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Sunday Hours: Resume until Sunday, April 28. On Sundays the Library is open from 2 to 5 p.m.
Coming Soon! New Library Website and Mobile App: In January the Library will unveil a new website that is intuitive and simple to navigate. This initiative was funded in part by gift and grant funds and by the Friends of the J. V. Fletcher Library, Inc.
In January the Library will also roll out a new mobile app that makes it easy to digitally browse the library’s collection, checkout or place a hold for later pickup, and even renew items previously checked out.
Lego® Club: Saturday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. Patrons can create something fun with Library Legos®. All creations will be displayed in the library until the next meeting. Free drop-in for ages 5 and up with parent or caregiver.
Story Time and Book Club Online Registration: Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Online Registration for these popular programs starts Monday at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. (978-399-2302) you are welcome to register by telephone. Book clubs are for grades kindergarten through grade 5 and meet once a month from 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Mini Masters Art Book Club is for children in grades 3, 4, and 5 and meets one Thursday afternoon a month. The Non-Fiction Book Club is for kids in grades 3 and 4 and meets once a month on Monday afternoon.
Stony Brook Middle School Book Club: Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Library book club open to Stony Brook Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8. Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a month until May 2019 at the Stony Brook Middle School. Sign-up at the Stony Brook Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Smith. This month students can choose to read and discuss EITHER Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia OR Front Desk by Kelly Yang! (Or both!).
Blanchard Middle School Book Club: Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. Library book club open to Blanchard Middle School teens in grades 6 to 8. Students actively participate in book discussion and hands-on activities once a once a month until May 2019 at the Blanchard Middle School Learning Commons. Students can sign-up at the Blanchard Middle School with the school librarian, Mrs. Brandt. This month we will be discussing Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.
Cookbook Club: Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. We explore cookbooks and sample new recipes. We meet on the third Thursday of the month. Our January pick is Carla Hall’s Soul Food by Carla Hall. Copies are available at Main Desk. Those who would like to bring a dish from the cookbook (not required), are asked to call Sarah Regan at 978-399-2309. No registration required.
Holiday Closure: The Library will be closed on Mon. Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Westford Academy Mid-Term Study Hours: Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Thursday, Jan. 23 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those in need of a place to study for Mid-Term Exams are invited to come to the J.V. Fletcher Library. The Meeting Room will be open for Westford Academy students. Caffeine and snacks provided, pizza will be served at 6 p.m. each evening. Extended hours are for students only. Prompt pick-up required no later than 10 p.m. FREE! Drop in.
Learn Ukulele: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. RESCEHDULED! Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. Learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, patrons will be able to play some fun and easy songs. No experience necessary. (This is a beginner lesson, and not our monthly ukulele strum along.) Attendees can bring their own ukulele or register in advance to borrow one. Register online or call 978-399-2304. Ages 14 and up. FREE!
Ukulele Strum Along: Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Back by popular demand. For the beginner ukulele player who wants to practice and play music with others. Attendees can bring their own ukulele or register (online through the Meeting Room calendar or call the Information Dept. at 978-399-2304) to borrow one. Open to adults and teens. Singing is encouraged. FREE!
Make & Take Mondays: Jan. 27. Imagine, create, and participate. Each Monday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Teens and Tweens can participate in a variety of hands-on activities that include making fun, seasonal crafts and exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities. This is a FREE drop – in event for Teens and Tweens in Grades 5 to 12, registration is NOT required.
Breaking Science: Cancer Therapies: Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. In the past five years, there has been an explosion of new therapies for cancer that modify the immune system. Researcher James Sampson explains what’s already out there, and what promises to make treatment even better. FREE! Register online or call 978-399-2304.
English Conversation Circle: every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Attendees can practice their English conversation skills and meet new friends in a relaxed and friendly environment. This group is led by Carol Morse, and meets in the Mary Atwood Hall. Registration not required. Any questions, please call 978-399-2309. FREE!