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

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The Friends October Book Sale is on the horizon, Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending the preview sale.  The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to the special half price extravaganza on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

 Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. the club meets 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: Paper Crafting 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 us the color of our eyes, how tall we are, and even if we 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 your genetic code is read can cause very real differences in your life. This talk will discuss how epigenetics works, how it is researched, and how it is found in everyday life. It will also 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.

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. Ukuleles available to borrow, songs are 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.

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, listen to and work well with others, volunteer at programs for children and youths, and are willing to help the library better serve teens and tweens in the community. Those interested can stop by the Youth Services Department, call 978-399-2307, or email [email protected]

J.V. Fletcher Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Readers will find out in the new Adult Nonfiction Book Club. It 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.  No registration required.

Journalism and the First Amendment: Thu., Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. Be part of a fascinating discussion about free speech.  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. Residents can register online or in the Information Services Department.

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.