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

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Library Community Survey: To plan for the next three years, the J. V. Fletcher Library is evaluating its services and programs. Please help us by completing this fall survey! Look for the link on our website: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVFCommunitySurvey2020

Virtual Tweens and Teens Mug Treat Tuesday, Nov. 17- French Toast (see Event calendar) from 4 to 4:30 pm. Teens and Tweens can participate in a weekly virtual program showing you how to make a treat in a mug. We will provide you with a full recipe (ingredients and instructions) to review and have ready before each program starts. This is a FREE virtual event for Teens and Tweens entering Grades 5 to 12. This is an eight-week program presented by Julie Manning of Simply Focused Coaching. Please check the Events Calendar to register for the days you want to attend.

Job Seekers Virtual Meeting: Join us on Nov. 18 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Don’t Jump Off That Bridge! How I Survived Job Loss, One Moment At a Time” with Clare Siska. 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., Nov. 16 (a week early!) at 2:30 p.m. (note our new time!) on Zoom. Wake up your week with a stimulating book discussion. We meet on the fourth Monday of the month @ 2:30 p.m. Please note that due to the holidays, we’ll meet a week early in November. Our November selection is The Private Patient by P.D. James. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

Virtual Mind & Meditation: Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Lina Shastri from The Art of Living teaches you to unlock the power of your breath and discover the easy, effective approach to meditation. Learn how to rest and get centered, recharge your energy and enthusiasm, build your resilience and get tools to deal with bad times, and tune in to your true self. Email [email protected] for the Zoom invitation.

 Friends Annual Meeting Wrap Up: Thank you to the over sixty people who attended the Friends Virtual Annual Meeting on Nov. 5. We all enjoyed hearing author, Stephen Puleo, speak about his newest book, Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, The Irish Famine, And The Remarkable Story of America’s First Humanitarian Mission. If you would like to order a signed copy of Mr. Puleo’s book, please go to https://haley-booksellers.square.site/product/voyage-of-mercy-by-stephen-puleo/143

Hoopla: Due to popular demand, Hoopla is bringing back their Bonus Borrows program for the month of November. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, when you download a Bonus Borrows title, it will not be debited against your monthly Hoopla borrows. Check out the Bonus Borrows collection on the app or at westfordlibrary.org today! What is Hoopla? Download e-books, audiobooks, music, comics, movies and tv shows. There are no waiting lists on Hoopla. Download 10 items per month. If you have questions about Hoopla, please contact the Information Desk at 978-399-2304.

Overdrive: Have you discovered our Overdrive collection? OverDrive is home to thousands of e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, and streaming videos! These are available to download for free with your MVLC library card, via the online catalog, the OverDrive web site, or the free OverDrive or Libby apps (available in the Play Store for Android devices and the App Store for iOS devices). Some of the current highlighted collections include; Homeschooling Resources for Kids and Teens, Native American History Month, Black Lives Matter, Always Available Magazines, and so much more! If you have questions about Overdrive, please contact the Information Desk at 978-399-2304.

In-House Browsing Appointments: Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2 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. Make an appointment via our Events Calendar (select a date and sign up under “Main Floor browsing) or call the Information Desk at 978-399-2304.

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 delays than usual. 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 am.-4 p.m.   We can’t wait to see you under the tent! Per Governor Baker, masks are required.

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  • CLICK on ebooks, audiobooks, music, streaming video, and more at westfordlibrary.org
  • CALL us at 978-399-2300
  • CHAT with Reference at 978-399-2304
  • CONNECT with us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM
  • CONNECT & sign up for the Friends eNewsletter to receive updates!
  • EMAIL us at [email protected]

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]