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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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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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VIRTUAL Author Program: James Patterson

Tuesday December 15th, 2020 at 7:30pm

James Patterson to discuss his 2 new books on 12/15/20

We are VERY EXCITED to announce a virtual author visit with James Patterson! He will be in conversation with Hank Phillippe Ryan and talking about two of his newest books – Deadly Cross which just came out, and a new nonfiction called The Last Days of John Lennon which will be published 12/7/20.  

LINK TO REGISTER: www.crowdcast.io/e/1c92w0bh

Signed copies of the books may be purchased through Haley Booksellers, a local independent bookseller: https://haley-booksellers.square.site/

For more information, contact:  Sarah Sullivan at 978-686-4080  or ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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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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Virtual Author Program: Elin Hilderbrand with Jane Healey

Monday November 16th, 7:00 PM via Crowdcast

Join us for this exclusive conversation with Elin Hilderbrand where she will discuss her new book Troubles in Paradise with author Jane Healey.

“Travel to the bright Caribbean one last time in the satisfying conclusion to the nationally bestselling Winter in Paradise trilogy by Elin Hilderbrand, ‘Queen of the Summer Novel.’” —People Magazine

Elin Hilderbrand is a mother of three, an avid runner, reader, and traveler, and the author of twenty-three novels. She grew up outside Philadelphia, and has lived on Nantucket for more than twenty years.

Jane Healey shares a home north of Boston with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. When she’s not writing historical fiction, she enjoys running, reading, cooking and going to the beach.

Signed books are available for sale before and during the event at www.haleybooksellers.com

Virtual harassment or discriminatory behavior of any kind or nature is strictly prohibited and any attendee engaging in such behavior, in the sole discretion of the event organizer or host, will be immediately removed from this event. 

REGISTER HERE:  https://www.crowdcast.io/e/elin-hilderbrand-in/register

When you register for this event, you will be asked if you’d like to subscribe to Elin’s newsletter. Please read Hachette Book Group’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

For more information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 978-686-4080 x20 or  ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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Jigsaw Puzzle Swap!

Let’s Swap Puzzles!  Do you enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, but need something new to work on?  Do you have a pile of puzzles you’ve already done and just don’t want to look at anymore?  Let’s Swap! 

We will host a puzzle swap on Saturday 11/7 and Tuesday 11/10 in our fireplace room.  Bring in your complete puzzles (no one likes a puzzle with a piece missing) and take home new-to-you puzzles.  Any leftover puzzles will be given to the Friends of the Library for a future book sale.  We will be observing library guidelines respecting social distancing and capacity limits.  Update your puzzle stash before the winter blues set in.  

No reservations required – just stop in to bring in your puzzles and choose puzzles to take home. 

For more information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 978-686-4080 x20  or ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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Libraries Working Towards Social Justice

World Day for Social Justice | Today (Friday, February 20, 2… | FlickrThe Nevins Library is proud to partner with seven local libraries to present a variety of virtual programs addressing topics related to social justice issues.

These thought-provoking lectures and discussions will help Merrimack Valley residents to think about and cordially address current events and troubling issues in today’s society. Patrons are welcome to sign up for any of these programs, no matter which community you live in (or if you live in none of the communities), anyone and everyone is welcome (you can sign up through the links on this page, or go to the individual libaries’ pages to sign up).

Partner Libraries: Haverhill Public Library, Lawrence Public Library, Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library, Burlington Public Library, Tewksbury Public Library, and Wilmington Memorial Library.

Upcoming events at other libraries:

A Virtual Discussion of Carol Anderson’s ONE PERSON, NO VOTE – Andover Memorial Hall Library, 10/8 at 7pm

Professor Elizabeth Herbin-Triant of University of Massachusetts, Lowell will discuss Carol Anderson’s book, One Person No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy. Find it in our catalog Elizabeth Herbin-Triantor on OverDrive. All are welcome, even if you’ve not read the book.

Health over Tobacco Industry Profits, Tewksbury Library, 10/13 at 5:30pm

For decades, the tobacco and vaping industries have strategically and successfully targeted Black, LatinX, and LGBTQ+ communities with their addictive products. Of these unjust tactics, the racial targeting of the Black community with menthol cigarettes has had the most negative impact. Fast forward to 2015 and current day, and the tobacco and vaping industry came out with electronic cigarettes to addict a new generation on nicotine with similar marketing tactics. This presentation will explore the history of injustice within the tobacco and vaping industries, and the action steps Massachusetts has taken to prioritize community health over tobacco and vaping industry profits.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel, Part 2, Wilmington Library, 10/19 at 7pm

Jennifer Bryson, BU Education faculty member, Melanie Patterson, Boutwell & Shawsheen Schools Media Specialist, and Brittany Tuttle, the WML’s Teen Librarian, will lead this presentation on rethinking the media our families consume through an antiracist lens, encouraging participants to:

  • Rethink the media our families consume, including books, movies, and TV shows.
  • Discuss how our identities shape our responses to equity in our community.
  • Investigate the concept of mirrors and windows in our children’s texts/media.
  • Review and discuss problematic media.
  • Discuss race and representation with your children.
  • You will use what you learned here to continue the antiracist work we’ve started.

Voter Suppression with Dave Daley Virtual Event, Burlington Library, 10/22 at 7pm

Voter suppression did not end with Jim Crow. New barriers to the ballot box have been erected and these new barriers disproportionately affect racial minorities. Dave Daley, of FairVote and author of Unrigged, will speak about the tactics used to limit the ability of voters to exercise their right to vote.

Environmental Racism in Massachusetts, Wilmington Library, 10/22 at 7pm

Massachusetts has a reputation for progressive environmental policies, but these policies do not benefit all communities equally. Dr. Daniel Faber will discuss the disproportionate impact of environmental burdens such as chemical pollution and hazardous waste sites on communities of color in the state.

AntiRacism Virtual Book Group: Me and White Supremacy, Wilmington Library, 10/26 at 7pm

Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Read, or even start to read, the book and then join us to talk about the book.

Antiracism Doc Talk – White Like Me, Wilmington Library, 10/30 at 1pm

First, watch this documentary on Kanopy (for Nevins Library patrons we can help you get a BPL eCard to use their Kanopy subscription).

It is a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.


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Harvest Decoration Contest

Harvest Decoration Contest

Presented by the Methuen Recreation Department and the Nevins Library

Build a scarecrow or decorate a pumpkin to adorn the library grounds!
This contest is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded for the best creations!

Scarecrows
Scarecrows can be designed for two categories: “Traditional” and “Something a Little
Different” (e.g., humorous, based on sports or pop culture, etc.).

Please set up your scarecrow on the front lawn of the library; you will see stakes with numbers on them to indicate where displays should be placed (and you can use the stakes to support your scarecrow if you’d like). Be sure to make note of the number on the stake where you set up, and after set-up please go to the library’s website to register your display (signs in the display area will provide a link and a scannable QR code for registration).

Pumpkins
Pumpkins must be painted, or otherwise decorated, but not carved; you may use real or foam pumpkins. (Beginning October 14, a limited number of free pumpkins will be available for you to pick up at the library and bring home to decorate on a first-come, first-served basis, or you can use a pumpkin you’ve bought yourself.)

Please set up your pumpkin on the wooden pallets on the library grounds; you will see numbers to indicate where to place your pumpkin. Be sure to make note of the number you place your pumpkin on, and after set-up please go to the library’s website to register your display (signs in the display area will provide a link and a scannable QR code for registration).

Other Details
Display Set-up: October 19-22
Public viewing: October 25-31
Display retrieval: If you wish to take your entry home, please remove it from the grounds on November 1st or by November 2nd by 5pm.

Please keep in mind that this is a family event and do not submit designs that are political, religious, or violent. The Nevins Library reserves the right to take down any displays deemed inappropriate.


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Program: Book of the Dead, Wicked Tales and Wandering Ghosts

Nevins Library Presents

Book of the Dead:

Wicked Tales and Wandering Ghosts

Tuesday October 20th, 6:30PM  via ZOOM

Join New England’s Mystery Maven, Roxie Zwicker as she takes us on a journey of strange history, hidden secrets, and hallowed halls (via Zoom).

Discover the haunted side of New England with memorable stories that will make you laugh, cry, and stay awake all night with the lights on…

Register via Zoom using This Link. You will get an email with your personal Zoom link once you’ve signed up, and a reminder about a week before the program.

For questions or more infomation,  contact Danielle at 978-686-4080 x12 or dkimerer@nevinslibrary.org