Non-Fiction Book Club to discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown – Thursday, July 7 – 6:30PM

Pollard Library Non-Fiction book club happens at 6:30 on the first Thursday of every month. It 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.


From the Book Jacket:

“Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times – the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. … Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest”–Back cover.

About the Author:


Daniel James Brown is the author of two previous non-fiction books, The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky, which was a finalist for a Barnes & Noble Discover Award. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle. www.danieljamesbrown.com.

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Backstage Library Works is hiring Labeling Technicians for a project in our library this summer….


Labeling Technician

Backstage Library Works provides technical services to libraries, museums, and archives around the world.

This is a full-time, non-benefited position. The project is expected to begin in mid July and last approximately 6 weeks. The position starts at $11/hour. Hours will be Monday through Friday, 8am to 4:30pm. Some work on weekends may be required.

There are no part-time positions available.

Job Description:

Technicians will be applying Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to 208,300 items in the Pollard Memorial Library.

Work requires prolonged standing, sitting, twisting and bending at the waist, squatting, kneeling, repetitive use of hands, grasping, lifting, walking, and occasionally assisting in the movement of book carts weighing up to 200 pounds. Good hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate equipment. Familiarity with computers is essential.


  • Learn to use high-end RFID equipment
  • Ensure that each batch of items you are assigned during the day has an RFID tag affixed in the proper location.
  • Adherence to materials handling specifications
  • Operate equipment in accordance with approved procedures and profiles
  • Assist in locating materials that require removal from the stacks.


  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks productively
  • Attention to quality and detail
  • High-level accuracy in data-entry work
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to work in a production environment
  • Ability to learn new tasks quickly and accurately
  • Capacity to deal with problems intelligently
  • Professional attitude when working around patrons

Preferred Additional Skills

  • Experience working in a library environment.
  • Education in Library Science
  • Educational achievement

If you are interested in this position please send your resume and cover letter to John Reese, Vice President, On-site Services at jreese@bslw.com

A background check and drug screen will be part of the application process.

Please DO NOT contact Pollard Memorial Library regarding this position.


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Summer Reading 2016: On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Read!

SRP 2016 - On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!

Summer Reading 2016 – Color your own race car!

Summer Reading is here!  Come to the Children’s Reference Desk to register for this year’s summer reading program at the Pollard Library.  There is no age requirement and no better way to enjoy reading in the summer!  We also have an amazing selection of summer reading programs for kids this year such as our annual 4th of July Celebration, Silly Olympics, Coding with Minecraft, On Your Mark, Get Set…Go!, storytimes and much more.  Our Summer Reading Kick Off Event, Sciencetellers was a huge success this Monday and you can check out pictures from the event on our children’s page.  For information on more summer reading programs, check out our events page.  We also have displays with sports book in the children’s department to fit our summer reading theme: On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!  Check out our Pinterest board for children’s sports books at the library.  We look forward seeing everyone this summer!

SRP Kickoff Event - Sciencetellers

Summer Reading Kick Off Event – Sciencetellers





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Lego Club!

Join us for Lego Club this Saturday, June 18th at 9:30 A.M. and come and build your own Lego masterpiece!  All Lego Club creations will be put on display at the library until the next Lego Club.  For grades 1 – 6 and no sign up is required.  For summer Lego Club dates and times, please check our library website.

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New Hours for City Hall – Library Summer Hours begin in July

Just a reminder that the city is instituting a 90 day pilot program of new hours this summer for City Hall and the city offices in JFK Plaza that are not Police, Fire, or Health. It also will not apply to the Senior Center.

Beginning this week through September 30th the office hours for city offices in City Hall & JFK will be:

Monday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday – 8:00 am – 8:00PM

Wednesday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday – 8:00 am – NOON

This will not affect the library in either our main branch or the senior center branch. Our summer hours begin in July as they do every year. The main branch will be closed Saturdays from July 2 through September 3. Our digital branch is open 24/7/365.

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