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

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The Director and staff of the J.V. Fletcher Library are closely monitoring COVID-19 alerts and will followthe guidance of the state and town. The health and safety of our staff and patrons are of the upmost importance. Please check our website before heading to a library event as things are changing on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.  

Library Digital Collections: Lifting Spirits and Way laying Boredom: In the upcoming days you may find yourself working from home or simply choosing to limit your time in public spaces.  The Library’s e-collections provide downloadable access to music, e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and streaming video.  All of these collections provide entertainment for kids, teens/tweens, and adults. Check out our E-Collections page to stream films through Kanopy and Kanopy Kids, Overdrive for downloadable audio, ebooks, and magazines, and Freegal for downloadable music. Chinese language titles are also available through Overdrive.  In addition to downloadable/streaming children’s collections through these services, check out Tumblebooks through our “Kid’s” page for the best in picture books, graphic novels, “readalongs”, and so much more!

Strategic Plan Focus Group: Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. – Canceled: Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled the focus group for March 23.  Instead we will contact various patrons for phone interviews and we encourage everyone to fill out our Community Survey which will be loaded on our website soon.  We need your feedback. The survey will be 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 in late 2020.  The Library is looking toward the future and seeks your assistance in shaping our vision.

J.V. Fletcher Library Participating in MBLC and Bruins PJ Drive: The J.V. Fletcher Library has once again teamed up with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins to participate in their annual pajama drive to benefit DCF Kids and Cradles to Crayons. The PJ Drive’s goal is to collect 15,000 pairs of new pajamas for children and teens in need.   The PJ Drive runs through March 15, 2020. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. The drop off bin is located next to the Main Desk. We are very close to meeting our goal of donating 130 pairs of pajamas. Please help us reach (or surpass) our goal by donating to this worthy cause!

Make & Take Mondays: March 16 and  23 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.

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. Sign-up at the Stony Brook Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Smith.

Blanchard Middle School Book Club: Thursdaydd, 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. We 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. If you would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required), call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309. No registration required. Check out our Reading List.

TWEEN OZOBOTS CLUB: Fri., March 20 at 3:30 p.m. Learn to code and explore with Ozobots: teeny tiny robots with BIG possibilities! Monthly Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. Grades 5-8. Register here for this free program.

Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, Marc 21 at 2 p.m. Back by popular demand! For the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Bring your 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  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! FREE! Drop in. Check out our Reading List.

Meet and Greet with the 4H Rabbit and Cavy Club: Wednesday, March 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. The 4H Club members will be in the Meeting room to answer your questions and you will have the opportunity to meet some very nice bunnies and guinea pigs. Free Drop-In! All ages are welcome.

Salem Witch Museum Pass: Experience the panic of the 1692 Witch Trials through stirring narrative exhibits. Our Friends funded pass admits up to 6 people based on availability. Check out our website or call the Library for reservations.

Database of the Week – A to Z Databases: The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more. For more information, check out the Databases page.

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.