Jul
26

It’s Officially Hot Out There….Here are Some Heat Relief Tips from Lowell Fire Department

The library is a good place to go to get some relief from the heat. Despite historical challenges, our air conditioning is working pretty well this year thanks to the tireless efforts of the DPW lands and buildings team. We also have wifi (and three poke stops, if you’re into that kinda thing). We’re open  Mon-Thurs (9AM-9PM) and Friday 9AM-5PM.

Here are some other tips from the Lowell Fire Department about beating the heat this week:

City of Lowell Heat Relief

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures of 90(+) degrees with high humidly from Monday July 25th through Thursday July 28th. In order to keep our residents safe from heat related injuries and medical conditions the following actions will take place.

Cooling Center Location

The City of Lowell Senior Center
276 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854

The facility will be open to public 6:30 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Misting Stations Locations

The City has erected Misting Stations at the following locations.
Father McGuire Park — Woodward Avenue
Hadley Park — Middlesex Street
Rynne Beach — Merrimack River, Pawtucket Blvd.

EXTREME HEAT – safety Tips

Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.

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Jul
12

Coding With Minecraft

Coding With Minecraft

Last week the children’s department had a special visit from Thi Sarkis from the Rhode Island Computer Museum for a coding program with Minecraft.  We learned how to summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow, build giant rainbows, spawn farm animals and monsters instantly, and much more in the Minecraft world with code!  Children were introduced coding concepts so that they could build or “mod” in the game using code based on the Javascript programming language.  We had so much fun “modding” our Minecraft world we didn’t want to leave!  For more fun summer reading programs at the Pollard Library, check out our children’s event page.  Check out more pictures from the event on the children’s page of the library website under “Summer Reading Program 2016.”

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Jul
12

Non-Fiction Book Club to discuss “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande – Thursday, August 4 – 6:30PM

Pollard Library Non-Fiction book club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30PM in the ground floor meeting room. Our group is free and open to the public. Copies of books up for discussion are available for patrons to borrow on a first come first serve basis at the 1st Floor Information Desk. You may also reserve a copy by calling the Community Planning Department at 978-674-1542. For more information about this group please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning, at sthibodeau@LowellLibrary.org or 978-674-1542.

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From Book Jacket:

“Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing t manageable. but when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients’ anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. And families go along with all of it.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures—in his own practices as well as others’—as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside down. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about.
Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal, shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life—all the way to the very end.

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About the Author:

Atul Gawande is the author of three bestselling books: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performanceand The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightHe is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School for Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is the director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

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Jul
06

Independent Film Night on Thursday July 14 at 6:30: Marie’s Story

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Based on true events, Marie’s Story recounts the inspiring life of a young girl born deaf  and blind and the courageous journey of the nun who helps her to communicate with the world around her. At the tun of the 19th century, a humble artisand and his wife send Marie, their deaf and blind fourteen-year-old daughter, to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for the deaf. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and vows to bring the wild girl out of the darkness.

France/ 2014/ French with English Subtitles/ 94 Min

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris

 Please note that independent films are not rated by the MPAA and should be considered for mature audiences. 

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Jul
05

Battle of the Books

This summer 16 children’s books will go head to head in the ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN!  All children and teens can vote for your favorite book each week from Tuesday, July 5th until Friday, July 29th at the Children’s Reference Desk.  The winner will be announced the week of August 1st.  May the best book win!

 

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