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

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New Build a Bag for Kids and Teens: Do you miss browsing your favorite section of the library? Let us do the browsing for you! Fill out the Build-A-Bag Bag request form – one for each kid – and get a special selection of library materials, chosen just for you! We select a variety of titles based on what you tell us on the form. Then we check it all out to you, fill the bag, and let you know your bag is ready. And you come pick it up during our curbside hours. Look for a similar service for adults called “Grab and Go” coming soon!

New! Expanded Saturday Hours for “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 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 – Saturday from 10-4.   We can’t wait to see you under the tent! Per Governor Baker, masks are required.

Virtual Tweens and Teens Mug Treat Tuesdays, Dec. 15 – S’mores Cake (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 Dec. 16 from 3-4:30 p.m. for “Google Tricks for Job Search.” with Susan P Joyce. 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: Monday, Dec. 14 (two weeks early!) at 2:30 p.m. Email Sarah at [email protected] for details. Please note that we’re meeting two weeks early in December due to the holidays. We’ll be discussing The Lost Man by Jane Harper. Print copies are available at Main Desk, and can be picked up through our curbside service! You can also download the digital audiobook from Hoopla, and both the digital audiobook and ebook from Overdrive.

Virtual Holiday Pies with Liz Barbour: Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. A delicious holiday pie is one pie crust and one filling away! Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast will share her favorite pie dough recipe so students can recreate the perfect, flaky crust every time. Learn her favorite pie baking tools, ingredients, preparation methods, and how to prepare a delicious seasonal pie and folded tart. Liz will host this program on her Zoom account. To get the link, email Sarah Regan at [email protected].

Teen and Tween Trivia with the Trivia Brothers: Monday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. Are you a true Generation Z pop culture master of information? The Trivia Brothers are bringing it to the library and it doesn’t even matter if you are away for the holidays – zoom in from where ever you are. This free program is hosted remotely by Challenge Trivia and is generously funded by the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library. Register here and be sure to read the program guidelines included in the registration to participate.

Disney Family Trivia with the Trivia Brothers: Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 1:00 p.m. Just how much of a Disney fan are you and your family? Dress up as your favorite character and think about a team name. It doesn’t even matter if you are away for the holidays – zoom in from where ever you are. This free program is hosted remotely by Challenge Trivia and is generously funded by KDK Foundation in honor of Kurt Kelly. Register Here and be sure to read the program guidelines included in the registration to participate.

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

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].

“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].