J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

What’s Happening at the J.V. Fletcher Library

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Friends of the Library Book Sale- This Weekend: The Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Inc. will be holding a book sale on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday all materials will be offered at half price. There will be a preview sale for Friends members only on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Memberships will be available at the door.  Please note that scanners may not be used on Friday but are welcome on Saturday and Sunday. The sale will include over 15,000 books plus CDs, LPs/vinyl, audio books, and DVDs. Regular prices are 50 cents and up for paperbacks and $1 and up for hardcover books. The library is now accepting credit card payments in addition to checks and cash.

All of the following programs are funded by the Friends of the Library.

Teen and Tween Make & Take Mondays: Monday, Feb. 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Imagine, create, and participate. Each Monday teens will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that will include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This week participants will make chocolate Valentines. This is a free, drop-in event.  Registration not required.

Adult Coloring Party: Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Residents can explore the latest trend in relaxation — adult coloring books. Specially designed adult coloring pages and colored pencils will be provided. Light refreshments will be served.  Free.  Drop in.

Advanced Snap Circuits and Take aparts: Friday, Feb. 16 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. We have five exciting Snap Circuits kits to play with: RC Cars, Light, Motion, Arcade, and 3D Illumination. Preregister online. This free program is for children in grades 3 to 5.

Book Purse Craft: Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. Crafter Elaine Sousa will lead participants in creating a purse made out of a book cover. Participants can add their personal touch with an array of artistic embellishments. All materials are provided. Participants should bring scissors appropriate for cutting material. Registration required.

Big Joe Storyteller, “The Robin Williams of the G-Rated set,” Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. This promises to be a rambunctious, exciting, energetic, and animated program with Big Joe, say library organizers. There will be puppets, there will be props, and best of all, there will be stories kids will not soon forget. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in the Youth Services department. This program is for ages 5 and up.

Teen and Tween Big Games: Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 come play our “BIG” Indoor Games. Snacks will be served. Registration required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register online, by phone, or in person.

Cookbook Book Club: Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Jerusalem a Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi are available for check out at the Main Desk. Those who would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), are asked to contact Sarah Regan in the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309.  No registration required.

Teen and Tween  Graffiti Art Afternoon with Sherry Hoffman: Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Teens & Tweens in grades 5 to 12 will be looking at graffiti art through artist’s Keith Haring’s eyes and creating their own graffiti. Registration is required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register online, by phone, or in person.

The Motion Man: Thursday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The Motion Man has it all: precision pantomime, lyrical movement, hysterical characterizations, and inspirational improvisation, say library organizers. Tickets ($2) for children in grades K and up are available for pick up in the Youth Services Department starting Monday, Feb. 5.

On Silent Wings: The Magic of the Snowy Owl: Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Wildlife Photographer Peter Christoph shares his rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat. Several of his snowy owl photos have earned national and international awards. No registration required. Open to all ages.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance and Craft: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. The Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy of Lowell will be here to perform their spectacular Lion Dance in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Following the dance, the troupe will meet with fans in the Meeting Room for a closer look at the lion heads, the drums, and to answer  questions. Librarians will also be offering a simple drop in craft to celebrate the Year of the Dog. All ages are welcome. Tickets ($2) for children (all ages) and adults are available in the Youth Services Department.

J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library staff members have teamed up with members of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need. The PJ Drive runs from Feb. 1 through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. The drop off bin is located across from the Main Desk.

The J.V. Fletcher Library is located at 50 Main St., Westford. For more information, visit WestfordLibrary.org or call 978-692-5555.