Alternative House Day

Today is a day to celebrate the work of Alternative House in Lowell.

StoryTime for all ages at 1pm

Save 10% on new books bought off the Youth & Teen program wish list to donate to the program. 

100% of the purchase price of USED BOOKS will be donated directly to this important nonprofit.

Story Time with Zito

Lowell author Zito Camillo will read his two recently published children’s books: The Buffoon Balloon, and Dragon, Do You Believe It. The books are about love overcoming bullying.

Zito Camillo is from Brazil. After earning a Bachelor degree in Literature in Brazil he danced with the Sao Paulo School of Ballet. Now living in Lowell, he studied English as a Second Language at the Abisi Adult Education Center of the Lowell Public Schools. 

Story time with Wafa' Tarnowska

A fantastic opportunity to hear right from Wafa' Tarnowska, the author of Nour's Secret Library, a picture book that is winning praise from readers around the globe.

Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author’s own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times.

Nour's Secret Library By Wafa' Tarnowska, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Wafa' Tarnowska, Vali Mintzi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781646862917
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Barefoot Books - March 29th, 2022


Mass Center for the Book 2023 Reading Challenge

How It Works

  1. Sign up at
  2. Choose a book that fits the monthly challenge
  3. After you read, fill out a short form to tell Mass Center for the Book all about it
  4. That's it!
    • If you read at least one book, you will be invited to a year-end celebration hosted by Mass Center for the Book
    • If you read a book in each of the 12 months, you will be entered in a drawing to win 1 of 2 totes filled with books and Massachusetts goodies

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