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Celebrate Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month with some e-selections!

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. In observance, here is a sampling of fiction and non-fiction books, all downloadable through Overdrive, compiled by our reference librarian Pam.  The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen. A provocative non-fiction book by one of my favorite novelists. ebook: https://mvlc.overdrive.com/media/2939584…
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Challenge yourself to find Lowell’s history!

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Pollard Memorial Library will be hosting a weekly Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Every Friday (May 8, 15, 22, & 29), we'll be posting a scavenger hunt of 15 questions. All answers can be obtained online and all will be related in some way to Lowell history, buildings, people, and…
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Image of canal arches with quote - "We are not makers of history. We are made by history." by Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo credit - Tony Sampas

Exceeding their limits – Athletes who inspire us.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month People play and watch sports for different reasons—the adrenaline that comes with competition, the camaraderie among teammates and groups of fans, and the escape from everyday life. But sport is more than what happens on a field, a track, or a trail. The stories of athletes—the people…
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Photo of person at top of mountain with Dale Carnegie quote related to not giving up.

Benefits.gov is available to help with finding the benefits that you need!

These are trying times for many people in our community. The coronavirus has led to business closures and layoffs, and people are struggling. If you need help but don’t know where to start, take a look at Benefits.gov. It is the official benefits site for the US Government, with information on over 1,000 federal and…
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History Matters! Virtual Scavenger Hunt Week 2

In honor of National Preservation Month, the Pollard Memorial Library will be hosting a weekly Virtual Scavenger Hunt. Every Friday (May 8, 15, 22, & 29), we'll be posting a scavenger hunt of 15 questions. All answers can be obtained online and all will be related in some way to Lowell history, buildings, people, and…
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History Matters

Enjoy Baseball Season with a Book! as suggested by Alison

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month One of the disappointments of social distancing is the cancellation of sports. Officially, the first day of spring is around March 20 each year. However, baseball, from Little League parades to Opening Day at the Major League stadiums, lets us know that spring is here. We hear…
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It’s Time for Garden Therapy by Pam

April in the Merrimack Valley this year was typical: flowers and birds everywhere, but not a lot of warmth. Now that it's May, many of us are itching to finally get out in the garden. It’s the perfect way to enjoy being outdoors while social distancing. Even if you are limited to a balcony or…
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It's Time for Garden Therapy

Missing Doors Open Lowell? Try our virtual scavenger hunt!

Doors Open Lowell is a favorite event of the Library staff. We are able to chat about the rich history of the building, our interesting and varied art collection, favorite facts about Jack Kerouac, and the amazing architecture designed by Frederick Stickney whose work is prevalent throughout Lowell, including another example of Romanesque which is…
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Virtual History Scavenger Hunt

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

COVID-19 has changed our lives, and it can be stressful. One of the best ways to alleviate that stress is to do physical activity. Our sports are cancelled, but there are plenty of things we can do to stay active while social distancing.  I have been running, walking, and biking in my neighborhood, making sure…
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Doug’s Recommendations for Speculative Fiction

This is a small selection of Latino and African-American authors who write Speculative Fiction, which is just a fancy term for science fiction and fantasy. Doug learned about this while reading up on science fiction from the comfort of his home during Covid19. Please note that some of the links are for other partner libraries…
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Read a Twist on the Classics

For National Library Week, Library Assistant Falicia is highlighting some classic myths and stories given new life through dramatization and retelling. Please note that some of the links are for other partner libraries in the state of Massachusetts. Did you know that you can borrow from any consortium in the state of Massachusetts? You just need…
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Read or Listen to Banned Books!

In recognition of National Library Week and the announcement later today about the Most Challenged Books of 2019 by the American Library Association, our library assistant, Doug, has created a list of previously challenged or banned books that are available through Overdrive and the Libby app. Did you know that you can borrow from any…
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Staff Selections – Maria

Non-Fiction Selection: Available in eBook - Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life. I just finished Carrie Underwood's newest book. She talks about her life growing up on a farm, a life filled with singing and her experience on her rise from American Idol to country music…
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