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Pollard Memorial Library to host end of summer events

LOWELL – Before August ends and the school year begins, the Pollard Memorial Library concludes its summer season with a series of events for Lowellians of all ages.

For those interested in learning a piece of city history, the library hosts a Roberto Clemente Talk for residents to learn more about the Puerto Rican baseball player and why Lowell has a park named after him. Hear about his legacy in Major League Baseball and the Latino community on Wednesday, August 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the ground floor.

The library’s monthly Novels and Nibbles Book Club series returns on Thursday 18 August, inviting book lovers to bring their latest reads and enjoy seasonal drinks and snacks. Join the readers in the downstairs common room from 6pm to 7:30pm

And in this month’s edition of the Short Story Book Club, participants will read four short stories of 50 pages or less, followed by a group discussion. August’s books revolve around the topic “Love?”. The event is virtual and will take place on Wednesday, August 31 from 7 to 8 p.m

To register for this and other events, please visit LowellLibrary.org/events.

Chelmsford Public Library invites families to an outdoor concert

CHELMSFORD – The MacKay Branch Library is hosting an outdoor concert for local families on Wednesday 17 August.

Steve Blunt and Friends, fronted by the award-winning children’s musician, will perform a range of folk-rock and light-hearted dance songs for all ages. The concert will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the side courtyard of the library. The MacKay Branch Library is located at 43 Newfield St., North Chelmsford.

The trio also includes Marty Kelley, an author and illustrator on drums and harmonica, and Noelle Boc, “the singing librarian,” who plays the ukulele and tambourine, according to a press release. The show is part of the library’s ongoing summer concert series, which will continue through August.

Children, parents and other community members are invited to dance, sing and use shaker eggs during the performance. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place at the Chelmsford Senior Center at 75 Groton Road.

The library hosts a Matthews tribute concert, a community market

TEWKSBURY – The public library hosts a range of events for adults, from music concerts to lectures to farmers markets.

As part of a summer concert series – supported by the Tewksbury Cultural Council – a Dave Matthews tribute band from New England will perform the musical styles of the famous ’90s pop-rock group. Crush’s Brett Huntley and Matt Salito will perform acoustic and upbeat songs from the band’s popular discography on the lawn behind the library on Monday 22nd August at 6pm. Participants are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Given the wide variety of animals found across the state, the library encourages residents to learn more about the wildlife around them in a virtual lecture hosted by Tia Pinney, a biologist, lead naturalist and educator at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. There, Pinney will discuss how raccoons, deer, and coyotes interact with evolved spaces, how best to attract visitors to bird feeders, and how to better coexist with the animals in our backyards. The lecture begins on Wednesday, August 24, at 11 a.m.

The Tewksbury Community Market returns Thursday, August 25 from 4pm to 7pm in the parking lot behind the Tewksbury Recreation Center at 288 Livingston St. With 35 to 40 vendors, the market offers food and non-food products. Vendors change every week and are available on the market’s website. If you have any questions, contact Community Outreach Librarian Robert Hayes at 978-640-4490 or email [email protected]

To explore the interesting life of Isabella Stewart Gardner—the renowned Boston art collector whose works are on display in the city—the library is hosting a virtual lecture with Mary Woodward, an art historian and guide to New England historic sites. Learn how Isabella Stewart Gardner assembled and arranged her collection and affluent lifestyle on Thursday, August 25 at 11am at The Gilded World of Isabella Stewart Gardner

To register, visit the library’s calendar of events at tewksburypl.org or call 978-640-4490.

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