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Staff Picks 2020

During quarantine, the Pollard Library staff had plenty of time to read. Here are some of our favorite books published this year. Although the library building is closed to visitors, you can still request items to be picked up curbside. Simply place a hold or fill out our request form. We’ll let you know when…
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated by American citizens whose ancestry is traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 through October 15 and it starts on the 15th, because it is the independence days of 5 countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and…
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month & Read!

Autumn in New England – Get Reading!

There’s nothing like fall in New England--the foliage, the flannel, the apple orchards. Check out these 10 reads, set in New England, that evoke a cozy autumn atmosphere. These stories will have you sipping pumpkin spice lattes and seeing witches around every corner. Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman Book | eBook | Audiobook In a…
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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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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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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:…
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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.

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

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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