J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

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

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Friends Annual Meeting Featured Speaker – Author Kate Clifford Larson: Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Residents are invited to vote at the annual meeting at 7 p.m. and stay for the speaker at 7:30 p.m. This year, the Friends welcome Kate Clifford Larson, author of “Rosemary, the Hidden Kennedy Daughter”.  She is also the author of “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero,” and “The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln.” Larson has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum and public history initiatives focusing on the lives and contributions of women in the making of their national identity. No registration is required for this free-of-charge program. Light refreshments will be served.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn to play by playing. Focusing on two and three chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Ukuleles are available to borrow. The songs are projected onto a screen so no music stands or books are necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. To borrow a ukulele, participants are asked to register online or in the Information Services Department. Those with their own instrument can drop in.

Drop-in Halloween Craft: Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Drop-in and make one of three Halloweeny crafts (while supplies last) – a glitter dot Great Pumpkin with Snoopy; a glitter dot black kitten; or a scratch off rainbow ghost, cat, pumpkin, or bat. This free drop-in program is fully funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Your Hearing: Why You’re Losing It, and Why What You Don’t Know May Hurt You: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Jonathan O’Dell from the Mass. Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will talk about best practices for people who think or know they have hearing loss, why taking action is more important than ever, and what auxiliary aids and services exist under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He’ll also demonstrate assistive listening devices. (Please note Jonathan is not a doctor and can’t give medical or hearing-aid specific advice.) The program is free of charge. Attendees are asked to register online or call Information Services.

Diwali Drop-in Crafts: Mon., Nov. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. This program is a combination of a Teen and Tween Make and Take Monday and a drop-in craft for all school age kids in Westford. Participants can drop-in and create a stained-glass Diwali votive and have a henna design painted on their hands. Teens and Tweens can make a clay diya as well.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Participants will find out in the new Adult Nonfiction Book Club. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. The Nov. 6 book discussion will be Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration is required.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Participants will discuss “The Residence” by Kate Andersen Brower.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk.  New members are always welcome. No registration is required. Please note, this meeting is rescheduled from Nov. 8 due to the Friends Annual Meeting.

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.