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Spring means better weather and also the start of many events through out the city! Check out some of these events for the month of April.

Quilts Japan – The 11th Quilt Nihon Exhibition
Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St

The New England Quilt Museum is the only Northeast venue to showcase these award-winning quilts from the international competition of the Japanese Handicraft Instructors’ Association.

Whitewater Rafting on the Concord River
It’s been a cold and snowy winter, so this is going to be great season for whitewater rafting on the Concord. Be sure to call first.

Share Your Story in support of Our Marathon Digital Archive
APRIL 9, 4:30PM 
Pollard Memorial Library
401 Merrimack St.

Our Marathon is a crowd-sourced archive related to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013; the subsequent search, capture, and trial of the individuals who planted the bombs; and the city’s healing process. Members of the Our Marathon team will be at the library to talk about the project and help you share your story (or photos, text messages, social media, etc.). Please stop by and add your story to the website.

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Contact: Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning



Re: First Friday Forum at the Pollard Library

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014 Coffee with the Library Director 10AM – 11 AM

          Feature Film 11 AM – 1PM

Title: Library to Host First Friday Forums Starting In April

Place: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Do you have any questions or suggestions for your local library? Now’s your chance to be heard—and to enjoy some coffee and a movie. Pollard Library Director, Victoria Woodley, will be hosting an open forum conversation with patrons over coffee on the first Friday of the month beginning in April. “We’re trying to find ways to better connect with our patrons,” Woodley said, “to communicate with them about the materials, programs and services we offer and to learn from them how we can better serve their needs. What better way to do this than by having a chat over coffee.” The open forum coffee with the director will run from 10AM to 11AM and patrons can stick around for a feature film beginning at 11AM. For more information about this first Friday form please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at sthibodeau@mvlc.org or 978-674-1542

For more information about this and other Pollard Library events visit our website: www.pollardml.org or our Pollard Library Blog: www.blog.pollardml.org. We’re also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pollardml and Twitter www.twitter.com/pollardml


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Title:                          2013 Lowell Reads Micky Ward

Date:                        September 9th – 20th,  2013

Place:                       Pollard Memorial Library; 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA

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.


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
978-970-4120, sthibodeau@mvlc.org

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There is an Open position on the Pollard Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees. The position is volunteer based, helps oversee the general care, administration, and policy making for the library, and meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Please contact Lynda Clark (lclark@lowellma.gov, 978-674-1001) for more information.

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