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Teen Tech Week

In March, libraries across the U.S. host Teen Tech Week to encourage young patrons to learn about the technology and resources available to them. Here at the Pollard Memorial Library, we have many types of technology for public use including computers, printers, scanner/copier, a Ntouch video phone with video relay service, and a low-vision workstation.  …
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October – February Patron Picks  

It is time once again to share the titles that patrons have found engaging. We enjoy learning what people are reading. If we know particular books or authors are well-liked, we can order similar books. You can share your favorites by placing them in the Awesome Box at the ground floor checkout desk. You can…
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Book Recommendations for Black History Month

Black History Month is celebration of the Black culture, specifically the African diaspora including, African-American history. Black History Month began as a week in 1926 before being celebrated as a full month in 1970. In honor of this month, we’d like to share 25 amazing books that feature Black characters and people, written by Black…
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February is American Heart Month

Every February, organizations around the country bring awareness to heart disease as a leading cause of death for Americans. Here at the library, we have a variety of resources you can use to learn more about heart disease and ways to keep yourself healthy. We have some books, which are on display on the brown…
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Best Books of 2022–Staff Picks 

In a previous post, we shared the best books according to the critics. Today, we are presenting the books published in 2022 that the Pollard Library staff loved. We enjoyed a wide range of books, including Romance, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy, True Crime, Memoirs, and Essays. We have a couple of Graphic Novels and books…
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The Best Books of 2022 

Each year, magazines, websites, newspapers, book review journals, awards committees, and libraries share their lists of the best books of the year. Some lists are short, with only 10 titles. Others highlight books from various genres and can be as long as 200 titles once all are combined. These lists demonstrate just how subjective reading…
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Five Book Challenges for 2023 

The new year has officially arrived! Looking for a way to read more books in 2023? Why not try a book challenge? These are some of our favorites:    2023 Debuts ‘Read More Debuts’ Reading Challenge  The 52 Book Club Reading Challenge  Read Around the World: Book Voyage Reading Challenge  2023 Monthly Key Word Reading…
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Around the World in 80 Books – the last one!

We have made it to our final destinations.  I hope you have enjoyed this trip around the world, highlighting books about countries big and small. Our Moroccan novel was longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The Canadian book was nominated for the 2020 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. The…
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Around the World in 80 Books – part 9

We have only sixteen countries left to visit in our literary journey.  This month, we are featuring two Nobel Prize winners—one from Nigeria and one from Tanzania. The Tanzanian author won just last year. The book from Singapore was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The author of our Turkish book has been nominated…
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Book Recommendations for Indigenous Heritage Month

Indigenous Heritage Month or Native American Heritage Month was first declared in 1990 and is celebrated during the entire month of November. During this month, special emphasize is placed on Indigenous peoples and their cultures. In celebration of this month, we'd like to share 25 amazing books that feature Indigenous characters, written by Indigenous authors!…
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Awesome Box Suggestions

August and September Patron Picks When the weather is cool or damp, I enjoy curling up in a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. Below are some that your fellow library users enjoyed. Maybe you will love one of these titles as well. You can share your favorites by placing them…
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25 Books to Read for Ace Week

Ace Week or Asexual Awareness Week takes place once a year during October. Established in 2010, it is an annual event that puts asexuality in the spotlight: celebrating asexual people and sharing information about what it means to be asexual. This year it takes place from October 23rd to October 29th.   In celebration of…
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Around the World in 80 Books 

As we settle into fall, we are highlighting eight more books from countries around the world.  The book from Sierra Leone was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book, a finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and an Essence Book Club Pick. The Hungarian novel was a New York Times notable…
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, the pink ribbons come out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and many of us know someone who has been affected by it. If you are living with breast cancer or know someone who is, take a look at our display in the reference…
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