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Thank you, Linda. Thank you, Lowell.

Thank you to all who came out last night for the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation's meet the author night with Linda Greenlaw. There were many smiling faces in the crowd and much laughter echoing through Memorial Hall. The food was delicious, the wine tasty and Ms. Greenlaw charmed us all with her salt of the…
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Linda Greenlaw Tomorrow Night!

So. You've watched The Perfect Storm, you've read all her books, it's time to get ready to meet the author. Tomorrow night Linda Greenlaw will be at the helm of our 2nd Floor Reference room for an intimate evening of great conversation. The suggested donation for this event is $40 and will benefit the Pollard…
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For The Union Dead

Robert Gould Shaw memorial on the Boston CommonIt's still National Poetry Month! So, in anticipation of tomorrow night's Lowell Film Festival opening selection: "Glory" -- a film that tells the story of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's all black Union regiment (Massachusetts 54th) -- I thought we'd share a selection from Robert Lowell's poem "For The…
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Some things to do tonight…enjoy the weather, and whatnot

Former laureate, and current Pulitzer prizing winning poet Kay Ryan, will be reading at the O'Leary Library on UML South Campus. Tonight at 7pm. Also, there are two, count 'em, two Artbotics exhibitions tonight as part of Boston Cyberarts! From the official website: "The college course's exhibit, Play, will be displayed at the 119 Gallery,…
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One from Robert

Spring PoolsThese pools that, though in forests, still reflectThe total sky almost without defect,And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,And yet not out by any brook or river,But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.The trees that have it in their pent-up budsTo darken…
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New Book on Benson’s

The Nashua Telegraph reported yesterday that Arcadia Publishing has released a new photo book on Benson's Wild Animal Farm. This will be the second book about Bensons by Nashua Author Bob Goldsack who was quoted in the article as saying:‚ÄúI‚Äôve interviewed so many people for both books, and not one person ever had a bad…
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One for Today

Living¬†The fire in leaf and grassso green it seemseach summer the last summer.The wind blowing, the leavesshivering in the sun,each day the last day.A red salamanderso cold and soeasy to catch, dreamilymoves his delicate feetand long tail. I holdmy hand open for him to go.Each minute the last minute.¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†…
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Pulitzer Prize Winners have been announced….

The winners of the 2011 Pulitzer prize were announced earlier this week and here is a short list of the major categories:FICTION: "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer EganHISTORY: "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" by Eric Foner¬† GENERAL NONFICTION: "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha…
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Amazon’s Kindle to allow for Library Lending

Library Journal just reported¬†that Amazon announced today it will allow its Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps to participate in library lending. Amazon is working with OverDrive, a leading provider of digital content for libraries (and the vendor that Pollard patrons currently use to borrow ebooks) to make the titles in the OverDrive catalog¬†compatible¬†with all…
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Red Sky in Morning…Coming this Saturday

That's how the saying goes correct? "Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning." Well, we're¬†predicting¬†a red sky over the Pollard this Saturday Morning because there's quite a storm brewing in the afternoon. One might even say, The Perfect Storm. That's right! We're showing the movie that put Linda Greenlaw…
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The Pollard had a special visitor yesterday

The Pollard was pleased to welcome State Senator Eileen Donoghue¬†yesterday, April 19, 2011. The former¬†Lowell Mayor and City Councilor¬†visited¬†our library to take a brief¬†tour and¬†stop in on¬†one of our April Vacation Programs. We were¬†delighted to have her here and hope she visits again soon.Library Director, Victoria Woodley, State Senator Eileen Donoghue and Community Planning Librarian,…
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Common Threads Tomorrow Night!

The Pollard's Common Threads poetry discussion event (part of the larger Common Threads cause) will be taking place tomorrow, Thursday, April 21st at 7PM in the Ground Floor Meeting Room. This promises to be a low key affair of friendly poetry lovers getting to know each other over seven wonderful poems by seven current or…
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Lowell Film Fest Trailer

Don't forget to take in all you can of this free annual film fest hitting various locations in Lowell (including the Pollard or should I say "Memorial Hall") next week April 28th-30th. Full schedule of films, tours and related events available at the film festival website. See you there!
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One from a Librarian Poet

Far OutBeyond the bright cartoonsAre darker spaces whereSmall cloudy nests of starsSeem to float on the air.These have no proper names:Men out alone at nightNever look up at themFor guidance or delight,For such evasive dustCan make so little clear:Much less is known than not,More far than near.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†…
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