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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

Gobble... Nose Wiggle...Gobble

Nose Wiggle…Gobble

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Week 1

Good Morning! Or Afternoon! Or Evening! I’m not sure what time it is anymore! Goodness me this week has been full of all sorts of adjustments for me. First, my move out of the Boxford Library. Then my move to the Children’s Room in Dracut! It has been a grand adventure!

I’ve always dreamed of travel. Being a library resident, I have read everything I can get my paws on! I have traveled to places in my imagination, discovered new worlds, and met people of all different nationalities – just by reading! For me, there is nothing like sitting in my cedar chips at night with a tall bottle of water and a great book! From what I can see, Dracut has a wonderful selection of children’s books for all ages! From the youngest pre-readers to those energetic middle schoolers, this library has something for everyone. And Ms. Penny and Ms. Louise are fabulous! I’ve seen them pull books off the shelves for young ones, like magicians pulling rabbits out of hats! What a jolly good show! Excuse my enthusium…I often get carried away when I see the joy on the face of someone who is handed that magical book, knowing that soon, they too, will be transported into their imagination! Ahhh…what a glorious place to be!


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Uses for Your Library Card

People always ask us what they can do with their library card.  So we thought we’d give you some ideas:

Take out books on knitting OR drop in to our weekly Knitting Club, every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm

Take out books on knitting
OR drop in to our weekly Knitting Club, every Wednesday from 6pm-8pm

Don't know what to make for dinner? We have a huge selection of cookbooks! We can even help you plan least our books can.

Don’t know what to make for dinner? We have a huge selection of cookbooks! We can even help you plan dessert…at least our books can.

Train Daisy. Or Max. Or Scooter. We have books and DVD's to help you learn to be a better friend to your furry loved one!

Train Daisy. Or Max. Or Scooter. We have books and DVD’s to help you learn to be a better friend to your furry loved one!

Learn to garden. Just because it's fall doesn't mean there aren't things to do in the garden. And then there are the houseplants...

Learn to garden. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do in the garden. And then there are the houseplants…

Join our YA Anime Club for ages 12-18!  Watch cool Anime and Geek Out!

Join our YA Anime Club for ages 12-18!
Watch cool Anime and Geek Out!

Watch a movie like "Hunger Games" or TV series like "Walking Dead"

Watch a movie like “Hunger Games”
or TV series like “Walking Dead”

Learn to meditate.  Or learn about a new culture or religion. You have the power in your Library card!

Learn to meditate.
Or learn about a new culture or religion.
You have the power in your Library card!

Take out a Museum Pass  Visit the Zoo, New England Aquarium, Butterfly Place, Boston Children's Museum...the fun is endless!

Take out a Museum Pass
Visit the Zoo, New England Aquarium, Butterfly Place, Boston Children’s Museum…the fun is endless!

Unlock Your Mind!!! Open Yourself to the World. Your Library Card is your key!

Unlock Your Mind!!!
Open Yourself to the World.
Your Library Card is your key!

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi rRanJoin Hank for a discussion of her latest mystery novel, THE WRONG GIRL., on Tuesday October 22nd, 2013.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 28 Emmys and twelve Edward R. Murrow awards for her work. Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in restitution. A best-selling author of five mystery novels, Ryan has won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards for her crime fiction. A book signing will follow her talk.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Dracut Library.

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The Bronte Sisters

Following-the-Bronte-Sist-007Passion…ruthless betrayal… hope in the face of tragedy… anguish… and adventure. They are all waiting for you here at the library!

In a parson’s cottage outside the tiny hamlet of Haworth, England, there lived three sisters.  They shared a home with their curate father, and a brother who loved to paint.  Their names were Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte. As adults, they wrote some of the most loved and powerful novels in the English language.

After failed attempts at careers as governesses, the sisters wrote a novel each, submitting them to different publishers in England.  Charlotte asked advice of a popular publisher and was told that women should never attempt to write. Defiantly sure of their talent, they published under pen names until their work was accepted, and took the literary world by storm.

Many of the Bronte sisters’ works can be found here.  Charlotte’s “Jane Eyre” is possibly her most famous novel, but only one of four she published in her life. The others were “The Professor”, “Shirley” and “Villette”.  Don’t have time to read? No excuse! Movie adaptations of “Jane Eyre” are also available in many DVD versions.

Emily was primarily a writer of poetry, but her “Wuthering Heights” is a novel almost every high school student knows well.  Her love story of the wild Catherine and Heathcliff is passionate, tragic, and hopeful.

Anne Bronte published two novels in her lifetime; they are “Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and “Agnes Grey”. Both are the stories of independent women trying to live a Victorian life.  The “Tenant of Wildfell Hall” has been called “the novel that rocked England”, as it portrayed a woman who is abused and wronged by her husband, and so she leaves him, taking her young child with her.  These themes were virtually unheard of in “polite society”, and scandalous for a woman to write about, even in a novel!

Branwell, an alcoholic and addict, died at the age of 31 in 1848. Emily died 3 months after Branwell, at the age of 30, from tuberculosis. In May of 1849, only 6 months after Emily’s death, Anne also succumbed to illness, and died at the age of 29. Charlotte reeled from the death of her siblings in such close succession. There was momentary happiness in her marriage to her father’s associate in 1854. Sadly, she died in the early days of her first pregnancy.

Though the Brontes ultimately died very young, their brilliant stories endure. Why not delve into this rich family legacy and pick up a novel or movie today?

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Alcott and Hawthorne and Thoreau, oh my!

LouisaMayAlcottIn the quiet town of Concord, Massachusetts lies a treasure trove of history.  Something many do not realize is that much of it has nothing to do with the American Revolution! Concord was the home of some of the most prolific writers of the mid-to-late 19th century.  There are so very many one could name, but 4 stand out in my mind: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau.

Louisa May Alcott is most famous for her novel “Little Women” (which is set at Orchard House, a museum on Lexington Road that you can visit even today!), but there is far more of her work available here at the library. Some of her other books include “Little Men”, “Jo’s Boys”,   “Eight Cousins”, “Rose in Bloom”, and “Hospital Sketches” (this one was originally published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard). Her very first novel, “Flower Fables”, was published in 1854, and dedicated to Ellen Emerson, daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson; both families were extremely close.

One reason they may have been so close is that they lived only a 5 minute walk away from each other! Ralph Waldo Emerson (whose home, Emerson House, can also be toured in the summer months) is known far and wide for his philosophical and “transcendental” writing.  The Transcendentalist movement swept through the region, and soon Emerson was leading the charge for this new way of thinking with his work.  You can find many examples of his introspective and far-reaching thoughts here. Why not see what this Transcendence is all about?

Next door to Orchard House sits Wayside, the home of another friend to the Alcotts and Emersons; the Hawthornes.  Nathaniel Hawthorne’s haunting (and sometimes gruesome) tales are read by nearly every student of American Literature.  While “The Scarlet Letter” is his best-known work, this is the mere tip of the iceberg. His novels and short stories are more than enough to keep the mind occupied for at least a year. Some of my favorites include the novel “The Marble Faun” and the short story “Rappacini’s Daughter”. Give them a spin and save a few for Halloween!

Of course, Henry David Thoreau’s life in Concord runs like a ribbon through the entire town, connecting everyone.  Thoreau spent time with all of these writing families, as a tutor, confidante, and friend. His work “Walden” is a must-read for many nature, philosophy, and Massachusetts enthusiasts. Thoreau experienced the outdoors and simple living for 2 years, 2 months, and 2 days on Walden Pond. You can go here to find many other works  from both before and after his time on the Pond.

There is so much wonderful writing to be discovered just by coming to the library and trying out even one book on this list! Check out one of Alcott’s novels, and read it with your children. Enjoy a walk in the sunshine and bring along a copy of essays by Emerson or Thoreau. You could even take a stroll through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord and have a haunted experience of your own with a good Hawthorne story.  The possibilities are endless.

~written by Laura Sanscartier

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Dog Bite Prevention Month

May is National Dog Bite Prevention month.  GSDAccording to the American Humane Association more than 4.7 million dog bites occur each year – 65% of those involving children.  One way to prevent dog bites is to educate yourself and your dog. The Dracut Library has dog training books and DVD’s to help you embark on your canine’s higher education.

We have compiled some material on our Pinterest page under Animal Ark  You can also use your mobile device to scan the QR code below to bring you to that page. From there, you can click on the links to check availability or to reserve material. We want you and your children to be safe this summer. So after you get that new canine family member, visit us – and avoid visiting the emergency room!


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Exciting Happenings!

Mark your calendars! The next two months the Friends of the Library will be sponsoring some not-to-miss free events! It starts this Monday, March 25th at 6:30 pm when Maureen Stanton will talk about her book, “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques & Collecting”.  Yes, spring is here – and that means it’s time to cruise those flea markets! Find out how you can turn a profit from your weekend finds.  After all, everyone could use a little extra cash.

JuliaGlassOn Monday, April 8th at 6:30 pm, we are proud to have the author of “Three Junes“, “The Whole World Over“, “I See You Everywhere“, and “The Widower’s Tale“.  Get your book group and friends together to meet and hear Julia Glass!! A resident of Marblehead, Massachusetts, she is a past winner of the National Book Award for her debut novel, “Three Junes”.  She has described her characters as being her “alter egos”, and her favorite word is “widdershins” – she is a fascinating person that you have to meet!

Two days later, on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm, Richard Howe and Chaim Rosenberg will be talking about their new book, “Legendary Locals of Lowell“.  This is sure to be a fun evening! You may recognize some of these legendary locals – perhaps it will be a walk down memory lane! Either way, come and meet Richard Howe, a great friend of the Dracut Library!

Are you interested in the Whitey Bulger case? Sure, you can read the papers, but why not hear first hand from Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy, authors of  “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”? Make plans now to be here Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm – their insights are sure to be a hit!

All events are sponsored by the Friends of Dracut Library. They are free and open to the public.

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Oscar Fever

The Oscars are set to air on February 24, 2013.  That’s only three short weeks away.  What are you spending your time viewing until then?  Why not check out our latest board on Pinterest, Based on the Book. Here you will find the names of films, currently sitting on our shelves, that were based on books.  Are you in the mood for something sinister?  Why not check out Dreamcatcher [2003], based on the novel by Stephen King. Would you rather watch something based on history?  Try Dances with Wolves, [2004] based on the novel by Michael Blake.  Looking for something lighter? How about Confessions of a Shopaholic, [2009] Based on the books “Confessions of a Shopaholic” & “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’re sure to have it on our shelves.  So stop by, pick up a film or two, then head home and start popping the popcorn!


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February 4, 2013 · 3:25 PM