What we do…

Libraries are that government entity we sometimes forget exists. No, we’re not a flashy group of people. We’re just here for you when you need us – librarians trying to anticipate your growing needs. We purchase the books you will want to read, the movies you will want to watch, the music you may want to listen to. We have Kindles and eReaders  for you to use, and a staff person who can answers your questions and teach you how you use it. We have discounted passes to nine local museums like the New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science, and Zoo New England, (just to name three) – because we understand that otherwise, some in our community would never have a chance to experience the joy of discovery! We have computers for the community, because we understand not everyone can afford a computer and an internet connection. We are your connection to the world – whether your world is watching funny videos on YouTube on our public computers, emailing friends and family, posting pictures on Facebook, or downloading eBooks, audiobooks  or music through our FREE services, OverDrive and Freegal.

Libraries are Community. We have long been a food drop-off location for the Dracut food pantry. In the winter, we are a coat drop-off location for the Middlesex Shelter. We offer a Home Bound Delivery program for Dracut residents who, due to illness or age, can not longer drive to our building. We try to help keep your children’s minds active. Our children’s summer reading program had over 650 children participating this year. Our various summer activities, i.e., performers, movies, crafts, drew close to 700 people – both adult and children!!! Of course, we don’t know how many people have used our library for study groups or tutoring. We know our quiet study rooms are booked and our tables are being used. Parents,teachers, tutors, and students know we will provide a quiet, safe location – a respite – and that’s good enough for us. That’s what we are here for.

It’s why we were not surprised by the work of the librarians in Ferguson, MO. during the recent riots. I’m sure they were surprised that what they do everyday has suddenly received national recognition http://goo.gl/x34VWk or http://7shores.sharedby.co/QE5249 or http://goo.gl/HPLb17 We are proud of them – but not surprised by what they have been doing. Libraries, after all, are that forgotten government entity, quietly working behind the scenes in our communities. Here when you need us – and still here even when you don’t think you do (but really, you do!) If you haven’t visited us lately, you’ve been missing out on some great, free, community fun.  So I want to share with you some of the things we have planned  in the next couple of months (but always check our EventKeeper for a complete list and to register! http://goo.gl/muUYtx) And remember, we will always provide those quiet spaces for those who need it too!

September & October

  • Cake Decorating Demo & Tasting/Cake Pan Lending Launch Party
  • Knitting Connection (drop-in/open to all)
  • LEGO Club (for kids in grades K-5)
  • Bambinos (babies 1-11 months)
  • “The Fault in Our Stars” DVD release screening (Young Adult)
  • Meet the Chicken (meet a real chicken & make a craft)
  • Cribbage Club (all ages)
  • Adult Writer’s Program
  • Tiny Tea Party (children aged 2-5)
  • Busy Bee’s (ages 2-3)
  • Cosplay Day
  • Genealogy Programs
  • Old Fashioned Monster Movie Marathon!
  • The Delvena Theater Company Presents Jack the Ripper
  • Author Events
  • The Graveyard Girls (performance)
  • Halloween Party

Join our Community! You don’t know what you’ve been missing if you haven’t been visiting the library!

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Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime….

Greetings from your Dracut Public Library! The summer heat and thunderstorms are upon us… now is the time to get involved in all that the library has to offer this season.

For kiddos aged 2 years through Grade 5, Miss Penny has a knockout summer reading program lined up; “Fizz, Boom, Read!”. This is a great way for all the young ones to get out of the house and get reading. Signups are on-going in the Children’s Room, with many PRIZES to be won! Get your log and start reading to collect prizes. Mark your log each day that you read or listen to stories for at least 15 minutes…after 5 days, you earn a prize! You can earn up to 10 prizes during the summer.
And please, don’t forget about all the fantastic PROGRAMS you can come and take part in here at the library. Miss Penny has an incredible summer planned, with craft projects, performers, animal adventurers, & more!          

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For teens Grades 6-12, the Young Adult reading program is “Spark A Reaction”; what books, audiobooks, manga, or anime will spark a reaction in you this summer? Every time you read a book, enter a form to win a prize. Two winners will be chosen weekly, with a GRAND PRIZE winner chosen from all entries all summer. As they say: “You can’t win if you don’t play! (or read!)”

Programming for teens is sizzling hot as well, with Henna Tattoo artists, Beat-The-Heat Movies, a night with YA author ADI RULE, and many other fun things to do. Don’t wander… point your feet to the library and really enjoy your summer!

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There’s a summer reading program for adults as well! “Literary Elements” is your way in to receive great gift certificates and prizes, just for enjoying your own summer reads! Each book is an entry into drawings for prizes. Don’t let the kids have all the fun, sign up for “Literary Elements” in the library or on our website, and read your way to some fun summer prizes.literaryelements_160

There is so much to see, do, and read here at the Dracut Public Library.  Come in, enjoy some A/C, and take advantage of programs and prizes galore!

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Get Ready for Summer!!!

A gentleman friend sent me this video. One of my library ‘assistants’ showed it to me and asked for a reaction. Frankly, I was appalled! I couldn’t believe what I was viewing! I’m always careful about what I eat. Not that burritos are bad for people – but I’m a hamster! Hamsters don’t eat burritos!  What if my children friends have a hamster friend of their own? I would hate for them to give their hamsters the wrong foods. I like setting a good example for the children who come in and say “Hello” to me. I love them! I want them see me eating my vegetables, (as they should do) and like any self-respecting hamster would do. Some would say I’m a vegan, I say,  I’m watching my health-line and my waistline. Darling, I want to fit into my bikini when it gets warm. So if you’re trying to get bikini ready too, or you just want to eat healthy, remember the library has all sorts of cookbooks on Paleo, Mediterranean, and Vegetarian diets so you can get started. After all summer will be here before we know it!

Speaking of which, I have to let you all in on a big secret! The staff have been working on plans for a big summer reading program! Now I don’t know all the details, but I’ve heard them throwing terms around like “Sparking a Reaction” and “Fizz, Boom” something or other! I believe it involves Literary Elements! I’ve heard terms like “Time Travel”, “Time Lord” and some mention about a doctor whom apparently is nameless. Now, forgive me, because, I’ve only heard bits and pieces. I had to sneak onto Amazon to buy a listening device so I can try and obtain more details for you! Just call me Ms. Snickers the Spy! *Giggle* So keep your eyes on this page – as soon as I can overhear more information, I’ll pass it along to you!

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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

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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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