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UML Prof. Maggie Dietz’s “PLUTO” featured on Poetry on the T

Mass Poetry has a pretty cool campaign going on where they're placing poetry in the place of advertisements on the MBTA.  Maggie Dietz's poem, Pluto is one of three poems featured in the month of August. So if you find yourself in Boston's metro transit area keep an eye out for Pluto. Maggie Dietz also…
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#Gettysburg Battle – 150th Anniversary

Our library is actually a Memorial to those in Lowell who gave their lives to preserve the Union. For our beautiful  second floor the city purchased the three massive murals painted by the French-born artist Paul Phillipoteaux. Two of the paintings depict early victories for General U.S. Grant (The Battle of Shiloh and The Battle…
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African Festival This Saturday at the Sampas Pavilion

Join the African community in celebrating the continent this Saturday at the Sampas Pavilion on Pawtucket Blvd. Food, music, dancing and art will be featured. This is a link to more information. Did you know that the Pollard Library has more books on Africa and by Africans than any other local library? We also have…
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Non-Fiction Book Club to Discuss “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder – Thursday, June 5, at 6:30PM

Our Non-Fiction book club met again last night to discuss the polarizing work of experimental non-fiction (poetic realism?) that is Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans. I want to thank all in attendance for their contribution to yet another interesting conversation. The book we will be discussing next month…
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Kate Alcott – author of “Daring Young Ladies of #Lowell” to speak Tuesday, March 4th in Pelham, NH

Kate Alcott (pseudonym for author Patricia O'Brien) will be just north of the border next week kicking off her national book tour in support of her new book The Daring Young Ladies of Lowell. A little piece of historical fiction featuring, love, loss, scandal and murder all set in 1832 Lowell.  For more information about the…
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Reminder – Robert Forrant & Susan Grabski “Lawrence & the 1912 Bread & Roses Strike” Tonight at 7

[caption id="attachment_1384" align="alignnone" width="208"] Lawrence and the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike by Robert Forrant and Susan Grabski.[/caption] I know it's cold out there. Imagine how cold it was for the workers who walked out into the cold to begin their strike January 11, 1912. The Bread & Roses  happened just downriver from us in Lawrence,…
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3rd Annual Pollard Library Fall Fest – Saturday, October 12th – 10am-4pm

We know there's a lot going on around Lowell this weekend. Hey, there's a lot going on in Lowell any given weekend but this one is particularly busy. Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! is having their annual festival (more on that later), the American Textile History Museum is having a special Super Saturday Event, there's even a…
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Non-Fiction Book Club to Discuss “Truman” by David McCullough – Thursday, August 1st @ 6:30pm

It's time to get started reading the next non-fiction book club selection: Truman by David McCullough. Don't let the short title fool you, this is a massive tome.  This time we're giving you two months (the library is closed for Independence Day the first Thursday of July, so we won't be meeting until the first…
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Doors Open Lowell and Book Sale Saturday

There's lots of reasons to come downtown tomorrow. Chiefly among them are Doors Open Lowell, and the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale. The Pollard is very excited to be a featured venue for Doors Open Lowell again this year. We will be giving guided tours of our historic Richardson Romanesque library building (a.k.a.…
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Visions of Gerard Reading Tonight – 6:30PM at the Old Court

Hey Jack Kerouac fans. Head on over to the Old Court tonight for the final session in a stellar discussion series hosted by UML Libraries. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Visions of Gerard and tonight's event features live readings of selected passages from this Lowell book. The event will have…
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Join us Thursday, April 18th for an Author Night with Judy Bushwick @ 7PM

We are excited to welcome local author Judy Bushwick this Thursday, April 18th at 7pm to give a talk on her new book Sally Palmer Field, New England Quilter.  This book is biography, women's history, and quilting history, now available in paperback with B&W images and with a color CD attached. E-book formats are also available. Books…
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