Lowell NHPS Party continues Saturday Starting with Lowell Walks

You may have heard the National Park Service is celebrating their Centennial. We’ve got lots of reasons (and opportunities) to celebrate right here in Lowell.

This Saturday join Lowell National Historic Park Superintendent Celeste Bernardo and Dick Howe on the final Lowell Walks tour of the summer, about the history of the park in Lowell. The tour starts at 10am at the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street.

Then from 11am-3pm you should head to Boarding House Park (400 French St) for entertainment by DJ Shyhai, food trucks, community art-making, resource fair, world premiere dance performances, story-time, and cake!

Also the Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John St) is FREE thru Sunday August 28th.

For more info, call 978-970-5000, find LNHP on Facebook or online at

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Non-Fiction Book Club to discuss “Happy City” by Charles Montgomery – Thursday, September 8 – 6:30PM (LOWELL READS 2016 Kick-off Event)

Our group is free and open to the public. Copies of books up for discussion are available for patrons to borrow on a first come first serve basis at the 1st Floor Information Desk. You may also reserve a copy by calling the Community Planning Department at 978-674-1542. For more information about this group please contact Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning, at or 978-674-1542.


From Book Jacket:

“After decades of unchecked sprawl, more people are moving back to the city. Dense urban living has been prescribed as a panacea for the environmental and resourse crises of our time. But is it better or worse for our happiness? Are subways, sidewalks and condo towers an improvement on the car dependence of the suburbs?
The award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery finds answers to such questions at the intersection between urban design and the science of happiness. On his exhilarating journey through some of the world’s most dynamic cities, he meets the visionary mayor who introduced a “sexy” lipstick-red bus to ease status anxiety in Bogota; the architect who brought the lessons f medieval Tuscan hill towns to modern-day New York City; the activist who turned Paris’s urban freeways into beaches; and an army of American suburbanites who have hacked the design of their own streets and neighborhoods.
Rich with new insights from psychology, neuroscience, and Montgomery’s own urban experiments, Happy City is as surprising as it is hopeful: by retrofitting cities and our own lives for happiness, we can tackle the urgent challenges of our age. The happy city can save the world—and we can all help build it.”



photo by Elizabeth Borne

About the Author:

Charles Montgomery is an award winning journalist and urban engagement specialist, and the author of The Shark God, which won the 2005 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction under its Canadian title, The Last Heathen. Find him at and

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Summer Olympics 2016: A New World

Are you hungry for gold?  Or at least for some fun?  Kids in Kindergarten and older are invited to join us on Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 AM for our “Silly Olympics.”  Compete in various events such as “Pass the Lifesaver,” “Scoop It Up,” “Defy Gravity,” and lots more.  This program requires sign up and there are still some spots left.  Stop by the Children’s Desk or call 978-674-1529 to sign up.

Good luck and may the silliest win!

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On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Go!

We had so much fun in the two sessions of the summer reading program: On Your Mark, Get Set . . . Go!  We made balloon rockets, paper rockets, styrofoam plate airplanes, tabletop hovercrafts, Lego cars, and more!  For more fun at the library this summer, please check out our events page.  To view more pictures from your favorite summer reading programs, check out our children’s page.



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It’s Officially Hot Out There….Here are Some Heat Relief Tips from Lowell Fire Department

The library is a good place to go to get some relief from the heat. Despite historical challenges, our air conditioning is working pretty well this year thanks to the tireless efforts of the DPW lands and buildings team. We also have wifi (and three poke stops, if you’re into that kinda thing). We’re open  Mon-Thurs (9AM-9PM) and Friday 9AM-5PM.

Here are some other tips from the Lowell Fire Department about beating the heat this week:

City of Lowell Heat Relief

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures of 90(+) degrees with high humidly from Monday July 25th through Thursday July 28th. In order to keep our residents safe from heat related injuries and medical conditions the following actions will take place.

Cooling Center Location

The City of Lowell Senior Center
276 Broadway Street
Lowell, MA 01854

The facility will be open to public 6:30 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Misting Stations Locations

The City has erected Misting Stations at the following locations.
Father McGuire Park — Woodward Avenue
Hadley Park — Middlesex Street
Rynne Beach — Merrimack River, Pawtucket Blvd.

EXTREME HEAT – safety Tips

Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.

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