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

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Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library Annual Meeting with Featured Speaker Marianne Leone: Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Friends Annual Meeting will take place inside the Meeting Room at 7 p.m., on Nov. 7, followed by this year’s featured speaker, Marianne Leone, at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, although only Friends members can vote during the Annual Meeting. Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter, essayist, and author. Her memoir of joy, grief, and triumph, Jesse, tells the story of  her transformation by her son Jesse’s remarkable life and untimely death. Her second memoir, Ma Speaks Up, recounts the story of her outspoken, frequently outrageous Italian immigrant mother. Her essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the Boston Globe, WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog, and The Bark magazine. She had a recurring role on HBO’s hit series “The Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher’s mother, and has appeared in films by John Sayles, David O. Russell, Nancy Savoca, and Martin Scorsese. Open to all.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Focusing on two and three chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Ukuleles available to borrow, and songs are projected onto a screen so no music stands or books necessary. This program is open to adults and teens. Residents can register here or in Information Services to borrow a ukulele, or just drop in with your own.

 Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The group meets on the fourth Monday morning of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. The October selection is The Reckoning by John Grisham. Copies of the current selection are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members are welcome. No registration required. Drop in.

 Make & Take Mondays: Oct. 28 – Wormy Graveyard cookie and pudding cups. Imagine, create, and Participate! Each Monday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Teens and Tweens can participate in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts and exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities. This is a FREE drop – in event for Teens and Tweens in Grades 5 to 12, registration is NOT required.

Knitting Group: Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The informal knitting group meets in the Mary Atwood Room 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. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages. Participants can bring their latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters. If you have any questions, please call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309.

Booktalk with Mayleen and Kristina: Friday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. Join Mayleen and Kristina for an informal “Booktalk”. During this hour they will talk about books both old and new.  No registration required.

Make & Take Mondays: Nov. 4. Imagine, create, and participate! Each Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm Teens and Tweens can participate in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts and exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities. This is a FREE drop – in event for Teens and Tweens in Grades 5 to 12, registration is NOT required.

 Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Mary Atwood Room. Dates and book titles can be found on the website and at the Information Desk. The Nov. 5 book discussion will be American Lion by Jon Meacham. Copies are available at Main Desk. No registration required. Check out the reading list.

Adventures in Microgreens: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. Gardener and teacher Judith Taylor will explore the benefits of growing and eating microgreens. Attendees will get step-by-step instructions on how to grow microgreens, and create their own microgarden to take home. Register here or call 978-399-2304.

Salem Witch Museum: Experience the panic of the 1692 Witch Trials through stirring narrative exhibits. The Friends funded pass admits up to six people based on availability. Check out the museum passes page on our website or call the library for reservations.

Database of the Week: Kid’s InfoBits is geared toward students in kindergarten through grade 5.  It features a visually graphic interface, a subject based topic tree, and age appropriate journal and newspaper articles. Check out our 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.