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

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Virtual Story Times, Harry Potter, and Arts and Crafts!: The Youth Services Department has created a private Facebook page where we will post story time videos, a special Harry Potter read aloud, and ideas for arts and crafts (check out the “How to Make a Fairy House Video”). The librarians made this page private to honor the copyrights of the authors and publishers of the works we use. All videos will be removed after the time periods allotted by the copyright owners.

Patrons should feel free to tell friends about library services. On Facebook – search for J. V. Fletcher Library Youth Services Department – and send us a request to become a member. The Youth Service staff members said they miss Patrons and Their children VERY MUCH!

Virtual Book Club Meetings: The Adult Book Discussion Club will be meeting via Zoom on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, Those interested in participating or who would like more information, are asked to contact Kristina Leedberg.

The Monday Mystery Book Club will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, April 27 to discuss The Dry by Jane Harper. Those interested in participating or  seeking more information, are asked to contact Sarah Regan.

New! Staff Recommends – The list includes titles that are available to download on Overdrive and Hoopla. The librearians also provide personalized title recommendation.

Learn a New Language with Rosetta Stone: Rosetta Stone’s proven immersion method integrates listening, reading, and speaking. There are 30 different languages to choose from. Patrons will be asked to enter a Library ID from a library card. They will then be prompted to provide their-mail and to create a password so that the lessons will be saved. New- advanced learning levels for each of the languages are now available to Westford patrons.

Hoopla!: Hoopla has no waiting lists. Every item in their collections are available for immediate download. Choose from movies, TV series, e-books, audiobooks, music, and comics. There are collections for all age groups, including “read alongs” for kids and home schooling resources. Those in need of home exercise are asked to check out the health and fitness videos available for download. Typically, patrons may check out up to 10 items per month. Due to these challenging times, Hoopla has added over 1,000 titles to “Bonus Borrows. “Bonus Borrows” do not count towards your 10 items per month. Patrons are asked to go to Categories to find listings of “Bonus Borrows” as well as numerous linked lists in all kinds of subject areas. There is a “Categories” link from each format collection.

COVID-19 Digital Archive: The Library is collecting a digital archive of community members’ experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic in real time. There are multiple ways patrons can participate and submit their experiences to this archive: record and submit a daily digital journal, or submit photos, or both. A staff member will review submissions and get back to you. Patrons should understand that all submitted journals and photos will be assumed submissions to the archive. To learn more, go to https://westfordlibrary.org/research/covid-19-digital-archive/

Patrons are encouraged to explore the library’s large number of databases and digital collections that include e-books, audiobooks, movies magazines, television series, the Great Courses, comics, and music. These collections provide content for all audiences and age groups. Anyone needing a library card number or a new card, is encouraged to send an email at [email protected] There is a “Downloadable Collections, Homework, and Homeschooling Resources Available From Home” web page that is continuously being updated.

Patrons are asked to hold on to their items. Due dates have been extended until May 15.

Patrons are asked to check the website for updates. The staff is posting daily about online services, social distancing resources, and some fun items for stress relief.

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]