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October is National Cookbook Month!

I enjoy looking through cookbooks even if I don’t expect to cook from them. While we can pinpoint exactly what we want to cook online, I find more pleasure in flipping through a book on the topic of choice. We have books centered around ingredients, types of diets, cuisines, and appliances. We have books that…
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October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month

Each year, thousands of families in the United States experience the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Of people who know they are pregnant, 10%-15% have a miscarriage within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the majority of them occurring during the first trimester.[1] Many people who suffer a miscarriage treat it as a…
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15-October 15, we celebrate the contributions of people of Hispanic descent. To better understand and appreciate the Hispanic experience, we have a display of memoirs, biographies, fiction, and cookbooks in the reference room on the second floor, including a brand-new cookbook on Colombian cuisine and a memoir by Sonia Manzano, who played Maria…
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September is National Recovery Month

What is Recovery Month? Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery…
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Celebrate National Honey Bee Day on August 21!

We're happy to be celebrating National Honey Bee Day on August 21! National Honey Bee Day is celebrated annually to recognize the important contribution honey bees make to human lives and bring awareness to the effort to protect this critical species. It also acknowledges the work done by beekeepers to maintain healthy bee populations. The…
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August is Romance Awareness Month

Has this past year taken the romance out of your life? A book can inspire you to rekindle your relationship. Romance books come in a wide variety of subgenres, from Paranormal Romance to Romantic Comedies to Historical Romance (think Bridgerton), so there is something for everyone. The titles below can get you started. The library…
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Share your bicycle-riding habits (or even if you don’t) with Mass DOT!

MassDOT is conducting a survey to learn more about the biking behavior of Massachusetts residents. It’s helpful for them to hear from everyone, including those who rarely or never ride a bike. The responses will help them learn more about when and why people bike, and how they can support people’s transportation needs as we…
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Eat the Rainbow!

I never thought I would say this when I was a child, but sometimes I crave a salad or a fresh fruit or vegetable. This a wonderful time of year for produce. The variety of local fruits, vegetables, and herbs increases and Farmers’ Markets pop up across the area. You can explore the bounty of…
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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Over six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. It destroys people's memory, thinking skills, and ability to complete everyday tasks. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia take a toll not only on the patient, but also on caregivers and…
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Lowell Reads Summer 2021 is here!

Summer Reading… Not Just for Kids! Why should kids have all the fun this summer? The Pollard Memorial Library is happy to announce that we will be offering a special adult only summer reading challenge for patrons entitled “Lowell Reads – Summer Edition.” We have two options for adult patrons to complete opportunities to participate…
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Take the Statewide Library Users and Non-Users Survey

Take a few minutes if you can to participate in this online survey for all Massachusetts Residents (Library Users and Non-Users) organized by the The Mass Board of Library Commissioners.  The materials and survey are available in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese, and English. On the survey, by clicking on “English” in the upper right corner, a dropdown will…
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Celebrate Pride Month with a new read!

The Lambda Literary Society recently announced the winners of the Lammy Awards, which are judged on literary merit and content relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrate Pride Month by checking out or reserving some of the winning books from this year and years past. Click on the links for a complete list of this year’s…
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May is Mental Health Month.

While we often focus on our physical health, it is equally important to take care of our mental health. It has been a particularly difficult year, with COVID affecting many people’s mental health. Whether you are dealing with anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, or another mental illness, information is available. You can check out some…
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America’s Test Kitchen Cookbooks Available Now To Enhance Your Menu Planning!

America’s Test Kitchen, located here in MA, produces television shows, podcasts, and online content. They publish Cook’s Illustrated magazine, Cook’s Country magazine, and many cookbooks. Their publications offer more than just recipes. They explain why recipes work, and, in some cases, explain the process of finalizing the recipe. They offer product reviews as well. You…
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