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One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game
That Brought A Divided Town Together

by Amy Bass



Copies of One Goal by Amy Bass are available to borrow from the Pollard Memorial Library or to purchase at the UMass Lowell Bookstore.

Start a book discussion of your own with your friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers. Or come to the Non-Fiction Book Club discussion on October 4th @ 6:30PM in the Pollard Library ground floor meeting room.


  •  All events are FREE to attend
  • EVENTS are listed below.
  • The books content and events are for readers of all ages!


Contact the Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning at 978-674-1542 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



All events are in the Pollard Memorial Library Community Room unless otherwise noted. 



Lessons from Lewiston, Maine:
A Refugee Story with Cheryl Hamilton
Thursday, September 13th—7:00 pm
In 2002, Lewiston, Maine garnered national attention when more than 2,500 Somali migrants chose to make the city their home. The unexpected migration changed the city forever, and the lives of many local residents, including Cheryl Hamilton. 

As the manager of the resettlement program at the time, Hamilton offers a unique perspective of her hometown in the months following 9/11. During this lively discussion, discover how the Lewiston community responded and the lessons
Hamilton learned about fostering community and responding to bias and prejudice. Since 2002, Hamilton has devoted her career to advancing refugee protection and community integration, including most recently as a director at the International Institute of New England - Lowell.

Sponsored by the Parker Lecture Series. 



World Literature Book Club Discussion
Tuesday, September 18th—6:30 pm
The World Literature Book Club is offering a complementary fiction story, Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah. We encourage you to read it and share your thoughts.




Conversation Cafés
Monday, September 17th—6:00 pm 
Friday, September 21st—6:00 pm (International Institute, 15 Warren Street)
Date and time TBA— Middlesex Community College 
Join the library and the Refugee-Immigrants Support Coalition as they host an opportunity to have a conversation around the topic of refugees and welcoming all to benefit the entire community.




Suitcase Stories in the Neighborhood
Sunday, September 23rd—2:00 pm (Visitors’ Center Auditorium—Lowell National Historical Park)
Everyone has an immigration story. Listen to three inspiring stories from U.S. and foreign-born residents with local Lowell ties.
Program includes a talk-back with the storytellers about his or her perspective on immigrant integration. 
Sponsored by the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation in partnership with the International Institute.



Library Night at UML Soccer vs. Holy Cross
Tuesday, September 25th—7:00 pm (UML—Cushing Field)
Cheer on former Lewiston High School soccer player, Abdi Sharrif-Hassan, & teammates as he plays for the River Hawks!





Amy Bass, Author Talk
Wednesday, October 3rd—7:00 pm
Author Amy Bass will talk about her book and the major lessons she learned about refugees and the role that they do and can play in a community. UMass Lowell Bookstore will be on hand to sell copies of her book if you are interested in getting them signed. A presentation about local refugee services by the International Institute of New England will start the evening.



One Goal Non-Fiction Book Club Discussion
Thursday, October 4th—6:30 pm
Review the book and share your thoughts with other community readers.


Thank you to our Partners and Sponsors:

MCC PakerLectures
 UMLSoccer  umass-lowell-logo

Lowell Reads - Building Community - Book by Book

Lowell Reads is a semi-annual celebration spearheaded by Lowell's public library surrounding the questions, themes and ideas of one particular book. Our goals are to get all of Lowell on the same page, to promote adult literacy, and to build and strengthen the bonds of our community.

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