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Preserving your garden’s bounty

A Nevins Library Event & Collection:

Preserving Your Garden’s Bounty

Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 pm

You’ve harvested all the vegetables from your garden, or maybe you found some produce you couldn’t pass up at the Farmer’s Market.  What do you do with it all?  Join Pat Graham as she walks you through the basics of canning your produce.  She will show you how it’s done safely, and answer questions you might have about the process.

Register Early!  Seating is very limited.

This program is part of the Nevins Library ScienceQuest initiative.

Click here to register

If you are unable to attend Pat’s workshop, you can always check out the following books on preserving and canning:

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Canning & preserving for dummies by Amelia Jeanroy & Karen Ward

Joy of cooking. All about canning & preserving by Irma S. Rombauer, et al.

Preserving by the pint : quick seasonal canning for small spaces by Marisa McClellan.

Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s practical pantry : recipes and techniques for year-round preserving by Cathy Barrow

Homesteading : a backyard guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more edited by Abigail R. Gehring

Foolproof preserving : a guide to small batch jams, jellies, pickles, condiments, and more by the editors at America’s Test Kitchen

Pickled, potted, and canned : how the art and science of food preserving changed the world by Sue Shephard


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Oh, the things you can do with a library card!


Everyone can take advantage of our public library’s resources by using our wi-fi internet access or computers, browsing our collections or attending a program.

With a library card, you get added benefits…not only can you check out books, magazines, DVDs, games, and other multimedia materials, you can also access our digital content.

Our digital resources include such gems as:

Lost your card?  Get a *free* replacement card at the Nevins Library during the month of September 2016.

Oh, and did we mention that with your library card you can also check out museum passes?  These passes will save you money on admissions to many of greater Boston area’s best museum’s and attractions, including:

  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Boston’s Children’s Musuem
  • Boston Harbor Islands Ferry Pass
  • Lowell Spinner’s
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • New England State Parks Parking Pass
  • Zoo New England
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem
  • and many more!  Inquire at the main desk.

If we do say so ourselves, happiness is a well-used library card!🙂




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Bestselling author Kate Larson coming to the Nevins Library!

 Join us in welcoming

Kate Larson, author of “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

on September 26th @ 7:00 PM.

Do you know the story of Rosemary Kennedy, the eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy? Come hear Kate Larson, author of the book “Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, tell us Rosemary’s story.

Kate Larson brings Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. She reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then—as the family’s standing reached an apex—the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties. Finally, Larson illuminates Joe’s decision to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in keeping the secret.

Copies of the book will be available for sale after the talk.

Location:  The Garden Room

Click here to register for this exciting author program.


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Fall Book Sale 2016 @ Nevins Library

When autumn starts, you know that the Friends of the Nevins Library Fall book sale can’t be far behind…  Keep your peepers on this one!

The Friends of the Nevins Library present:

Fall Book SaleThe Fall 2016 Book Sale

Come to our 4-day giant used book sale!  Great Books.  Great Bargains.

Large selection of Vintage and Local History books!!




Friday, September 23       *5pm – 8pm (Paid Preview)

Saturday, September 24    9am – 5pm

Sunday, September 25      12noon – 4pm

Monday, September 26     9am – 8pm (Bargain Day)

*Preview Entrance fee $20


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Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway (Rt. 28)
Methuen, MA 01844

For more information call 978-686-4080 ext. 33


Book Donations accepted until Thursday, September 22th.


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“Happiness is Having Your Own Library Card!”


Sally from the beloved Peanuts comic strip says it best, “Happiness is having your own library card!”

We think so too.

Let us celebrate September,
Library Card Sign-Up Month.

The Nevins Library is offering FREE REPLACEMENT CARDS all month.



What makes you happy about your library? Please comment away!

For those who live/work nearby, please drop in to the Nevins Library in Methuen, MA and fill out a “Library happiness is” speech bubble card to post.

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LibraryReads September 2016: top ten books librarians love!


September 2016 LibraryReads List

Forman_LeaveMe_ 06_06_alt_prnt.inddLeave Me: A Novel

by Gayle Forman

Published:9/6/2016 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616206178

“Aren’t there days when you just want to leave it all behind? After a life threatening event, that’s exactly what Maribeth Klein does. Maribeth, wife, mom of 4-year old twins, and editor of a glossy magazine is told to rest. Sure! The choice she makes is not the one for most, but following Maribeth on this journey is compelling nonetheless. Fast paced narrative and terrific writing make this one hard to put down. Recommended!”

Carol Ann Tack, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

Bookshop blogThe Bookshop on the Corner: A Novel

by Jenny Colgan

Published: 9/20/2016 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062467256

“Despite losing her job as a librarian who liked to put the right book into a patron’s hands, Nina continues her mission by moving to rural Scotland, purchasing a van, converting it into a bookmobile,and taking to the road. The plot revolves around the romance of the road, the romance of books and reading, and just plain old romance. Another marvelous book by Colgan! A gem of a book!”

Virginia Holsten, Vinton Public Library, Vinton, IA

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by Ann Patchett

Published: 9/13/2016 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062491794

“The Cousins and the Keatings are two California families forever intertwined and permanently shattered by infidelity. Bert Cousins leaves his wife for Beverly Keating, leaving her to raise four children on her own. Beverly, with two children of her own, leaves her husband for Bert. The six children involved are forced to forge a childhood bond based on the combined disappointment in their parents. As adults, they find their families’ stories revealed in a way they couldn’t possibly expect. Patchett has written a family drama that perfectly captures both the absurdity and the heartbreak of domestic life.”

Michael Colford, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

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The Tea Planter’s Wife: A Novel

by Dinah Jefferies

Published: 9/13/2016 by Crown
ISBN: 9780451495976

“When Gwendolyn Hooper comes to Ceylon as a young bride, she has no idea that she’s entering a region on the cusp of political upheaval or that she’s living with a widower and his secret-filled past. The Tea Planter’s Wifehas all of the elements that I’m looking for in historical fiction: compelling characters, an evocative setting, a leisurely pace, and a plot that unfolds like the petals of a flower, or, in this case, the tea plant.”

Amy Lapointe, Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH

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Daisy in Chains: A Novel

by Sharon Bolton

Published: 9/20/2016 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250103420

“Another great book from Bolton! Convicted serial killer Hamish Wolfe has proclaimed his innocence from the beginning and has solicited the help of lawyer Maggie Rose who is known for her ability to get convictions overturned. The story unfolds in alternating chapters from the past to the present and keeps readers on the edge of their seats with a twist you won’t see coming! Highly recommended!”

Karen Zeibak, Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT

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Darktown: A Novel

by Thomas Mullen

Published: 9/13/2016 by Atria/37 Ink
ISBN: 9781501133862

“In Atlanta in the late 1940s, the integration of black police officers into the force is proving to be challenging. White civilians don’t respect their authority, and black civilians don’t trust that they can protect them. Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith are men with heavy burdens on their shoulders. Every move they make is examined. When the body of a young black woman is found, they will put everything on the line to gain justice for a woman who turns into a symbol of all that is wrong with their town. Despite its historical setting, so many elements of this tale seem timely, and readers will have much to think about after turning the last page.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, NY

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The Masked City

by Genevieve Cogman

Published: 9/6/2016 by Roc
ISBN: 9781101988664

“A mysterious new Fae couple is causing Irene and crew major grief in this second installment of the Invisible Library series. After getting a book, Irene and Kai get attacked by a group of werewolves. Irene plans to go to the Library, turn in the book, and find information on the newcomers while Kai will go to Vale’s house. Kai is attacked and taken away. To get to the chaos filled world where Kai is held, Irene has to get help from Silver and fight to not be overrun by chaos and the Fae. I like this series because Irene is a smart, tough, stubborn, and loyal librarian who has survived many crazy, dangerous, and interesting worlds and people.”

Julie Horton, Greenwood County Library, Greenwood, SC

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia DeLuce Novel

by Alan Bradley
Published: 9/20/2016 by Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780345539960

“Flavia deLuce has returned from Canada to find her father in the hospital and her sisters distant. When she is sent to deliver a message for the vicar’s wife, she steps into another mystery – one she is determined to solve, preferably before Inspector Hewitt can do the same. Flavia is once again a fun, science-loving protagonist. Flavia arrives at a turning point in her life and how she handles what happens next will tell much about the path that she will take into adulthood.This series entry ends on a note that begs for the next story.”

Chris Andersen, Stow Munroe Falls Public Library, Stow, OH

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Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

by Patrick Phillips

Published: 9/20/2016 by W.W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393293012

“Phillips digs into the history of a series of events in his hometown in Georgia. After a series of crimes were blamed on some of the area’s young black men, the citizens of the town saw fit to run off the entire African American population. Phillips researches the crimes and the mob mentality that followed, and shows how certain citizens of Forsyth County continued to intimidate and assault African Americans who wandered across their border for almost eighty years.This is the type of history that is far too important ever to forget.”

Amy Hall, Jefferson County Public Library, Wheat Ridge, CO

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The Secrets of Wishtide: A Novel

by Kate Saunders

Published: 9/13/2016 by Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 9781632864499

“A charming mystery introduces Laetitia Rodd, a widow who moonlights as a sleuth in 1850s London. She’s tapped to help uncover the mysterious past of a prospective bride, but the more Laetitia digs, the more certain individuals want to keep their secrets buried. And when those secrets turn deadly, Laetitia may be in danger herself. Saunders nails the raucous world of Victorian London, capturing the Dickens-like characters from the lowest of society to the lofty ranks of the wealthy. A fine read for those who love vivid settings and memorable characters.”

Katie Hanson, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI


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Back to school: New Year’s Resolutions for parents

I’m about to head into my sixth school year as a parent, and I’m experiencing that familiar sense of optimism and hope that accompanies this time of year. The belief that this year will be different, this will be the year that no permission slip goes missing, there is no morning scramble for missing shoes, and the year that a healthy, home-cooked meal is enjoyed and happily anticipated by all.

I’ll get over it; by October (…okay, mid-November–this is, after all, the season of optimism!) I will have abandoned my pleas to get my kids on board with my organization schemes, I’ll resort to the crowd-pleasing standby of chicken nuggets at least once a week, and I’ll be trying to convince at least one child that mis-matched socks are quirky and fun, rather than a tell-tale sign of an overdue laundry day.

While my optimism lasts, I have started thinking about the sticking points that make the school year trying, for both parents and kids. The incredible popularity of this teacher’s note about not assigning homework that went viral last week is a testament to the stress and drama that play out nightly in homes across the country. My kids aren’t even old enough to have long-term projects and work that can be procrastinated on, and we’ve already had a taste of the angst that accompanies nightly assignments. Then there are the endless newsletters, both hard copy and emailed, which bring about the to-do lists, save-the-dates, and calls for volunteers. Every afternoon’s back-pack emptying (if it gets
done at all…) leaves my kitchen table littered with stacks of paper. Especially once the days grow shorter and the calendar gets more packed with activities, keeping up with it all starts to feel a little overwhelming.

end of the year

This all entered my home on one day at the end of the last school year.

By this point in my career as a parent of school-age children, I’ve learned that the best way (or at least, an adequate way) to get on top of clutter and chaos is to plan for it, and corral it as soon as it comes in the door. Here are a few titles that we have here, that may help with getting a handle on your schedule and your stuff:

organization graphicSecrets of an Organized Mom
CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap!
Less Doing, More Living: Make Everything in Life Easier

How Did I Get So Busy? The 28-Day Plan to free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule, and Reconnect with What Matters Most
Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff
Conquer the Clutter: Reclaim Your Space, Reclaim Your Life

On top of the scheduling and the homework and the daunting task of keeping an all-white karate gi acceptably clean for twice-a-week practice, there is the need to keep these kids fed. No, I didn’t neglect to feed them while they were out of school. But with summer comes a more laid-back approach. Doritos with lunch? Sure, it’s summer! Hot dogs for dinner? It’s so nice out, of course we should be grilling!

cookbook graphicThe predictability and routine of the school year calls for a more sober approach to meal times, and a return to the cookbooks and Pinterest boards for ideas for how to bring a nightly meal to the table that will please all, come together quickly, and within a budget. Frequent use of a Crock-Pot and a good plan for meal prep on the weekends goes a long way. Here are a few cookbooks that you can find on our shelves that are geared toward school-year lunch and dinner challenges:

Beating the Lunch Box Blues
Faster! I’m Starving
Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook: 250 New Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes
Week In a Day: Five Dishes, One Day
Yum-o! The Family Cookbook
Quick Fix Meals: 200 Simple, Delicious Recipes to Make Mealtime Easy

Happy Back-to-School!