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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!

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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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