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Curbside During Covid Extended Until 4:00 p.m.! Please place your selections (that are on the shelf in Westford) on hold through the online catalog. You will be notified when your order is ready for pick up and may come any time during our pick up hours.

Curbside Pickup is available Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Please do not come until you receive a notification that your order is ready. When you arrive, please call 978-399-2300 (due to heavy call usage, we have updated the number to one that rings at multiple desks) and a masked gloved staff member will place your order under the rear portico. We also ask that patrons arrive gloved and masked.

Just a reminder, we are only able to fill orders with items that are available on our shelves. If you have questions or need assistance placing your holds, please call us at 978-399-2300 or send us an email at [email protected]

Item Returns: The rear book drop is open for returns. We ask that you wear a mask and gloves when returning your items. Returned items will be quarantined on carts for one week before they are checked in and removed from your account.

Children’s, Teens and Tweens, and Adult Summer Reading Programs: “Imagine Your Story” is the 2020 Summer Reading Program theme. Registration for all three Summer Reading Programs begins on Monday, June 8.

We will be using the READSquared program for Summer Reading registration and reading logging. You can download the READSquared app from your online App store, website:  http://westfordmareads.readsquared.com/ to register and log reading.

All of the Summer Reading Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc. and are for Westford residents and non-resident members of the Friends. Imagine Your Story is also sponsored by the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Virtual Monday Mystery Book Club: June 22 at 10 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book club discussion! Email Sarah Regan at [email protected] for Zoom details. We’ll discuss A Test of Wills by Charles Todd. You can find it on Hoopla and Overdrive.

Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Join us on June 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “LinkedIn Winners: Increasing Positive Professional Visibility in LinkedIn” with Susan P. Joyce, president of NETability, Inc. and, since 1998, the publisher and editor of Job-Hunt.org, one of one hundred Forbes Best Websites for Your Career. Virtual programs 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.

Be sure to check out all of the virtual programming events delivered by the staff of the Youth Services Department. Their weekly schedule is on our Calendar of Events on our website (westfordlibrary.org).

Virtual Teen and Tween Book Club: Friday, June 26, 1-1:45 p.m.: Titles aimed at Grades 5+, 2-3 p.m.: Titles aimed at Grades 8+. Each week we talk about your favorite titles and play themed trivia and games! Registration required. Visit westfordlibrary.org for details on how to register. If you have any questions, email Kate Rose at [email protected]

Virtual Storytimes: Check out the “Kid’s Programs Page” for a list of weekly storytimes. There is something for every age group!

LIVE VIRTUAL Show – Once Upon a Time” with Magician Mike Bent, Thursday, June 25 at 1 p.m.: Our “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program kicks off with our favorite magician Mike Bent. This book-themed show uses hilarious comedy, amazing magic, games, music, sound effects, AND storytelling to motivate kids to get reading. Best for ages 4 and up. Click on the link from our Events Calendar to sign up and tune into this LIVE, VIRTUAL show.

Virtual Ukulele Strum Along: Sat., June. 27 at 2 p.m. Julie Stepanek returns for another strum along, this time on Zoom. Focusing on 2 and 3 chord songs, this program is for the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Open to adults and teens. FREE! Please note this program is online, so participants must have their own ukuleles. For details, email Sarah Regan at [email protected]

Virtual Teen and Tween Writer’s Club: Tues., June 30 at 1 p.m. Do you like writing? How about drawing? Do you want to meet other people, learn new techniques, and talk ideas? At Writer’s Club we will hang out every week via the Library’s secure Zoom account. Each week will feature a theme such as: Short Stories, Journalling, Poetry, Zine Making, Comics, and more! Registration required. Grades 5 and up.

VIRTUAL SHOW: Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress with the Sciencetellers: Available Starting Tuesday, June 30 at 11 a.m.: A long time ago, two brave villagers take a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, they might need to look to themselves (and to science!) for the answer. Best for ages 5 and up. Click on the link from our Events Calendar to tune into this VIRTUAL show any time until August 31.

Virtual Teen and Tween Stained Glass Suncatcher: Wednesday July 1 at 1p.m. Make your own unique suncatcher! Local artists from Ways of Color have provided us with all the materials needed. Register to schedule a curbside pickup of a kit, and then meet virtually on July 1 to create art together! Grades 5 and up.

Virtual Marine Life in New England: Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. Nature photographer Bob Michelson’s slideshow reveals the wide diversity and beautifully colored marine creatures that inhabit New England’s waters. Open to all ages! This program will be held on Zoom. Email Sarah Regan at [email protected] for details.

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].