Apr
18

2 Children’s Museums that are Closer Than #Boston #SpringVacation

Did you know we have two children’s museums in our backyard in Acton? They are the Children’s Museum and the Science Discovery Museum.

Click here to reserve a pass.

Pass admits 3 visitors at half price ($5.50) each to both museums.    Children under 1 are admitted free. Before booking a pass, please check the museum website for times when both museums are reserved for school groups only.

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Apr
18

Holiday Weekend Closures

The libray and non emergency city offices will be closing at 2pm, Friday, April 18th in observance of Good Friday and Passover. The Library and non emergency city offices will be CLOSED Monday, April 21 for Patriots’ Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Apr
18

April Vacation!

It’s April Vacation and there are lots of free and fun activities for kids going on throughout the city.  It’s called “April Playcation.”  At the library we’ve got Lego Club, Giant Game Day, a scavenger hunt for Autism Awareness Month, a family storytime, a craft activity, and a special needs storytime.  Click here to see what is happening at the library.  Click here to see the “April Playcation” calendar and what else is going on in Lowell.

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Apr
17

Got Books? Reminder – Friends are Taking Donations for their Spring Sale this Saturday, April 19th from 10am-1pm

Have you done some spring cleaning? Have some old books and/or other media which you wouldn’t mind finding a happier home? Box ‘em up and bring ‘em down to the Ground Floor of the library this Saturday, April 19th from 10am-1pm to donate them to the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale. The Friends will accept hardcover and paperback books for all age groups, audiobooks (both cassettes and CDs), music CDs and DVDs, movie DVDs, and computer software/games. Sorry, the Friends cannot accept magazines, videotapes, or any items that are tattered, musty, or mildewed.

Can’t make it this Saturday? Well, the Friends will be having two more drop off dates, May 3, and May 10. And if you can’t make either of those just email Stacie Caldwell at friends@pollardml.org to arrange a special drop-off time.

For more information about the Friends and details about the Spring Book Sale (May 15-17) visit the Friend’s webpage. Thank you for supporting a good cause.

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Apr
17

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Earlier this week you may have heard that the Boston Globe staff won a Pulitzer prize for Breaking News for their coverage of the Marathon bombings, and deservedly so. We wanted to share with you the list of the winners and finalists (both are announced at the same time) in Fiction, General Nonficiton, Poetry, Biography and History—with links to our catalog, for your reading pleasure. A full list of the 2014 winners is available at the Pulitzer website.

Fiction:
WINNER: “Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
Finalists: “The Son” by Phillipp Meyer (Ecco), and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” by Bob Shacochis (Atlantic Monthly Press)

General Nonfiction:
WINNER: ”Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation,” by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
Finalists: ”The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide,” by Gary J. Bass (Alfred A. Knopf), and  “The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War,” by Fred Kaplan (Simon & Schuster)

Poetry:
WINNER: “3 Sections,” by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
Finalists: ”The Sleep of Reason,” by Morri Creech (The Waywiser Press) and “The Big Smoke,” by Adrian Matejka (Penguin).

Biography:
WINNER:  ”Margaret Fuller: A New American Life,” by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Finalists: ”Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World,” by Leo Damrosch (Yale University Press) and “Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life,” by Jonathan Sperber (Liveright).

History:
WINNER: “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832,” by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
Finalists: ”A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America,” by Jacqueline Jones (Basic Books) and “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety,” byEric Schlosser (The Penguin Press).

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