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

Enjoy the Library from Home: Although we still can’t reopen the Library building, there are still many ways to access collections from the comfort of home. The Library has many free resources that are fun and educational. All you need is your Library card. If you can’t find your card or need a new one, contact us at [email protected].

Kids Website Scavenger Hunt: Sixteen stars are placed around our beautiful new website – funded in part by the Friends of the Library. Can you find them all? Go to the Kids page on our website or click here to learn more and view a list of clues. Write down your answers and email them to Nancy at [email protected] and she will send you a Dog Man pencil! Make sure to tell her your mailing address and you can even tell her what color pencil you would like sent to you (color choices are posted on the website).

Covid-19 Resources for Employers and Job Seekers: Many of us are struggling with how COVID-19 is affecting our workplaces. We’ve updated our usual Resources for Job Seekers web page, and now it’s COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Job Seekers. All our usual job seeker resources are still there, plus new information about applying for unemployment, the CARES act, the Paycheck Protection Program, disaster loans for small businesses, and links to food, housing and health insurance resources.

Westford Job Seekers is Going Virtual: Join us on May 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Jump Start Your Return to Work” with Career Consultant, Jackie Davis. Virtual program will take place via zoom. To attend a WJS Meeting, please email Dina Kanabar at [email protected].  Attendees will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email. Weekly topics may be found on our job seekers web page.

Overdrive Recommendations: Many of our patrons rely on our staff members, especially Mayleen, to make personalized reading recommendations for them. Here are a few of our Overdrive titles that Mayleen recommends for downloading. Visit Overdrive to learn more about the ebook and audiobook titles available for download. If you need assistance, please email us at [email protected] . Find more of Mayleen’s recommendations on our Library Facebook Page.

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane Miss visiting friends? Check out this funny, touching novel about a university gardener who sets out on a journey to reconnect with old friends. Download the e-book from Overdrive now.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland Gripping, twisty, completely addictive, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Need I say more? Download the e-book now on Overdrive.

Necessary People by Anna Pitoniak One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. But they can’t both win. Lee Child calls it “propulsive and chilling”. Get on the waiting list for the e-book or download the audiobook now on Overdrive.

Book Lists and Staff Recommended Titles on Hoopla: Titles on Hoopla are always available for immediate download. You will find extensive lists of e-book titles under Categories. These categories include many subjects such as: Adapted to Film, Cooking, Homeschool with Hoopla, Nature, Pets, True Crime, Urban Fiction, and a newly added category, J.V. Fletcher Staff Recommends. Please note, you must be logged into your Hoopla account to see the JVF Staff Recommends List. Whether your preferred genre is historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, memoir, etc. We are sure you will find a title to enjoy.

New every week! Virtual Storytimes and Arts and Crafts!: The Youth Services Department has created a private Facebook page with story time videos and Arts and Crafts. We 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.

Please feel free to tell your friends about us! On Facebook – search for J. V. Fletcher Library Youth Services Department – and send us a request to become a member. We hope you find something fun and entertaining for your children here. The Youth Service staff miss you and your children VERY MUCH! Join Ellen (and her dog Bernie), Nancy (and her cat Bear), Jacki, and Jennifer each week for new programs and storytimes. This is also the place to see updates on George, the Library Gerbil.

Virtual First Chapter Fridays and Make and Take Mondays with YA Librarian Kate: Every Friday afternoon Kate will read the first chapter of a middle grade book and post the video to the J.V. Fletcher Library Youth Services private Facebook page. The books are aimed at the 5th-8th grade age range but the video posts will be fun for the whole family! All books read for FCF are available digitally with your J.V. Fletcher Library card.”

Make and Take Monday is going virtual! Join Kate each week for a craft or project that can be made with items you might find around your home. Every Monday Kate will post a M&T video to the J.V. Fletcher Library Youth Services private Facebook page and to the J.V. Fletcher Library YA Instagram: @jvfletcherteens.”

Virtual Book Club Meetings: The Monday Mystery Book Club will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, April 27 to discuss The Dry by Jane Harper. If you are interested in participating or you would like more information, please contact Sarah Regan.

Still Serving You: While the Library remains closed to the public due to COVID-19, please know that Library staff continue to work remotely and are available to answer your questions. The best way to reach staff is through email at [email protected] Reach out to us if you need your card number or a new card to access our downloadable collections and services.

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]