The people of Dracut should collectively take a bow. Go ahead don’t be shy; no one is looking!

I hope you have taken a bow because this town is full of folks whose hearts are willing to help folks who may need assistance, and put the needs of others as a priority, oftentimes ahead of their own priorities. We have seen this through several different vehicles here at the library, such as the “giving tree,” which is currently residing just outside the children’s room on the first floor. This tree, which is available though Dec. 14, attempts to honor the requests for special gifts by children in the Merrimack Valley area. Specific tags that correspond to a child’s request are found throughout the branches of the trees with instructions.

A collection of winter clothes continues to grow for a local agency that will distribute these necessary items to those in need. Currently the oversized box has been filled and emptied twice, and we are optimistic that the donations will continue to arrive freely. The box for deposit is found in the circulation area, and will be available throughout December.

Nonperishable donations for The Dracut Food Pantry can be dropped off near the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. Collections are made throughout the year for this organization; however holiday time is especially important to those who partake in the distribution process so please be reminded to donate when you can.

The Friends of the Library are also looking to celebrate the holiday season by offering Letters from Santa. These personalized letters with a North Pole return address provide vivid memories for kids of all ages. Specific details and deadlines are listed on the library Web site at

Also, the Friends of Dracut Library are sponsoring a wreath auction to benefit the library. Wreaths are available for viewing during normal library hours and are worth the trip to the library. The majority of wreaths will be awarded to the highest bidder on Dec. 12, although there are several wreaths that may be acquired by raffle tickets as an alternative means of distribution.

On behalf of the staff and trustees, I would like to wish everyone a safe and fabulous holiday season and a thank-you for your continued support of the Library.

Dana Mastroianni is the library drector at the M. G. Parker Library. She can be reached at 978-454-5474 or at