Poet Rhina Espaillat will be reading from her newest book, a literary translation of forty of the poems of Robert Frost, at the Lawrence Public Library on Saturday, May 23rd at 2:00 in the local history room on the third floor of the Lawrence Public Library. Lawrence is the hometown of Robert Frost – considered by many to be the premier modern American poet. His work being translated into the Spanish idiom (Spanish being the de facto second language of our country) is a hugely significant thing. Free and open to the public.
Terrific news! This past weekend we held our annual book sale and made over $2000 from book sales, bake sales, new memberships, and general donations. These proceeds will go directly into fully funding several of Pollard’s more expensive museum passes that come due this time of year, including the New England Aquarium, the Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Science.
Thank you very much to those of you who donated so many wonderful, gently-used books – it was a banner year for book donations! – as well as to those of you who volunteered so much time and good cheer sorting books and making this year’s book sale successful.
See you next year! Until then, we hope you’ll keep treating yourself to good cheap reads for sale in our ongoing book sale area located by the circulation desk on the library’s ground floor.
Amy Woo, President
Friends of the Pollard Memorial Library
Judith Viorst’s acclaimed children’s book is brought to the big screen. The tale recounts a day in the life of a grumpy young boy who has everything go wrong, all in one day. Featuring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Dylan Minnette. Directed by Miguel Arteta (2014) 81 min., Rated PG
Despite a bum leg, 25-year-old Grigris has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, making some extra cash putting his killer moves to good use on the dance floor of his local club every weekend. His dreams are tested when his step-father falls critically ill and he’s forced to risk his future by smuggling oil to pay the hospital bills.
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun| Drama| 2013| French & Arabic with English subtitles | 101 Min
Please note that independent films are not rated by the MPAA and should be considered for mature audiences.
It’s a local author bonanza at the Pollard next week as we’ll have not one but two great local authors here to give talks and book signings:
Ianna Hondros McCarthy “Stickier Rice, Clearer Purpose” Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm
Local author and UMass Lowell alum, Ianna Hondros-McCarthy will present her book on mindfulness and Buddhism which tells her experience traveling through Thailand and America. The practice of mindfulness is being embraced by many to: accomplish their goals, increase emotional intelligence and reduce stress. Practitioners include people from all walks of life and all ages. It has been featured on “60 Minutes” and is taught at Google, in schools and even n the Marine Corps. Come learn more about this practice.
Stephen P. O’Connor “The Witch at Rivermouth” Thursday, May 28 at 6pm
Local author Stephen P. O’Connor, will read from and discuss his new novel, The Witch at Rivermouth (Merrimack Press 2015). The reading will be followed by a book sale and signing. O’Connor is the author of a previous book of short stories Smokestack Lightning and the novel A Spy in the City of Books.