Aug
25

On this day in 1939 “Wizard of Oz” Debuts

wizard-of-oz-original1On this day in 1939, The Wizard of Oz, which will become one of the best-loved movies in history, opens in theaters around the United States.

Based on the 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919), the film starred Judy Garland as the young Kansas farm girl Dorothy, who, after being knocked unconscious in a tornado, dreams about following a yellow brick road, alongside her dog Toto, to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. Along the way, Dorothy encounters a cast of characters, including the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. Though the scenes in Kansas were shot in traditional black and white, Oz appears in vivid Technicolor, a relatively new film process at the time. Nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category, The Wizard of Oz lost to the Civil War-era epic Gone With the Wind. The Wizard of Oz won a Best Song Oscar for “Over the Rainbow,” which became one of Garland’s signature hits. Garland won a special award at that year’s Oscar ceremony, for Best Juvenile Performer. Read more here.

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Aug
21

“Early Bird Gets The Word” – Lowell Reads “The Big Year” by Mark Obmascik – September 2014

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Lowell Reads

The Pollard Memorial Library is proud to announce its 2014 Lowell Reads title is The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik. This hilarious romp through the world of competitive birdwatching was chosen as a lead in to The Year of the Audubon 2015—a celebration of the 100 Audubon prints that the Pollard Memorial Library acquired in 1880. Copies of The Big Year are available for patrons to borrow from the Pollard Library. Patrons are encouraged to start a book discussion of their own with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers. Unless otherwise noted, events will occur in the library’s ground floor meeting room. All events are free and open to the public. For a full list of events and more information please visit our Lowell Reads page. The aim of our annual Lowell Reads program is to encourage community members to read and discuss the same book. We’re promoting literacy and fostering a better sense of community by creating an opportunity for Lowellians to engage with their neighbors in a meaningful discussion over the same story.

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Year of Audubon

Thanks to the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, the Pollard Memorial Library Board of Trustees and the John Davis Trust Fund, some of the Audubon prints in the library’s collection have been framed and will be on display at the library throughout 2015. Starting with a kick-off reception on November 5, 2014, there will be a series of events and activities to acquaint the public with the collection and the artist. The Pollard Library Foundation and the Parks and Conservation Trust have put together a handsome 2015 calendar and sets of note cards of various Audubon prints which will be for sale this fall at the library (contact Community Planning Department for more info: sthibodeau@mvlc.org or wflint@mvlc.org).

 

 

 

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Aug
20

New & Improved Computer Classes Start in September

If you, or someone you know would like to improve basic computer skills we want to let you know we’ve got a new fleet of computers in the Senior Branch classroom running on Windows 7 and updated slate of computer classes coming back this September. In addition to revamped PC Skills, Internet, and Word classes over at the Senior Center, our tech department will be hosting “Tech Nights” here in the 2nd floor reference room of the library (6PM-8PM, September 24 & October 22). The Tech Nights are a place where you can bring your technology questions for free one-on-one tutoring on whatever computer/tablet/media device related question you might have. Visit our computer classes page for more details and sign up at the 2nd Floor Reference Desk or by calling 978-674-4121.

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Aug
19

ALS #IceBucketChallenge Video

We were nominated to take the ALS Icebucket Challenge by our good friends over at the Tewksbury Public Library. We will be making a donation to the ALS Association and yada yada yada we dumped some ice water on our heads yada yada yada, and called out a few other area libraries. Namely, Beverly Public LibraryDracut Public Library, Groton Public Library (welcome to MVLC btw), and the Littleton Public Library. They each have until the end of the week to complete the challenge or donate $100 to ALS Association.

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Aug
19

Born on This Day – America’s First Rapper…Ogden Nash

Ogden-Nash-Quotes-4“Nash considered himself a “worsifier.” Among his best known lines are “Candy / Is dandy, / But liquor / Is quicker” and “If called by a panther / Don’t anther.” His poems also had an intensely anti-establishment quality that resounded with many Americans, particularly during the Depression. Nash was a keen observer of American social life, and frequently mocked religious moralizing and conservative politicians. His work is often compared with other satirists of the time, including Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, and H. L. Mencken. Nash appeared regularly on radio and on television, and he drew huge audiences for his readings and lectures.” This is an excerpt from the website:  http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/ogden-nash

To find some Ogden Nash in our catalog click here.

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