Friday, October 7, 2011
Charles Pierce, author of "Idiot America" and frequent guest on NPR's newsquiz "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," was the keynote speaker at last night's Friends of the J.V Fletcher Library annual meeting.
Charles Pierce spoke to a group of over 60 people after the Friends of the J.V. Fletcher Library annual meeting. He shared several stories from and about his book "Idiot America", answered questions, and stayed after to sign autographs.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A meeting of multiple municipal boards over future steps regarding the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Westford drew criticism from area residents in attendance.
While the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail’s length in Westford is small compared to some neighboring towns, issues surrounding it were certainly looming large in a packed room at the J.V Fletcher Library on Wednesday night. A meeting of the Board of Selectmen and various other members of municipal boards in town was convened following long standing concerns surrounding parking near the 1.8 miles of the trail on Route 27. Westford Police began stepping up enforcement of parking tickets during the past few weeks in response to potential safety issues in town along the trail, a former railway that currently runs from Lowell to near the Westford/Acton/Carlisle border, which is planned to eventually expand all the way to Framingham. With police now …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Retired Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab Forensic Scientist, Paul Zambella, tells of his real-life experiences working in the field as a CSI in his Forensic Science Roadshow at the JV Fletcher Library
Popularized by numerous television shows, retired Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab forensic scientist Paul Zambella welcomed patrons of the J.V Fletcher Library to the world of crime scene investigation (CSI) as part of the library’s “Forensic Science Road Show.” Zambella, who previously worked in the field of CSI for 36 years and now teaches Forensic Science at Hesser College, gave detailed explanations of different evidence gathering techniques including fingerprint patterns, DNA retrieval from suspects, and tools such as the crime scope which is used to identify blood and human traces as well as a nationwide database retrieval access system. He told the audience that today forensic science and the infrastructure of crime scene …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Several announced changes for the library this summer.
The J.V Fletcher Library is gearing up for summer readers with several new additions for Westford’s bibliophiles. New Hours Starting tomorrow, the library will be open once again for Saturdays, reversing a prior policy where the library was closed on Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. On Monday, a new earlier opening time of 10:00 a.m will also replace the previous 1:00 p.m starting time that had been in place on Mondays. New Merrimack Valley Consortium Lending Policies In the past Westford library patrons could only get DVDs from the J.V Fletcher with their library card, but no longer: now requests can be made from Westford for DVDs at any of the libraries in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, with other library card …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Under the old oak tree next to the library, Jeannie Mack entertained the audience with her whimsical style of music.
Children's entertainer Jeannie Mack held a concert early yesterday afternoon on the lawn between the J.V Fletcher Library and the First Parish Church United just off the Westfod Town Common. Jeannie, whose music is geared toward 1-7 year olds, entertained the crowd with fun and interactive songs and even a game of Simon Says. Set under a big oak tree, her charming voice and wit pleased the audience as they sang along during a sunny summer day.
Here are five things you need to know today in Westford.
Hello Westford! Here are your Five Things for today, July 7. #1. Weather: There will be some clouds today, but any chance of rain will likely be gone by the time the sun comes up. Expected highs are in the mid 80s, expected lows are coming in at the low 60s. #2. More Shows at the Library: Today at 11 a.m, the J.V Fletcher Library is hosting children magician Mike Bent and his “Magical Stories from Around the World” show. Tickets are $2 and are available in person or by phone. #3. This Week’s Wine and Nibbles Reception: Head on down to Art on Main tonight at 5 to see guest artist Richard Scott’s “digital painting” presentation. #4. Unexpected Uses for Your Westford Library Card: We received word yesterday from a staff member at the J.V …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
A local expert on the history of Boston Harbor was on hand last night at the J.V Fletcher Library to share a series of historical postcards.
There was once a time when people used postcards the same way they use text messages now, and Mass Audubon Society director John Galluzzo helped show a crowd assembled at the J.V Fletcher Library on Tuesday night a series of post cards from that era in places in and around Boston Harbor.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
This week the Fletcher Library says good bye to the Bookmobile, as well as the woman who drove it, Maureen Barry.
On Monday night, Library staff and local well-wishers bid a happy retirement to Maureen Barry, proud operator of Westford's Bookmobile for nearly 30 years. Her retirement was celebrated in an open house that will act as a prelud to Barry's last official act on Thursday at 2 p.m when she drives the Bookmobile into the library parking lot for the last time, ending her career as well as that of the Bookmobile itself. Barry told Patch that following the retirement of both herself and the vehicle she used to bring the world of reading to local children and the homebound, she plans on taking time off and travelling throughout the country.