We’re excited to welcome Julia Lynam, all the way from Vermont. She’s coming to our Lowell library to talk about her new book Treasures on Your Doorstep: The Other National Parks of the USA. This travel guide to the lesser known national treasures should keep you busy all summer at least. So come on down tonight to meet Julia and hear about where you can have your next adventure.
Non-Fiction Book Club to discuss “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” by James Agee and Walker Evans – Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 6:30PM
Originally published 75 years ago, this non fiction boundary pusher still ranks as one of the most innovative American journalistic endeavor. In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment from Fortune magazine to document the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. They lived with three different families and documented their daily existence with photographs, interviews, and extensive recording of minute details from the sharecroppers lives and experiences. The resulting work was not only a minute examination of the sharecropper’s lives but a meditation on the nature of non-fiction and the possibilities for the form of nonfiction. Agee inserts himself in the narrative with stream of conscious screes on the process of being a “spy” in the lives of others. The work was so unwieldy and odd that Fortune magazine passed on publishing it and released it to the authors a few years later. They self-published it in 1939 with little fanfare. It didn’t really gain any critical acclaim until the new journalism movement of the 1960′s when it was heralded as a work before it’s time. It’s not the easiest book to get through but there are some beautiful passages and heartbreaking images along the way of Agee’s brutally honest search for truth.
The Pollard Library Non-Fiction book club happens on the first Thursday of every month. The discussions are free and open to the public. For information about future titles please visit our webpage. Copies of books to be discussed are available to borrow on a first come first serve basis at the Information Desk on the 1st Floor of the Library. Or you can reserve your copy by calling 978-674-4121. Please have your library card ready. Happy Reading!
Come visit the library to take a look at the wonderful Nancy Drew display borrowed from Mr. Jim McNamara. The collection has a variety of memorabilia including books from the 1920′s to today, an original painting used for book cover art, advertising and board games from the the 1950′s to more modern items from the 2007 Nancy Drew movie, and much more. The Nancy Drew display will be located in the ground floor display case in the library until the end of May. This display will also be used to highlight the very generous donation of our new Nancy Drew book collection in the Children’s Department from Mr. McNamara. We thank you for your donation and we know that our patrons will continue to enjoy reading Nancy Drew mysteries in the years to come.
If you have a chance, on your way home this evening you should stop on by LTC at 246 Market St. to learn more about this valuable community asset. Get some free food, enter a raffle. Sounds like an awesome way to kick of a Wednesday night, if you ask me. Who doesn’t love a tour? For more info call 978-458-5400 or visit www.ltc.org.
Did you know we have two children’s museums in our backyard in Acton? They are the Children’s Museum and the Science Discovery Museum.
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Pass admits 3 visitors at half price ($5.50) each to both museums. Children under 1 are admitted free. Before booking a pass, please check the museum website for times when both museums are reserved for school groups only.