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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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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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Coat Drop Off

Did you get a new coat or jacket for Christmas? Have you considered donating your older coat or jacket to those in our community who are in need? We are collecting coats in our lobby for the Lowell Transitional Living Center in Lowell. They provide vital services to the vulnerable in our community who are in need of food, shelter and support. No one asks to be homeless, but we can help those we are in a small way. Drop off your coats or jackets (hats, mittens & gloves are welcome too!) in the giant gift box in our lobby now through the end of January (last year you helped us fill the box 7 times!)  On behalf of those who need our help to stay warm this winter, THANK YOU!

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Coat Donations Accepted Here!

Did you get a new coat or jacket for Christmas? Have you considered donating your older coat or jacket to those in our community who are in need? We are collecting coats in our lobby for the Lowell Transitional Living Center in Lowell. They provide vital services to the vulnerable in our community who are in need of food, shelter and support. No one asks to be homeless, but we can help those we are in a small way. Drop off your coats or jackets (hats, mittens & gloves are welcome too!) in the giant gift box in our lobby now through the end of January (last year you helped us fill the box 7 times!)  On behalf of those who need our help to stay warm this winter, THANK YOU!

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