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More than your Grandmother’s Library…

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I bet this picture is what you imagine libraries are like. You would not be alone. It’s not unusual for people to walk into our building, (newly constructed in 2006), and be shocked! It’s not just the bright, modern, physical building that amazes them. It’s our collection. It’s what a 21st century library offers. We are often  asked questions like:

  • Can you take out the DVD’s?
  • You have music? Can I take it out?
  • Can anyone use the computers?
  • Do you have WiFi?

The answer, of course is yes, yes, and yes! We have for years and it’s all free! What they don’t ask, because I suspect, they can’t even image what a 21st century library could offer is:

  • Do you circulated eBooks or Audiobooks?
  • Do you circulate eReaders?
  • Can I access Encyclopedia Britannica from home? Online? For free?
  • Do you have Music I can download from home?
  • Do you have computer and technical ebooks I can use from home?

Again, yes, yes, and YES!!! The library offers 24/7 services. Though it would be cost prohibitive to have the physical building open those hours, we do offer online services that you can access with your library card just by going to our website www.dracutlibrary.org .

Overdrive allows you to download eBooks or audiobook – for free. You don’t need to pay Amazon prices – check us out instead.

Encyclopedia Britannica is also available for free. It’s not that black bound tomb of a book you or your parents remember either! It’s a colorful teaching-education tool! Broken down by age group and ability, Britannica Online has some pretty nifty features like illustrations you can use for projects, maps, videos, and games.

And did you say you wanted free music? Try Freegal – download music with your library card. Oh, and did we tell you get to keep the music you download? All you need is your library card!

Have you been looking for the most up-to-date computer books but don’t want to pay the $50 or more? Did you know you can access these books from Safari Books Online? Safari Books offer an “online collection of over 3,000 computer and technical ebooks, covering programming, design, desktop publishing, ecommerce, online business, hardware and more, from publishers such as O’Reilly, Wiley, Pretence Hall, and many more.” It too, is free with your library card.

We are always trying to keep up with our community needs. We offer free movie showing, author talks, writing groups, children’s programs…the truth is, I could go on and on! We recently started a baking section which includes cake pans which you can check out – again for free. So far, our circulating cake pan collection has been a great success! We understand that not everyone can afford to purchase items they may only use once. That’s why we encourage you to get and use your library card. The truth is, if you haven’t been to a library lately, you really haven’t been to a LIBRARY!

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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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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!

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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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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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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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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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