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

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Mary Poppins, IN PERSON – Rescheduled: Friday, Aug. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Mary Poppins will float into the library to dance, tell a story with interactive play, and sing some familiar songs. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in person. This program is for all ages.

Creature Teachers with Richard Roth: Monday, July 29 at 2 p.m. We never exactly know which animals Rick will bring but you will encounter a variety of fascinating creatures up close and in the library. Tickets ($2) 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 ENCHORAGED 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 online, by phone or in person.

 Harry Potter’s Birthday Party: Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m.: The Children’s Librarians will host our 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) for children and adults are available in person.

Breaking Science: Renewable Energy: Thursday, Aug. 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 we minimize our global carbon emissions. Come hear mechanical engineer Christian Irwin talk about what we mean by “renewable energy,” technology from past to present that will help reduce our 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 here, by phone or in person.

Bottle Rockets: Friday, Aug. 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 required for this FREE program. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can Register here, by phone or in person.

Michael Menes’ Cosmic Juggling Show: Monday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m To celebrate the 50 Year Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, Michael defies gravity by swinging Chinese meteors, juggles the rings of Saturn, and takes everyone on a journey out of this world with his amazing Flying Saucers. The show will encourage kids to learn about space while sharing the fun and amazing world of juggling arts. This FREE program is generously funded by the KDK Foundation in honor of Kurt Kelley. For ages 5 and up.

 Galaxy Art with guest artist Sherry Hoffman: Monday, Aug. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. What amazing space-themed creation will you make? Space is limited and registration required for this FREE program. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can Register here, by phone or in person.

Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, Aug. 6 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 7:00 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. Our Aug. 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.

Camp Read A-Lot: Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Join us 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.

End of Summer Reading Bash with the Toe Jam Puppet Band: Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. Get ready for original music crammed with laughs and overflowing with fun. – expect a rollicking, high energy show. Bring a blanket and your dancing shoes. Cupcakes will be served at 1:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 2 p.m. and takes place outside on the back lawn. (If it rains, please eat before you come. The concert will then be held in the Meeting Room.) Free drop-in for all ages and sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Teen and Tween Summer Finale – Mystery Night at the Library: Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner theater: feast on pizza while you and your team figure out Who-Done-It! Door Prizes and Grand Prize Raffle will be drawn. Space is limited and registration required for this FREE program. Teens and tweens in grades 5 to 12 can Register here, by phone or in person.

New England Aquarium: Oceans come to life in touch tanks and exhibits. Our 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.

New England Quilt Museum: Tradition lives in textiles from this premier collection. Our Friends funded pass admits up to 2 people based on availability. Check out the museum passes page on our website or call the Library for reservations.

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.