BENEFITING: POLLARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY FOUNDATION INC
From humble beginnings in the West Centreville neighborhood where he was born, Jack Kerouac grew to become one of the most iconic and influential pioneers of the Beat movement. It is our aim to celebrate Kerouac’s life, literature, and love for the library in the city where he grew up. Kerouac himself credits much of his early success to the Pollard Memorial Library.
“I was getting A’s and B’s in high school, mainly because I used to cut class at least once a week, to play hooky that is, just so I could go to the Lowell Public Library and study by myself...loving books and the smell of the old library and always reading in the rotunda part of the back where there was a bust of Caesar in the bright morning sun and the entire range of encyclopedias in semicircle shelves.” --Jack Kerouac
To honor Kerouac’s legacy and history with the Pollard Memorial Library, we will erect a functioning museum display in “Jack’s Corner,” a section of the library dedicated to works by and about Kerouac. The display will complement the collection of Kerouac-related works in “Jack’s Corner” with plenty of biographical information about the life and times of Kerouac. It will also house the Young Prometheans collection, named in honor of a group of young intellectuals, including Kerouac, who gathered in Lowell in the early 1940s to support and inspire one another’s creativity, self-expression, and intellectual curiosity.
The Pollard Memorial Library is a vibrant community hub and Lowell's gateway to knowledge, meeting the information needs and enriching the quality of life in our community. The mission of the library is to provide diverse collections, state of the art technology, and appealing programs and services to Lowell's diverse population in a safe and welcoming environment. It is our hope that, by celebrating Kerouac’s history and that of the Young Prometheans, we will continually inspire future generations of young thinkers, singers, and poets, to keep their creative fires lit.