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

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The Friends February Book Sale is this weekend: Join us on Friday, Feb. 8, Satuday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10. 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.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Discussion Group: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.  Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required.

Playful Engineers Travelling Makerspace: Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a hands-on STEM focused workshop where kids can design, build, test, and play with mechanical doodads, ping pong catapults, exploding popsicle stick snakes, and domino pyramids, just to name a few. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in person. This program is for kids in grades K to 4. Please note that space is limited – adults are encouraged to participate with their school age children.

Tween Playful Engineers Travelling Makerspace: Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Similar to the hands-on STEM focused workshop for kids, but aged up with Tween-level opportunities to design, build, test, and play. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in person. This program is for kids in grades 5 to 8. Please note that space is limited – adults may participate if invited by their tween.

Teen Bollywood Dance with Rachna Jangid: Thursday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Jump in and learn this exciting style of dance – no experience necessary! Space is limited to 20 participants and is open to teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12. Registration required for this free program. Teens and tweens can register ONLINE starting Monday Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. Our February pick is Ciao Italia by Mary Ann Esposito. Copies are available for check out at the Main Desk. If you would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), please contact Sarah Regan in Information Services at 978-399-2309. No registration required.

Library Party for Gerald and Piggie: Friday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. You are officially invited to a library party for our favorite twosome, Gerald and Piggie. There will be games (can you walk with a bird nest on your head?), crafts, photo ops, and just maybe a dramatic reading of one of our favorite Elephant and Piggie books. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in person starting Monday, Feb. 4. This program is for all ages.

Green Burials: Thu., Feb 28 at 7 p.m. Come learn about “green” or “natural” burial, a practice being revived nationwide and currently under consideration in Westford’s cemeteries, where burial is directly in the earth with a simple casket or shroud, no vault lines the grave, embalming fluid is not used, and the body enriches the soil. There will be a short film and a presentation, followed by discussion. Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register online or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Reference Display Case: Stop by our Reference display case and help solve a library mystery! The library held its 100th anniversary gala on June 2, 1996. We’ve put a number of unlabeled photos from that night on display. Can you identify any of the attendees? The photos will be on display through February.

J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has once again 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, 2019. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. The drop off bin is located next to the Main Desk.

Love Letters for the Library: Share your love for the library! Stop by and fill out a ready- made valentine or go to https://lovemasslibraries.com/ to fill one out online. Tell us why you love the library! All Valentine’s will be forwarded to our state legislators to raise awareness about the value of libraries!

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.