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Take Her Word for It: Sports Cultivate World-Class Leaders by Kathleen Ralls, PhD

In Take Her Word for It: Sports Cultivate World-Class Leaders, Kathleen Ralls, PhD, looks at how lessons learned in sports provide women the essentials necessary to be effective team leaders. After spending almost two decades as a high school teacher and athletic coach, Ralls speaks to emerging and established professional women who aspire to examine leadership and personal and professional growth in a new way.
Use this book as an opportunity to think about your own experiences in shaping leadership and try new activities to consider your own leadership style, overcome some of your concerns about leading, and so much more! 

Lowell Reads – Building Community Book by Book

Lowell Reads is an annual celebration spearheaded by Lowell’s public library surrounding the questions, themes and ideas of one particular book. Our goals are to get all of Lowell on the same page, to promote adult literacy, and to build and strengthen the bonds of our community.

This year’s theme is Let’s Talk about Leadership. We’ll be offering activities to help cultivate joy and bolster resilience.

Lowell Reads activities will begin October 26th and run through November 7th and will be held virtually unless otherwise noted.

Books are available for patrons to borrow at the First Floor display starting October 11th.


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UMass Lowell Leadership Academy Lunch & Learn Session (VIRTUAL)
Wednesday, October 26 at 12:00 pm
Dr. Kimberly Merriman will present Don’t Throw Your Racket!, an interactive session on how to lead your life (and others) with emotional intelligence. We’ll cover simple ways to display positive emotion, conquer emotional hijacking and leverage emotional contagion. These lessons are relevant whether you’re a team leader or are just feeling depleted in your ability to manage emotions – like many following the pandemic. Click here to view the recording of this session. 

Find Your Voice—An Introduction to Toastmasters (VIRTUAL)
Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30 pm
Want to find a way to tell your story, get experience with public speaking, and also build your community for helping you to find your voice? Mill City Toastmasters is offering an introduction to Toastmasters to talk about what Toastmasters is, what it isn’t, and what skills can you learn with others who love public speaking, storytelling, and much more! If you’d like, you can stay online and join their Toastmasters session right after and meet the group! Register to get Zoom credentials to participate!

Lowell Reads Book Discussion (IN PERSON)
Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm
First Floor Alcove (closest to Merrimack Street), Pollard Memorial Library
Meet with other Lowell Reads patrons to review the book, share your thoughts about the book, leadership, your own experiences and more! No registration required. 

Author and Panel Talk (HYBRID)
Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm
Ground Floor Meeting Room, Pollard Memorial Library
Join author, Kathleen Ralls, as well as MaryBeth McKenney, Maura Duah-Asamoah and Deb Fleming as they talk about their experience with sports leadership and how it translates to their careers and relationships. Participants will be able to pose questions to the panel after a discussion period about their thoughts on leadership. Register to receive Zoom credentials for virtual participation. 

TedTalks Discussion: Leadership
Monday, November 7th at 6:30 pm (
Ground Floor Meeting Room, Pollard Memorial Library
Join us as we watch some popular TedTalks about ideas in leadership by women speakers. We’ll review them and then have a discussion about if we feel they are relevant, the challenges of implementing some of the ideas, and also if we think that the changes discussed make a difference in the workplace. We’ll also be sharing resources for local and state opportunities related to leadership training, finding your voice in leadership, opportunities to get involved and much more! No registration required. Register to reserve your space!


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