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

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At the direction of town and state officials, we continue to be closed to the public. This is for the safety of our patrons and staff. Our website is the best place to see updates but you may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this turbulent time.

Library Items: While we are currently closed to the public, we ask that you hold onto your library items. Due dates have been extended through May 15.

 Hold Items: Delivery of hold items has been suspended.

Contacting Us :Please reach out to us with any questions at [email protected]

 Library Card Numbers and Pins: If you need your library card number or pin, please contact us at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.

Library Cards: If you are a Westford resident and would like to access our digital collections but don’t have a Library card, please contact us westfordlibrary.org

Expanding Digital Collections: To meet the current needs of our patrons, additional funds have been converted to expand Overdrive and hoopla collections. You will see additional titles added to the Overdrive ebook and audiobook collection and we will be able to continue to support patrons downloading up to ten items per month from hoopla’s collections (audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and television).

 Record Breaking Circulation: At the direction of town and state officials, the Library closed to the public at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. On that day, our staff checked out over 5,000 items. That is typically what we average for check outs over the course of four days during an average week. Thank you for your support and for showing how much you value the library. We hope you are enjoying your items and that you will explore our digital collections.

Digital Collections and Other Social Distancing Resources Available from Home! 

Hoopla – NEW!: Download movies, e-books, audiobooks, comics, and music. There are no waiting lists on Hoopla, every item is “Available Now”. The collection includes titles for kids, teens, and adults. There is also a “Read Out Loud” feature for selected children’s picture books.

 Overdrive: Download e-books, audiobooks, and magazines with Overdrive. The collection includes titles for kids, teens, and adults and also offers Chinese language titles. Check out these lists of Available Now – No Waittitles on Overdrive. Overdrive is also offering a virtual book discussion through their Big Library Read program. Copies of the book “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum”, by Michael McCreary, are available to download for anyone wishing to participate. Looking for a break from all of the Coronavirus news, check out these Overdrive books on crafting, kids activities and more. If fiction is your focus, check out “Feel Good Fiction for Stressful Times”.

Kanopy: Stream documentaries, independent and art house films, The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses and many resources for children through the Kanopy Kids link.

Freegal: Stream or download free music with Freegal.

Safari Books: Access videos and the full text of books in the areas of business, technology, and digital media.

Tumblebooks: Access the best in children’s e-picture books, graphic novels, “readalongs”, and so much more!

JVF Databases: Check out our large collection of databases to learn a language, take an online course, access the latest news articles, start a genealogy project, search residential and business directories, and many other resources.

BPL e-card: The Boston Public Library provides a free e-card to all Massachusetts residents. With the e-card you will have immediate access to all of their remote online databases and collections. 

MVLC has compiled a Social Distancing Resource List with links to resources for remote book borrowing, education, and entertainment. Sections include virtual story times, educational sites, and other kid-friendly resources; adult resources for virtual fitness classes, museum tours, live performances, and more.

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has also created a list of free resources that include links to story times and activities for kids, research, outdoor resourcs, and more.

The J.V. Fletcher Library is located at 50 Main St., Westford. For more information, visit http://www.westfordlibrary.org or email us at [email protected]