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Juneteenth in the Valley

Juneteenth (combining the date, “June” and “nineteenth”) is the oldest,  most celebrated annual holiday of the emancipation from slavery in the United States.  The Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices and allies will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration at Doherty Field in Andover, MA on Friday June 19th, 6-7:30pm. The commemoration will include historical presentations, spoken word, community conversations, open mic, and remembrances of Black lives lost due to racial and systemic injustice.  The MVBBV encourages you to bring your families, friends, blankets, and masks for this special evening. Bottled water and light packaged snacks will be available. Parking is available.

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Summer Reading Kickoff with Wildlife Encounters

Believe it or not, the Summer Reading season is almost here, and the Children’s Department will kick it off with a live Zoom broadcast from Wildlife Encounters – which means everyone gets a front-row seat to see the animals!

Children will learn about seven species, including a Fennec Fox – you’ll love its huge ears – and an alligator, and they’ll be able to ask questions at the end of the program.

To join us at this special Zoom event, on June 23, 2020 6:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada), you must click here to register.  You will then receive your invitation link to the event.

If your plans change after you register and you won’t be able to join the program, please call us at 978-686-4080 x26 to cancel your registration so that children on the waiting list can take your place.



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What do Boxing Day, Bears, and Trains Have in Common?

The Nevins Library, of course!

December 26th is know as Boxing Day in Great Britain, lazy sack-out day in some households, and “what should we do with the kids now that they are on Holiday break?” day in other homes.   No worries, no fears, the Nevins Library continues the holiday festivities with these two very special programs for kids.

Holiday Model Train Village (Grades K-4)

December 26, 2019  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Registration is required!

The Apel family is back with their amazing model train and village display! Come hear a holiday story, enjoy treats, and take a turn operating a model train in the “Stop at the Signal” game.

If your plans change after you register and you won’t be able to come to the program, please call us at 978-686-4080 x26 to cancel your registration so that children on the waiting list can take your place.

To register for the holiday model train event, CLICK HERE.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (All ages)

December 26, 2019  6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Registration is required!

Do you think stuffed animals would enjoy a sleepover at the library? At this special program, children can bring a stuffed animal (that they don’t mind spending the night without), decorate a bed for them, listen to a bedtime story, and tuck the animals into their new beds for the night. Please pick up your stuffed animals from the library the following morning by 11 am.

If your plans change after you register and you won’t be able to come to the program, please call us at 978-686-4080 x26 to cancel your registration so that children on the waiting list can take your place.

To register for the stuffed animal sleepover, CLICK HERE.

For further information on these, or other, children’s programs, contact the Children’s Department at 978-686-4080 x26.

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Holiday Blues Are Real. Here Are Some Resources For Dealing With Them

Feeling down because of the holidays? You’re not alone! Holiday time is a major cause of depression, so much so that the disease has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s no need to mourn your negative feelings. You’re not a Scrooge or a Grinch, you’re just stressed out by the travel, eating unusual foods, and adjusting to family members you probably don’t see over the rest of the year. No wonder you need a minute!

These resources are meant to be useful, but they’re no substitute for expert care. If you need help right away, contact a mental health therapist, the Samaritans, or, if you feel that you might be in danger, 911. If you’re in recovery and struggling with proximity to alcohol, try contacting SAMHSA’s free national helpline.


The APA Holiday Stress Resource Center

This is the mother lode of holiday depression resources. Got an uncle who gets political? They have a resource for that. Worried that you’re going to destroy the turkey? They can help you there, too.

The Cleveland Clinic’s Guide To Managing Holiday Stress

This well-known clinic treats holiday stress like any other ailment: by itemizing the symptoms and treatment. This can be very useful for anyone who’s not sure if they’re just down or if their mood will pass with the old year.

Every Imaginable Holiday Stress Topic From

From being grateful in hard times to enjoying the holidays if you’re in recovery, this list of articles runs the gamut. If it doesn’t cover every single source of stress out there, then it surely must come close.

The Mayo Clinic’s Guide To Holiday Stress Management

From setting a realistic budget to doubling down on your healthy habits, the good doctors at the Mayo Clinic know how to manage the holiday blues.

Hospice Foundation Of America Holiday Grief Support

The holidays are particularly hard if you have recently experienced a loss. In this situation, it’s especially important for you to take care of yourself. Hospices across the country run special support groups around the holidays, but this web page can provide additional help.

Editor’s Note:  For locals, the Merrimack Valley Hospice will be having a special “Coping With the Holidays” grief support group Tuesday December 17th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St. Michael’s Parish in North Andover.  Free and Open to the Public.  For more information and to register, please call 978-552-4510.

Cat Cafes Across the U.S.

Sometimes you just need a moment to get away and de-stress. Use this North American directory of cat cafes to find a place to quietly drink a cup of tea and pet a kitty nearby. You can always tell your family you’re going out on a food run.

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Methuen Day 2019

2019 Methuen Day

Saturday October 5th, 10 am – 4 pm

Come downtown to celebrate our City and all it has to offer.

It will be a day that Methuen families and citizens of all ages will enjoy, featuring demonstrations, interactive activities and a wide array of refreshments. Residents will learn about Methuen’s local organizations, businesses, and civic groups.

Methuen Day will also feature historical tours, a scavenger hunt, local talent performances, a parade and more.  Fun for all!

For more information, email or visit the City of Methuen webpage.