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2023 Spring Book Sale!

The Friends Spring 2023 Book Sale

Great Books, Great Bargains, Great Prices!

Friday March 24, 2023                 5pm – 8pm (Preview Night)

 If you’re a member of the Friends’ of the Nevins Library you get in free! For all those who are non-members of the Friends, there will be a $20 charge to get in. 

Find some great titles for all ages at some really great prices. And see them before anyone else does!!

Saturday, March 25, 2023             9am – 5pm

Sunday, March 26, 20203              12pm – 4pm

Monday, March 27, 2023               9am – 8pm (Bargain Day)

And because it is Bargain Day – you can simply purchase a bag and stuff it full with as many items as you can!

Books, jigsaw puzzles, CDs & DVDs and more – you’ll have to check it out yourself!

Proceeds benefit library programs and services.

If you want to join the Friends’ of the Nevins Library, click HERE to print the registration form.

Credit Cards Now Accepted — $5 Minimum

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LibraryReads March 2023: top ten books librarians love!


March 2023 LibraryReads List

Cover image for Lone WomenLone Women

by Victor Lavalle

One World
ISBN: 9780525512080

“A homestead far from prying eyes offers Adelaide a fresh start in 1915 Montana. She makes a few female friends–after all, lone women need to stick together. But a secret that won’t be contained or silenced soon threatens her new life. Horror mixed with resilient characters in complex relationships make this a must-read for fans of A Dangerous Business and When Women Were Dragons“.

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
NoveList read-alike: Devil’s Call by Danielle J. Dorn

Cover image for All That Is Mine I Carry with Me

All That is Mine I Carry With Me: A Novel

by William Landay

ISBN: 9780345531841

“The Larkin siblings face years of sadness and questions after their mother disappears. Many speculate their father killed her, but he’s always maintained his innocence. What is the truth? The story spans several decades and features multiple narrators, including the mother. The characters are deftly explored and are very raw and real. For readers of suspenseful fiction and family dramas.”

Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT
NoveList read-alike: It’s One of Us by J.T. Ellison

Cover image for ClytemnestraClytemnestra: A Novel

by Constanza Casati

Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781728268231

“This triumphant retelling of Greek legend traces Clytemnestra’s life through her childhood in warring Sparta to her marriage and the end of the Trojan War. Casati fully fleshes out the mythical queen’s character—fierce and unyielding but also soft and mournful. For readers of Madeline Miller’s historical fiction.”

Magen Hill, Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, NC
NoveList read-alike: Elektra by Jennifer Saint

9781644212820_%281%29The Gospel of Orla

by Eoghan Walls

Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 9781644212820

“Orla manages the best she can with a little sister and an alcoholic dad, but she misses her mother, who died too soon. When she meets a man who seems to have the power of resurrection, she plans to bring him to her mother’s grave, beginning a heartbreaking journey into adulthood and acceptance. Readers of this lyrical debut will wish spunky Orla all the best.”

Katharine Phenix, Boulder Public Library, Boulder, CO
NoveList read-alike: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Cover image for Hang the MoonHang the Moon:  A Novel

by Jeanette Walls 

ISBN: 9781501117299

“Walls’ latest coming-of-age novel about love, loss, and the grey areas of the law is set in Prohibition-era small-town Virginia. This is a must-read for anyone who craves fiction that has unforgettable characters, a relatively quick pace for literary fiction, and a well-researched background. For fans of Sue Monk Kidd and Kaye Gibbons.”

Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier Public Library, Warrenton, VA
NoveList read-alike: Over the Fence by Mary B. Monroe

Cover image for Hello BeautifulHello Beautiful: A Novel

by Ann Napolitano

Dial Press
ISBN: 9780593243732

“A man’s tragic past and the intersection of his relationship with the sisters of the Padavano family is at the heart of this story. Napolitano skillfully creates a believable narrative to show the effects of trauma, depression, and broken relationships on those around us. The novel has a hopeful message that is full of love.”

Michelle Williams, Carlsbad City Library, Carlsbad , CA
NoveList read-alike: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Cover image for A House with Good BonesA House With Good Bones

by T. Kingfisher

Tor Nightfire
ISBN: 9781250829795

“Readers should eagerly await this phenomenal book. It’s deliciously creepy with a shocking twist, but also has incredibly sweet family dynamics (not including the haunting grandmother), an excellent level of humor to balance the tension, and, as a former archaeologist, I can say it has one of the best fictional portrayals of an archaeologist that I ‘ve come across.”

Matthew Galloway, Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO
NoveList read-alike: How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

Cover image for The London Seance Society (Original)London Seance Society: A Novel

by Sarah Penner

Park Row
ISBN: 9780778387114

“Lenna Wickes came to Paris in 1873 to apprentice for Vaudeline D’Allaire, a renowned spiritualist. Vaudeline is called back to the London Seance Society. Lenna joins her to find out who murdered her sister Evie. Can they figure out what happened before they wind up dead too?  Penner clearly researched the spiritualism movement of the Victorian era and spun a suspenseful tale.”

Shari Suarez, GDL-Johnson Memorial, Genesee, MI
NoveList read-alike: A Dreadful Splendor by B.R. Myers

Cover image for The Secret Lives of Country GentlemenThe Secret Lives of Country Gentlemen

by KJ Charles

Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781728255859

“This poignant romance is an absolute joy! The story incorporates Joss’s identity as a biracial Black man but doesn’t make it a hurdle that the romance has to surmount. Gareth’s understanding of himself, and his honesty, was really refreshing to read in a Regency. And it has been far too long since there was a landed gentry/smuggler romance!”

Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, IL
NoveList read-alike: Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

Cover image for WeywardWeyward: A Novel

by Emilia Hart

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250280800

“Men are always trying to dominate the Weyward women, but they always fail, because the Weyward women can call birds to their aid. This matriarchal clan of witches is almost broken until Kate, who stars in the most recent of the three timelines. Practical Magic meets Margaret Atwood in an unflinching feminist fantasy that is boiling over with rage and loaded with empowerment.”

Jill Minor, Washington County Library, Abingdon, VA
NoveList read-alike: Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

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Programs: ID Theft, Fraud Prevention & Online Safety

Robin Putnam from The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation brings two very important programs to the library on how to be savvy about, and protect ourselves from, identity theft, fraud, and online safety.

ID Theft & Fraud Prevention

Wednesday, March 8 2023 11:00 AM—12:00 PM Garden Room, Nevins Library 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA

A pile of Fraud Caution Signs that are white with a red border

Join us In Person as Robin Putnam, Research and Special Projects Manager from MA OCABR discusses identity theft and fraud prevention. She will discuss info about the Office and what they do, and will also cover how to spot and avoid scams, and how to prevent identity theft.

To register for this program, click here.

Online Safety

Tuesday, March 14 2023 6:30—8:00 PM Garden Room, Nevins Library305 Broadway, Methuen, MA

Bunch of code on a black screen with a white closed lock highlighted in the middle of the image

Join us In Person as Robin Putnam, Research and Special Projects Manager from MA OCABR leads a discussion about online safety.

It will include info about protecting yourself while accessing the internet on your devices as well as details about phishing, general protection from scams, and identity theft.

To register for this program, click here.

Robin Putman is the Research and Special Projects Manager for The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which protects and empowers consumers through advocacy and education, and ensures a fair playing field for the Massachusetts businesses its agencies regulate.

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Lecture: Parisian Cafes and Impressionist Painting

European Art Series: Parisian Cafes and Impressionist Painting

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 2023 3:00—4:15 PM Zoom

Impressionist artists are celebrated for their beautiful depictions of nature, but they also frequented the cafes, bars and nightclubs of Paris and captured modern life in their works. This program will explore the images by Monet, Renoir, Degas and others and consider how the hub of activity in Parisian cafes inspired some of the world’s most famous artists.

This is a virtual program. 

Go here to register for Parisian Cafes and Impressionist Painting

This program is made possible by a collaboration of the Nevins Library, surrounding local libraries, and a generous donation from the Friends of the Rockport Library. 

Jane Oneail was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. “Talking about art requires bravery – you’re inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way – and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life.” Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. 

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Minute Madness!

Timer going into a basketball hoop with the words Minute Madness: A Reading Competition Between Libraries to its left

Who’s ready to get some reading done!

Starting March 1st the Nevins Library will be competing against 20 other Mass libraries in the second annual “Minute Madness”.

So, as you read books (in any language), graphic novels, fanfiction, magazines, newspapers, or listen to audiobooks in March, keep track of how long (hours or minutes) you’ve read.

Then, go to the handy Google Form to log your minutes. (It can be done on your phone, your computer, or your tablet/iPad). You don’t have to have a google account, and, the form keeps no other information than what you enter on it, your number of minute. Just make sure that you logged all the time you’ve read for the first round by the end of the day on March 7th. It’s as easy as that.

Also, don’t worry, if the computer/phone/tablet isn’t your thing, we will have plenty of bookmarks at the Main Desk that you can fill out with your minutes spent reading and return before March 7th.

We’ll also keep you updated via the website and social media if we’ve made it to Round 2. If so, that starts on March 8th and goes until March 14th and will be more traditional March Madness bracket style head to head competition.

Round 3, the top 8 libraries, will run from March 15- 21.

Round 4, the “Fierce Four” will run from March 22- 28.

And the Championship will happen between March 29 – April 5.

Log Your Minutes Here

Good luck to all the competing libraries, but, mostly,

Go Methuen! Go Rangers!!

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame February 2023

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  February 2023

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly LibraryReads list since 2013. When their third title places on the list via library staff votes, the author moves into the Hall of Fame.


Cover image for The Adventures of Amina Al-SirafiThe Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi

by Sharon Chakraborty

Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780062963505

“The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi works on multiple levels, from fantasy and adventure to family and love. Readers who enjoyed the Daevabad series will be excited to see Chakraborty start a new trilogy—and it does not disappoint. If you like pirates, magical adventure, and strong female leads, this book is for you.”

 Aashna Kinkhabwala, Dover Free Library, Dover, VT
NoveList read-alike: The Rowankind Series by Jaycee Bedford

Cover image for Don't fear the reaperDon’t Fear the Reaper

by Stephen Graham Jones

First Saga Press

“Jade just wants to go home and get back to her life after four years in prison, but Proofrock is not done with her as another serial killer has come to town. This sequel to My Heart is a Chainsaw amps up the action while giving slasher fans everything they could want—and then giving them even more!”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH
NoveList read-alike: The Summer is Ended and We are Not Yet Saved by Joey Comeau

Cover image for Radiant sinRadiant Sin

by Katee Robert

Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781728257006

“Apollo, keeper of secrets for The Thirteen, enlists his assistant Cassandra to join him on a getaway weekend party at a suspicious newcomer’s house to uncover what he’s hiding. But they must pretend to be a couple for the plan to work. Will their fake relationship lead to something real or will secrets destroy everything they’ve worked for? For fans of Greek retellings.” 

Kari Bingham-Gutierrez, Olathe Public Library, Olathe, KS
NoveList read-alike: The Hades Saga by Scarlett St. Clair

Cover image for Secretly yours :Secretly Yours

by Tessa Bailey

ISBN: 9780063239029

“Bailey’s latest series starter is a grumpy/sunshine romance a bit different from her others. Julian is a buttoned-up professor prone to panic attacks from suppressed trauma. Hallie is a free-spirited gardener who has had an unrequited crush on him since high school and is dealing (or rather, not dealing) with her own traumatic past in a completely opposite way. When he comes back to their Napa hometown on sabbatical, she manufactures a run-in that doesn’t go as she had hoped. Likable and believable characters make this a winner.”

Kaitlin Booth, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
NoveList read-alike: To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne

Cover image for Someone else's shoesSomeone Else’s Shoes

by JoJo Moyes

Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9781984879295

“A mix up at a gym forces two very different women to literally walk in each other’s shoes, leading to a complete breakdown and reinvention of their current lives and world views. Sisterhood, mental health, a risky heist, romance, regret…this book has everything in perfect proportion and is a true page-turner to boot. Readers will love every page of this fantastic book.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, New York
NoveList read-alike: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

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Get Ready for February 23!

Every once in a while, there is one day when everything converges, and this year it is on Thursday February 23rd. Get ready folks, because the Nevins Library is offering a super-duper full day of fun events, with something for everyone, this Thursday.

FREE COVID-19 vaccine clinic (Ages 6 months and up)

10:00 AM—3:00 PM Main Floor Nevins Library 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA

The Nevins Library in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Cataldo Ambulance is offering a FREE COVID-19 vaccine clinic for Ages 6 months and up.

First, second doses and new boosters are available.

Registration is NOT required but welcomed by scanning the QR Code. Walk-ins are welcome!

ID and Health Insurance are NOT required.


Chill Out With a Sundae Friends’ Fundraiser

12:00—4:00 PM Garden Room Nevins Library 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA

The Friends of the Library are having another awesome Sundae Fundraiser.

So, make sure to come downstairs to the Garden Room after the amazing acrobatic performance by Li Liu (or after you get vaccininated) and have some Ice Cream!!

You can make your own Sundae for just $5!!

All the money raised goes to the Friends so that there can be more programs like the amazing Li Liu!!

No Registration Required


Oscar Movie Series: The Banshees of Inisherin

6:00—8:00 PM Great Hall Nevins Library 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA

Our awesome Oscar Movie Series is back!

And this year we’re screening five, amazing Oscar-nominated Films.

The third movie of the season is The Banshees of Inisherin which is nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor, and two nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category.

On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, Pádraic is devastated when his buddy Colm suddenly puts an end to their lifelong friendship. With help from his sister and a troubled young islander, Pádraic sets out to repair the damaged relationship by any means necessary. 

This movie is Rated R.

Save your seat and Register for this movie here.

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LibraryReads February 2023: top ten books librarians love!


February 2023 LibraryReads List

Cover image for The writing retreat :The Writing Retreat: A Novel

by Julia Bartz

ISBN:  9781982199456

“Alex and her ex-best friend, Wren, along with 3 other women are picked for a writing retreat with infamous author Roza Vallo. They must finish writing their books in a month’s time, and the best one will be published. Roza is a mercurial taskmaster, becoming stranger while the awe the women have for her turns to fear. This is an unusual horror story with many twists and turns.”

Judy Gaynes Sebastian, Eastham Public Library, Eastham, MA
NoveList read-alike: The Dark Game by Jonathan Ganz

Cover image for The Crane HusbandThe Crane Husband

by Kelly Barnhill

ISBN: 9781250850973

“An artist and her children live on a small farm. The teen daughter manages not only her mom’s business but also the household and care of her little brother. It is a life she can handle until mom brings home a crane and declares him her husband. A unique fairy tale with a feminist message: don’t trust a crane to make you complete. For readers who enjoyed Juniper & Thorn.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
NoveList read-alike: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Cover image for A Day of Fallen NightA Day of Fallen Night

by Samantha Shannon

ISBN: 9781635577921

“Fans of The Priory of the Orange Tree will be thrilled to revisit the intricately detailed world Shannon has created. In this standalone prequel, the stories of four women are spun out as the Dreadmount erupts and civilizations crumble. The large cast of characters is deftly handled, and readers will enjoy the fascinating mythology. “

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
NoveList read-alike: Beneath the Keep: A Novel of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Cover image for For Her ConsiderationFor Her Consideration

by Amy Spalding

Kensington Books
ISBN: 9781496739513

“Aspiring screenwriter Nina writes e-mails for other people, including Hollywood darling Ari Fox. Nina is enamored of Ari but a bad breakup made her vow never to date again. This rom-com with a queer actress and plus size woman offers great representation of realistic body positivity. Readers will root for the characters in this funny, smart, and heartwarming book!”

Andrea Tucci, Glencoe Public Library, Glencoe IL
NoveList read-alike: Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Cover image for The house of Eve :The House of Eve

by Sadeqa Johnson

Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781982197360

“Johnson’s latest historical features dialogue that snaps and settings that perfectly evoke 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Readers will be captivated by this story of two young women who struggle to overcome racism and misogyny to have a family and a meaningful future.”

Jodi Prather, Bartholomew Cty Public Library, Columbus, IN
NoveList read-alike:The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Cover image for I Have Some Questions for YouI Have Some Questions for You: A Novel

by Rebecca Makkai

ISBN: 9780593490143

“Engaging story of a boarding school murder being solved 20 years later by true-crime podcast enthusiasts. Or is it a story of memories and how you interact with them, depending on your stage in life and your biases, or one about how as a teen you simultaneously know everything and nothing? Or is it all three? For fans of Jean Hanff Korelitz.”

Lorri Steinbacher, Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, NJ
NoveList read-alike: The It Girl by Ruth Ware

Cover image for It's One of Us: A Novel of Suspense (Original)It’s One of Us

by J.T. Ellison


ISBN: 9780778311768

“JT Ellison has written a beautiful story from start to finish. Olivia and Park struggle with infertility. A woman is found dead, and DNA shows the murderer is related to Park. Not only is this a well-done mystery of whodunit, it is also a drama of what happens as a couple deals with loss. Another great book from an incredible author. For fans of All the Dangerous Things.”

Andrea Galvin, Mt. Pulaski Public Library, Mount Pulaski, IL
NoveList read-alike: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

Cover image for The last tale of the flower bride :The Last Tale of the Flower Bride

by Roshani Chokski

William Morrow
ISBN: 9780063206502

“A husband cannot resist prying into his wife’s past when he visits her childhood home. This gorgeously written gothic fairy tale about forbidden knowledge and dangerous love is perfect for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia or V.E. Schwab.”

Mara Bandy Fass, Champaign Public Library, Champaign IL
NoveList read-alike: The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

Cover image for The Neighbor FavorThe Neighbor Favor

by Kristina Forest

ISBN: 9780593546437

“Lily Greene needs a date for her sister’s wedding but doesn’t want her family’s “help” to find one. She ends up asking her hot neighbor Nick for help instead, but complications ensue when she realizes he’s N.R. Strickland—the fantasy author who ghosted her. The lead characters who see the best in each other and help each other grow make for a satisfying second-chance romance. For fans of The Love Wager.”

Midge Loery, Mark Twain Library, Redding, CT
NoveList read-alike: The Singles Table by Sara Desai

Cover image for Take the leadTake the Lead: A Dance off Novel

by Alexis Daria

St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250817969

“Gina Morales, a professional on a dance competition show, is determined to win this season. However, instead of the Olympian she wanted as a partner, she is paired with survivalist Stone Nielson. Worse, her producer is pushing for a showmance! This is a fun and flirty romance with a wonderful cast of characters. Perfect for fans of Dancing with the Stars!”

Tristan Draper, Dekalb Public Library, Dekalb, IL
NoveList read-alike: Kiss Me, Catalina by Priscilla Oliveras


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