80′s Sci Fi Classics Matinee 1PM on Sat Sept 6: TRON

tronThe plot revolves around a brilliant game maker who hacks the mainframe of his ex-employer and is beamed inside an astonishing digital world and becomes part of the very game he is designing. “It’s hard to understate how much this film changed the genre of science fiction — it’s arguably the first movie to use computer generated effects, but it’s also still one of the most thrilling depictions of virtual worlds on the big screen. With the theme of fighting against the fascistic Master Control Program, Lisberger manages to update science fiction’s longstanding interest in social change.


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Labor Day Weekend Closures – Fall Hours Begin Next Week

The library and non-emergency city offices will close at 2pm, Friday, August 29th and will be closed all day Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

The library will begin fall hours next week—meaning, beginning September 6th, we’ll be open again on Saturdays from 9am-5pm.

Library Fall Hours

Monday: 9am-9pm
Tuesday: 9am-9pm
Wednesday: 9am-9pm
Thursday: 9am-9pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Meanwhile—Have a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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A Program for Special Needs Children

Beginning this fall the library will be offering a special monthly Lego program for special needs children and their families.  The program, for children age 4 years and older, will meet on Saturdays at 10 AM.  Upcoming dates are September 13, October 4, November 8, and December 6.  Sign up is required.  Call 978-674-1527 or e-mail to sign up or with questions.  Come spend a morning building with Legos and making friends!  *Please note that this activity is for special needs children.  We appreciate your cooperation!

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


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: or




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