What’s Happening at the J.V. Library

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Story Time and Book Club Online Registration: Online registration for these popular programs is open. Readers can check the website for descriptions of the selection of story times and book club options for children in grades kindergarten through grade 5. Book clubs meet once a month from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and are open to Westford residents and non-resident Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Cookbook Club: Thu., Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Club explores cookbooks and samples new recipes. The September choice is Homegrown: Cooking from my New England Roots by Matt Jennings. Copies are available for check out at the Main Desk.  Those wanting to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), can contact Information Services at 978-399-2309. No registration required. Check the  Reading List.

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The group meets on the fourth Monday morning of the month in the Mary Atwood Room. The 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 the Reading List.

 Champion Black Oak Farewell Memorial Storytime and Program: Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Due to safety concerns and the natural decline of age, the town 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 residents 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 the 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. No registration required. All ages are welcome.

Knitting Group: Monday, Sept. 23 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.

College Planning Session: Thu., Sep 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. FREE! Residents can Register here or call 978-399-2304.

English Conversation Circle: every Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. Participants can practice English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. Registration is not required. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Davis Farmland and Mega Maze: is a discovery farm for families with children 12 and younger, featuring over 100 breeds of animals. There is also pretend and nature-based play, a water spray park, hay and pony rides, food, apple picking and more. The Friends-funded pass admits up to 4 people based on availability. Check out the website or call the Library for reservations. Check out the museum passes page on the website or call the Library for reservations.

Database of the Week: Writing a school paper (or know someone who is)? Gale Academic One File meets research needs from arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology. Contents include scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers, many with full text images. Check out the Databases page to learn more.

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.