Title: 2013 Lowell Reads Micky Ward
Date: September 9th – 20th, 2013
Place: Pollard Memorial Library; 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA
2013 LOWELL READS MICKY WARD
The Pollard Memorial Library is proud to announce its 2013 Lowell Reads Micky Ward program celebration. The aim of our annual Lowell Reads program is to get everyone in Lowell on the same page. We’re promoting literacy and fostering a better sense of community by creating an opportunity for Lowellians to engage with their neighbors in a meaningful discussion over the same story.
This year we’ve chosen not one but two books about Lowell’s own “Irish” Micky Ward. They are Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward by Bob Halloran and A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter by Micky Ward with Joe Layden.
Copies of these books are available for patrons to borrow from the Pollard Library. Patrons are encouraged to start a book discussion of their own with friends, family, neighbors or co-workers; or join us at one of our informal book discussions in the ground floor meeting room at the library (listed in the EVENTS section below). Please note, the books content and events are for TEENS and ADULTS. Unless otherwise noted, events will occur in the library’s ground floor meeting room. All events are free and open to the public. Program attendees will have the chance to enter to win a boxing glove autographed by Micky Ward. Winners announced at the Wrap-Up party, Friday September 20th.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Pollard Teen Wii Boxing & Micky Ward Trivia
Monday, September 9, 3PM-4:30PM
Kick-off Lowell Reads Micky Ward with a little friendly Wii Boxing competition and Micky Ward trivia contest. Prizes will go to the victors.
Book Discussion: Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward by Bob Halloran
Tuesday, September 10, 6PM-7PM
Join us for an informal book discussion of Bob Halloran’s Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Micky Ward. We’ll generate some questions to ask Mr. Halloran when he visits later in the program.
Get Local: Behind the Scenes of The Fighter
Wednesday, September 11, 7PM-8PM
Hear the stories from some local legends featured in The Fighter. Deb Belanger, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, City Councilor Rita Mercier, and special guests.
Movie Night: The Fighter
Thursday, September 12, 6:30PM-8PM
Free screening of the Academy Award winning film, The Fighter. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Book Discussion: A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter by Micky Ward with Joe Layden
Monday, September 16, 6PM-7PM
Join us for an informal book discussion of Micky Ward’s memoir A Warrior’s Heart: The True Story of Life Before and Beyond The Fighter, written with Joe Layden.
Training Micky with Mickey O’Keefe & Art Ramahlo
Tuesday, September 17, 7PM-8PM
Featuring former Lowell Police Officer Mickey O’Keefe and West End Gym owner Art Ramahlo in a conversation about training Micky to become a warrior.
History of Lowell Boxing – Round by Roundtable
Wednesday, September 18, 7PM-8PM
Featuring Dr. Joe Downs and Mel Peabody in a lively and informative conversation about Lowell’s rich boxing history.
Author Visit: Bob Halloran
Thursday, September 19, 7PM-8PM
Bob Halloran will visit to give a talk about his book Irish Thunder. A book-signing will follow – UMass Lowell Bookstore will have copies available on site for purchase. Bob Halloran is the weekend news and sports anchor at Channel 5, WCVB-TV in Boston . He is the author of four books, including Breakdown: A Season of Gang Warfare, High School Football, and the Coach Who Policed the Streets, and The Fellowship of the No Longer Miserable, proceeds of which benefit the Jimmy Fund. His new book, Impact Statement: A Family’s Fight for Justice Against Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and the FBI is scheduled for release in November.
Lowell Reads What Lowell Writes
Friday, September 20 – 6PM-8PM
UTEC – 34 Hurd St. Lowell.
Join us for a special wrap-up party showcasing talented Lowellian writers reading from their own work. Writers include Paul Marion, Dave Robinson, Kate Hanson Foster, Ryan Gallagher and others. Refreshments provided.
Contact: Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning
Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street
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