J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

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

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In honor of President’s Day the Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19. The library re-opens on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

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

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 will add personal touches 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 librarians.  There will be puppets, there will be props, and best of all, there will be stories kids will not soon forget, they added. 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 to 3 p.m.  Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 come play the library’s “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. If participants would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), they 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 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 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, say librarians: precision pantomime, lyrical movement, hysterical characterizations, and inspirational improvisation. Tickets ($2) for children in grades Kindergarten 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. Members of the Hung Gar Kung Fu and Lion Dance Academy of Lowell will 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. The library will also offer 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.

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights with local author, Deborah Kops: Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. In January 2017, when hundreds of thousands of women and men marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities and towns around the country, the name Alice Paul popped up in some of the newspaper accounts. About a century earlier, Alice Paul, a young Quaker woman, had organized a giant march in Washington in support of votes for women the day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration. That march woke up the sleepy women’s suffrage movement and galvanized it into action. In her book Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights, Deborah Kops describes the life and times of one of the most dedicated and brilliant leaders of the battle for the ballot. After women won the vote, Paul went right on fighting for women’s rights. She wrote the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and lived long enough to see women rally around it during the women’s movement of the 1960s and ‘70s. No registration required. Open to all ages.

J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has teamed up with 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 or to register for a program, visit  http://www.westfordlibrary.org or call 978-692-5555.