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May was National Pet Month and the staff at Andover Library loves fuzzies of all kinds (Well, not spiders. We have a couple staff members who can’t handle fuzzies of the eight-legged variety)! In honor of the month we held a “Pets Caught Reading” photo contest. We received some absolutely adorable entries! Our winner was a very studious pooch who doubted his owners ability to train him.

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What’s Happening at the Library

National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month, for those of you who didn’t know. We celebrated here at the library by displaying poetry books for all ages and holding a poetry contest. In this contest you had to use the titles on the spines of books to make up a poem (limit 4-6 books). It went pretty slowly for the first week, but then one morning I was astounded to see my inbox flooded with them. Apparently a local teacher had come across the contest and encouraged her students to enter. The poems were amazing! Ranging from hilarious to dire warnings about the future of our planet.

Our judges were hard pressed to pick just one poem to win. It was impossible. So we decided that instead of just one winner, we’d give prizes to first and second place, as well as two “honorable mentions”. Even then it was hard to choose as everyone had different favorites. But here are the final choices!

First Prize went to “The Triumph of Survival”


Second Prize went to “The Trouble with Animals”

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Poem: “Pardon?” Said The Giraffe

What Are You Doing In My Bed?

I’m Really Sorry

Animals Do The Strangest Things

And our two “honorable mentions” were:



Poem: War, Terrible War

My Chlidhood Under Fire

Into a New Country

Built To Last


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Poem: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Dirt on My Shirt

“Don’t Make Me Count to Three!”

The Blessing of Little Boys

We hope everyone enjoyed the contest! May is National Pet Month, so in honor of that we’re doing “Pets Caught Reading.” Does your beloved companion love to nibble on a good story? Take a picture and send it in for a chance to win a great prize! Look at our event links for instructions.

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Meet the Librarian: Benjamin, Circulation Librarian

Name: Benjamin C. Snider
Position at the library: Circulation Librarian & Passport Agent

1. How long have you been at APL? Help! I’ve been trapped by evil libr—– Since I was born; I grew up in the library. I have worked 5 years here and volunteered for 2 years previous.

2. What’s your favorite thing about APL? The bribes, definitely. (Note from Tori: He’s kidding.)

3. What is your favorite book and why? Never ask a librarian this question, there are too many. The Hobbit or anything by C.S. Lewis

4. Do you have any other book or author recommendations? Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, Weird Life by David Toomey, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Our Town by Thornton Wilder, and Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku.

5. Do you have any hobbies? (Besides reading?) Ultimate Frisbee, and trail running are recent additions; I also enjoy Settlers of Catan, board games, strategy games, mountain biking, bonfires, and I’ll play any pickup sport but I’m not that good at most of them.

6. If you weren’t a librarian, what would you be? Batman, or wait maybe I am already?

7. What’s your favorite food? Ice cream, preferably all natural, but I’m not picky. There’re so many flavors and you can eat it with everything.

8. What is the funniest experience you’ve ever had at the library? Sometimes, people call us when they REALLY want the Andover, MA, library. One time, one of these mistaken callers asked if I could transfer her to them. Also, giving them directions is great, since I’ve never been any of the places they want directions to, but I try to cobble something together using Google Maps Streetview.

9. What does your dream library look like? A quiet hum, there are lots of people; programming robots, using 3D printers, reading books, drinking coffee, kids at story time, but it’s still cozy so you can still find a corner to hide in with all of your favorite books.

10. Talk about other stuff you like (movies, TV, music, games, etc.) Movies aren’t really my thing but I do like How to Train Your Dragon, and Megamind. I don’t really watch TV so no recommendations there, although I have been known to watch the occasional Big Bang Theory or Battlestar Galactica episode. I’m a big fan of the Civilization and Total War PC game franchises, and the card game Dominion.

This was actually a work-related task. Best Job Ever.
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