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

Our programs are funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library, Inc.

End of Summer Reading Prizes Pick Up – If your child is registered in the summer reading program, you may now pick up your prizes using our curbside service. 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.!

Virtual visit with the REAL Mother Goose: The video link will be posted on our website through August 31. Kids of all ages will enjoy this familiar face for a virtual program of songs and stories.

Virtual Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress: with Sciencetellers A long time ago in a faraway world, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from the Evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, they might need to look to themselves (and to science!) for the answer. The video link will be posted on our website through August 31.

Virtual Story and Sing a Long with a Special Princess: Choose from Tinkerbell, Snow White, Cinderella, or watch all three! The video link will be posted on our Events calendar through August 31.

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).

Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Join us on August 19 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Self Assessment/Transferable Skills Reinventions Is Possible!” with Deborah Hope.

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: Mon., Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion! We meet on the fourth Monday of the month @ 10:30 a.m. New members are always welcome. Our Aug. 24th meeting will take place on Zoom. We’ll be discussing The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. Email Sarah Regan at [email protected] for details!

 

Virtual Global Health Challenges with Keith West: Thu., Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Between pandemics, parasites and preexisting conditions, the world has a ton of health challenges. Join expert Keith West us for a discussion of the major health issues the world is currently confronting as well as the potential solutions being proposed. This event is part lecture, part discussion, and participants are encouraged to ask questions. No medical or scientific background is required – the goal is to make these issues accessible to the general public. While this event will touch on COVID-19, it will largely focus on other relevant issues in Global Health. This event will be held on Zoom. For details, email Sarah Regan at [email protected] 

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 Saturday 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.

Summer Reading Books: Are your kids working on their summer reading?
Our Youth Services Department web page has links to the summer reading lists and copies of the recommended titles. We also have a selection of gently used free copies courtesy of the Friends of the Library.  Please call us at 978-399-2300 to check on title availability.

Limited Reopening: The J. V. Fletcher Library is open to the public on a limited basis. The soft opening is for limited browsing, per the Governor’s Re-Opening guidelines under Phase 3. In addition to CURBSIDE PICKUPBOOK THE BROWSE TENTLAPTOP ON THE LAWN, and reference phone assistance, a portion of the Library is open 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 is 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 and you may come any time during our pick up hours.  Inter-library delivery is now available. Please expect longer delivery times. Items received from other libraries will be quarantined for one week. Curbside Pickup is available Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday – Thursday 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 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 and/or your family?  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 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.

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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]