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Asteroids: Friends or Foes?

Asteroids: Friends or Foes?

Thursday May 28. 2020 7pm (On Zoom)

What are Asteroids? How are Asteroids and Meteorites related? Will one of them strike Earth with enough force to create widespread damage?

Join us (on Zoom) as Kelly Beatty helps us explore the science (and science fiction) surrounding asteroids.  To register for this webinar, click here.

Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior Contributing Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. Beatty enjoys sharing his passion for astronomy with a wide spectrum of audiences, from children to professional astronomers, and you’ll occasionally hear his interviews and guest commentaries on National Public Radio and The Weather Channel.

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Program: Spring Bird Migration

Spring Bird Migration on the North Shore

Thursday March 19, 2020 7pm

What is spring migration? We all know about the birds that arrive in spring, but what about the ones that are just passing through?

Join us as David Moon will show participants where, when, and how birds flow through our region, how to see them, and why they matter.

David Moon is Sanctuary Director for Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, MA, where he provides administration and leads birding tours every week, from Plum Island to destinations across the continent and around the world. David has been going to Newburyport to see birds on Plum Island since 1979.  He has been an environmental educator for over 35 years in both classrooms and non-formal settings.

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

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Program: Dyeing to Wear It™

Dyeing to Wear It™: Creating Community Through Color

Saturday March 21, 2020  10am – 1pm

Be an artist for a day and create your own wearable art!

Experience the design process with the art of pure color. A pure, vivid color you can feel and wear anytime of the year.

All materials are included in each workshop and all dyes are natural and extracted without the use of harmful chemicals.

Make sure to sign up! There are only 15 spots in the workshop.

Sponsored by the Methuen Cultural Council

For further information or questions, contact Kirsten at 978-686-4080×12 or

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Children’s 2020 Winter Reading Challenge

2020 Winter Reading Challenge

Four leafless trees on a light blue background with a fox near the right trees

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The Nevins Library invites children in kindergarten through 6th grade to participate in this year’s 2020 Winter Reading Challenge.

Log how many minutes you read from February 10, 2020 to March 16, 2020 to earn virtual badges and be eligible for other incentives at school.

It will also help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal.

Your minutes can include reading for schoolwork, of course, but we don’t want this challenge to seem like homework – we hope you’ll find lots of opportunities to read on your own for fun and enjoyment!

The Challenges

  • Reach a personal goal of 480 minutes spent reading! (Just Twenty-Four 20 minute blocks!)
  • Help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal of 100,000 minutes!

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

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.

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 your reading time every day in your Beanstack account — you will unlock and earn virtual badges as you progress towards your goal of reading 480 minutes.

If you reach your 480-minute goal before March 16, 2020, congratulations, you did a fantastic job! But, we still need your help to meet our community reading goal of 100,000 minutes. So keep recording the time you spend reading!

Help others find out about new books (and see your progress!) by sharing what you are reading using the hashtag #MethuenReads2020 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Memory Café – Music Bingo

Memory Café – Music Bingo

Friday February 14, 2020 1:00 PM

We’ll have Music! We’ll have Bingo!  Come and play some Music Bingo!!

Our Memory Cafés are a welcoming place for all individuals experiencing memory changes and their care partners.

For more information please contact us at 978-686-4080 or

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Program: Hiking the White Mountains

Hiking the White Mountains

Monday February 10th, 2020 at 7pm

From Adams to Washington and everything in between!

Join us as Patricia Ellis Herr, author of Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, talks about winter hiking in the White Mountains.

Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.


Patricia (Trish) Ellis Herr has been hiking the White Mountains of NH with her two daughters, Alexandra and Sage, since the summer of 2008.  Trish, Alex, and Sage have been hiking the Four Thousand Footers nearly every week year-round, and the daughters are closing in on accomplishing the Grid (all 48 4Ks during each month of the year).  Alexandra and Sage are featured in Trish’ book UP: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure, published in 2012 by Random House imprint Broadway Books.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For further information contact Kirsten at 978-686-4080×13 or

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Local Author: Joanne Carota

Local Author Event: Joanne Carota

Saturday, February 1st 2020  at 1pm

Please join us in welcoming local author Joanne Carota as she talks about her new novel THE DOCKS.  Set in South Boston, THE DOCKS is a murder mystery that will keep you guessing.

A little about the book:

Kate Finn grew up on the South Boston docks idolizing her commercial fisherman father, Seamus Finn and his friends. Now she’s a marine biologist working for the FDA who still spends as much time as she can on the docks near this salty crew. That is, until one misty morning when she discovers her father’s best friend, Sammy, dead there. All signs point toward Seamus and he is arrested and accused of the murder. At the bail hearing Kate learns a family secret—her father killed a man in self-defense when her mother was pregnant with Kate. Acquitted then, this time he’s sent to prison to await trial. Raised with the fierce loyalties of South Boston in her blood, Kate vows to clear his name. Soon Kate accepts a job that violates all of her family legacy. She goes to work for Colin Greely at Greely Seafood Labs where fish are genetically engineered. Kate will use her scientific training to investigate the murder of Sammy and save her family. Turns out she has some distractions. Another fisherman is attacked on the docks. Now who can she trust? Greely? His right-hand-man Ed McGann? Detective Rich Madley? Her mentor, Dr. Zion? Her old love interest Pierre Gosselin? Or, are they all in league against the Finns? Kate learns that circumstances are not always as they appear.

Joanne Carota will have copies of her book available for purchase and signing.

Refreshments will be available.

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