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2018 Free Fun Fridays!


Ack, no school, now what to do???  No worries, once again the Highland Street Foundation is offering Free Fun Fridays this summer so everyone may enjoy all the cultural treasures Massachusetts has to offer for free.

Each Friday during the summer months there are several museums and outdoor activities that you can visit free of charge. That’s right I said FREE so check it out!  You can pick up a schedule of the 100 participating museums and cultural venues that are participating in the Free Fun Fridays at any of the public service desks at the library.

The gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo, Old Sturbridge Village, the Hall at Patriot Place, and the Telephone Museum (!) are on my to-see list this summer.  What’s on yours?




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Finding METHUEN’s Great American Read!

Have you heard about PBS’s event ‘The Great American Read’ yet?  PBS has come up with a list of 100 favorite books, and is asking people to vote for their absolute favorite.  The one that comes out on top will be considered “The Great American Read”.  They are supporting this with an 8 part television series (it already started – find it OnDemand or when they replay the episodes).

But we thought, “what about METHUEN’s Great American Read”?  Therefore, we are starting a long voting process here in the library to find the answer to that question.  Every week beginning June 11, we will have 5 books up for a vote near the Main Desk.  We’re asking you to vote with your pennies for your favorite book(s).  Vote early and often!  The top 5 books will have a run-off election at the end, and then we will know Methuen’s Great American Read.

The money collected in this voting process will benefit our incredible Friends of the Nevins Library group.  They support the library in so many wonderful ways; they are funding the building of the garden behind the library, they purchase the annual museum passes that so many of us enjoy, and they support our summer reading programs.

Thank  you for your vote!

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Local Author Event: “Implant” by Dr. Robert E. Kellan

Local Author Event: Dr. Robert E. Kellan

Wednesday June 6th, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Dr. Robert E. Kellan has been practicing opthamology in Methuen for just over 30 years.  He has now taken his personal experiences from developing an implant for cataract patients to setting up an eye center in Lithuania and put them into his first book IMPLANT.

A bit about this espionage thriller:

Internationally acclaimed eye surgeon Alex Kirby designed his cataract intraocular lens to help people recover their sight.  He never thought it could be adapted for surveillance or that he’d find himself deeply involved in the tangled world of international espionage.  In the field for the first time, Kirby quickly learns no mission goes according to plan, especially in a world of beautiful CIA agents and Russia’s brutal Federal Security Force.  For the State Department’s audacious plan to succeed, sacrifices will be required – possibly including Kirby’s own life.

Come hear Dr. Kellan talk about this book, and the events that inspired him to write.  He is generously donating 20 books that will be signed to the first 20 people to arrive at this event!  Refreshements will be served.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Sarah at 978-686-4080 x20  or

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Author Event: Nancy Thayer

Author Event:  Nancy Thayer

Tuesday Jun 5, 2018   6:30 PM  –  7:30 PM

Please join us as we welcome Nancy Thayer back to the Nevins Library!  She will be talking about her latest book:  A Nantucket Wedding.

About the book:

A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.

As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?

Books will be available for purchase.  Refreshments will be provided.

 To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Fran or Sarah at   978-686-4080 x20 or

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Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Hiking the Camino de Santiago

Thursday May 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Theresa Fersch in hiking gear in a field of flowersTheresa Fersch didn’t always consider herself an adventurer, but in 2015 she found herself in the middle of rural Spain hiking the Camino de Santiago.


The Camino is a 500-mile pilgrimage traveled by pilgrims for over 1,000 years. It is said to bring great physical, mental and spiritual growth to all who travel its routes and provide continuous examples of kindness, generosity, friendship, and love. The Camino gives people the opportunity to experience life as it is meant to be.

Join us as Theresa shares her own adventures in hiking this famous trail.

She has also written a book about her hike, Sunrise in Spain, and will have it available for purchase.

 To register for this event, CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Danielle at 978-686-4080 x12  or

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The Poppy Project @ NL

Nevins Library Poppy Project

This Summer we need your help creating felt, crocheted, and knitted poppies for a large scale art project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice Day and remember those lost in World War I.

To honor the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice Day, the Nevins Library is introducing our Poppy Project. We invite our community to help us make poppies for a large scale art project to remember those lost in World War I. We will be knitting, crocheting, and creating poppies from felt.

We’ll have drop in times between now and the beginning of November where the Library will provide supplies and you provide your talent!

Or if you prefer to help with the project from home or with your own crafty group? The Library has patterns available! Please drop completed poppies off to Sarah at the Main Desk.

We are kicking off the project on May 24th at 10 am and again at 6:30 pm with an introduction, some samples, and a chance for you to participate right away! We will also be serving refreshments at the Kick Off event.

Thank you for your help in making sure these Veterans are never forgotten.

For more information call: (978)686-4080 x20 for Sarah or x26 for Shirley

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Program: Medical Quackery

ScienceQuest: Medical Quackery

Monday April 30, 2018  7-8pm

The late 19th and early 20th century is considered the “Golden Age of Quackery”; a time when snake oil salesmen sold patent medicines to an unsuspecting public. This lecture presents many of the scientific and medical “quack” tonics and devices so prevalent during this time period as well as their modern counterparts. Can you tell scientific fact from fiction or will you fall prey to the snake oil hucksters of today?

Northern Essex Community College Professor Dr. Michael Cross will return for what is sure to be a very interesting discussion!

Reserve your seat now!  To register for this program, CLICK HERE.

This program is brought to you through the Northern Essex Speakers Bureau.

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