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"Early Bird Gets The Word" - Lowell Reads "The Big Year" by Mark Obmascik - September 2014


Lowell Reads

The Pollard Memorial Library is proud to announce its 2014 Lowell Reads title is The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik. This hilarious romp through the world of competitive birdwatching was chosen as a lead in to The Year of the Audubon 2015—a celebration of the 100 Audubon prints that the Pollard Memorial Library acquired in 1880. Copies of The Big Year are available for patrons to borrow from the Pollard Library. Patrons are encouraged to start a book discussion of their own with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers. Unless otherwise noted, events will occur in the library’s ground floor meeting room. All events are free and open to the public. For a full list of events and more information please visit our Lowell Reads page. The aim of our annual Lowell Reads program is to encourage community members to read and discuss the same book. We’re promoting literacy and fostering a better sense of community by creating an opportunity for Lowellians to engage with their neighbors in a meaningful discussion over the same story.

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Year of Audubon

Thanks to the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, the Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees and the John Davis Trust Fund, some of the Audubon prints in the library’s collection have been framed and will be on display at the library throughout 2015. Starting with a kick-off reception on November 5, 2014, there will be a series of events and activities to acquaint the public with the collection and the artist. The Pollard Library Foundation and the Parks and Conservation Trust have put together a handsome 2015 calendar and sets of note cards of various Audubon prints which will be for sale this fall at the library (contact Community Planning Department for more info: or