Engaging Methuen Readers

Summer Reading for Teens!

By now, summer vacation is in full swing. Hopefully your days have been filled with beaches, barbeques, and trips to sights unseen so far. But it’s time to face the facts: sometimes summer vacation can be boring. For every action-packed day spent swimming in the pool with your friends, there’s another where you’re lying on the couch with absolutely nothing to do.

Lucky for you, the library is there to help on those summer blues kind of days. We still have plenty of programming for teens in grades 7-12. This year’s theme, “Unmask!” has a focus on heroes. For those of you interested in super heroes and comic books we have a program all about the history of comic books. Local Geekgal, Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe, who has spoken at several Anime Boston events, will be visiting us at Nevins to tell us all about the history of comic books and how our favorite super heroes came to be. To find out all there is to know check out her Faster than a Speeding Bullet: A brief history of comics program on Monday, July 20th at 1pm.

And if you attend that program you’ll be all the more prepared for our Hero Trivia on Friday, July 31st and 1pm. This is the time to put your knowledge to the test. Teams will compete in several rounds of trivia in subjects ranging from comic books to real life heroes. There might be a few added questions based on the Faster than a Speeding Bullet program so it wouldn’t hurt to go to both! The winning team will earn bragging rights and a special prize.

For those otaku teens out there we have a couple of programs to check out. The first is a Manga Drawing Workshop on Wednesday, July 29th at 7pm. Local artist, Shauna Leva will be returning to teach the style of Japanese manga art. Whether you’re a beginner or have been drawing for a while now, Shauna will have the skills and tips you need to improve. Then on Tuesday, August 11th  at 6pm we’re having a Manga Madness party. We’ll have Japanese snacks, games, music and anime music video showings – everything the ultimate anime & manga fan could dream of!

All summer long you can attend any of these programs (and more!) and be rewarded one raffle ticket towards our grand prizes, all located at the front desk at the library. You can also win more tickets by reading. For every book you read this summer, fill out a review slip (also found at the main desk) and turn it in for another raffle ticket. Then, we wrap up the Summer Reading program with our Finale Party on Thursday, August 13th at 2pm all of the prizes will be raffled off. You don’t have to be at the party to win, but you’ll miss out on games, more chances to win tickets and a junk food buffet!

So take care of those boring summer lulls by coming to the library and joining these awesome programs. Make sure you register for them at under the calendar of events! If you have any questions feel free to contact me (Amy!) at or 978-686-4080 ext. 35

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