Posts Tagged ‘Pollard Memorial Library’

Spring means better weather and also the start of many events through out the city! Check out some of these events for the month of April.

Quilts Japan – The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St

The New England Quilt Museum is the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association.

Whitewater Rafting on the Concord River
It’s been a cold and snowy winter, so this is going to be great season for whitewater rafting on the Concord. Be sure to call first.

Share Your Story in support of Our Marathon Digital Archive
APRIL 9, 4:30PM 
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St.

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced archive related to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the city’s healing process. Members of the Our Marathon team will be at the library to talk about the project and help you share your story (or photos, text messages, social media, etc.). Please stop by and add your story to the website.

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Contact: Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning



Re: First Friday Forum at the Pollard Library

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 Coffee with the Library Director 10AM – 11 AM

          Feature Film 11 AM – 1PM

Title: Library to Host First Friday Forums Starting In April

Place: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Do you have any questions or suggestions for your local library? Now’s your chance to be heard—and to enjoy some coffee and a movie. Pollard Library Director, Victoria Woodley, will be hosting an open forum conversation with patrons over coffee on the first Friday of the month beginning in April. “We’re trying to find ways to better connect with our patrons,” Woodley said, “to communicate with them about the materials, programs and services we offer and to learn from them how we can better serve their needs. What better way to do this than by having a chat over coffee.” The open forum coffee with the director will run from 10AM to 11AM and patrons can stick around for a feature film beginning at 11AM. For more information about this first Friday form please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at sthibodeau@mvlc.org or 978-674-1542

For more information about this and other Pollard Library events visit our website: www.pollardml.org or our Pollard Library Blog: www.blog.pollardml.org. We’re also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pollardml and Twitter www.twitter.com/pollardml


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The Pollard Memorial Library is opening up to the Lowell community in a new and exciting way!
Over the next few months, you can enjoy all sorts of family fun at the library such as…

  • movies/snacks
  • book clubs
  • book readings
  • presentations

In addition, cool events for kids will be taking place over February vacation like… 

  • Star Wars Jedi Training
  • Legos
  • Award winning film “Brave” with hot chocolate!

What better way to enjoy the next few months than at your own library?

For a complete list of events, visit the PML website at www.pollardml.org.

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The Pollard Memorial Library is hosting an open house to celebrate the new equipment they purchased with the generous support from the Pollard Library Foundation, the Lowell Lions’ Club, and other individuals. See What You’ve Been Missing is an open house showcasing these new low vision resources which will allow the library to better serve visually impaired patrons.

The open house takes place on Friday, February 10, 2012, with events from 9am-3pm.

The schedule of the day’s events is as follows:

9am-3pm: On Sight Mobile Clinic

The New England Eye Institute’s On Sight Mobile Clinic will offer complete eye exams for adults. The mobile clinic’s van will be located in front of the library onMerrimack Street.

12pm-1pm: Demonstration of Low Vision Resources – Thank you to Donors

Following a demonstration of the new equipment, Pollard Library will publicly thank the donors who have made the library’s Low Vision Workstation possible. Other resources for the visually impaired in the library and in the greaterLowellcommunity will also be discussed at this time.

1:30pm-3:30pm: Film “Going Blind”

An award winning documentary by Joe Lovett that shows individuals from across the country of all different ages and backgrounds who are coping with the experience of vision loss. Lovett himself has lost a large portion of his vision as a result of glaucoma.

Any question regarding this open house or the events taking place, please contact

Beth Brassel, Young Adult Librarian



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It certainly has been a busy summer at the library! Our Summer Reading Program kicked off on June 22nd with a terrific puppet show featuring Pumpernickel Puppets. Seventy patrons, young and old, enjoyed puppet performances of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Lion and the Mouse.” The summer was filled with reading raffles, storytimes, Lego Club, Passport Pals, a very active teen volunteer program and lots and lots of reading. Our readers read over 2,000 hours and over 1,000 young patrons participated in our various summer activities.

This summer the library took our Summer Reading Program on the road. Teen volunteers, under the direction of Young Adult Librarian, Beth Brassel, made weekly visits to Lowell Housing Authority’s summer camp. Volunteers shared stories, played games, and conducted craft activities with the children. And of course had lots of fun!

Our Summer Reading Program formally concluded with a visit from some very unusual patrons. Animal World Experience brought a menagerie of creatures from a hissing cockroach to a giant snake to a climbing tree frog who actually climbed library walls! Everyone who attended had a blast.

To see photos of the fun go to our “Children’s Happenings” blog at http://childrenshappenings.blogspot.com.

Barely having time to catch our breath, we are already planning our fall programs including our next big event – the Pollard Memorial Library’s “Fall Festival.” The festival will take place on Saturday, October 1st. More details to come. For information on our fall programs check out the library’s online calendar at http://www.lowellevents.info/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?calendar=library&month=9.

Thanks to Molly Hancock and Beth Brassell of the PML for this submission

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The Pollard Memorial Library played host to a very special guest yesterday morning.  Senator Eileen Donoghue took a tour of the library led by Director Vicky Woodley, Community Planning Librarian Sean Thibodeau and Library Trustee Marianne Gries.  While there she received a new library card and sampled a fun children’s program from the April Vacation Week series.  Ms. Woodley took the opportunity to not only show off the beauty of the space but also emphasize the importance of maintaining funding levels to preserve and maintain the space. 

More on the Senator Donoghue’s visit and a full slate of library activities, including a visit on April 28th by reknowned New England author Linda Greenlaw, can be found here at the Pollard’s blog.  It’s well worth checking out and includes some  fantastic photography by Tony Sampas, Marianne Gries and Sean Thibodeau.

Speaking of beautiful photography, the Massachusetts Library Association recently sponsored a “Library Snapshot Day” with the goal of capturing a day in the life of the library.  The Pollard Memorial Library enthusiastically participated.  Find our contribution at the Pollard’s Flckr site here.

Snap Shot Day at the Pollard

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