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Space Walk into the Solar System!

Take a “Space Walk” at the Nevins Library

The Children’s Department has created an informative “Space Walk” for young children around our lovely library grounds.  Walking from page to page, you’ll learn all sorts of interesting facts about the planets in our solar system.

Nature lovers of all ages may also enjoy strolling the grounds to view the blooming day lilies and the beautifully landscaped trees and shrubs from around the world.  These were planted here by Henry Nevins when he and his family established the library in memory of his father, David Nevins Sr, in 1883.  Maps including the names and locations of the Library trees are available at the Reference Desk.

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Find Your Next Book Here!

LImage result for booksooking for an awesome book to read?  Look no further than our Awesome Book display at the Nevins Library.  These are books (audio/print) that Methuen readers deemed “awesome” and wanted to share with others in the community.  On the backside of the Awesome Book display, you’ll find lots of other sources for your next good read:

  • LibraryReads:  the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction.  Every month, we display a sign with the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country loved.  There is also a notebook with past months’ LibraryReads top ten choices.
  • All sorts of fiction and non-fiction booklists in pamphlet, sign, and bookmark formats.
  • Non-Fiction binder containing themed monthly bibliographies from the Stranger Than Fiction book group going back three years.
  • Award Winners by Genre notebook:  “from the team that brought you the Nevins Buzz blog, a stirring adventure in literary awards”
  • Binder of previous weeks’ Local Best Sellers from the Boston Globe.

“You never know what you’re looking for … until it’s in a neatly-ordered binder.”  


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Novel November Displays @ Nevins Library

November offered a cornucopia of displays at the Nevins Library as we honored and celebrated Veteran’s Day, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), graphic novel memoirs, Thanksgiving, up-cycled crochet projects, and a raven in the stacks!

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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