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

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The following programs are being offered at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford.

Champion Black Oak Farewell Memorial Storytime and Program: Due to safety concerns and the natural decline of age, Westford residents will soon have to say farewell to the beloved Champion Black Oak on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The tree has watched over the library and the town Common for two centuries. As a town, residents will be able to 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 the west-facing windows and share poems and moments in history which the tree has witnessed as the town’s 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. Anyone is welcome to drop in. All ages are welcome.

Popular Story Time and Book Club: The J.V. Fletcher Library opens online registration for Story Time and Book Club on Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The popular program welcomes children of all ages.

Knitting Group: The J.V. Fletcher Library will be hosting an informal knitting group 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. in the Mary Atwood Room starting Sept. 9. The drop-in program is open to all ages. Residents are encouraged to share advice and socialize with other knitters. Residents with questions can call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Dementia Friendly Library Kits: The J. V. Fletcher Library realizes the importance of meaningful, personal interactions for those struggling with memory loss, recognizes the value of those living with dementia, and understands the importance of remaining and engaging in our community. The six Dementia Friendly Library Kits are designed for caregivers, friends and family members living with persons experiencing memory loss. Each kit contains the following variety of products: Dementia Friendly puzzle, Images SNAP Dementia cards, Reminiscent cards, Period music, and Reminiscent book. As a support resource, a J. V. Fletcher Library designee serves on Dementia Friendly Westford.

Lego® Club: The J.V. Fletcher Library will have a Legos® Club starting Saturday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next meeting. The club is free for ages 5 and up with a parent or caregiver.

Teddy Bear Picnic with Music by Sarah Gardner: The J.V. Fletcher Library will be hosting a picnic on Wednesday Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. Families and children can bring their favorite stuffed animal and have lunch on the grass in the back of the library. Music will be provided by Sarah Gardner. The event is free for all ages. If it rains, the library asks families to eat beforehand and enjoy the concert in the Meeting Room. Residents with questions can call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

KonMari Tidying Workshop: The J.V. Fletcher Library is hosting certified KonMari consultant, Cristin Condon, to teach residents the basic principles of the KonMari tidying method on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Condon will discuss the method’s myths and misconceptions, how to maintain success, and the effects of KonMari. The library encourages residents to bring a “tough to fold” item for a folding demonstration. The workshop is free and for ages 14 and up. Residents can register here or call information services at 978-399-2304.

Adult Book Club: The J.V. Fletcher library is having an Adult Book Club starting Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The book “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates will be discussed. Copies of the current reading selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are encouraged to join. No registration is required. Check out the Reading List for 2019.

Boston Harbor Island Discount Ferry Passes: The J.V. Fletcher Library has discounted Boston Harbor Island Ferry passes funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc. and the Library Board of Trustees. The new service admits up to two people based on availability. Residents can call the library for reservations.

Boston Children’s Museum: The J.V. Fletcher Library has a new service of passes to the Boston Children’s Museum. The passes are funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc. and the Library Board of Trustees. The passes admits up to four people based on availability. For more information, residents can check out the museum passes page on the library’s website or call the library for reservations.

Database of the Week: The J.V. Fletcher Library owns a database of old Westford Eagle articles dating from Aug. 11, 2005 to May 31, 2019. Residents can search the full text today. For more recent Westford news, residents can search the full text of the Eagle-Independent from June 7 to the present. Residents can check out the library’s Databases page to learn more.

Westford Job Seekers Network: The J.V. Fletcher Library has a network of job seekers that meet weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, job searchers can visit the library’s website or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308.

English Conversation Circle: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The J.V. Fletcher Library will be hosting a circle where English-speaking learners can practice English conversational skills and meet other learners in an inclusive, relaxed, and friendly environment. Registration is not required. Residents with questions can call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)