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Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Thursday May 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Theresa Fersch in hiking gear in a field of flowersTheresa Fersch didn’t always consider herself an adventurer, but in 2015 she found herself in the middle of rural Spain hiking the Camino de Santiago.


The Camino is a 500-mile pilgrimage traveled by pilgrims for over 1,000 years. It is said to bring great physical, mental and spiritual growth to all who travel its routes and provide continuous examples of kindness, generosity, friendship, and love. The Camino gives people the opportunity to experience life as it is meant to be.

Join us as Theresa shares her own adventures in hiking this famous trail.

She has also written a book about her hike, Sunrise in Spain, and will have it available for purchase.

 To register for this event, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Danielle at 978-686-4080 x12  or

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LibraryReads May 2018: top ten books librarians love!


May 2018 LibraryReads List


by Claire Legrand

Published: 5/22/2018
by Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781492656623

“Fierce, independent women full of rage, determination, and fire. The first novel in the Empirium trilogy holds appeal for both young adult and adult readers. For fans of Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, and The Hunger Games.”

Kristin Friberg, Princeton Library, Princeton, NJ

The Other Lady Vanishes

by Amanda Quick

Published: 5/8/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399585326

“Historical romantic suspense. Who would suspect that the quiet California seaside tea shop waitress is actually an escaped mental patient? The second book in Quick’s Burning Cove series has the same 1930s vibe and glamorous, gossipy Hollywood ambiance as The Girl Who Knew Too Much.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

by Ruth Ware

Published: 5/29/2018 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781501156212

“Ware’s best book by far. I finally stopped trying to puzzle it out and just sat back to enjoy the ride.”

Susanne Guide, Union County Public Library, Liberty, IN


 The Perfect Mother: A Novel

by Aimee Molloy

Published: 5/1/2018 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062696793

“A frank look at mommy culture wrapped in an original twist on the suburban, psychological thriller.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


Love and Ruin: A Novel

by Paula McLain

Published: 5/1/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781101967386

“Biographical and historical fiction. Another fascinating Hemingway wife from McLain who always writes interesting women and great period detail.”

Elizabeth Angelastro, Manilus Library, Manilus, NY


Tin Man: A Novel

by Sarah Winman

Published: 5/15/2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 9780735218727

“A beautifully written story of love, loss, grief, friendship, and acceptance. The story winds in and out of time in a figure eight like waves reaching shore and receding again.”

Donna Burger, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY


Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel

by Araminta Hall

Published: 5/1/2018 by MCD
ISBN: 9780374228194

“Disturbing psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator. This is a love story. Or is it? It’s more a story of obsession.”

Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

Paper Ghosts: A Novel of Suspense

by Julia Heaberlin
Published: 5/15/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780804178020

“Grace has spent years secretly investigating the disappearance of her older sister. Grace’s prime suspect is Carl Feldman, a photographer, who has been acquitted of the crime and now suffers from dementia. Grace decides that a road trip may jog Carl’s memory.”

Galen Cunniff, Scituate Town Library, Scituate, MA

The Favorite Sister

by Jessica Knoll

Published: 5/15/2018 by Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781501153198

“Perfect for the reality TV addicted, this book is gossip laden, full of edge, and contains plenty of surprises.”

Sharon Layburn, Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY


The Ensemble: A Novel

by Aja Gabel

Published: 5/15/2018 by Riverhead
ISBN: 9780735214767

“Set against the backdrop of the highly-competitive and merciless world of classical music, this brilliantly written debut is an exquisite portrait of a group friendship spanning decades. Gabel weaves a lyrical tale of four young musician’s journeys and their complex, yet resilient, relationships with each other. For fans of The Interestings, A Little Life, and A Secret History.”

Mayleen Kelley, JV Fletcher Library, Westford MA


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The Poppy Project @ NL

Nevins Library Poppy Project

This Summer we need your help creating felt, crocheted, and knitted poppies for a large scale art project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice Day and remember those lost in World War I.

To honor the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice Day, the Nevins Library is introducing our Poppy Project. We invite our community to help us make poppies for a large scale art project to remember those lost in World War I. We will be knitting, crocheting, and creating poppies from felt.

We’ll have drop in times between now and the beginning of November where the Library will provide supplies and you provide your talent!

Or if you prefer to help with the project from home or with your own crafty group? The Library has patterns available! Please drop completed poppies off to Sarah at the Main Desk.

We are kicking off the project on May 24th at 10 am and again at 6:30 pm with an introduction, some samples, and a chance for you to participate right away! We will also be serving refreshments at the Kick Off event.

Thank you for your help in making sure these Veterans are never forgotten.

For more information call: (978)686-4080 x20 for Sarah or x26 for Shirley

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All The Places We Are

by Danielle Kimerer

Here at the Nevins Library
There are many ways to get
Books that can indeed carry
You from Boston to Tibet

But did you know that we have got
Programs of all forms
From a Boxwood in a pot
To a weatherman on storms?

It is therefore quite great
Then for me to say
That there are more than eight
Places through which our message we convey

First, we have our website proper
It has Slides and Posts galore
For any program looker, shopper
And if you stay awhile, even more

We then have the site on which you’re reading this
Through book and program posts we aim
For you to find your bliss
And if your TBR pile grows, we’re not to blame…

Have you read our Newsletter yet?
It comes out once every fourth week
Has events for all ages you can bet,
And gives you more of what you seek

Or if you prefer to read in print
Our illustrious director has a MethuenLife column/section
Of all our programs you can get a hint
And have time for a bit of coffee-fueled reflection

We also have a Facebook page
You can like, follow, and such
Come take a look or engage
We’d like that very, very much

Our Twitter has lots of info, that’s true
With hashtags, mentions, and more, by threefold
Hey, there’s even a weekly haiku
Going out to all 1000+ followers we currently hold!!

Our Instagram may just make you tarry
Over pictures of our books and displays
Or here and there of our beautiful library
We love any and all praise

We have two Tumblrs
Nevins Teens and A Book A Day
I promise we’re not mumblers
Join us, read a meme, stay and play

The LoopWeekly we’re sometimes in
And usually we’re on the Commonwealth Calendar at MassBook
The former will give you a grin
The latter also has the whole state over which you can look

Okay I’m done, this time I swear
We’re all waiting to see you today
Whether it’s on your way home, or just getting some air
All the books you could want and not one cent to pay

Ways to Follow the Nevins Library

Nevins Buzz
Nevins Teen Tumblr
A Book A Day Tumblr
Methuen Life
Commonwealth Calendar

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One Minute Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

In Jackaby, Abigail Rook, who has recently arrived in New Fiddleham, becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby.  Jackaby is an eccentric detective of supernatural and inexplicable occurrences, whose last assistant has been turned into water fowl.  Jackaby’s home houses himself, a ghost named Jenny, Douglas, the aforementioned assistant turned duck, and now Abigail. The author does an amazing job of introducing us to the characters while still shrouding them in mystery.

With a string of murders occurring in New Fiddleham, Jackaby and Abigail set out to discover who, or what, is committing them. With the help of Officer Charlie Cane, they discover a banshee who reveals the next victim.  While keeping the identity and species of the killer in question, Ritter keeps it interesting and fast paced, never leaving a dull moment. He leads readers on an adventure with plot twists and even a few things that go bump in the night. It is a great read for anyone looking to be scared or for lovers of lore.

∼ Bistany, Library Page

by William Ritter
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin, c2014




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Database Spotlight — Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Database Spotlight – Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection

Whether you’re a casual gardener, a landscape architect, or a student studying horticulture, the Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection is the database for you.

From info on Rain Gardens, getting the most out of your soil, and even topics like beekeeping, the database has more than 3.6 million articles from so many journals, including Handbook of Flowers, Foliage and Creative Design, and so many more.

No matter if you’re simply very enthusiastic about your flowers and veggies, or you’re a professional landscaper looking for an edge for your company, this is the Database for you!

It can be accessed from home on any computer or other device. And you can use it at any time. 2 pm or 2 am. Once you’ve found the information you need, not only can you download it as a PDF, it can also be transferred to your Google Drive or OneDrive so you can read it on the go.

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The End Is Near And It’s Going To Be Extremely Entertaining

Tired of the weird weather? Worried about the future of our planet and, more to the point, of our species? Can’t help you there! However, I can recommend some pretty good literature to help us all cope with the new normal.


Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

o&c.jpgA society of excess and poverty. A planet permanently perched on the edge of disaster. A mad scientist willing to give it a little tip. As a genius plots the death of humanity, he simultaneously engineers its successors: people who will be better. But what does better mean when the alternative is the destruction of life on Earth? This first installment in the famous Maddaddam trilogy will freeze your heart and give you hope at the same time.




The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi

windupWelcome to the inundated world: inundated with water, disease, temperature, starvation, and people. If you want to use electricity, prepare to wind up a spring by hand. If you want to survive…well, good luck. Unless you’re synthetic, of course. Artificial humans are a subclass and subject to discrimination, but they may just be the salvation of intelligent life on Earth.




California by Edan Lepucki

california.jpgIn turbulent times, people often try to wait to bring a new life into the world. In many cases, they try unsuccessfully. When Cal and Frida find out that they’re pregnant, they need to reconcile the hard post-climate change life they struggle through with their need to protect and nurture their child. Worse, they’ll need to find other humans who they can trust.




Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich

odds against.jpgMitchell’s job is to expect the worst. He drafts worst-case scenarios for giant companies so that they can prepare, and business is good. But when Manhattan is destroyed by a hurricane, Mitchell has to come to terms with the fact that he’s profiting off of disaster. Meanwhile, the woman who may be his true love waits on a commune in Maine with her own end-times secret.