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A Year in the Life of a Honeybee Colony and its Beekeeper

Nevins Library Presents:

A Year in the Life of a Honeybee Colony

and its Beekeeper

Thursday, April 27th at 7pm

 

Birgit deWeerd is a beekeeper in Bedford, MA. She became fascinated by beekeeping 30 years ago and has been committed to expanding the understanding of, and the respect for, the importance of honeybees in our environment ever since.

With her slide show, Birgit takes you through the activities in and around a beehive, starting in January and ending in the Fall with the honey harvest.

She also will talk about many of the pollen and nectar producing blossoms the bees visit on their foraging trips throughout the seasons, opening another gardening dimension and, maybe, setting the seed for the start of a most interesting hobby: of becoming a beekeeper yourself.

She will also have honey and bee related items to sell after the program!

Click here to register for this program.  For more information, contact Danielle at 978-686-4080 x12 or dkimerer@nevinslibrary.org


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LibraryReads April 2017: top ten books librarians love!

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April 2017  LibraryReads List

Anything Is Possible:
A Novel

by Elizabeth Strout

Published:4/25/2017 by Random House
ISBN: 9780812989403

“Strout does not disappoint with her newest work. Her brilliant collection takes up where her novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, leaves off. The chapters read like short stories with Lucy Barton as the thread that runs between them. The characters populate Amgash, Illinois and their stories are woven together carefully and wonderfully. No one captures the inner workings of small town characters better than Strout. Written to be read and enjoyed many times, I highly recommend for readers of fine literary fiction.”

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX


Beartown: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

Published: 4/25/2017 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501160769

“Backman’s most complex novel to date takes place in the small, hockey-crazed village of Beartown.  He deftly weaves together the stories of the players, the coaches, the parents, and the fans as Beartown’s hockey team chases its dream of winning a championship.  Weighty themes are explored.  How high a price is too high for success?  How deadly is silence?  Who can you trust with your secrets?  How far will you compromise your beliefs in the name of friendship?  There are no easy answers.  A great book club choice.”

Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Library, Cary, NC


Waking Gods: Book 2 of the Themis Files

by Sylvain Neuvel

Published: 4/4/2017 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9781101886724

“The sequel to Sleeping Giants contains just as much action and page-turning suspense. The story begins four years later and is told through interviews, memos, and news reports relating to the first robot, after Themis, lands in London. Soon Earth is in an uproar and Themis and her crew are once again called upon to make contact. Read the first book before you tackle this one but the good news is that you will have a shorter time than the rest of us waiting for the next installment.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin TX


Miss You: A Novel

by Kate Eberlen

Published: 4/4/2017 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062460226

“Tess and Gus meet at when they are both eighteen and on holiday in Italy. Their meeting is one of those instant connections, but they go in different directions. Tess returns home, expecting to go to university, but instead her mother dies leaving her to care for her much younger sister. Gus goes to medical school and must deal with the death of his brother. Tess and Gus’ lives momentarily intersect at various points over the years. I enjoyed both of their stories and the anticipation of hoping they would meet again and make a final connection.”

Mary Bennett, Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel, IN


The Stars Are Fire: A Novel

by Anita Shreve

Published: 4/18/2017 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780385350907

“Grace, a young woman with two small children, lives by the coast in Maine in 1947. Her marriage isn’t very happy, but she’s dutiful and devoted to her children. After escaping a devastating fire that wiped out her town and nearby forests, Grace has to become braver, stronger, and more resourceful than she’s ever had to be before. She manages it, and it’s lovely to watch happen, until something unexpected makes her life contract once more. This was deeply engaging and opened a real window on what it would have been like to be a woman in a small town in the 1940s.”

Diana Armstrong Multomah County Library, Portland, OR


American War: A Novel

by Omar El Akkad

Published: 4/4/2017 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780451493583

“In the not too distant future, the United States is again at war with itself. Fossil fuels, which have decimated the environment, are banned, but the states rich in them refuse to comply and thus break away from the union. Biological warfare, drones as killing machines, and state fighting against state contribute to make this a prescient novel. Multiple narration and differing viewpoints combine to make this an absorbing, shocking read of what could be. A must read that will be discussed by all who read it.”

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce, MI


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann

Published: 4/18/2017 by Doubleday
ISBN: 978o385534246

“In the 1920s, a string of unsolved murders rocked the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma.  Made rich by oil rights, the Osage were already victimized by unscrupulous businessmen and societal prejudice, but these murders were so egregious, the newly formed FBI was brought in to investigate. Immensely readable, this book brings a shameful part of U.S. history alive and will keep readers thinking long after they have finished the book.”

Jenna Persick, Chester County Library, Exton, PA


The Shadow Land: A Novel

by Elizabeth Kostova
Published: 4/11/2017 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345527868

“Twentysomething Alexandra heads to Bulgaria to teach English and attempt to escape the pain of losing a family member. She ends up searching for a family when she realizes she accidentally kept one of their bags after helping them on her first day in the country. With the help of Bobby, a Bulgarian taxi driver, and many other entrancing characters, the search takes her all over Bulgaria and even back in time as she learns more about the family she is trying to find. Beautifully written and completely enthralling.”

Caitlin Loving, Bedford Public Library, Bedford, NH


A Twist In Time: A Novel

by Julie McElwain

Published: 4/4/2017 by Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681773643

“Time-traveling FBI Agent Kendra Donovan remains stranded in 1858 England. When her confidante and potential lover, Alec is accused of murdering his former mistress, Kendra must use her modern investigative skills to work through the list of suspects and clear Alec’s name. Kendra must also decide whether to stay in the past with Alec or to continue to try to find a way back to the present. If she makes it home, what will be waiting for her? Highly recommended to readers of historical romance, romantic suspense, and time travel.”

Glenda Ramsey, Catawba County Library System, Newton, NC


Gone Without a Trace

by Mary Torjussen

Published: 4/18/2017 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399585012

“Hannah is eager to return home to her boyfriend, Matt Stone, with news of her impending work promotion. Hannah’s joy quickly turns to terror when she finds Matt missing and the house empty of all evidence of his presence. She begins to feel she is being stalked and receives messages that she is certain are from Matt. Little by little, Hannah descends into darkness as all the truths start to unravel and a different tale emerges. This dark debut is one to devour yet savor at the same time.”

Jennifer Winberry,Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

Courtesy of LibraryReads.org


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Poetry Contest Winners!

April is National Poetry Month, a time we librarians LOVE because it gives us every excuse to show off the beauty of poetry.  This year, to get ready for this celebration, the Nevins Library held a poetry contest for Methuen residents.  We had no idea that we had so many aspiring poets in our midst!  45 different poets submitted 55 poems for consideration in the contest.  There were different age categories, as well as a special prize for “Best on Theme”, the theme being Earth, Sea and Sky.  Panels of librarians read the poems in different category groupings, and after much deliberation, came up with these wonderful winners!  The winners have been announced in this month’s MethuenLife Magazine and on our Facebook page.  We also have a display of the winning poems inside the library, near the main desk.  The winning poems will also be featured on our Facebook page every Monday during the month of April.  Thank you to all who entered.  Congratulations to the winners!

Kindergarten – 4th grade category: Samiha Jaffar Ali for the poem “Love is Peace!”
5th to 8th grade category: Ablah Maryam Siddiq for the poem “The Earth”
Adult category: Anna Hadley for “The Days of Earth, Sea, and Sky”
Best on Theme of Earth, Sea, and Sky: Poem #2 by Patty Coco

 


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Poesia en la Biblioteca Nevins

The Nevins Library Presents

Poesia en la Biblioteca Nevins

Spanish Poetry at Nevins

Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 PM, Great Hall

305 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844

Con motivo del Mes del la Poesia, tenemos el agrado de invitarle a nuestro primer recital de poesia en español “Unidos por la Poesia“.  Tendremos la participación de varios poetas locales como: Joel Almonó, Mery Rivas, Roberto Richardson, Norma Ortega, Pilar Quintana, Angela Echavaria y George Richardson

For this Poetry Month, we have the pleasure of inviting you to our first Poetry Recital in Spanish, “United by Poetry“.  We will have several local poets, including: Joel Almonó, Mery Rivas, Roberto Richardson, Norma Ortega, Pilar Quintana, Angela Echavaria and George Richardson.

To Register, contact Gladys Medina: 978-686-4080 x16 ♦ gmedina@nevinslibrary.org ♦ Or visit our calendar of events online!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con motivo del Mes del la Poesia, tenemos el agrado de invitarle a nuestro primer recital de poesia en español “Unidos por la Poesia”.

 

Tendremos la participación de varios poetas locales como:
Joel Almonó, Mery Rivas, Roberto Richardson, Norma Ortega, Pilar Quintana y
George Richardson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Con motivo del Mes del la Poesia, tenemos el agrado de invitarle a nuestro primer recital de poesia en español “Unidos por la Poesia”.

Tendremos la participación de varios poetas locales como:
Joel Almonó, Mery Rivas, Roberto Richardson, Norma Ortega, Pilar Quintana y
George Richardson


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It is National Library Week!

Did you know that?  Every year there is a week dedicated to the appreciation of libraries in the United States and this year it is April 9-15.  We hope that you can take time from your busy week to stop in and say hi, or visit us digitally through our web pages or downloading e-books or audio books!

Have you misplaced your library card?  Don’t worry, it happens to all of us.  As part of this week’s celebrations of libraries, we will be offering you a FREE replacement card (normally $2).  As always, a NEW library card is always FREE!  Please bring in your photo ID and proof of Methuen residency and we’ll take care of the rest.

See you soon!!

 


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Spring Tea & Garden Lecture @ Nevins Library

Spring Tea & Garden Lecture

Hosted by the Friends of the Nevins Library

Sunday April 23, 2017 2:00pm

Nevins Memorial Library

$15 per person;  Lecture by Laura Bibler, Garden Designer

Our Grandmothers Knew What They Were Doing!

Find inspiration for your garden from wisdom handed down from our grandmothers’ time. This presentation brings to life the design approach and sage advice of prominent garden writers of the early 20th Century. Their pearls of wisdom continue to inform us on color blending, cultural considerations and plant placement. Truly, our grandmothers knew what they were doing!

For tickets call 978-686-4080 ext 33 ♦  www.nevinslibrary.org


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Bookish Confession: Changing Tastes

Reading is such a personal thing; and reading tastes even more so.  There are some readers who devour cozy mysteries one right after another.  There are others that are all about the comics and nothing but the comics.  So imagine if either of these readers find that their reading tastes are changing, they will notice pretty quickly.  And I wonder, is it a conscious or an unconscious shift at that point?

My reading tastes are all over the place.  I’ll read almost anything.  In fact, when I used to receive books to review from publishers, I would tell them that I’d read anything except spiritual based fiction or nonfiction, political nonfiction and steamy erotica.  Well, lately I haven’t been doing much of that kind of reviewing, but I’ve noticed that I don’t even necessarily push those books away anymore.  Granted, I’m pretty picky about them, but I have reopened that door again.

In my case, I can say that it is a conscious decision on my part to make this change.  Given the current political state of American affairs, I am very interesting in learning more about the topics I feel deeply about.  This has meant that I’m reading more on feminism than say memoirs of political figures, and things like that.  I’m curious about reading about the true nature of Islam, so I may pick up a book on that and I have realized that I should read some spiritually based fiction so that I may better recommend books to patrons who enjoy that genre.  So, yes, in this regard it is a conscious shift for me.

But I’ve also noticed an unconscious shift as well.  Five years ago, I joined this online community of classic literature readers called The Classics Club.  I had made a list of 100 classic titles that I wanted to read, with the hope I’d cross 50 of them off within five years.  Well, that deadline passed in early March and I found that I had read 42 of those books.  I call it a win, but I started looking over the list of books I didn’t read.  And you know what I discovered?  I have zero interest in some of those books now.  Dickens?  No thanks.  I’m rewriting a new list of books, and I’m not carrying over half of what left on the original list.  My tastes changed when I wasn’t looking.

Have you noticed your reading tastes changing over time?  I think it is perfectly natural, obviously, but I find it curious in a philosophical way.  Though it is possible I’m thinking too much on it.