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Announcing the 2015 #TwitterFiction Festival

More than 20 featured authors from diverse writing backgrounds, including Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood), Jackie Collins (@jackiejcollins), Lemony Snicket (@DanielHandler), and Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) will participate in this digital storytelling extravaganza, sharing creative works via words, photos and videos. While these authors will be part of the official festival lineup, we encourage all of you storytellers from…
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Friday’s Poem – Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Concord Hymn” – in honor of the upcoming Patriot’s Day celebrations

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a founding force behind the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. He was a preacher and lecturer in Concord Massachusetts who gained international notoriety through his series of essays on nature and humanity. He was closely associated with other Transcendentalist thinkers including Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau. He was also an…
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April is National Poetry Month – Here Are 14 Apps for Poetry Fans

These apps can help you write poetry in interesting ways such as including  images or beginning with  writing prompts. There are also voice recording for those on the go and several rhyming dictionary apps. And check out the Poetry Daily app to get your daily requirement of poetry - Vitamin P. Click here for the…
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April is National Poetry Month – Friday Poem from W. B. Yeats

We're kicking off our National Poetry Month observance with a Friday poem by Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939). This poem—one of Yeats' early poems (published 1893)—was inspired by the ideas of American Transcendentalism, especially Henry David Thoreau's book Walden. The Lake Isle of Innisfree I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,…
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Jack Kerouac’s Secret, Obsessive Fantasy Baseball Hobby

"Bear in mind, fantasy baseball fans, that with the season about to start up again, you shouldn’t feel like you have to take any grief for enjoying the game. It counts among its enthusiasts no less a luminary than Jack Kerouac, author of On The Road and The Dharma Bums, and he didn’t just enjoy it, he arguably invented it. The New…
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New Arabic Books

Did you know that the Children's Department has a collection of foreign language books for children?  Our latest addition is a small collection of books in Arabic.
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Kapow! Stan Lee Is Co-Teaching a Free Comic Book MOOC, and You Can Enroll for Free #lowell #library

A MOOC is an online course open to all - the initials stand for: Massive Open Online Course. "Why did superheroes first arise in 1938 and experience what we refer to as their ‘Golden Age’ during World War II?” “How have comic books, published weekly since the mid-1930’s, mirrored a changing American society, reflecting our mores,…
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Hardy Boys Book Donation

[caption id="attachment_2388" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Hardy Boys Display Case 2015[/caption]   The Pollard Memorial Library Children's Department received a donation of a brand new set of Hardy Boys series books by Franklin. W. Dixon!  Please ask at the Children's Reference desk for the collection's location in the library.  There is also display next the ground floor…
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What Books Could Be Used to Rebuild Civilization? Lists by Brian Eno, Stewart Brand and Others #Lowell #library

"One particularly distressing hallmark of late modernity can be characterized as a cultural loss of the future. Where we once delighted in imagining the turns civilization would take hundreds and even thousands of years ahead—projecting radical designs, innovative solutions, great explorations, and peculiar evolutionary developments—we now find the mode of forecasting has grown apocalyptic, as…
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National Survey of Kids For Insight Into What Makes Kids Frequent Readers #lowell #library

  " NEW YORK – January 8, 2015 – Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today released results from the fifth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report™, a biannual national survey of children ages 6–17 and their parents exploring their attitudes and behaviors around reading books for fun.…
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