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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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Reading suggestions

Wondering what to read this weekend? Why not try a book from one of these these “Top Books” lists!

New York Times

NPR

Publishers Weekly

USA Today

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Yes, You Khan!

You’re well into the semester and you’re already thinking “I’m never going to pass this________ class”. If the class is basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, physics, biology or economics OR if you’re preparing for your SAT, GMAT or MTEL’s OR  if you just want the basics for opening a 401k, than we have a site for you – Khan Academy!!

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Despite being the work of one man, Salman Khan, this 1600+ video library is the most-used educational video resource as measured by YouTube video views per day and unique users per month. We are complementing this ever-growing library with user-paced exercises–developed as an open source project–allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.

Even Bill Gates is a follower of Khan Academy! The lessons on Khan Academy aren’t long, so your eyes won’t glaze over. And since they’re free you can keep reviewing for as long as you need to – Khan is your personal tutor!

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Everything’s coming up graphic!

Today is National Comic Book Day. As we know comic books have given way to graphic novels. The American Library Association has released their top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens 2010. In addition, they also have their All Time List of Graphic Novels. Now that we know what they like, how about you?? Tell us what graphic novels you’d like to see the Dracut Library acquire. Maybe it’s a movie or video game based on a graphic novel – we want to know what you’d like to see in the library. Feel free to leave a comment here or on Facebook (dracutlibrary) or Twitter (@dracutlibrary).

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1 Out-of-this-world Suggestion!

This posting is thanks to a sci-fi patron of ours. The site we were directed to is out of this world! Baen, the publishers of science fiction and fantasy novels, has made some of their material available electronically. The Baen Free Library allows you to download books in various formats. Since there’s no cost, it’s worth looking into – especially if you want to start a series and aren’t sure if you’re going to like it.

If anyone has other great finds, don’t hesitate to drop us a line!  Comments & suggestions are always appreciated! Find us on Facebook (dracutlibrary) or on Twitter @dracutlibrary

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Tell Me More!

No, we’re not talking about the song from the movie ‘Grease’ (which will now be stuck in your mind) – Tell Me More is a free online service from your library that allows you to learn a foreign language. Whether it’s French, Spanish, German, English or Dutch – Tell Me More allows you to learn via the internet at your own pace. For school, work or pleasure learning can be easy and fun! Follow the links from our website. From there you can view a Getting Started video, or read the Tell Me More Starting Guide. Remember the service is free to Dracut library card holders – just sign in, create an account and start speaking the language of your choice!

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Get Graphic!

Did you know that the Dracut Library has a collection of graphic novels for both Teens and Adults? What’s a graphic novel you ask?  Well in very simple terms think of it as a collection of comic books bound into a book. But it’s really so much more – it’s a story telling art form!!

Graphic novels are often geared to specific age groups. For example Japanese graphics can be geared in three ways:  Shonen manga to young boys, Shojo manga to young girls and Seinen manga to adults – and yes we have all three! Graphic novels can be fiction (a story like  Janet Evanovich’s new graphic novel titled “Troublemaker”) or non-fiction (factual, like “Maus” which addressed the tragedy of the Holocaust or “Barefoot Gen” which told the story of the bombing of Hiroshima).

Graphic novels are also hitting the big screen! “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” was turned into a hit movie in 2003. And two new films based on graphic novels will be released soon: “Green Lantern”, set to release 6/17/2011, and “Scott Pilgrim” which is set to release on August 13, 2010!! (“Scott Pilgrim” stars Michael Cera, from “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and “Paper Heart”). Read the novel before the movie – you’ll definitely want to know all the dirt the film version will sweep away!!

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