Ms. Snickers returns!

Ms. Snickers has returned!! Yes, it’s true! Ms. Snickers having recently returned from a much-needed vacation, and then retuning to her home library of Boxford, has decided that Dracut is the place she wants to be! She has graciously allowed us to take a few minutes from her busy schedule in order to interview her.  She is a celebrated blogger on Dracut Library’s WordPress page, but this was a great opportunity to speak with her one-on-one. Ms. Snickers, thank you.

Snickers: It’s great to be here.

Interviewer: Please tell us, how was your vacation?

Snickers: Fantastic! I really enjoyed getting some sun.  The winters here in New England are beautiful but brutal, and this seems to be the worst in a long time. I took a lovely cruise.  The nightlife was incredible; what singing and dancing! And the pools and beaches during the day were just what I needed.  I simply fell into my shavings every night from such great fun-filled days!

Interviewer: That’s wonderful, Ms. Snickers. Now, part of the reason we are here today is we’ve heard you’re making a big announcement.  Is that true?

Snickers: Well, yes.  After much soul-searching, I decided that Dracut is just the right environment in which I would like to continue to work.  I have officially given my resignation at Boxford, and am now the Full-Time Children’s Hamster Librarian in Dracut.  It’s very exciting.  I’m really looking forward to having a great impact on the Children’s Room and the wonderful children and families who come in.  There is so much good reading and programming to take in, and I am grateful for the chance to do this on a full-time basis in Dracut. And on top of that, I will get an opportunity to work with our new part time children and young adult librarians. This is exciting times in Dracut!

Interviewer: What great news! And we are grateful for your decision to share it with us in this exclusive interview.

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Au revoir Miss Snickers!

It is with great sadness we bid farewell to Ms. Snickers, our Children’s room visiting librarian. After a longer than anticipated stay with us, Ms. Snickers has been called back to her home at the Boxford Library. Originally, her stay was scheduled to be for 21 days, but problems with renovations at the Boxford Library extended her stay. While a member of the Dracut staff, Ms. Snicker’s engaged in public relations, encouraging children and adults to read “anything they could get their paws on”!

“She was great fun”, commented Diane Annunziato at Ms. Snicker’s farewell party. “She brought smiles to the entire staff, and her knowledge of children’s literature was second to none!” When news of Ms. Snicker’s departure was announced to the staff, it was decided that Ms. Snickers should be rewarded with a vacation from the harsh New England weather before returning to Boxford. Because rates are cheaper for Robo Hamsters, the staff was able to pool together the funds to send Ms. Snickers on and all expense paid Disney Cruise! Thankfully, she was able to fly out of Logan late Tuesday night before this last snow storm hit. Au revoir Miss Snickers! Thank You for all your help – and Good Luck back in Boxford – we’re sure the children missed you while you were gone! (We’ll miss you too!!!) Last we looked, she had already tweeted a picture of herself on the cruise and writes:

Snickers on a Disney Cruise

Having a splendid time! Thank you to everyone in Dracut!

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Oscar Fever @ Your Library

Oscar

The Oscars may be on March 2nd, but Oscar Fever is happening at the Dracut Library in February! On Saturdays, from February 8th-March 1st, (with a special Tuesday & Wednesday happening during February School Vacation week!), we’ll be premiering free 2014 Oscar nominated films. Registration is required – so make sure you check out our Events Calendar and register a.s.a.p!

Captain Phillips , rated PG-13

Captain Phillips , rated PG-13

Saturday, February 8th from 1:00pm-3:15pm.

“The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.” (from IMDb)

 

 

 

Blue Jasmine, rated PG-13

Blue Jasmine,
rated PG-13

Saturday, February 15th from 1:00pm-2:30pm.

“After everything in her life falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal, elegant New York socialite Jasmine moves into her sister Ginger’s modest apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.” (from Metacritic.com)

 

 

Despicable Me2, rated PG

Despicable Me2,
rated PG

TUESDAY, February 18th from 3:00pm-4:30pm.

Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. (from IMDb) This film is nominated for two Academy Awards.

 

 

 

The Croods, rated PG

The Croods,
rated PG

WEDNESDAY, February 19th from 3:00pm-4:30pm.

“After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.” (from IMDb) Nominated for one Academy Award.

 

 

 

Dallas Buyers Club, rated R

Dallas Buyers Club,
rated R

Saturday, February 22th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Matthew McConaughey stars in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. These were the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and the U.S. was divided over how to combat the virus. Ron, now shunned and ostracized by many of his old friends, and bereft of government-approved effective medicines, decided to take matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Bypassing the establishment, the entrepreneurial Woodroof joined forces with an unlikely band of renegades and outcasts – who he once would have shunned – and established a hugely successful “buyers’ club.” Their shared struggle for dignity and acceptance is a uniquely American story of the transformative power of resilience. (c) Focus Features

Gravity, rated PG-13

Gravity,
rated PG-13

Saturday, March 1st from 1:00pm-2:30pm.

“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.” (from IMDb) Nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

 

Please remember to pre-register for these movies by clicking here :

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Resolutions in Practice

Well my Dracut Library friends it is I, Ms. Snickers, back on the blog to talk to you about New Year’s Resolutions.  I know many of you have probably made them, and some may have already “fallen off the wagon”, but fear not!  There are so many ways in which the library can help you stay on track (or get back on track).

I have decided this year that I have gotten a little too “plump”.  Oh I know, I know, people often say to me “But your body is in perfect proportion to your face!” or “I thought hamsters were supposed to carry a little extra weight!”, but when Ms. Diane tried to put me in my running ball the other day I ALMOST DIDN’T FIT.  It was embarrassing! I’ve decided I need some more exercise to go with my newly-all-organic diet.  I had some staff help me work at a new regimen, and I agreed to a few photos as encouragement to everyone.  You can see them at the end of my post.  A little photographic exposure is good for my motivation!

We have a really neat set-up here at the library, where our staff put together some great displays on different topics.  We have one now called “Ring in the New”. I saw it and said “Perfect!  Ideas for getting fit!”  Some of the helpful books and DVDs include “Pilates Workout for Dummies”, “New American Diet”, “Primal Body, Primal Mind”, and “Complete Book of Running”. Want to be more tech-savvy? I found “Twitter for Dummies”. Want to turn that hobby into money? Try “Start Your Own Business”. Can’t ever seem to find things in your house? How about “One Year to an Organized Life”

The new year is a great time to put your mind to a task and get it going. I hope you’ll let all these wonderful librarians help you out.  There is so much they can find for you.  So steer your running ball (or car) to Arlington Street in Dracut and get started!

Here I am getting a workout: ImageImageImageImageImage

 

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My favorite TV show!

Good morning, my friends!  Ms. Snickers (your favorite hamster librarian) here.  It’s a brisk morning, with the temperature outside at only 10 degrees.  Brrr!  I am nice and warm here at the library, and I can barely contain my excitement… my very favorite television series begins a new season Sunday night.  That’s right, “Downton Abbey” will return to the US airwaves this weekend!

“Downton Abbey” is a show created and written by Julian Fellowes. What a talent!  He is also known for films such as “The Tourist” and “Gosford Park”, and his novels “Snobs” and “Past Imperfect”. If you click on those lovely hotlinks, they will take you right to the library’s listing for them.  But in my honest opinion, “Downton Abbey” is his best work yet! The characters are just sublime, the costumes and locations are quite a sight to behold, and the writing is as witty as you’ll find on television today. My favorite character is Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Maggie Smith); her one-liners just cannot be beat! I laugh heartily at her all season, especially when she and Isobel Crawley get going.  What fun!

As the new season is fast-approaching, I wanted to be sure that our library is fully stocked with all things “Downton Abbey”, and boy, Dracut seems to have it all. You can find the DVDs of all the past seasons, as well as other books pertaining to the series.

One of the things I love best about the series is its historical accuracy; the dynamic between life “upstairs” and “downstairs” is so very fascinating. The incredible librarians here have made sure that everyone’s curiosity is sated on that front.  If you go to their pinterest site, you can find all kinds of series, books, films, and other media relating to the time period. You can find the pinterest page here. Some of my favorites are “The Forsyte Saga”, and E.M. Forster’s novels “Howard’s End” and “Room With a View”.  Then, of course, there’s always the television series “Upstairs, Downstairs”.  You can find them all here at your local library!

I hope everyone stays warm and comfy during this latest cold snap.  On Sunday, I’ll be boiling the kettle, putting my favorite tea biscuits on a plate, and curling up under my cage shavings to see what’s next for the Crawley family and friends.  Jolly good, mates!

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Our Holiday Gift

As a way of interacting with our library patrons, we have a white board in our lobby where we write a “Question of the Week”.  Everyone is encouraged to respond. We have received fantastic response over the last year, but I have to admit, the response to this week’s question has brought the staff to tears. We asked, “What is the best holiday present you ever received?”. Sure, you expect the typical answers, but what took the staff off guard was the personal, private responses which were openly shared. That our patrons felt we provided a safe environment to share means the world to us. It’s clear that the Dracut Library has the best library patron hands down! You are a gift to us, and we thank you for trusting us with your questions, your concerns, and just for making us part of your life.

So now we’d like to share some of the responses we have pulled from our question board:

  • iPhone
  • Wii
  • XBox 360
  • Kindle Fire
  • A puppy
  • Restored Hoosier cabinet – restored with love by my father
  • Barbie
  • My American Girl Doll
  • My Husband – we got married 43yrs. ago the day after Christmas
  • My Son
  • My Sister
  • My Engagement Ring
  • My Don coming home
  • An ornament with my mom’s picture in a snowflake the years she passed away.
  • Meeting my father  ♥
  • My freedom from prison
  • YOU!

Hoilday White Board 2013

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Giving Thanks

Ms. Penny was on vacation this past week. That made me sad. I like seeing all the crafts the little people make during story hours. So imagine my excitement when the staff pitched in to create a wonderful turkey display for our lobby! So much cutting and pasting!  I really wanted to help, but they told me I was their guest and that I should just be available to great all the people who wanted to say hello. They were right, of course,  because I met some wonderful children! It made me think about how thankful I am to all the people who have stopped by in the last two weeks to see me. I really missed my home at the Boxford Library, but everyone in Dracut has made me feel like this is home.  I then started to think about all the other things I had to be thankful for too: I have great food, a warm bed, a little wheel so I can stretch my legs…everything a hamster could want. I bet you have many things to be thankful for too.

Imagine my surprise when I heard that some people aren’t as lucky as I am?!? Did you know that some people don’t have enough food to eat? One of my little visitors told me the Dracut Food Pantry could use our help! Would you consider dropping off some non-perishable food at the library? The ladies said they would make sure the Dracut Food Pantry received it. I really want to help, but I’m too tiny to lift up can goods – so I’ve made this special costume…I think you should be grateful that I’m the one wearing it and not anyone else on the library staff!

Happy Thanksgiving
Ms. Snickers

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