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Life’s a Beach – Suggested Readings by Alison

It’s summer—time to head to the beach! If you can’t make it there this year, grab one of these books with beachy titles. Whether you like cookbooks, historical fiction, horror, humor, memoir, mystery, romance, the paranormal, thrillers, or urban fiction, there’s something here for you. The Beach by Alex Garland The Beach, as Richard has…
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Review of Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks by Anastasia

Review of Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks by Anastasia Sakellaris I had to read this  book. It is set in England in 1666 during the bubonic plague.  Being in the midst of a present Covid 19 pandemic, I became curious about plagues during history, comparing the ones in the past and how people dealt…
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Staff Picks from Doug

Faster by Neal Bascomb Bascomb tells the story of how a Jewish racing driver (Rene Dreyfus) a wealthy woman who competed in races (Lucy Schell), and an engineer from the Delahaye car company (Charles Weiffenbach) beat the Third-Reich sponsored team in a Grand Prix auto race. I like reading about twentieth century history. I like…
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Staff Selections

Lowell Reads Summer 2020 is here!

Summer Reading… Not Just for Kids! Why should kids have all the fun this summer? The Pollard Memorial Library is happy to announce that we will be offering a special adult only summer reading challenge for patrons entitled “Lowell Reads – Summer Edition.” We have two options for adult patrons to complete opportunities to participate…
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June is Audiobook Month!

A few years ago, I started to listen to audiobooks in the car with my children. They were never as quiet as they were when we listened to books—a mother’s dream! Audiobooks aren’t only good for keeping the kids quiet; they are great entertainment for road trips, something to listen to while cleaning or folding…
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June is Audiobook Month (Headphones) Listen to a Great Book!

Celebrate Men’s Health Month!

June is Men’s Health Month, and the week of June 15-21, 2020, is Men’s Health Week.  It was established to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. During this month health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals take the opportunity…
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Pride Month Reading Suggestions – Focus on Fantasy

Happy Pride Month! In celebration Falicia and Katelyn are highlighting fantasy novels with LGBTQ+ leads. Falicia’s Suggestions: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles is the story of the Trojan War from the perspective of Patroclus, Achilles’ lover and brother in arms. Patroclus bears nothing like Achilles godly gifts of beauty…
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Black Voices & Anti-Racist Material Selections at the Pollard

As we approach Juneteenth, it's important to recognize that Lowell  has always been a diverse community and the Pollard Memorial Library remains an open and inclusive environment for all our citizens regardless of race, gender, or identity. This guide represents some materials on black voices and the issues of racism in our country from its roots…
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Protect Yourself from Scams

While social distancing at home, Doug watched a webinar from the Federal Trade Commission, better known as the FTC. The webinar educated librarians about the latest fraud scams and gave us pointers and resources that we can pass on to our patrons. One great piece of advice is to “follow the money.”  It is common…
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Last Week of the Digital History Scavenger Hunt!

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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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.