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

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Expanding Digital Collections with Overdrive RLA:  If you are a fan of downloading e-books and audiobooks through our Overdrive collection, you will be thrilled to know that you now have access to Overdrive collections to other Consortium libraries throughout Massachusetts.  The Merrimack Valley Consortium is now part of a Reciprocal Lending Agreement that allows MVLC patrons (including Westford) to borrow titles from the Overdrive collections at the Boston Public Library, Minuteman Library Network, and many other MA Library Consortiums.  You can access these collections through the Overdrive App, Libby App, or the MVLC Overdrive homepage by clicking on the “Add a Library” feature. Read here for more specific directions or contact the Information Desk at 978-399-2304.

 Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. Learn to play by playing! 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. Register here or in the Information Services Department to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.

Nuclear Security in the 21st Century: Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency to them. The New Start Treaty with Russia is up for renewal in 2021, a summit with Kim Jong-un occurred to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump decertified the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. Expert Keith West has been involved with speech and debate for nearly two decades. Come hear him discuss to what degree past nuclear talks should guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations. FREE! Ages 14 and up.  Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Cuba and the “Last” Baseball Season with author José Ramírez: Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. After the Castro regime abolished professional baseball in 1961, young Cuban players had a choice: leave family, friends and a beloved homeland, knowing they may never see them again, to play professionally — or stay home and pursue a different and uncertain way of life. Local author José Ramírez will discuss his book about the personal struggle these men and their families endured, and the heart-wrenching decision they had to make. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. We meet 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. Our May 7 book discussion will be Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required.

Middle School Book Club (Stony Brook): Wednesday, May 8 at 2 p.m.  The library book club is open to Stony Brook Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8.  Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a month until May 2018 at the Stony Brook Middle School. This Month we read Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. Sign-up at the Stony Brook Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Smith.

 J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thu., May 9 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy. Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required.

Eat Your Blues Away with author Cheryl Major: Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Come hear certified nutrition and wellness consultant Cheryl Major discuss her book, Eat Your Blues Away, about how changing her diet helped her overcome chronic depression.  Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Teen & Tween Advisory Board Meeting: Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. Join the Library’s Teen and Tween Advisory Board and provide input for our Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program and support to the young adult librarian.  No experience necessary, but you must be in grades 6 and up and live in Westford, MA or your parent must be a member of the Friends of the Library. The meeting(s) will be held in the Children’s Story Hour Room. This is a free, drop-in event. Registration not required.

Knitting Group: Mon., May 13 at 3 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Our 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. Please be aware that we will not be meeting on the fourth Monday in May due to the Memorial Day holiday. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Bring your latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Club explores cookbooks and samples new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. Our May choice is King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan. Copies will be 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 Information Services at 978-399-2309. No registration required.

Novelist: Looking for a book suggestion?  Check out Novelist! This online tool introduces books to all age groups.  Explore new authors, titles, genres, and read a-likes.  Titles are linked back to our catalog so you can place a hold and pick it up at the library.

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.