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

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Overdrive Digital Magazines:  In addition to e-books, audiobooks, and videos, Overdrive now offers downloadable magazines. All of the magazines borrowed can be read on the main Overdrive app (available on Android and IOS devices) and also the Libby app (available on IOS and Android devices except Kindle). A selection of the available titles include OK! magazine, HGTV Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest and many other popular publications.

Teen & Tween Ukulele Workshop with Julie Stepanek: Monday, July 16 at 1 p.m.  Residents can learn how to play the ukulele with just four chords. Ukuleles will be available, if needed.  This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12. Students are asked to pre-register on the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.

Family concert with Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley: Wednesday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m. Library favorite, Steve Blunt is back for a family summer concert along with his pal, children’s author Marty Kelley. Steve and Marty will deliver a high energy show featuring catchy tunes and bouncy beats. Attendees can pack a picnic lunch and dance on the grass in back of the library. FREE for all ages. (If it rains, attendees are asked to eat before arriving. The concert will then be held in the Meeting Room.)

Cookbook Book Club: Thursday, July 19 (new night!) at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. Copies of this month’s choice, Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia by Bridget Lancaster, are available for check out at the Main Desk. Participants 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. Registration is not required.  Schedule change — this club now meets on the third Thursday of the month.

Teen & Tween Learn to Draw Your Pets with Debra Banna: Thursday, July 19 at 4 p.m.  Participants can learn to draw the furry friends that enrich lives. This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12.  Students can pre-register on the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.

Caps for Sale by the Vermont PuppeTree Company: Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m.  Based on the classic children’s book, the PuppeTree celebrates diversity with a globetrotting romp across seven different cultures, employing a variety of puppets accompanied by a range of music from Estonia to Mumbai. FREE tickets for children and adults are available by phone or in person.  This program is for kids in grades K to 6 and is funded by the KDK Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).

Mystery Book Club: Monday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. The club meets once a month on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. The July selection is “The Wrong Side of Goodbye” by Michael Connelly. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New Members are always welcome. No registration required. Reading List for 2018.

Giant Balloon Sculpture with Chip Rascal: Monday, July 23 at 1 p.m.  Residents can drop-in and watch award winning balloon sculptor Chip Rascal build a giant balloon sculpture and then take a memorable summer reading photo. All ages. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Teen & Tween Creative Feast Cooking with Liz Barbour: Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about super snack foods, enjoy a cooking demo of two delicious recipes, and sample tasty treats. This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12.  Participants can re-register on the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.

Family Lawn Concert with Alastair Moock: Tuesday, July 24 at 7 p.m.  Grammy nominated folk artist Alastair Moock delivers his original high-energy folk-rock music in his trademark raspy voice with foot stomping American roots music. Attendees can bring a blanket for the evening concert.  If it rains, the concert will be held in the Meeting Room. This free drop-in program is for all ages and is sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Mike the Boston Bubble Guy: Friday, July 27 at 2 p.m.  Mike brings bubbles to life using music, choreography, and comedy. Explore science and magic through bubbles in this energetic and fun-filled show. FREE tickets are available in the Children’s room for kids ages 4 and up (with their caregivers). This program is funded by the KDK Foundation (in honor of Kurt Kelly).

Teen & Tween Mixed Media Art Program with Sherry Hoffman: Monday, July 30 at 1 p.m.  Participants will create a mixed media collage masterpiece using musical notation and selection of other items. This free registration program is for students in grades 5 to 12.  Participants can pre-register on the YA Zone web page or call the Youth Services department at 978-399-2302.

The Library has a New Database, Lynda.Com. Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 5,600 courses that include over 180,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help students pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. To log into the database from home residents may follow these steps: Step 1. Click on the “Sign In” (not Sign Up) link at the top of the page, Step 2. Click on “Sign In with your organizational portal,” Step 3. Type in westfordlibrary.org, Step 4. Enter your Westford Library card number and pin (the last 4 digits of your phone number.) Once logged in, students will be asked to create an account so they can save their lessons.

Story Garden Walk: The J.V. Fletcher Library is featuring its first ever Story Walk at the Westford Community Garden. Participants can walk around the outside garden fence and enjoy a children’s book and some exercise by following the signs around the Community Garden. Participants are asked to use the QR code to leave comments or to sign the guest book and take a bookmark.  P.S. Only Garden members can go inside the Garden gate.

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.