Lowell Celebrates Kerouac & The Young Prometheans Poetry Collection

It’s LCK! time again. If you find yourself downtown today or tomorrow for the Kerouac festival you should stop by the first floor of the library and check out our Kerouac Corner and Young Promethean Poetry Collection (look for the YPPC call number for those searching our catalog). We dedicated the corner this past March as part of the Kerouac birthday celebrations, but at that time the cataloging and processing of the Young Promethean Poetry Collection hadn’t quite been finished. We’re happy to announce that just in time for LCK 2015 we’ve finalized the collection and installed a dedicatory plaque to explain the collection’s origin and unique name.


The plaque reads:

Young Prometheans Poetry Collection

Established in 2015 with a donation of over 400 books by poet Paul Marion

A group of young intellectuals gathered in Lowell in the early 1940’s to discuss various topics, share ideas, write stories, produce radio plays, sing songs, perform skits and generally support and inspire one another’s creativity, self-expression, and intellectual curiosity. Among the members of this group were a young Jack Kerouac and his best friend Sebastian Sampas. The group called themselves the Young Prometheans for they viewed the myth of Prometheus—a titan who gave fire to humans in defiance of Zeus and paid a severe price for his defiance—as an astute allegory for the creative fearlessness they looked to foster within one another. We hope by naming this substantial poetry collection in their honor we will continually inspire future generations of young thinkers, singers, and poets, to keep their creative fires lit, no matter the cost.

Young Prometheans Poetry collection and Kerouac Corner - 1st floor, Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St, Lowell

Young Prometheans Poetry collection and Kerouac Corner – 1st floor, Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St, Lowell


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Coloring for Grown-Ups on Tuesday October 13 at 6PM at Lowell Library


Get in on the international craze for coloring as a way to relax, unwind and unleash your creativity. We’ll provide coloring books, colored pencils and markers.

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2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature is…

nobel prize winner 2015 svetlanaSvetlana Alexievich

She is a Belarusian known for her work that involved interviewing hundreds of people about the Chernobyl disaster. Click  to order her book: Voices from Chernobyl : the oral history of a nuclear disaster

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Independent Film Night at the Pollard Memorial Library Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 – Dark Valley

dark valley
A stranger arrives in a European high mountain village where he’s allowed to stay before the harsh winter. He introduces himself as a photographer from America, but nobody suspects he’s there to settle a score long since forgotten by everyone but him.
Austria/Germany / 2014 / Drama German with English Subtitles / 115 min
Director: Andreas Prochaska

Please note that independent films are not rated by the MPAA and should be considered for mature audiences.

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The Friends of the Library needs your new or gently used stuff for Children’s Shopping Day

christmas gift wrapWhy Donate? The Friends of the Library is hosting Children’s Shopping Day on Saturday, November 28, 2015—when children ages 4 to 14 can shop for gifts on their own (or with the help of friendly library volunteers) for families and friends. The children will also get help wrapping and tagging each gift. All proceeds will support library programs.   Starting Saturday October 3, donations accepted on Saturday mornings 10am to 2pm.

We’re looking for donations of:

Children’s Books Unopened Puzzles / Games Costume jewelry / women’s scarves
DVD’s Sports memorabilia Unopened crafts
Stationary Small sports equipment Wrapping paper
Legos Men’s ties / gloves Ribbons/Bows
Toys Tissue paper Gift bags



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