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

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Champion Black Oak Farewell Memorial Storytime and Program: Mon., Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Due to safety concerns and the natural decline of age, we will soon have to say farewell to the beloved Champion Black Oak that has watched over the Library and the Town Common for two centuries.  Together we will pay homage to a living piece of Westford history that has stood so majestically as an abiding town landmark. Families and young ones are invited to gather in the Main Floor Reference Area to re-create the tree on our west-facing windows and share poems and moments in history which the tree has witnessed as our farewell tribute.  Healthy seedlings exist to extend the life of this tree. The Library will share plans for mementoes and future uses of the oak. Drop-in. All ages are welcome.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Mon., Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The group meets on the fourth Monday morning of the month in the Mary Atwood Room. Our September selection is The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware.  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.

College Planning Session: Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Preparing for college has never been more complex, and changes in admissions, financial aid, and financing only confuse parents more. This workshop provides an overview of the college planning process (and is different from the guidance/MEFA presentation). Financial coach T. Jack Wang and educational adviser Tom O’Hare explain how to get into the right college, how to understand and maximize financial aid, and how to find the most efficient payment method (and not wreck your financial future)! Ages 14 and up. Residents can register here or call 978-399-2304.

 Tween Ozobots Club: Fridat, Sept. 27 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Learn to code and explore with Ozobots – teeny tiny robots with BIG possibilities. FREE monthly event for tweens in grades 5 to 8. Residents can register here or call the Youth Services Department at 978-399-2302.

Tween Make and Take Mondays – Candy Melt Bowls: Monday, Sept. 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Particpants will make seasonal crafts and explore STEAM activities.  Open to grades 5 to 12.  No registration required.  All materials are provided.

Make Your College Essay Sparkle: Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Seniors, are you struggling to find the right college essay topic? Join us to brainstorm ideas. Journalist Joyce Pellino Crane will use sample essays to show you how to begin and organize your story. She will discuss how to create curiosity to keep the reader interested, how to move the story forward to demonstrate emotional growth, and how to end it on a serendipitous note. This event is for seniors only. FREE!  Students can register here or call Information Services at 978-399-2304.

 The library staff recognizes the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library for donating 94 gently used summer reading titles to local students. Your donations were greatly appreciated.

Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information residents can visit the website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, [email protected]

Link to Literacy: Link to Literacy is a non-profit, volunteer run organization devoted to enabling adults who have joined us from other cultures to read, write, and speak American English more effectively. Training and materials are provided to tutors. Tutors work with their students at the Library. To pick up a tutor or student application or for more information, stop by or contact the Information Services department at 978-399-2304.

Institute of Contemporary Art:  Residents can experience dynamic exhibitions and performances in a waterfront setting. The Friends funded pass admits up to 2. Check out the museum passes page on our website or call the library for reservations.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A prized collection of art, architecture, textiles, furniture, flowers and plants is a T stop away. The Friends funded pass admits up to four people based on availability. Patrons can check out the museum passes page on the website or call the Library for reservations.

Database of the Week: Gale Business Entrepreneurship: Explore all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Patrons can check out the Databases page to learn more.

September Book Displays: Throughout the library patrons will see themed displays to inspire new reading selections.  This month the group will be highlighting “Art in Fiction,” “The Harvest is In,” “Tribute to Trees”, and “Remembering Dorothea Benton Frank.”  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.