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

Curbside Pickups Streamlined and Updated: Please place your top 5 selections (that are on the shelf in Westford) on hold through the online catalogYou 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.-3 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.

Children’s Summer Reading Program: Because of the current national situation, all programs are free and do not require tickets. Some may have limited space due to virtual meeting space limitations, but we will let you know about that on the Calendar of Events on our website.

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, for free, to your remote device (phone or tablet) and you can also use this website:  http://westfordmareads.readsquared.com/ to register and log reading.

Please call or email us with any questions and as always you can check out the Children’s Summer Reading Program page on our website for more information on this very different but exciting summer-long program.

Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program: This program is for Teens and Tweens in grades 5-12.  All Teen and Tween events are FREE thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Reading Logs, prizes, and raffles will be organized through READsquared. Download the app or go to http://westfordmareads.readsquared.com/

Nancy and Kate will be sending videos to the School librarians on June 1 who will distribute them to your students. These videos will also be on our website on the Children’s and the Young Adult summer reading pages.

Adult Summer Reading Program: Your summer reading goal is up to you: choose to read 1, 3, or 5 books this summer, to read a particular title, or to join a book club.  Signing up automatically enters you into our weekly raffle for a $25 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. You will also be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a gift card to a Westford restaurant that offers delivery and take out. We’ll be using the READSquared program for registration. Download the free READSquared app, or use this website, http://westfordmareads.readsquared.com/, to register. Once you complete your reading goal, contact us and we’ll arrange for curbside pickup of your coupon for a free ice cream cone at Kimball Farm. Check out some new titles and Imagine Your Story!

All of the Summer Reading Program 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.

 Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Join us on June 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Job Search is Hard Work – Are You Working on the Right Things?” with Tom McDonough, a career and life coach, is director of programs and founding Board member for the Institute for Career Transitions. Where are you getting stuck? What’s working? What’s not?We’ll take a two-part approach to create focus and momentum in your job search.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.

Virtual Feasting from Your Pantry with Liz Barbour: Thu., June 18 at 7 p.m. We’re all trying to use our pantry supplies to make easy, healthy, and delicious meals. In this fun and tasty Zoom class, Liz will share her pantry basics and inspire you to be creative with what you’ve got. Following her discussion, Barbour will demonstrate two pantry recipes anyone can cook at home. NOTE: Liz is hosting this program from her Zoom account. Visit westfordlibrary.org for details on how to register. If you have any questions, email Sarah Regan at [email protected].

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.

LIVE VIRTUAL Show – Once Upon a Time” with Magician Mike Bent, Thursday, June 25 at 1 pm: 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: Saturday, 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]

So Much Fun on Facebook: Have you visited the Youth Services Facebook Page? Some highlights of the week include “Crochet a Baby Octopus” with Miss Kate, Storytime with Miss Ellen and Bernie (her adorable dog) – “Everybunny Count!”, Storytime with Miss Jennifer – “Adventures of Beekle”, Miss Jackie reads chapter 3 of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.  Miss Ellen and Bernie premiere their trailer for virtual outside storytimes coming this summer! Miss Kate also highlights the resources for anti-racist education, parenting, and living. You will find many other stories and activities available to you each week. On Facebook – search for J. V. Fletcher Library Youth Services Department – and send us a request to become a member.

Still Serving You: 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. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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]