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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!

Your Library Rocks – Use it!

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Welcome Ms. Snickers!

We are very proud to announce a new member of our library staff! Today, Ms. Snickers will begin her 20 day shadowing work with Ms. Penny in the children’s room. For those who may not be familiar with shadowing, it is a program where librarians go to another library to observe and share ideas with that library. Ms. Snickers has spent the last 1.25 years in the Boxford Library, where she has worked exclusively in the Children’s Room. She is good friends with both Dracut Director Nanci Milone Hill and Assistant Director Diane Annunziato, whom she worked with in Boxford. Of her former co-workers she says, “They cared for me like I was their own, physically and emotionally. I consider them like family. Diane was my mentor I learned everything I know about libraries from her – she’s wonderful!” Ms. Snickers describes herself as a “night owl” but will be the first to say she hopes she never sees one! When asked why she wanted to observe at Dracut she stated, “I felt like I was just spinning my wheel – I needed to get out and explore a new library. I need to see new faces…and I understand those librarians in Dracut LOVE snacks! (she giggles) – but I’m on a diet, so maybe I’ll eat a special treat once in a while”.

When we told Ms. Snickers she would be joining us for Halloween and that we were dressing as super hero librarians, she was ecstatic! Though usually a shy, petite, and reserved creature, Ms. Snickers said she would love to participate! She sent us a picture of herself in her super hero librarian costume, but stated that on her first full day, she would be in her professional attire. She did give us permission to post her picture, so without further a do, the Dracut Library proudly welcomes Ms. Snickers!!!

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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 dessert...at 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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Storybook Apps

When the Academy Awards were announced in January, our attention was drawn to Moonbot, a software developer and creator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, an iPad app that doubles as a book (or maybe it’s a book that doubles as an iPad app), which was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Short.  Children’s apps for the iPhone & iPad are not new,  and yes, Storybook apps – interactive children’s books for your iPad, have been around. For example, these were the Top Ten Storybook apps according to Kirkus Reviews for 2010. Storybook apps are what’s happening now and probably will be the future of children’s publishing (in some shape or form).  If there were doubts, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore may have changed a few minds.

For those parents who feel left behind in the digital age, we  introduce you to Apps for Homeschooling an app reviewing website that is for homeschoolers by homeschoolers. There are some great children’s apps reviewed here and you don’t need to homeschool to take advantage!  If you’re in shock that a library is promoting Storybook and iPad apps, my humble opinion is if an iPad app is the best way to educate and inform then, YES, do it! With Apple selling 15.4 million iPads last quarter, the digital world will only continue to grow. We know that – but our mission to direct you to helpful resources and information will not change – even if it means pointing you in a digital direction.

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Pronounce that please?

Ever stumble upon a word that you just didn’t know and couldn’t figure out how to pronounce? That can be embarrassing whether you are trying to order from of a menu or are trying to pronounce a famous person’s name. Enter the website Forvo.com

Forvo is the largest pronunciation guide in the world. Ever wondered how a word is pronounced? Ask for that word or name, and another user will pronounce it for you.

Forvo is free. Learn how to pronounce words in Russian, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japenese, even Swedish and Finnish! Try it out – you have nothing to lose and everything to learn!

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