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Author Event: Ted Reinstein

Author Event: Ted Reinstein

Thursday, November 16th,  7:00 PM

Ted Reinstein is coming back to the Nevins Library!

He’ll be talking about his new book New England General Stores: Exploring an American Classic:

The general store, as old as America itself, harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. It was a homey and familiar place where you could buy the paper, penny candy, four-penny nails, or simply tarry on a cold winter morning over a cup of hot coffee with a neighbor or two.

Co-authors Ted Reinstein and Anne-Marie Dorning profile some of New England’s most beloved and longtime landmark stores, many of which have played out a real-life “Rocky,” rising up from the retail mat against seemingly overwhelming odds. This book looks at how, where, and why this has all happened, by focusing on individual historic stores and their still-unfolding stories.

Ted Reinstein is best known in New England as a journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated (and America’s longest-running, locally-produced) TV news-magazine. He has two other books, A New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, and Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds (I think he likes Subtitles a Lot!!). This, his third book, is written with Anne-Marie Dorning, former ABC journalist and his wife.

Books will also be available for purchase & signing.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Kirsten at 978.686.4080 x12

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Program: The Real Story on Fake News

The Real Story on Fake News

Wednesday, November 15th

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

We hear about it all the time, but what does “fake news” really mean? Join our panelists, Dr. Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College and Dr. Kyle Moody of Fitchburg State University for a discussion of what fake news is, how it came to be, and what it means for you.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Anna at 978.686.4080 x12

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Program: Know Your Rights

Immigrants:  Know Your Rights

Monday, November 13th

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us as Adelina Janiak, a local attorney with the Northeast Justice Center, will present “Know Your Rights” from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project.

This session, geared to immigrants and their advocates in the community, will discuss what to do in the event of an encounter with an immigration officer, and where to go for help.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Kathleen at 978.686.4080 x32 or

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Program: Radioactivity in Your Life

ScienceQuest: Radioactivity in Your Life

Monday November 13th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Are you aware of your exposure to radiation?  Is this something you should be worried about?  We always worry about nuclear power plants, but smoke detectors, cigarettes, and even table salt contain radioactive material.  Learn how you encounter radiation in your daily life and whether this exposure should concern you.

Our speaker tonight is Mike Cross, Ph.D.  He is department chair of Natural Sciences at Northern Essex Community College where he teaches chemistry and forensic science.  He believes that education should be fun and exciting and he enjoys incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks into his teaching.

We are pleased to present this program with the Northern Essex Community College Speakers Bureau, and is funded by a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Sarah at 978.686.4080 x20

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All About the Weather with Matt Noyes

All About the Weather

with NBC Boston Weatherman Matt Noyes

Tuesday November 7th, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Join NBC Boston weatherman Matt Noyes to learn all about the weather! From snow and sleet to sun and heat, Matt can explain why it happens and how weather forecasters predict it. A lifelong Haverhill resident, Matt is currently Chief Meteorologist for NBC Boston and has been at the network and its sister network NECN since 2002. He is a Cornell graduate and a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. All ages are welcome at this program.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Anna Gooding Call at 978.686.4080 or

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Program: Open Source Software!

Try Free, Open Source Software!

Saturday, November 4thOpen Source symbol

10:00 – 11:00 AM

If you’re not familiar with the Open Source movement, then prepare to be amazed! Some of the best software is available for free, including LibreOffice, a clone of Microsoft Office; Gimp, which is similar to Photoshop; and Linux, the Internet’s alternative operating system. These programs are the brainchildren of off-duty engineers who work together to make software accessible to everyone.

Stop by to try some of their most successful projects!

To register for this program, click here.  For more information, contact Anna at 978.686.4080 x12 or


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Upcycled Plastic Bag Crochet

Upcycled Plastic Bag Crochet

with Fe Estevez

Thursday, November 2nd 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Do you have bags and bags of plastic bags lying around waiting to be reused or recycled? Have you ever heard of Upcycling?

Join us as we all learn from Fe Estevez how to put these plastic bags to good use as crochet “yarn”, and make amazing things!

To register for this neat program, click HERE.  For more information, contact Kathleen at 978.686.4080 x32 or