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April Vacation!

Photo by Marianne GriesDon't forget our Youth Services Department has some great April Vacation programs going on including a dolly sleepover, a celebration of Iceland's first day of summer, and of course Lego Club! And, just announced, is our young adult Game Day! Come on down Thursday from 2pm-4pm and test your skill in a…
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A message from the Library Director

With the permission of the City Manager, the Pollard Memorial Library will be opening to the public at 11:00AM on the 1st Thursday of the month, starting May 5, 2011.The staff will be using this time before the delayed opening to hold monthly staff meetings and training. I regret the inconvenience to the public, but…
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Patriots Day Reception: Lowell and the Civil War

After you attend the early morning,¬†reenactment¬†festivities in¬†Lexington¬†and Concord¬†consider checking out the opening of a special exhibit at the Mogan Center in Lowell:Lowell and the Civil War: First Blood: Lexington of 1861Exhibit and Reception.¬†Monday, April 18, 2011.¬†2:00 pm ‚Äď 4:00 pmMogan Cultural Center¬†40 French Street¬†Lowell.
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Snapshot Day a Success — National Library Week Half Over

Photo by Marianne GriesThank you one and all for the Pollard's Snapshot Day success. We couldn't have done it without you. Keep an eye on the library's flickr account to see photos from the day. And don't forget you can look at the Massachusetts Snapshot Day Pool to see photos from all the participating libraries…
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Snapshot Day is Here! And it’s a rainy one…

I took this photo looking out at the Smith Baker Center from one of the front windows of the¬†library¬†this morning. It's Library¬†Snapshot Day and I've been taking quite a few photos of all that's been going on inside the library all morning. But since it's also pouring outside, I thought I'd take one of the…
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Non-Fiction Book Club! A is for American, Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 6:30PM

Non-Fiction Booklovers! Thank you all for last month's engaged and thoughtful discussion of¬†River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey¬†by¬†Candice MillardIt's time to turn your attention to an American National Lexicographical Opus:¬†A is for American: Letters and Other Characters in the Newly United States¬†by¬†Jill Lepore¬†will be discussed on Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 6:30PM in the…
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Spring 2011 ESOL Tutor Training Schedule starts in May!

Literacy Volunteers of the Pollard Library has scheduled a training for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Tutors. This 18 hour training is free for anyone who is interested in volunteering to work with non-native English speakers seeking to improve their English. For full details of this program including how to sign up please…
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Library Freeze Mob

Here's a video of a some librarians and library friends out in Western Massachusetts participating in a freeze mob at the Holyoke Mall this past Sunday to promote National Library Week. This is certainly a fun and interesting way to gain attention.
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Happy National Library Week

This week is National Library Week (April 10th-April 16th) and the Pollard's celebrating by letting you, our patrons, know that you really matter:Massachusetts Library Snapshot DayWednesday, April 13thPollard Library will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a ‚Äúsnapshot‚ÄĚ of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many…
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Play Ball (Go Sox!)

The PitcherHis art is eccentricity, his aimHow not to hit the mark he seems to aim at,His passion how to avoid the obvious,His technique how to vary the avoidance.The others throw to be comprehended. HeThrows to be a moment misunderstood.Yet not too much. Not errant, arrant, wild,But every seeming aberration willed.Not to, yet still, still…
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A Poem from the Bard of Gloucester

These Dayswhatever you have to say, leavethe roots on, let themdangleAnd the dirt¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Just to make clear¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† where they come from¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†…
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Unfamiliar Fishes

Sarah Vowell's latest greatest most snarkiest¬†historical adventure is now¬†available for check out. From Publisher Weekly's Review: Recounting the brief, remarkable history of a unified and independent Hawaii, Vowell, a public radio star and bestselling author (The Wordy Shipmates), retraces the impact of New England missionaries who began arriving in the early 1800s to remake the…
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Evergreen Migration

As you may know, the Pollard along with the other libraries in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) will be moving to a new library system this May. The following is a FAQ about the process, currently on the MVLC website. Stay tuned for more updates as they are available.What We‚Äôre Doing:MVLC libraries will be…
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