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

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Strategic Plan Focus Group: Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.: The library staff members are asking for feedback. This is an opportunity to share your input as the Board of Library Trustees and Library staff embark on the new three-year Library Strategic Plan, mandated by the state, and due Oct. 1.  The Library is looking toward the future and seeks your assistance in shaping our vision. No registration required. Light refreshments will be served.

Beginners Chess: Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. In preparation for the new chess club offering for kids in grades 3 to 5, Glenn Davison will teach the fundamentals of chess. In one hour students will learn the basics including: setting up the board, using the pawns, how to move to win and special moves, 10 tips for playing a better game, and how to win a game of chess in four moves. Space is limited to 50; patrons can register here. This program is for children in grades 3 to 5 and is generously funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Make & Take Mondays: March 9 and 16  Each Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 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.

J.V. Fletcher Adult Book Club: Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m. (Please note the time change just for this month). Join the group to discuss Red Notice: a story of high finance, murder, and one man’s fight for justice (nonfiction) by Bill Browder. This is a nonfiction title that reads like fiction. Copies are available at the Main Desk. New members are always welcome. No registration required. Check out our Reading List.

An Evening with Susan B. Anthony: Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Patrons will meet Susan B. Anthony. Brought to life by performer Sheryl Faye, Anthony was a women’s rights activist who played a prominent role in the women’s suffrage movement, which led to the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This year brings a celebration of the 19th Amendment’s ratification as well as Anthony’s 200th birthday. Includes a Q&A. FREE! Register here or call 978-399-2304.

Advanced Snap Circuits and Takeaparts: Friday, March 13 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. There are five Snap Circuits kits to play with: RC Cars, Light, Motion, Arcade, and 3-D Illumination. Register here. This free program is for children in grades 3 to 5.

Stony Brook Middle School Book Club: Wednesday,  March 18 at 2 p.m. Library book club open to Stony Brook Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8.  Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a month until May 2019 at the Stony Brook Middle School. Students can sign-up at the Stony Brook Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Smith.

Blanchard Middle School Book Club: Thursday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Library book club open to Blanchard Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8. Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a once a month until May 2019 at the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons. Sign-up at the Blanchard Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Brandt.

Cookbook Club: Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Patrons will explore cookbooks and sample new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. Our March pick is Heart & Soul in the Kitchen by Jacques Pepin. Copies are available at Main Desk. Those who would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required), are asked to call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309. No registration required. Check out our Reading List.

TWEEN OZOBOTS CLUB: Friday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Students will learn to code and explore with Ozobots: teeny tiny robots with BIG possibilities. Monthly Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Grades 5-8. Register here for this free program.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. Back by popular demand. For the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Participants can bring their own ukulele or register here to borrow one. Open to adults and teens. Singing is encouraged. FREE!

Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion. The group meets on the fourth Monday morning of the month at 10:30 a.m. in the downstairs Meeting Room. The March selection is The Dry by Jane Harper. Copies are available for check-out at the Main Desk. New members always welcome! Drop in.

Database of the Week: The Lowell Sun. Those researching a local event or needing to catch up on missed news? Patrons can search the full text of The Lowell Sun from 2001 to the present. For more information, check out the Databases page.

Discovery Museum Pass: There is something for everyone, science, nature, play and a big old tree house. TheFriends funded pass admits up to three people based on availability. Check out 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.