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 this weekend!: 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 an opportunity for readers to stock up on summer reading.

“A Universe of Stories” is the 2019 Children’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration is ongoing for this Friends’ funded program. You can purchase tickets for events and shows at the same time that you register. Some events require tickets for children, parents, and/or caregivers while others are free and drop-in. Readers can visit the Youth Services Department, or check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page on the library’s website for more information.

“A Universe of Stories” 2019 Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program: Registration for Teens and Tweens in grades 5 – 12 is also ongoing. All Teen and Tween events are FREE thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Nancy and Kate will be visiting all of the schools so please bring your children to the library to register for summer reading when they ask to go to the library.

Sign up for Adult Summer Reading! Readers can register now for the Adult Summer Reading Program, which starts on June 24.  This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.”  A reader’s summer reading goal is up to to the reader. Readers can choose to read 1, 3, or 5 books this summer, to read a particular title, or to join a book club.  By signing up a reader is automatically entered into our weekly raffle where she or he can win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. the reader will also be entered into the Aug. 9 Grand Prize Drawing for a Westford-themed gift basket. Readers can fill out an entry form and raffle ticket at the Information Services Desk, or you can call us at 978-399-2304, or register here and the librarians will fill out your paper form and ticket for the reader.  Once aself-appointed reading goal is completed, the reader is invited to go to the Information Services desk to pick up a coupon for a free ice cream cone at Kimball Farm.

All of the Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the J. V.  Fletcher Library, Inc. and are for Westford residents and non-resident members of the Friends. A Universe of Stories is also sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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 where extra desk space is provided 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 p.m. 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.

Winning College Essays with Joyce Pellino Crane: Thurs., June 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Writing a college essay can be the most challenging and time consuming part of completing admissions applications. Rising seniors and their parents/guardians are welcome to come and learn about ways to brainstorm topics and launch the essay with an interesting hook. Good writing and a well- constructed story make all the difference. Students will learn how to start their essay, how to keep the reader reading it, and how to trust that a compelling end will come to mind. FreeRegister online or call the Information Services Department at 978-399-2304. THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR RISING SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.

Knitting Group: Monday, June 10 at 3 p.m. and Monday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m. The 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. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Knitters can bring their latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters. Knitters with questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Booktalk with Mayleen and Kristina: Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m.  Readers looking for summer reading recommendations are invited to join Mayleen and Kristina for an informal “Booktalk.” During this hour they will talk about books both old and new.  No registration required. 

Westford Academy Book Club Invites Eighth-Graders Wednesday, June 12 at 2:15 p.m. Blanchard Middle School and Stony Brook Middle School students in eighth grade are invited to join the Westford Academy Book Club’s final meeting of the semester. Sign-up at the Blanchard Middle School with Mrs. Brandt and at the Stony Brook Middle School with Mrs. Smith.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thu., Jun 13 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to discuss What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required.

Cookbook Club: Thu., June 20 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Club explores cookbooks and samples new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of each month. Our June choice is Barefoot Contessa: Family Style by Ina Garten. 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.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. Focusing on two and three 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. Players can register online or in Information Services to borrow a ukulele, or players can just drop in with their own.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. The mystery book club meets on the fourth Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. The June selection is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required.

Humpback Whale Behaviors in New England: Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. Join photographer Robert Michelson for a narrated slideshow. During this presentation, participants will learn about the behaviors exhibited by New England’s most acrobatic whale, the Humpback whale. Still photos and video combine to bring this 40-foot baleen whale to life. Attendees will see whales breaching, tail slapping, flipper slapping, diving, fluking, close to boat behavior, cross-over, logging and several whales blowing and diving in unison. All ages. FREE! Register here.

Book Displays: Throughout the library readers will see themed displays to inspire new reading selections.  This month librarians will be highlighting musician biographies, cooking on the grill, and gardening.  The displays change monthly.

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.