What Books Could Be Used to Rebuild Civilization? Lists by Brian Eno, Stewart Brand and Others #Lowell #library

library with spiral staircase“One particularly distressing hallmark of late modernity can be characterized as a cultural loss of the future. Where we once delighted in imagining the turns civilization would take hundreds and even thousands of years ahead—projecting radical designs, innovative solutions, great explorations, and peculiar evolutionary developments—we now find the mode of forecasting has grown apocalyptic, as climate change and other catastrophic, man-made global phenomena make it difficult to avoid some very dire conclusions about humanity’s impending fate. We can add to this assessment the loss of what we may call the “long view” in our day-to-day lives.”  Read more and see the lists here.

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A Seusstastical Reading Party!

Join us for a special Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 PM here at the library.  Children and readers of all ages are invited to come to our evening of books, songs, and activities.

Pizza and refreshments will be served. Mark your calendars and RSVP to Jumpstart Site Manager, Melissa Chandonnet at 978-656-3404 or chandonnetm@middlesex.mass.edu. Limited space available. Reserve your spots by February 27th.

This program is brought to you by Jumpstart, Raising a Reader MA, and the Pollard Memorial Library.

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Poet Claudia Rankine at UMass Lowell, Thursday, Feb. 26, 6PM (tomorrow)

Acclaimed Poet to Discuss Writing, Creative Process Thursday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine will read from her work and share insights into her creative process during this free, public event. Rankine is chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and her latest book, “Citizen: An American Lyric” was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in poetry. Her talk is one in the Writers on Campus Series presented by the UMass Lowell English Department and the Center for Arts and Ideas. O’Leary Library Learning Commons, Room 222, South Campus, 61 Wilder St., Lowell.

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NASA Posts Huge Library of Space Sounds & Control Room Chatter – Free To Use

nasa control roomThere are the classics: “Houston, we have a problem” and “One step for man…” And then there are the slightly creepy “Computers are now in control” and “we have a good picture of Steve”.  And who knew lightning on Jupiter sounds like a pack of monkeys? There are over a hundred bits you can use for anything you want from your own movies to ring tones. Click here.

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Lowell History Wikipedia Training & Edit-a-thon – Third One – at UMass Lowell

wikipedia logoHave you ever wanted to edit Wikipedia? Pollard Memorial and the UML Libraries are hosting 4 Wikipedia Edit-a-thons this winter focusing on Lowell history.

We will provide training and assistance editing.

This session will focus mainly on the Highlands neighborhood.

Register at: http://tinyurl.com/lxel7vs

Location: O’Leary Library, South Campus, 61 Wilder St, Room 140

Come when you can, leave when you need.

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