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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took Measure of the Stars
BY Dava Sobel


Copies of The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel are available to borrow from the Pollard Memorial Library or to purchase at the UMass Lowell Bookstore.

Start a book discussion of your own with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers. Or come to the Non-Fiction Book Club discussion on October 5th @ 6:30PM in the Pollard Library ground floor meeting room.


    •  All events are FREE to attend
    • EVENTS are listed below.
    • The books content and events are for readers of all ages!
    • Attendees will recieve a special discount code for tickets to MRT’s production of Silent Sky (Oct. 18 – Nov. 12) 



Dava Sobel – Author Visit
Tuesday, October 3, 6:30PM
Pollard Library Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack St.

Author Dava Sobel will give a talk about her book and the information she found on these forgotten women scientists. UMass Lowell Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of the book if you are interested in getting them signed. 

book glassuniverse Book Discussion
Thursday, October 5, 6:30PM
Pollard Library Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack St.
Join the Non-Fiction Book Group’s discussion of The Glass Universe
nostalgia Documentary Film Series
Saturday, October 7, 3 PM
Pollard Library Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack St.Join us as we enjoy a special documentary that explores the role of space as part of the human existence. 
silas UMass Lowell Presentation & Stargazing

Tuesday, October 10, 7PM
Pollard Library Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack St.

UMass Lowell Astrophysics faculty, Silas Laycock and the Astronomy Club will give a special presentation about the Magellanic Clouds. Talk will include special guest appearance from the Cast of MRT’s Silent Sky. Weather permitting, the talk will be followed by stargazing at a location tbd.

 reach Preschool Story Time: Reach for the Stars

Wednesday, October 11, 10:30AM
Pollard Library Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack St.

Preschoolers are invited to a special storytime focused on the theme of space. Activities will include space themed books, songs, flannel boards, and a special take home craft!

 harvardplates Harvard Observatory Photographic Plates Presentation

Saturday, October 21, 1PM
Pollard Library Meeting Room, 401 Merrimack St.
Staff from Harvard College Observatory will talk about their experience with the photographic plate collection, their digitization and transcription project with the Smithsonian, and more!

silentsky Check out the inspiration for this year’s selection: the Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s production of Silent Sky running October 18—November 12. Get more information/order tickets at
Reserve a museum pass on our webpage to save $10 per ticket for up to six people.
Or attend one of the Lowell Reads events to receive a special Lowell Reads only discount code. Offers cannot be combined. #MRTSky

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Lowell Reads – Building Community – Book by Book

Lowell Reads is a semi-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.