2023 and open until filled. 

Complete  — Please submit an application to Human Resources, Town Hall, 55 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886. Or email to: HR@westfordma.gov.

Holiday Hours:  On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Eve, the Library will close at 3:00 p.m.; we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday, Nov. 24. The Library will be open on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

YA Crafternoon: Monday, November 20 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. Register here.

Mystery Book Club: Monday, November 27th 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 A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny. Print copies are available at Main Desk. Email Justin Liberti at jliberti@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. 

Porcupines Don’t Shoot Their Quills! Facts with Newhouse Wildlife Rescue: Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Come join Jane Seeker (Newhouse), founder of Newhouse Wildlife Rescue, as she shares interesting facts about our local wildlife. Learn how you can help injured and orphaned wild animals in an emergency. Newhouse Wildlife Rescue is located in Chelmsford, MA. Each year they help numerous sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals heal and grow until they can be released back into the wild. Bigger, stronger, and free! This program is a collaboration between our Young Adult Department and our Adult Services Department. Anyone age 11 and up is welcome to attend. Register here.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. We’ll meet in the downstairs Meeting Room to discuss How Democracies Die by Steven Levinski and Daniel Ziblatt. Copies are available at Main Desk. Email Charles Schweppe at cschweppe@westfordma.gov for details!

Ukulele Play Along for Adults: Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Join Julie Stepanek and other players for a ukulele play-along! A play-along is participatory music at its best. Julie will prepare song sheets (lyrics and chords) of songs and lead participants in playing those songs, offering tips and encouragement as we play, sing and have a good time. Please note: this is not a beginner teaching class, though Julie will offer tips and all skill levels are welcome! A limited number of ukuleles are provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own! Register here. Please email any questions to Justin Liberti.

Staff Recommends: If you love nature, you won’t want to miss The Comfort of Crows: a Backyard Year by Margaret Renkl   “In The Comfort of Crows, Margaret Renkl presents a literary devotional: fifty-two chapters that follow the creatures and plants in her backyard over the course of a year. As we move through the seasons — from a crow spied on New Year’s Day, its resourcefulness and sense of community setting a theme for the year, to the lingering bluebirds of December, revisiting the nest box they used in spring — what develops is a portrait of joy and grief: joy in the ongoing pleasures of the natural world, and grief overwinters that end too soon and songbirds that grow fewer and fewer. Along the way, we also glimpse the changing rhythms of human life. Grown children, unexpectedly home during the pandemic, prepare to depart once more. Birdsong and night-blooming flowers evoke generations past. The city and the country where Renkl raised her family transform a little more with each passing day. And the natural world, now in visible flux, requires every ounce of hope and commitment from the author—and from us. For, as Renkl writes, ‘radiant things are bursting forth in the darkest places, in the smallest nooks and deepest cracks of the hidden world.’ With fifty-two original color artworks by the author’s brother, Billy Renkl, The Comfort of Crows is a lovely and deeply moving book from a cherished observer of the natural world.”

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