Jun
19

Bow WOW for Books

Join us Wednesday, June 20th from 5 – 6 P.M. and meet our dog friend, Prince, and his handler, Joyce from our new “Bow Wow for Books” program.  Prince and Joyce will be here on select Wednesdays from 5 – 6 P.M.  Children can sign up for 15 minute sessions to practice reading to Prince.  If you attend our “Meet the Star” event on June 20th you will get to enter a lottery for the June 27th reading slots.  Prince is looking forward to meeting all of his new library friends!
 
*Prince and Joyce are affiliated with Therapy Pets Unlimited.

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Jun
18

Adult Summer Reading is Here!

Summer Reading… Not Just for Kids!LowellReadsSummer

Why should kids have all the fun this summer? The Pollard Memorial Library is happy to announce that we will be offering a special adult only summer reading challenge for patrons entitled “Lowell Reads – Summer Edition.”

Pick up your game card starting today and opportunities to participate will be offered through September 4. Complete 1 block or all of them for your chance to participate in a raffle for prizes of gift cards and library swag. Return your game card on or before September 4th to be included in the raffle.

Challenges include reading your favorite children’s book, downloading the Libby app and listening to an audio book or reading an e-book, read a digital copy of the paper from the day you were born, and much more! We’ll be hosting some special arts & crafts activities throughout the summer, as well as ending with a special Adults Only Summer Fun night, where adults can celebrate some of the best activities of summer by acting like a kid again! Check out the calendar of adult and family themed events at http://pollardml.org/events/library-calendar

Patrons are invited to share you experiences via social media and get involved in all of the great opportunities that the library provides. You can also access the game card by downloading it today to get started. Click on Game card to get started right now!

Questions? Contact Bridget Cooley at 978-674-1548 or email bcooley@lowelllibrary.org.

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May
25

Anime Club

Today’s meeting for our teen Anime Club program will unfortunately need to be cancelled because the library will be closing early.  The library will be closing at 2 P.M. today for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Anime Club will be rescheduled to Friday, June 1st from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.

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May
16

Digital Preservation – Things to Consider

teenwriters.jpgWe have been talking about best practices for preservation, but often we tend to ignore our digital collections of “stuff” until it’s too late and the computer dies or gets damaged. In current times, we enjoy the ease of information that we can have at our fingers – word documents on our phones that we can adjust on our computers, endless pictures and videos in the palms of our hand, and even downloadable music, movies and more. But the loss or damage of a device, or even changes in software can cause the loss of a digital item forever.

Some concepts to consider for digital items –

  • Back up your digital collection regularly (i.e. at least quarterly, more when you have something to lose), whether it be your phone to your computer/cloud and your computer files to the cloud/backup hard drive/off-site location (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox, or even Crashplan for Home. You could even back up to a hard drive or high-capacity flash drive and save it in a fireproof safe or a safe deposit box.
  • Pay attention to those items that are created in a software-specific format and consider formatting them into multiple versions to ensure that you can always access it. For example, Windows 95 software is no longer compliant with up to current versions of Windows, so you can’t share that original paper in college with the newer generations any longer.
  • Newer technology doesn’t always mean that the format is more stable. You may want to consider creating multiple versions of technology, especially audio and visual, as they might not last long enough to share with future generations. Various sites of given the following estimates regarding life expectancy of audio/visual materials:
Type Estimated Life Expectancy with proper storage/humidity
Music – Vinyl 100 – 1,000 years
Music – Cassette 10 – 30 years
Music – CDs Probable up to 20 years; ideal conditions up to 100 years
Music – CDRs 5 – 10 years
Music – Mp3 files Unknown
Video – 8mm or 16 mm 40 – 60 years
Video – VHS/Beta 10 – 30 years
Video – Hi8, Digital8, mini-DVD 10 – 20 years
Video – DVD Probable up to 20 years; ideal conditions up to 100 years
Video – M-DISC Up to 1,000 years (theoretically)
Video – Blu-Ray unknown

Lastly, make sure that you digital items are in the best possible format for long-term access. The following file format suggestions are provided courtesy of the Smithsonian Institute Archives.

Type Primary Preservation Format (preferred) Secondary Preservation Format (acceptable)
Text/word processing applications PDF/A
PDF
RTF (text)
TXT
XML with schema
Spreadsheet applications or structured data PDF/A (must capture entire workbook – macros disabled)
PDF
CSV
Tab-delimited
TXT
XML
Presentations PDF/A
PDF
Original
Images TIFF (uncompressed) JPG
DNG
PNG
JP2
Graphics TIFF PDF
Video Motion JPEG 2000
MOV, AVI
MPEG-4
Audio BWF-Broadcast WAV
(.wav is the extension)
WAV
AIFF
FLAC
Websites and social media records WARC ARC
Files from Content Management System
Email messages/account XML email preservation format
Database Management Systems (DBMS) Keep original XML with schema

 

When it doubt, contact a professional who will analyze what you have and assist you in making the best decision to ensure that your files and precious memories, music, videos, Instagram-filtered pics and more are able to be shared with future generations of your family and the Lowell community.

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May
15

Kerouac Park Needs Your Help

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Today, the City launched a crowdfunding campaign to renew Kerouac Park.

Can we count on your support?

Kerouac Park is in the heart of Downtown by Bridge Street and the Eastern Canal. Thirty years ago the City dedicated the Jack Kerouac Commemorative. Today, the park is a little rough around the edges.

Fortunately, MassDevelopment has a new grant program to renew places like Kerouac Park. It’s simple. When we raise $25,000 from donations big and small, MassDevelopment will double our fundraising. We would have $50,000 to invest into this important park.

Can you pitch in $25 today?

We’ll invest in fresh landscaping, new seating, outdoor play equipment, a stage, and more. We’ll also build a place for entrepreneurs to try their ideas in the hopes that successful concepts will lead to permanent Downtown storefronts. Kerouac Park will become the perfect place for everything from lounging to hosting bigger events.

Learn more about the campaign and give today. Together we can make Kerouac Park a place to relax, play, mingle, laugh, gather, and celebrate Lowell. Please share this campaign with your friends and family and like our page on Facebook.

Email KPark@LowellMA.gov with any questions. Click here to sign-up for occasional emails about Kerouac Park.

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