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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness¬†¬† 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year¬† 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year¬† 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year¬† 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75%…
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Seed Library Opening!

The Pollard Seed library has reopened in its new permanent home on the first floor. It is now located in a card catalog painted with cheery flowers and insects to make it stand out! Everyone is welcome to visit the library and pick up seeds free-of-charge. Here at PML, we have a variety of vegetable,…
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Book Recommendations for Autism Acceptance Month

Did you know Autism Acceptance Month (also known as Autism Awareness Month or World Autism Month) is celebrated in April? Here are some books with autistic characters that we recommend checking out!¬† Children‚Äôs Picture Books¬† Charlie Makes a Splash!¬† by Holly Robinson Peete and RJ Peete; illustrated by Shane W. Evans¬† Charlie, a boy with…
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April is Move More Month 

Every April, the American Heart Association promotes Move More Month. With the weather (hopefully) warming up and the days getting longer, it is the perfect time to think about ways we can move more and promote a healthy lifestyle. Lowell offers numerous opportunities to move more. The Greater Lowell YMCA has a lap pool, gym,…
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Book Recommedations for Women’s History Month

So many books, so little time! Women‚Äôs History Month is celebrated every year during the month of March, and has been since 1987. To celebrate, we‚Äôve chosen some books for women, by women, that we hope you enjoy. ¬† Children‚Äôs Picture Books¬† Stacey's Extraordinary Words ¬† by Stacey Abrams; illustrated by Kitt Thomas.¬† When she…
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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 РFebruary 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‚Äôd 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 ‚ÄėRead More Debuts‚Äô 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 Рthe 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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