LOWELL - The UMass Lowell libraries will host a free, four-part reading and discussion series focusing on the history of Lowell. The series, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 28, will feature local historians including Richard Howe Jr., and UMass Lowell professors Robert Forrant and Marie Frank, and Librarian Martha Mayo. Each will lead discussions on books from Arcadia Publishers on the city's past: "Legendary Locals of Lowell," "Images of America: Lowell," volumes 1 and 2, and "Campus History: UMass Lowell." Support for the series is provided by the UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas.
The sessions will be held on the dates and cover the book noted below:
-- "Legendary Locals of Lowell," Jan. 28, led by Howe at O'Leary Library Learning Commons;
-- "Images of America: Lowell Vol. 1," Feb. 20, led by Forrant at Pollard Memorial Library;
-- "Campus History: UMass Lowell," March 11, led by Frank at O'Leary Library;
-- "Images of America: Lowell Vol. 2," April 8 at Pollard Memorial Library, led by Mayo.
The O'Leary Library sessions will be held at 61 Wilder St. on UMass Lowell's South Campus and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. The Pollard Memorial Library sessions will be held at 401 Merrimack St. and will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Pre-registration for the program is not required, but highly encouraged. Those who pre-register will receive a copy of "Legendary Locals of Lowell" by mail. Free copies of the other titles will be distributed at the program. To obtain program material or to register go to libguides.uml.edu/lowellhistory or contact Sara Marks, instruction and outreach librarian at UMass Lowell, at 978-934-4581 or Sara_Marks@uml.edu.