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Finding METHUEN’s Great American Read!

Have you heard about PBS’s event ‘The Great American Read’ yet?  PBS has come up with a list of 100 favorite books, and is asking people to vote for their absolute favorite.  The one that comes out on top will be considered “The Great American Read”.  They are supporting this with an 8 part television series (it already started – find it OnDemand or when they replay the episodes).

But we thought, “what about METHUEN’s Great American Read”?  Therefore, we are starting a long voting process here in the library to find the answer to that question.  Every week beginning June 11, we will have 5 books up for a vote near the Main Desk.  We’re asking you to vote with your pennies for your favorite book(s).  Vote early and often!  The top 5 books will have a run-off election at the end, and then we will know Methuen’s Great American Read.

The money collected in this voting process will benefit our incredible Friends of the Nevins Library group.  They support the library in so many wonderful ways; they are funding the building of the garden behind the library, they purchase the annual museum passes that so many of us enjoy, and they support our summer reading programs.

Thank  you for your vote!

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Introducing the Library Renewal Line!

We are very excited to announce our newest service available to our patrons.  We call it The Library Renewal Line, and it’s actually quite simple really.  Now you, as our patron, have the ability to dial 978-683-3175 from any phone, and with your library card number, can do all sorts of things.  Just a few things this automated service can help you do:

  • Renew some or all of the items checked out on your card
  • Check due dates on any item you have checked out
  • Check the hold status of items you have requested

To use this service, you just need a phone connection and your library card number.  You don’t need your PIN number, and the library doesn’t even have to be open for you to call.  This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and on all holidays!

So keep this number handy:  978-683-3175 and use it as often as you need!

The LibraryRenewal Line

 


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My First ALA Conference Experience

This past June, I had the opportunity to attend my first American Libraries Association Annual Conference.  This Conference is the largest conference for librarians, with nearly 20,000 librarians in attendance from around the world.  This is the prime opportunity to meet and network with colleagues, see the latest products available for libraries, check out what great things other libraries are doing, meet great authors and illustrators, and hear some wonderful and inspiring speakers.

Leading up to the conference, the schedule starts becoming available in bits and pieces so that before I knew it – I had “favorited” 4 things to attend all at the same time over and over again!  Therefore, as the conference drew closer, I refined my personal “schedule” to something more manageable that kept in line with my conference goals.  My goals including finding out more about participating in round tables, award juries, and other committees as well as professional development sessions and meeting a few vendors for our library.  At the conference, I found that it was great to have my personal “schedule” as a guideline – but the locations of said events really matter as some were about a half mile away within the conference center, or located in a hotel somewhere else in Chicago.  So that was a learning experience.

I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to meet with the Feminist Task Force, which I hope to become more involved with as well as the EBSCO Scholarship winners – a scholarship for which I had the pleasure of serving on the jury last year.  I hope to serve on a jury again in the future.  I spent a good deal of time in different sessions, during which librarians from all over the country created panels on various topics and shared what they were doing in their libraries.  I also went to the “Ignite Sessions” in which different librarians spoke for 5 minutes each on what they were doing, but each speaker was in no way connected to the other.  I loved these Ignite sessions, and hope to bring some of these ideas home to our library.  As a side note, one thing I learned was to get to any of these sessions early unless I wanted to sit on the floor!  The Exhibit Hall itself was huge.  I had specific vendors that I needed to speak with for various reasons, but I always swept by the publishers to see which pre-published books they might be handing out or what authors were signing books.

Chicago itself is a wonderful city!  I had never been before, and spent a few hours on either end of the trip doing some walking around and sightseeing.  I didn’t get to see or do everything of course, but my three favorite things were to go to the top of the Sears Willis Tower and step out onto the glass ledges, visit the Art Institute of Chicago, and take an architectural boat tour.  I highly recommend all of these things!

Overall, the conference was more than I expected.  I was overwhelmed and exhausted a good amount of the time, but I really felt plugged into the great library conversation taking place across the country (and world!).  I came back not just with ideas of things to do here in Methuen, but with a sense of confidence about my own librarianship and professional philosophies.  I’m still a pretty young librarian, professionally speaking, and I will always love to learn and experience new things.  I hope that I will be able to continue to attend conferences like this throughout the rest of my professional life.

 


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Summer Reading isn’t just for kids!

It is true that most of the time, when talking about “Summer Reading”, we are talking about the books & projects our students complete over the summer for school.  But this isn’t one of those times.  We believe that Summer Reading can be fun, and we can include adults in that fun!  And don’t worry, there are no project assignments.

Right now, if you head to our Main Desk, you can sign up for our Summer Reading Program for Adults.  Between now and mid-August, all you would need to do (once you’ve signed up), is come in and log a book you read or listened to during the week and you’ll get a raffle ticket!  We draw a winner every Monday for six weeks.  The winner receives a $25 gift card to a local establishment.  It is really that easy! Please let us know if you have any questions – we’re happy to help!

Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for supporting our Summer Reading Program.


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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon happens twice a year, and it is scheduled to happen next on this Saturday, April 29.  On this day, thousands of readers from around the world will set aside everything they can and attempt to read for a full 24 hour period.  Yes, I am one of them.  I’ve participated several times in the past, and while I’ve yet to make a full 24 hours, I’ve never had a bad experience.

Life is busy.  Between family, friends, and work – it is easy to feel constantly pulled in several directions at once.  On this day, I love that I actively put time aside for me and my books.  Sure, I still manage to get some laundry done and I’ll put some dinner on the table (though it’s usually from the crock pot or delivery) so I’m not completely ignoring my family.  But I am reading for that day & night, and they know it and respect that.  I can’t always rearrange my schedule to do the readathon, but when I can – I’m all in.

I do have some tips to pass along, if you think you’d like to participate.  First, I tend to stay with shorter, fast paced books.  Graphic novels work really well for readathons (especially late at night).  Also, when my eyes get tired, I’ll listen to an audiobook for awhile and either do a jigsaw puzzle, fold that laundry or go for a walk.  Hydration is key – I always keep ice water nearby (though others prefer coffee or tea).  Snacks are very important!  I keep healthy snacks for the day, and sweet snacks for later when I need some cheap energy fast.

The best part is reaching out and connecting to other readers.  I use various social media platforms to do this.  Not only is it great encouragement when you start to feel a little sleepy, but it is exciting to know that people around the world are with you, perhaps even reading the same book!  It’s easy to find groups on Facebook and Goodreads, and #readathon will be trending on Twitter (it will also be used on Instagram and Litsy).

Give it a shot if you can!  Or feel free to casually check it out during the day….  and then be ready for the next one in October!  Happy Reading!

 


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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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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!!