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

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Curbside During Covid – Evening Hours Added! : Please place your Westford selections 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. and Monday – Thursday from 6:30-8:30 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. 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].

“Book the Browsing Tent”: Are you looking for new titles for you and/or your family? Do you miss browsing the stacks of the Library? Although our main building isn’t open to the public yet, our browsing tent is available by appointment! Look for the form on our website and submit it to schedule a time to come and browse the selections personally picked for you by our staff. The form will inquire about your reading tastes or you can simply have us “surprise you” with some staff recommendations. We will also offer “Book Bundles” for children and adults. Choose a category and we will supply with a “bundle” of books. One of our Library staff will meet you in the tent with personally curated titles just for you! Check the website for the form, submit it, and then a staff member will reach out to schedule your appointed time. Fifteen minute appointments will be available for individuals and thirty minute appointments for families. To comply with Covid-19 safety re-opening guidelines, only one individual or one family will be scheduled at a time in the tent. This service will be available Monday – Friday from 10-4.   Weekend hours will be added the week of July 27. We can’t wait to see you under the tent! Per Governor Baker, masks are required and sanitizer will be provided.

“Laptop Loan on the Lawn”: Need to check your email or do some research? Perhaps you just want to spend some time catching up with friends and family on social media. You are now able to book up to thirty minutes on a laptop under a tent on our back lawn. Simply fill out the form on our website and a member of our Information Services staff will contact you to schedule a time. This service will be available Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. -4 p.m.   Weekend hours will be added the week of July 27. We can’t wait to see you under the tent. Per Governor Baker, masks are required and sanitizer will be provided.

All of our programs are generously funded by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library.

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)

Where is Hodge Podge? Sat., July 25 at 10:30 a.m. Get the driver in your house to load up the car and you all can follow the clues to find out where Hodge Podge is in the town of Westford. When you find him (it is really Mr. Vinny), drive by and say hello or get out and have a socially distanced picture – whatever you are most comfortable doing. Clues will be posted on the library Facebook page and the Youth Services Department Facebook page.

Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Join us on July 29 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Salary Negotiations” with Tom Patria. 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 Monday Mystery Book Club: Monday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion. We meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 10:30 a.m. New members are always welcome. Our July 27 meeting will take place on Zoom. We’ll be discussing The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. Email Sarah Regan at [email protected] for details!

Virtual Teen and Tween Writer’s Club: Tuesday, July 28 and Aug. 4 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.

Family Concert with the Rockabye Beats: Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. Come get a little crazy with the Rockabye Beats. Marcos and Shon deliver hands on learning through music, bouncing (or as much wiggling as you can do in the family car), Spanish, and all kinds of shenanigans. Pack a car snack and join us in the parking lot at the back of the library. Space is limited to the first 50 cars (that is all we have for parking spaces).This concert and the technology used to listen to it in your car is generously funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library.

Virtual New England Legends with Jeff Belanger: Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Gather ’round the virtual campfire with Jeff Belanger, one of New England’s premiere storytellers! New England Legends offers a tour of haunts, monsters, aliens, and weird history from our region. Based on Jeff’s popular weekly podcast and his Emmy-nominated television series. This program will take place on Zoom. For details, email Sarah Regan at [email protected].

Virtual Teen and Tween Writer’s Club: Tuesday, Aug. 4 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, Journaling, Poetry, Zine Making, Comics, and more! Registration required. Grades 5 and up.

Virtual Adult Nonfiction Book Club: Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Is truth stranger than fiction? Is it more entertaining? Find out in the Adult Nonfiction Book Club. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month. On Aug. 4, we’ll discuss What If? by Randall Munroe. Copies are available on Hoopla and Overdrive. We’re currently meeting online. Email Charles Schweppe at [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Join us on Aug. 5 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Top Ten Workshop” with Mark Altman. 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.

Harry Potter Family Trivia Night: Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. Get your best costume on, think up a creative team name, and ZOOM in for this virtual family trivia event. Hosted by the Trivia Brothers, you will need a computer for the ZOOM meeting and a phone or a tablet for the trivia game. We don’t care if you are on vacation; you can still join us for this fun annual celebration of all things Harry Potter! Sign up on our event calendar – only one sign up per group is necessary and we will email you the ZOOM meeting information. More details on the event description and on our website under Kids Programs.

Virtual Teen and Tween Book Club: Friday, Aug. 7 , 1-1:45 pm: 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]

A Royal Reception: Friday, August 7 at 2 pm: Tinkerbell and Cinderella will be here to tell their personal princess story, sing favorite songs, and have their pictures taken with you. Please come dressed as your favorite character – princesses not required. Tickets ($2) for children and adults are available in the Children’s room. This program is for all ages.

Virtual Adult Book Club: Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Interested in joining a lively book discussion group? Consider the J.V. Fletcher Library’s Adult Book Club. Our selections alternate from Fiction to Nonfiction each month. New members are always welcome. At our Aug, 13 Zoom meeting, we’ll discuss The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. We have limited print copies available in Westford. Please contact Kristina Leedberg if you need assistance finding a copy. You can also do Curbside pickup at other libraries. There are e-copies on Overdrive but there are waiting lists for these copies. Email Kristina Leedberg at [email protected] for details.

Virtual Teen and Tween Writer’s Club: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 1:00 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, Journaling, Poetry, Zine Making, Comics, and more! Registration required. Grades 5 and up. 

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

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.

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.

Drive-In Teen and Tween Summer Reading Finale & Grand Prize Drawing: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Grand Prizes include a Fire HD 8 Tablet and a Nintendo Switch Lite! You do not have to be present to win a grand prize raffle.