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April Nears...

April is the cruelest month, breeding  РT.S. Eliot, The Wasteland

We know you’re excited! April begins on Friday, and apart from the usual April foolery type¬†shenanigans,¬†April 1st means National Poetry Month has begun. It’s time to celebrate and the Pollard is here to help. You can find some great resources and ways to celebrate at the Academy of American Poet’s webpage including text and audio recordings of some of the best American poets ever to grace the page. And information about their fun programs such as Poem In Your Pocket Day – April 14, 2011.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has an impressive line up of poets reading in the Month of April. Including former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, Tom Sexton, Marilyn Chin, Michael Casey, and Nicholas Samaras. Full calendar available on page seven of this attractive brochure.

On Thursday April 21st at 7PM the Pollard will be hosting a Common Threads poetry discussion group sponsored by the Massachusetts Poetry Festival¬†May 13-14th in Salem. To sign up or get more information about this discussion you can contact Sean Thibodeau, Community Planning Librarian 978-970-4118 or¬†And don’t forget our area is rich in poetic resources. Support your local purveyors of things poetic including¬†Bootstrap Productions,¬†Loom Press, and the historic Grolier Poetry Bookshop.¬†Read your local poets.¬†

April is also Autism Awareness Month and more can be info can be obtained at our The Pollard Library’s Autism Guide and at the Autism Society website.

Also, in the month of April, the Pollard Memorial Foundation is bringing to our reference area (aka Memorial Hall) the great writer and captain Linda Greenlaw for their Annual Meet the Author Night, Thursday April 28th @ 6PM ($40 Donation to benefit the Foundation). We’re also showing the movie that made Ms. Greenlaw a household name, The Perfect Storm on Saturday, April 23rd @ 1PM.

April will also bring the¬†4th Annual Lowell Film Festival! April 28-30th to be exact. The Pollard is proud to be hosting two movies on Saturday April 29th (John Brown’s Holy War at 11AM, and World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements at 2PM). The festival’s theme this year is “Lowell on the Churn: Civil War – Present” which ties in with this April being the 150th Anniversary of the commencement of the Civil War (or as the Memorial Hall commemorative plaque in the Pollard Library states, “The War of the Rebellion”). There will be tours of the Pollard and other downtown Civil War sites lead by Richard Howe, Jr. Full schedule available here.

And as if that weren’t enough, The City of Lowell is kicking off celebrations for Lowell’s 175th Anniversary with an event on Monday April 11th from 4:30-6:30 at City Hall.

Of course, all of this is not to mention the Friend’s of the Library’s Monthly book donation drop off at the Lowell Senior Center this Saturday April 2nd from 9am-12pm (all books to be sold at their Annual Booksale on May 21st at the Senior Center), or our monthly Non-Fiction Book club meeting next Thursday, April 7th @ 6:30 where we’ll be discussing River of Doubt by Candice Millard, or our monthly Independent Film Night where on Thursday April 14th we’ll be showing Bad Day to Go Fishing, or our great April School Vacation events, details of which can be found at our Children’s Department Blog.

There is no doubt April is going to be a fun action packed month here at the Pollard and around the city. Don’t miss it!