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This Week at Your Library - Three Blasts from the Past - Two Books, One Musical Lecture - Don't Miss Out!

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Monday, November 16 – 7:00pm
Book Signing. Our Memories of Lowell Claire Ignacio & Dave Hudon
Local Authors Claire Ignacio and Dave Hudon will sign and sell copies of their self-published book Our Memories of Lowell. The book is the result of 20 years of collecting memories of Lowell as far back as the 1940’s.

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Thursday, November 19 – 7:00pm
Parker Lecture: Carlo Rotella “Music, Memory, and the City: A Journey Back to the Old Neighborhood”
Music has profound power to shape and cue memory, returning us to vivid images and mental states normally left far behind us in the past. This talk explores the ways in which the popular songs of an era can serve as vehicles for traveling to and exploring a time and place—in this case, the South Side of Chicago in the 1970s. Professor Rotella is Director of the American Studies Program and Director of the Lowell Humanities Series at Boston College. More information about the Parker Lecture Series is available at www.parkerlectures.com.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 10:00am
Book Launch. Richard Howe: Lowell: Images of Modern America
Join us for a book talk and signing for Richard Howe’s new Images of Modern America book being published this fall by Arcadia. Book description: Lowell, Massachusetts, stands apart as an exceptional city. Bursting onto the scene in the 1820s, Lowell quickly became the workshop of America, powered by the mighty Merrimack River and staffed by tens of thousands of immigrants. Even as the mill era faded, people from around the world kept coming to live and work in Lowell. In the 1970s, community leaders imagined a new Lowell built on its legendary past and echoing its early innovation, a renewed city that is now a global model for urban revitalization. Since then, more than 400 buildings have been preserved, and the city has become a hub of higher education, a center for the arts, and home to a National Historical Park. This remarkable transformation has been fueled by the cultural vitality of its people, which is continuously refreshed by new arrivals from every corner of the globe.