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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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WOW! Raytheon to give $50 mill to UMass Lowell for Campus in Kuwait

This is to fulfill a contractual agreement with Kuwait - they buy weapons from Raytheon and Raytheon helps build their educational infrastructure. Read this Boston Globe article for more info. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/12/08/raytheon-fund-umass-lowell-campus-kuwait/kDhReEvNtCEOfufV6yYTPO/story.html
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Remember to Vote Today

The library is a voting location this year for Ward 2, Precinct 1. (This image comes from a great Smithsonian flashback to voting technology of yesteryear. Click here to see more.)
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Patrick Modiano wins Nobel Prize in Literature

The New York Times reported this morning that French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. This international prize is given to a writer for his/her entire body of work. The last American to win the prize was Toni Morrison in 1993.
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4th of July Weekend Hours

. Thursday, July 3: 11AM-2PM Friday, July 4: CLOSED Saturday, July 5th: CLOSED Sunday, July 6th: CLOSED We have a staff training until 11AM the morning of Thursday, July 3rd. Then in celebration of the holiday weekend the library and non-emergency city offices are closing early at 2PM of that same Thursday. The library is…
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Our Public Computers are Now Open for Reservations

Today's installation of new printers went well (we hope!) and our public computers are now ready to be reserved at the 2nd floor reference room. So, come on down! (Especially if you need to print—test out our new machines—tell us what you think.) We've got new photocopiers too!
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2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Earlier this week you may have heard that the Boston Globe staff won a Pulitzer prize for Breaking News for their coverage of the Marathon bombings, and deservedly so. We wanted to share with you the list of the winners and finalists (both are announced at the same time) in Fiction, General Nonficiton, Poetry, Biography…
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