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


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Staff Book Pick of the Week, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Book Review by Mayleen Kelley.  News of the World is my first five-starred review in a long time.  A finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, this small but heartfelt story took my breath away.  In the aftermath of the Civil War in Texas, a retired army captain who makes his living travelling from town to town reading the news of the world saves a young orphan girl who was captured and has been living with the Kiowa Tribe for four years.  The captain takes the task of returning her to family 400 miles away.  The girl and the captain learn to communicate and build a trusting relationship over the course of the journey. This exquisitely rendered, morally complex novella is pitch perfect.

The J. V. Fletcher Library’s Westford Job Seekers Network meets weekly on Wednesdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. During the month of March the Library – in collaboration with the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – is hosting a special “Start Your Own Business” workshop series. Pre-registration is required for these: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/ma/boston. The schedule of dates and program titles is as follows:   March 8: “Preparing to Finance a New Business” presented in collaboration with ACCION (an SBA Microlender); March 15: “Starting and Growing a Business – The SBA Advantage” presented by SBA; March 22: “Women’s History Month” – we’ll celebrate the accomplishments of women and their many contributions to our communities; March 29: “Opening Doors to Government Contracting” presented in collaboration with Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and April 5: “Your Business Plan: Soup to Nuts” in collaboration with Salem State Small Business Development Center (SBDC.) For more information visit our website at www.westfordlibrary.org or call Dina Kanabar at 978-399-2308, [email protected].

Knitting Group: Monday, March 13 and Monday, March 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. Do you enjoy knitting?  Our informal knitting group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month from 3 to 5 p.m. This is a drop-in program that is open to all ages.  Bring your latest project and share advice and socialize with other knitters!  If you have any questions, please call Kristina Leedberg at 978-399-2309.

 Lego Club: Saturday, March 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. Kids ages 5 and up are invited to make Lego creations at the library using the library Legos. Parents and caregivers need to stay and play too. All creations will stay on display in the Children’s Room through the month. Free. No registration required.

 Adult Coloring Party: Thursday March 16 at 7 p.m. Are you looking for a new way to have fun and escape the stress of everyday life? Our adult coloring parties are on the third Thursday of each month.  Enjoy some time coloring and light refreshments.  We provide ALL of the materials and you get a couple of hours to relax and enjoy the latest coloring trend for adults.  No registration required.

 The Cookbook Book Club meets on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The Cookbook Book Club is dedicated to exploring cookbooks and sampling new recipes.  Copies of this month’s choice, The Way to Cook , by Julia Child are available for check out at the Main Desk.  If you would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required to participate), please contact Sarah Regan in the Information Services Department at 978-399-2309. The Cookbook Book Club is funded by the Friends of the Library and meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month.  No registration required.

Meet and Greet with the 4H Rabbit and Cavy Club: Wednesday, March 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. The 4H Club members will be in the Meeting room to answer your questions and you will have the opportunity to meet some very nice bunnies and guinea pigs. Free Drop-In! All ages are welcome.