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Limited Reopening: The J. V. Fletcher Library reopened to the public on a limited basis on Wednesday, Aug. 5. The soft opening is for limited browsing, per the Governor’s Re-Opening guidelines under Phase 3. In addition to CURBSIDE PICKUP, BOOK THE BROWSE TENT, LAPTOP ON THE LAWN, and reference phone assistance, we will re-open a portion of the Library Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The 11 a.m. hour is reserved for seniors and our high risk population. Each reservation is for one person. Only the middle floor of the Library will be open, with displays throughout for browsing – please “JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!” as items handled but not checked out must be placed in quarantine. At this time, patrons under the age of 18 will be referred to the Browsing Tent for an outside appointment. Only 10 patrons at a time will be in the library, with patrons exiting and new appointments entering on the hour; click here and select a date under “Limited Browsing” to make your appointment [for contact tracing purposes only]via our Events Calendar. For more details and a list of available services, please visit our website or call us at 978-399-2300.

Curbside During Covid: Please place your 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-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on 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 staff member will place your order under the rear portico. Please wear a mask to pick up your items. 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 or your family members? Do you miss browsing the stacks of the Library? 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 is available Monday – Friday from 10-4.   We can’t wait to see you under the tent. Per Governor Charlie Baker, masks are required.

“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 is available Monday – Friday from 10-4.   We can’t wait to see you under the tent! Per Governor Baker, masks are required.

Children’s End of Summer Reading Bash with the Toe Jam Puppet Band: LIVE Drive in concert, Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Even Covid can’t keep us from having an end of summer Toe Jam party! Pack up the car and join us in the parking lot at the back of the library.

Drive in and tune your AM radio to 1610 – WJVF Radio Still Serving You! and enjoy the show! You know the drill by now – wear your pjs, pack some snacks, and enjoy the socially distanced show from the comfort of your vehicle in your own parking space

Space is limited to the first 50 cars (that is all we have for parking spaces). If we have enough room, you can use the space to the right of your car. 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. Rain date is Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 pm.

Virtual Teen and Tween Summer Reading Finale & Grand Prize Drawing: Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 pm Grand Prizes include a Fire HD 8 Tablet and a Nintendo Switch Lite. You do not have to be at the meeting to win a grand prize raffle. We will meet virtually via Google Meets, make Breakfast for Dinner, and draw our Grand Prize Winners! Register here.

 Children’s End of Summer Reading Drive by and WAVE – Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Since we could not do a parade to announce our summer reading theme – Imagine Your Story, drive by and see your people from the library staff on the front lawn of the library dressed as either their favorite Alice in Wonderland character or just dressed as silly as you would expect us to be! If your child is registered in the summer reading program, you can pick up your prizes starting August 15 using our curbside service.

 Adult Summer Reading Program update. Once you complete your reading goal, you can get your Kimball Farm kiddie cone coupon through our curbside pickup service. Curbside hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come to our parking lot, call 978-399-2300, and ask for your coupon. We’ll bring it downstairs to you.

 

 

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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]