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

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All of our programs are funded by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet on the fourth Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Our July selection is The Three Beths by Jeff Abbott. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Check out our Reading List.

Super Cold Science (in the summer) Presented by the Museum of Science: Monday, July 22 at 1 p.m. Super-Cold Science is a 30-minute presentation about the incredible changes substances go through when they change temperature drastically. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available in person. This program is for ages 5 and up.

Knitting Group: Monday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting? Our informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room on the second Monday of every month from 3:00 to 5:00 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. 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.

Camp Read A-Lot: Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. Join the J.V.F. Library for lots of singing and dancing around our indoor campfire. Program takes place in the Story Hour Room. This free registration program is for ages 3-7. Pre-register at the Children’s Desk.

Family concert with Ben Rudnick and Friends: Thursday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. New to the JVF, Ben Rudnick and Friends will deliver a show for all family members. Drawing on original songs and traditional material, the band integrates classic Americana with their own unique sound. It’s kids, it’s families, it’s music… live music. Pack a picnic lunch and rock with the J.V.F in the grass in back of the library. FREE for all ages. (If it rains, please eat before you come. The Concert will then be held in the Meeting Room.)

Mario Kart Tournament with One Up Games: Thursday, July 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Start your engines kart racing fans, for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament. Prizes for 1st – 3rd place. Snacks will be served. Space is limited and registration required for this FREE program. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can register on the J.V.F website, by phone or in person.

Pastel Paint Workshop: Dandelions: Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Greg Maichack demonstrates how anyone from beginners to accomplished artists can paint using the techniques of Jean-Francois Millet. Participants will produce their own pastel painting of a selected section of Millet’s painting, “Dandelions.” Ages 14 and up. FREE! All materials are provided. Limited to 30 people. Register on the J.V.F website or call Information Services at 978-399-2309.

Creature Teachers with Richard Roth: Monday, July 29 at 2 p.m. No one never exactly know which animals Rick will bring, but kids will encounter a variety of fascinating creatures up close and in the library. Tickets ($2.00) on sale in the Youth Services Department for ages 5 and up.

Teen and Tween Book Club: Harry Potter: Wednesday, July 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate Harry’s birthday with a discussion of the Harry Potter Series and interactive games. COSTUMES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED and prizes will be awarded for the BEST COSTUMES! Snacks will be served. Space is limited and registration required for this FREE program. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can register on the J.V.F website, by phone or in person.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party: Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m. The Children’s Librarians will host the annual magical Harry Potter birthday party including fun and games in the Meeting Room and a library wide scavenger hunt. Costumes are strongly suggested. Tickets ($2.00) for children and adults are available in person.

Breaking Science: Renewable Energy: Thursday, August 1 at 7 p.m. Learn about the science and technologies in the news, from the scientists and engineers who work on them! With the threat of catastrophic climate change, it’s all the more important that the global carbon emissions are minimized. Come hear mechanical engineer Christian Irwin talk about what engineers mean by “renewable energy,” technology from past to present that can help reduce everyone’s carbon footprint, and a quick run-down of the Green New Deal and how it plans to incorporate sustainable sources of energy to power our future! Ages 14 and up. FREE! Register on the J.V.F website, by phone or in person.

Bottle Rockets: Friday, August 2 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Teams will design, build, and launch a bottle rocket that uses the same physics as NASA rockets but with water and air instead of fuel! Space is limited and registration is required for this FREE program. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can register on the J.V.F website, by phone or in person.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, August 6 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. Our August 6th book discussion will be American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Check out our Reading List.

NEW! J.V. Fletcher Digital Archive: The Library now has digital copies of The Jubb Brothers Civil War Letters and The Rustic (A newspaper that included local news from Westford and surrounding towns for the year 1885.) The J.V.F library has also digitized more of the microfilm collection of The Westford Eagle. There are now digitized copies of The Westford Eagle from 1970-1990. For issues of The Westford Eagle from 2005 to the present, please refer to the Databases page.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum: Calling all sculpture lovers! The Friends funded pass admits up to 4 people based on availability. Check out the museum passes page on our website or call the Library for reservations.

Discovery Museum: There is something for everyone: science, nature, play and a big old tree house. The Friends funded pass admits up to 3 people based on availability. Check out the museum passes page on our website or call the Library for reservations.

Magazine of the Month: Now that summer’s here, bike on over to the library to read Bicycling magazine! Read the latest cover story about “The 10 Greatest Bikes Ever.” Did yours make the list?

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.