J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

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

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DONATIONS PLEASE! The Friends are asking for donations of: books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks in all formats, LP records, and audio cassette tapes for their upcoming Friends October Book Sale weekend (Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14).  The Friends make donating easy; if the Library is closed they have a large gray container outside the rear entrance of the Library for donations, otherwise residents can leave them next to the first door (on the left hand side) when they walk through the rear entrance of the Library.

 Adventures in Seed Saving: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Saving seeds is fun and inexpensive, but beware, it can also be addictive. Join the library’s class with gardener and teacher Judith Taylor to learn about the importance of saving seeds, and tips for saving and storing seeds successfully. Many types and sizes of seeds will be included, and some will be available for attendees to save and take home. FREE. Register through the Meeting Room Calendar or in the Information Services Department.

Lego® Club: Sat., Sept. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.  An hour of brick fever fun will be offered as kids imagine, build, and create. They will meet other Lego® enthusiasts and relax as they talk about their love of bricks. The library will supply the Legos® and display space. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next meeting. Free, drop-in for ages 5 and up with a parent or caregiver.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. This month’s choice is Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman. 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. The Cookbook Club is funded by the Friends of the Library. No registration required.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion.  We meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room.  This month’s selection is Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton. New members are always welcome to drop in.

Teen and Tween Make & Take Monday: Papercrafting with Sherry Hoffman. Monday, Sept. 24 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Full STEAM Ahead. Each Monday Teens and Tweens create and participate in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts and exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities. This is a FREE drop – in event for Teens and Tweens entering Grades 5 to 12. Registration is not required.

Epigenetics: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. Our DNA tells the color of eyes, how tall people are, and even if they like broccoli. But does your DNA say everything about a person? If one identical twin becomes an astronaut and the other a ballerina, does their biology change? Are they still identical? Epigenetics is the study of the various different switches that can turn parts of your DNA on and off. How a genetic code is read can cause very real differences in life. This talk will discuss how epigenetics works, how it is researched, and how it is found in everyday life. It will touch on topics such as gene editing and biohacking. Residents can register online or in the Information Services Department.

Advanced Snap Circuits and Takeaparts: Friday, Sept. 28 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. There are five 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. Residents can register online or through the Youth Services Department.

Teen and Tween Advisory Board, Saturday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. The Teen (& Tween) Advisory Board is open to Westford students in grades 5-12 who want to share positive ideas, who can listen and work well with others, who will volunteer at programs for children and youths, and who are willing to help the library better serve teens and tweens in the community, and especially to have fun. Those interested can stop by the Youth Services Department, call (978) 399-2307, or email Nancy at [email protected]

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Singing is encouraged. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. Residents can register online or in the Information Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.

J.V. Fletcher Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room.  Exact days and the reading list can be found on the library’s website and at the Information Desk.  The October book is Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art Out of Having an Opinion, by Michelle Dean.  Copies of the current selection are available at the Main Desk and no registration required.

Journalism and the First Amendment: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. The New England First Amendment Coalition, the region’s leading advocate for the First Amendment, will present a panel discussion with several prominent media and legal experts. FREE!  Residents can register online or in the Information Services Department.

Knitting Group is back. The  informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. AND the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Participants can bring their latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters. Those with questions are asked to call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

English Conversation Circle has started up again. The group meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room.  Participants can practice English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment led by Carol Morse. FREE! Registration is not required.  Those with questions, are asked to call Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309.

 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.