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

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The Friends of the J. V. Library, Inc. June Book Sale is on the horizon: Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.  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 Members Only Sale.  The entire public is invited to the all day Saturday sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to the Sunday half-price extravaganza sale from 2 to 4 p.m. The June Book Sale offers the perfect opportunity to stock up on vacation and summer reading.

In Observance of Memorial Day the Library will be closed on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.

Official launch of the library 2019 StoryWalk at the Westford Community Garden:  Tuesday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. Help us hop, skip, walk, jump, and run to each page of our book Luke and the Little Seed, by Giuliano Ferri at the Westford Community Garden located at 44 Graniteville Road. After we read around the perimeter of the garden, the children will plant a seed to take home with them. This fun and FREE program celebrates our first anniversary of the library StoryWalk®. StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont, and developed in collaboration with Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Look for the Library’s entry in the Apple Blossom Parade on Saturday, May 18. The highly anticipated annual Westford Kiwanis-sponsored Apple Blossom Parade will march along Main Street for the 51st time. Traditionally this is the event where the Library Children’s Department entry in the parade “announces” the theme for their upcoming Children’s Summer Reading Program. We hope to see you there.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. The group meets on the fourth Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. The meeting is one week early in May due to Memorial Day. The May selection is Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required.

Middle School Book Club (Blanchard): Wednesday, May 22 at 2 p.m. Library book club open to Blanchard Middle School teens in grades six to eight. Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a once a month until May 2019 at the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons. This month the group read A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge. Those interested can sign-up at the Blanchard Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Brandt.

No-Knead Bread Making with Denali Delmar: Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Craisin pecan bread? Asiago cheese bread? Anadama bread? Residents can join in to sample these delicious breads while veteran baker Denali Delmar shows how one can make these and other crusty artisan loaves. Delmar has simplified the New York Times no-knead method to three steps. No mess and no kneading at all. FREE. Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Booktalk with Mayleen and Kristina: Friday, May 31 at 1:30 p.m. or Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m.  Are you looking for some summer reading recommendations?  Growing tired of the same authors? Join Mayleen and Kristina for an informal “Booktalk”. During this hour we will talk about books both old and new.  No registration required.

Maximizing Social Security with T. Jack Wang: Saturday, June 1 at 10:30 a.m. It’s one of the most important yet complicated decisions one  has to make — how and when to claim Social Security benefits. Residents can avoid mistakes that can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Financial coach T. Jack Wang will review the rules, strategies, and even touch on Medicare costs and eligibility. Understanding your Social Security options and lifetime benefits is critical in helping you make informed claiming decisions. FREE! Ages 14 and up. Register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. It 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 June 4 book discussion will be One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required.

Westford Academy Exam Week: Monday – Thursday, June 10 to 13, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Study for Final Exams at the J.V. Fletcher Library. Students will find extra desk space in the Library Meeting Room, as well as FREE coffee and snacks. FREE pizza provided each night at 7 p.m., first-come-first-served until it’s gone. Extended library hours from 9 to 10 p.m. are for students only with no re-entry after 9 p.m. Prompt parental pick-up required no later than 10 p.m. All materials and snacks at this FREE drop-in event are provided through the generous support of the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher 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.