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Outdoor Twitter

Free picture: bird, family, nestNow that a lot of us are at home each day, it is a good time to get outside and enjoy our local nature (while practicing proper social distancing!) Spring is a bird migration season, and the added quiet of having less traffic in my town has really helped me to notice the many feathered friends that we share the area with. Below are some great resources to learn more about this fascinating variety of creatures!

Check out the Mass Audubon Outdoor Almanac for April on birds and critters that are resurfacing this month after a long New England winter.  During walks in our neighborhood and town wildlife reserves, my husband and I were able to spot and/or hear the black-capped chickadees, Spring peeper frogs, and painted turtles.

If your are new to birding, or just curious, and you don’t have a guide book at home, try the online authoritative Audubon Society’s Guide to North American Birds for visual and song identification.

Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology All About Birds guide let’s us discover birds from home in a myriad of ways:

Birds - Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park ...Enjoy the beautiful, full-color photographs and informative details of DK’s American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America without the heft by accessing the ebook via Overdrive.  Curious about bird intelligence?  Listen to Jennifer Ackerman’s e-audiobook, The Genius of Birds, as she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research on bird development.  For an engaging and personal account of living with and observing birds, you’re in for a treat with Sy Montgomery’s Birdology:  Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur also available in Overdrive.

Now, go outside, look up and tell us what you see or hear!



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2020 Spring Book Sale!

IT’S BAAAACK!!!:  The Friends Spring 2020 Book Sale

It’s back and bigger than ever!  For the first time ever, the Friends are offering 5 whole days of sale, including a preview and two bargain days.

Great Books, Great Bargains, Great Prices!

Friday March 20, 2020                 5pm – 8pm (Paid Preview Night, $20 entrance fee)

Saturday March 21, 2020             9am – 5pm

Sunday March 22, 2020               12pm – 4pm

Monday, March 23, 2020             9am – 8pm (Bargain Day)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020             9am – 8pm (Bargain Day)


Books, puzzles, CDs & DVDs and more…

Proceeds benefit library programs and services!

Credit Cards Now Accepted — $5 Minimum




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Friends Fall Book Sale Postponed

Friends of the Nevins Library Methuen Blue colored banner

If you’re anxiously looking forward to our Biannual Friends of the Nevins Library Fall Book Sale (say that three times fast) that happens in September, alas, we will not be having it this fall. With all that’s going on with the repair of the library we don’t currently have the storage space or sale space in the hall to put it on right and well.

But, don’t worry, we’re looking towards early spring-ish next year to have the book sale. It will be a bigger and better one too! Keep an eye out on our website & social media, and the Friends’ Events page specifically for updates.

Please also note that, at the moment, we are not taking book/item donations for the book sale. Once we can again, we will (metaphorically) shout it from the rooftops, we promise!

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Nevins Library’s “Fluid” Situation

Over the weekend of July 20-21, the Nevins Library experienced the failure of an air conditioning unit that caused large amounts of water to come from the ceiling into the Non-fiction stacks on the top floor of the Library, and then penetrate down into the second floor Fiction stacks.

The number of books damaged by water was much smaller than originally feared.  The most significant remaining problem is walls, ceilings, carpeting and woodwork in the affected areas.

The east section of the new wing has been cordoned off on the Main and Top Floors so that sheet rock, woodwork, ceiling tiles, etc, can be removed and replaced.

Unfortunately, there will be some limitations due to the work being done in the library in the forthcoming weeks.  Limitations will include a reduced number of computers for public access, limited ability to locate adult non-fiction and fiction, limited seating, construction noise, and reduced bathroom and meeting room access.

The Library staff and Trustees are appreciative of the support of the public, city officials and the vendors and contractors involved in helping us recover.

For more information, please visit our website.   Click here for the full statement from Library Director Krista McLeod.



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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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“Summer Eats” at the Nevins Library

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Once again, the Methuen Public Schools are participating in the Summer Food Service Program.    Free meals for children will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times listed below.  The Nevins Library is proud to be a new site for the Summer Eats program.  Enjoy a free lunch on our lovely library grounds.  We have leafy trees to sit under, sunny steps to sit on, a whimsical children’s garden, and picnic tables in the shade for a proper summertime meal.  Bon Appetit!

Tenney Street Park
141 Tenney Street
Methuen, MA 01844
July 1, 2019 to August 16, 2019
Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:30 am & Lunch 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

***NEW SITE***
Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
July 8, 2019 to August 15, 2019
Lunch only 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


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Farmers Market + Nevins Library = Food for Mind and Body

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This year the Groundwork Farmers Market is at the Nevins Library on Fridays through October 26, 2019.  Get your fresh produce outside, then come inside and get your share of books, DVDs, games, music, magazines and fun programming.  Fuel for your mind and body!

The Groundwork Farmers Market runs from June 5th through October 26th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and may also be found on Wednesdays at the Campagnone North Common, Lawrence and on Saturdays at the Lawrence Catholic Academy parking lot, 101 Parker Street, Lawrence.

All the farmers accept SNAP/EBT/food stamps as well as debit, credit, and cash; coupon program for the farmers market from Hospital Holy Family, WIC coupons, and coupons for the elderly are also welcome.

For any questions or for more information, email here or call (978) 974-0770.

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A Sweet Deal: Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser 2019

Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser 2019

The Donuts have returned!!!

Come on in and place your order at the Main Desk right NOW!!

Cost per dozen is $10.00, and please note that all orders must be pre-paid.

Orders may be placed up till Monday, June 17th, 2019.

Donuts will arrive at approximately 1:00PM on June 19th. So, if you feel you didn’t pre-order enough, we will have additional dozens on hand for just those situations. Bon appétit!!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of the Library and the programs they support.

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Double Yarn Whammie!

Yarn Swap!

Saturday June 8, 2019  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

To help celebrate World Knit in Public Day, we will be hosting our first ever Yarn Swap!

We will be taking yarn starting at 9:30 AM.  Around 10:15, or when everything and everyone is settled and ready to start, we will distribute numbers so we know our “picking order”.  We will proceed like in a Yankee Swap until everyone has gone through once.  Then, whatever is left is up for grabs!

Please bring only clean and moth-free yarn to swap only.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.

For World Knit in Public Day,  we invite everyone to come and knit or crochet at the library! Meet up with fellow knitters, enjoy the library space and grounds, and knit to your hearts content. 

For more information, contact Sarah at 978-686-4080 x20  or