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What’s Happening at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford…..


Content submitted by India Nolen. Email news to [email protected].

Downloading will be more Delightful: As of Feb. 1 when you link to Overdrive (the free-to-patrons online service that the Library subscribes to) you’ll see that it has a new interface, a new look. Overdrive’s refreshed enhancements will make downloading and placing holds a faster, easier and all around welcome experience. First and foremost, you no longer have to decipher the “shade” of a book graphic to figure out if an eTitle is available instead there will be “written banners” across the top and bottom of each title. The banner above the title tells you whether an eBook or eAudiobook is: “AVAILABLE,” on a “WAIT LIST” or “COMING SOON.” The banner below it tells you how to proceed, “PLACE A HOLD” or “BORROW” the title.

When you go into your account you will find many enhancements that will make borrowing easier. One seemingly inevitable feature is that you will be able to sign in with your Library Card OR via your Facebook account. Further, lending periods or placing and retrieving holds will have newer, easier customizable options. A treat for browsers is a new feature whereby you can browse by “Subject” instead of just by a particular genre or collection. And you will also be able to set an audience-level filter, so that you can, for instance, browse Adult titles only or Juvenile and Young Adult titles only.

If you would like to preview all of the new enhancements, go to the Library’s home page, click on the Overdrive graphic in the menu to the left, then when you are on the Overdrive site click on the orange banner across the bottom of the page which says, “The new Overdrive is coming soon. Preview it now!”

Indian Film Series with Professor Bruce Browne: Thursdays: Feb. 2, March 2, and April 6 at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of film and a discussion afterwards (of the cultural and political issues depicted in the film.) The following films will be presented: “Monsoon Wedding” (Feb. 2), “Bride and Prejudice” (March 2), and “Water” (April 6).  No registration required. Attend one or all three! Appropriate for ages 18 and up. Thank you Friends!

Teen & Tween Zentangle Club: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.  Create your own whimsical art designs with certified Zentangle Specialist, Wendy Brown.  Parents or caregivers and other interested adults are welcome to attend too.  Registration is required for this Friends funded event.

Children’s Storytimes and Children’s, Teen & Tween Book Clubs all start the week of Feb. 6; with one exception, we are holding a Pajama time on Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. Children are welcome to come to the Storytime in the pajamas toting their favorite stuffed animal or doll. Parents and younger siblings can enjoy the Children’s room while Pajama Time is in session.

Teens and Tween Make & Take Mondays: Monday, Feb. 6, 13, and 27 at 3:30 p.m. Imagine, create, and participate!  Each Monday teens will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that will include making fun, seasonal crafts, exploring STEAM activities, and/or creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  All materials will be provided at the program in the Library’s Meeting Room. This is a free, drop-in event.  Registration not required.

 The Friends of the Library, Inc. February Book Sale is on the Horizon. Mark your calendars for: Friday, Feb. 10, Sat. Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12.  Find great bargains and know that you are “recycling” great books. A Friends Members Only Sale will be held on Friday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  A Friends membership (which may be purchased at the door) is necessary for attending the preview sale.  The entire public is invited Saturday for an all-day sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the special half price extravaganza on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.