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Methuen Friendship Quilt Project

Methuen Friendship Quilt Project

In the mid-1800s, “Friendship Quilts” were a popular way to commemorate events and memories, often with a large group of people creating the quilt for a particular person or family. These quilts were often personalized with the signatures of those who made the squares in the quilt.

We would like to announce our take on this idea: The Methuen Friendship Quilt Project.

Methuen is a strong community with equally strong neighbors, and we’d like to help create this quilt to show just how resilient and creative we can be.

Anyone and everyone is invited to create a square (or two!) for this quilt. It can be any design, any color, any thing you’d like (although we have the right to not include anything vulgar, profane, etc.) but it needs to be made primarily of cotton cloth, able to be displayed outside, and measure 8″ x 8″ (leaving 1/2″ border for sewing together).

We encourage personalization, like the signatures in the historic quilts. We would like the quilt we build together to encourage hope, friendship, and unity throughout our community.

We will have resources available at the library to show you how and to answer your questions.

We will begin collecting these quilt squares at the library beginning December 1 and continue with the collection through the end of March.

We hope to have an outdoor display of the quilt prepared by mid-April for all to enjoy.


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2021 Winter Reading Challenge

2021 Winter Reading Challenge

From January 1st to January 31st, the Nevins Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. This Winter, participating communities are invited to explore these books, from authors spanning an array of diverse backgrounds.

It will also help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal and possibly win prizes!

You can Pre-Register for this Challenge by going to our Beanstack page !

The Challenges

  • Reach a personal goal of 5 books!
  • Help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal of 1000 books!

How to Participate

It’s easy to sign up and start logging minutes – if you used Beanstack for the Summer already, just login with the same username/password you did before. If you’ve never used it before, register online by following the prompts at Beanstack.org.

Don’t want to have to use a laptop/desktop, you can also use the Beanstack Tracker app for Android and iOS devices on your smartphone (download the app by searching for “Beanstack Tracker” in the App Store or Google Play). It allows you to add books to your log by scanning their ISBN barcodes. and also has a clock to time your reading your sessions and record your minutes.

Need help getting started in Beanstack? Go HERE for instructions.

Keep things interesting by trying a variety of genres and reading platforms during the challenge — fiction and nonfiction books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, whatever suits you best. Besides your own books or school reading, don’t forget that the library has a wide range of books as well as eBooks to choose from, and a librarian can steer you towards what might interest you.

Record the books you read in your Beanstack account — you will unlock and earn virtual badges as you progress towards your goal.

If you reach your 5 book goal before January 31st, 2021, congratulations, you did a fantastic job! But, we still need your help to meet our community reading goal of 1500 books. So keep recording them!

Help others find out about new books (and see your progress!) by sharing what you are reading using the hashtags #WinterRead2021 and #BooksLikeUs on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.


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Free Charging Stations

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Isn’t it awful when there’s a big storm and you lose power for hours? Or you are studying in the library and your phone is about to die? We’ve got you covered! We are installing charging stations like this one on each floor of the library to help with your device charging needs!


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Holiday Photo Op at the Library

Looking for a nice place to take some family Christmas photos this year? Come to the Children’s Garden at the Nevins Library, and use our festive, decorative backdrop to take them.

Christmas 2020 will be different from other years, but we can share our photos, and create some good memories in spite of the pandemic and its restrictions.


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AmazonSmile for the Library

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Already using Amazon.com? Bring smiles to the Friends of the Nevins Library this year by using AmazonSmile when ordering gifts online.

What could be better than getting your gift shopping done and contributing to the library at the same time? And, it’s easy to access!

It’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com
  2. Choose the Friends of the Nevins Memorial Library Inc. as your choice of charities
  3. Shop, and O.5% of your purchase will be donated to the Friends of the Nevins Library by the AmazonSmile Foundation!

And just like that, you’re helping support the Friends raise money for museum passes; programs for all ages; a subscription to the free book review magazine Book Page; and so much more.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


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Giving Tree

Annual Emmaus, Inc. Giving Tree

Giving Tree in the Children's Room

Once again, our Giving Tree will provide Christmas gifts to Merrimack Valley homeless children who are served by Emmaus, Inc.

More than ever, these kids need your kindness and generosity!

This year the tree will be set up by the main desk — if you’d like to help, please stop by November 23rd-December 15th and choose a Wish List item to purchase (or if you’d rather not come into the library, call us at 978-686-4080 x26 and we’ll help you choose one)

Then put it (unwrapped) under our tree by December 16th, and we’ll deliver them to Emmaus! Or, feel free to give us a call to schedule a curbside pick-up drop off of the gift.

Thank you for your generosity!


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Virtual Program: Battling the Blues

Virtual Program: Battling the Blues

Tuesday December 1st 2020, 7:30pm

After the last six plus months are you wondering how to manage being stuck inside even more with the coming New England winter? Or have questions about how to support your children as they struggle through all these changes? Marci daCamara, LMHC, will answer those questions and others as she focuses on winter/COVID-19 isolation and more.

Please sign up through Zoom HERE You will then get an email with the link that will let you join the program on the specified date and time. You will also get a reminder a week, and then a day before the program.

Want to ask Marci a question, but, don’t want to do it directly during the program? Fill out our anonymous Google Form HERE to get it answered. (You will still need to attend the program to hear her answer).

Presented in partnership with the Parker Memorial Library in Dracut.

Marci daCamara, LMHC is the Owner of Be Inspired Counseling, LLC. She received her Undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in ‘00 & her Masters in Counseling, with a Specialization in Addictions from Antioch New Hampshire in ‘03. 

Marci’s successes include the development of the state-wide curriculum for the Adolescent Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program & working with high-risk youth in the Department of Youth Services. She works with clients ages 3 thru adult, & focuses on areas including mood regulation, trauma, addictions, & relationships. 

She is certified in DBT & provides individual, couples, & family counseling services. Marci has been a part of the Mental Health Speaker Series at the Sharon Public Library, guest speaker for the Randolph SEPAC, panel member for Easton Wings of Hope & the YMCA Youth & Government Program, & a featured presenter for the ISI District 1 Skating Seminar. She was also featured on the Channel 5 Morning News discussing Back to School Anxiety.

For further information, contact Kathleen at 978-686-4080 x12 or kkenny@nevinslibrary.org


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Peterson’s Career Prep

The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium is pleased to introduce a new database, Gale’s Peterson’s Career Prep, to our arsenal of employment- related resources.

Peterson’s Career Prep accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities after years of employment. This database is accessible for all mobile devices. Peterson’s Career Prep as some nifty features that can help you explore career choices and can pave the way to successful job:

  • The Visual CV Resume Creator allows users to create résumés and cover letters. You will have access to résumé samples from 5,000 industries!
  • Career Assessments contains assessments to help define your interests, values, personality, and workplace preferences. The Career Assessments tool can also help match your interests to appropriate college programs.
  • Career Database includes a database of career information that uses the most recent data available from O*NET and the U.S. Department of Labor. Potential career matches are suggested based on your assessment results. Includes helpful information for individuals transitioning out of the military and translating their skills to civilian occupations.
  • The Job Search tool provides listings (internship, part time, full time) that are sourced from Indeed and are updated daily.
  • The Virtual Career Library includes helpful articles and tips focused on writing résumés and cover letters, networking, and interviewing. Bonus worksheets and workbooks can be downloaded for patrons who want to dig deeper into career exploration or their assessment results.

Attributed to the Gale blog article by Kristin Fust, Product Manager

Funds provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.