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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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Books + Poetry + Rainy Day = Book Spine Poetry!

Poetry springs eternal, pandemic  be darned!  The month of April can mean many things to different people, but to me, April Showers and the National Poetry Month designation stand out.  So, on a recent rainy day stuck at home, I ransacked my personal library collection to create poetry from book spine titles.   Let these following examples be a springboard for your own book spine poems. Gather the family round and get creative.   See how many poems you can create by throwing in cookbooks, graphic novels, manuals and children’s books to the usual fiction and non-fiction mix.

Take a photo of your book spine poems, include the text, and email it to us at contactcirc@nevinslibrary.org.

For more inspiration, view past years’ book spine poetry from the Nevins Library.

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Check out our Instagram for other poems from our creative library staff. 


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Book Spine Poetry 2019

I can’t resist sneaking in book spine poetry before the end of National Poetry Month…

What in the world is going on?
It’s raining frogs
And then there’s this
Waking up
Breaking the spell
Life

∼ Sue, Reference Desk

For more quirky book spine poetry, check out last year’s entries.


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What’s the Library Worth to You?

I use the library for everything.  It’s true that I work in a public library, so I almost can’t help but use all of their many resources.  Even on a day off, I might still sneak into my local library to use their printer or check out an item, and say “Hi” to the librarians there.

I am a voracious reader (fiction, non-fiction, children’s, teen, adult – you name it!) and can afford to follow wherever my curiosity leads me, because all the library books are free.  When the Grammy nominations come in, and if I am not familiar with certain performers, I will request their music CD’s from the library.  Speaking about “buzz”, there are so many clever cable and streaming TV series these days.  I don’t have cable, nor do I subscribe to Netflix or a streaming service, so I depend on library DVD’s to keep me up to date.  As a resident of Massachusetts I can get an ecard from the Boston Public Library, and use Kanopy to gain access to all the indie films or top-rated documentaries that might not come to the suburban theaters.

Massachusetts is a rich source of museums and other hotspots.  But, as I’m not rich, I check out museum passes from the library to get in free or at reduced price so I can be as cultured as a Boston Brahmin.

Did I say hotspot?  Yes, the library has WiFi hotspots that you can borrow, too!  I found that invaluable when I was away at a place without internet service and had to remain in contact with the wider world.

As an experiment, I calculated the value of my library use from January 1, 2019 to April 11th using the I Love Libraries website calculator.   Taking into account print, electronic, and audio/visual resources as well as computer usage, museum passes, databases, programs that I took advantage of, the grand total came out to…  $1,775.80!  Not a bad investment, considering I got my library card for free!

How much have you saved this year using the library?

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