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It’s Almost Oscars Time!

Mark your calendars! Starting tonight, the Nevins Library will continue its tradition of showing Oscars movies for free!

And it won’t just be a movie, there’ll be refreshments (popcorn & water) too!!

As always, please make sure that you check the dates and times before you sign up!

To sign up for each movie click on their Date/Title of each screening (or give us a call). Please also note that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Ford v Ferrari have slightly earlier start times.

Thursday, Jan. 16th at 6:30 PM – Judy

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts. (Rated PG-13)

Tuesday, Jan. 21st at 6:30 PM – Joker

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.
(Rated R)

Friday, Jan. 24th at 1:00 PM – Casablanca

Has it been awhile since you’ve watched this classic Oscar winner? Or is this a film you’ve always meant to watch, but never quite got around to it? Join us as we get swept away in this iconic romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman which is always named among the greatest films in history. (Rated PG)

Monday, Jan. 27th at 6:15 PM – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Please note that this movie starts a bit earlier than previous. (Rated R)

Wednesday, Feb. 5th at 6:30 PM – Harriet

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.
(Rated PG-13)

Tuesday, Feb. 11th at 6:15 PM – Ford v Ferrari

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. (Rated PG-13)

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Memory Cafe: Game Day

Game board with dice on it and the Live Long and Learn Logo overlayed over the pictureMemory Cafe:  Game Day

Friday January 10th, 2020 at 1pm

Join us in the New Year at our January Memory Cafe.  We will have a selection of board games for everyone to play.  To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information on our Memory Cafes, contact Sarah at 978-686-4080 or





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What do Boxing Day, Bears, and Trains Have in Common?

The Nevins Library, of course!

December 26th is know as Boxing Day in Great Britain, lazy sack-out day in some households, and “what should we do with the kids now that they are on Holiday break?” day in other homes.   No worries, no fears, the Nevins Library continues the holiday festivities with these two very special programs for kids.

Holiday Model Train Village (Grades K-4)

December 26, 2019  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Registration is required!

The Apel family is back with their amazing model train and village display! Come hear a holiday story, enjoy treats, and take a turn operating a model train in the “Stop at the Signal” game.

If your plans change after you register and you won’t be able to come to the program, please call us at 978-686-4080 x26 to cancel your registration so that children on the waiting list can take your place.

To register for the holiday model train event, CLICK HERE.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover (All ages)

December 26, 2019  6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Registration is required!

Do you think stuffed animals would enjoy a sleepover at the library? At this special program, children can bring a stuffed animal (that they don’t mind spending the night without), decorate a bed for them, listen to a bedtime story, and tuck the animals into their new beds for the night. Please pick up your stuffed animals from the library the following morning by 11 am.

If your plans change after you register and you won’t be able to come to the program, please call us at 978-686-4080 x26 to cancel your registration so that children on the waiting list can take your place.

To register for the stuffed animal sleepover, CLICK HERE.

For further information on these, or other, children’s programs, contact the Children’s Department at 978-686-4080 x26.

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Memory Cafe: A Celebration of Holidays

A Celebration of Holidays

Friday December 13, 2019  at 1:00 PM

Get into the season at December’s Memory Café

There will be music to listen to, and we’ll create festive cards too!

This event is a welcoming place for individuals experiencing memory changes and their care partners.

For information on this, or upcoming memory cafe events, contact Kirsten  978-686-4080 x14 or

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What’s NaNoWriMo, Precious?

If your friends have suddenly been seized with the writing demon, you’re not alone. National Novel Writing Month occupies the entirety of November. If you’re not a writer and don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, here’s a rundown.

What it is

National Novel Writing Month challenges writers to produce 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. This pans out to about 1,667 words per day, but because November also includes Thanksgiving, most writers try to work faster than that.

Novels can be about anything, but it’s generally agreed that this isn’t a way to produce a finished piece. Instead, it’s a way to shake off the rust and get your creative juices flowing. Some writers have generated viable first drafts for NaNoWriMo, too. Erin Morgenstern, whose debut, The Night Circus, became a bestseller, drafted her first novel over the course of two NaNoWriMos.

That said, a lot of people don’t worry about writing a cohesive novel for NaNo. Writers have been known to produce short stories, write correspondence, generate computer code, blog, and otherwise dedicate themselves to content creation. 50,000 words of anything is a lot of writing! I’m actually counting this blog post toward my own total.

Well-known authors give pep talks throughout November to participants who register as Wrimos. It’s a creative good time that started with 21 participants in 1999.

How it started

Chris Baty was a hobbyist writer living in the San Francisco Bay area in 1999. He had the idea to challenge writers to generate a novel in 30 days, and sure enough, 21 people took him up on it. That first NaNo was set in July. However, the nice weather proved to be a distraction and the next year, Baty moved the event to wintery, unpleasant November.

2000 was also the year that Baty and a friend set up a website to organize WriMos and help them track their progress. Through a connected Yahoo group, he clarified the rules: the novel had to be new, couldn’t be co-authored, and had to be written and verified entirely within the month of November. Writers who achieved 50,000 words were considered to have “won.” That year, 140 people participated. NaNoWriMo was becoming a national phenomenon.

In 2005, NaNoWriMo was officially so big that it had to be its own company. Baty himself had written a couple of books about banging out a fast first draft, during NaNoWriMo, of course. Thousands of people participated, with membership in this de facto creative organization growing every year. In 2017, over 300,000 people participated from around the world. Tens of thousands met their goal.

How to participate

It’s easy! Just create an account on and get down to business. It’s not too late to catch up! Regions tend to form groups and write cooperatively, sometimes with food present. Events like all-night write-ins and kickoff parties are common. The NaNo website hosts topical and regional forums where writers can support each other.

A lot of libraries also have NaNoWriMo programs. Some of these are in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium! Check out Hamilton-Wenham’s library NaNo program while November is still in full swing.

So what are you waiting for? Go write that novel today!

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Program: Boost Your Brain with Healthy Cooking

In Partnership with Methuen Village the Nevins Library Presents:

Boost Your Brain with Healthy Cooking

Monday November 14th 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn how to boost your brain health by eating well!

There’s no question that eating a diet rich in brain healthy foods can benefit people at any and every age. It reduces inflammation, regulates blood sugar, promotes heart health, and scientists are now finding it may have an effect on delaying the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Hear from experts why making more healthful and mindful food choices can benefit you.

Dinner will be served as part of the presentation. A tasty conclusion to an educational program!

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Kirsten at 978-686-4080 x14 or

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Memory Cafe: Power of Flowers Project

Memory Café: Power of Flowers Project

Friday November 8th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Join the Nevins Library for our first Memory Café.

For those who don’t know, a Memory Café is a welcoming place for individuals experiencing memory changes and their care partners.

During this Memory Café we will be guided in the creation of creating small take home flower bouquets by Power of Flower Project volunteers.

Register if you’d like here, or simply Drop by.

And watch our website and this calendar for more Memory Cafés in the future as well!!

For more information, contact Kirsten at 978-686-4080 x14 or

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Program: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Monday October 21, 2019  7pm – 8:30pm

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging.  It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

Join us to learn about:

  • The impact of Alzheimer’s
  • The difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors
  • Current research and treatments available to address some symptoms
  • Alzheimer’s Association resources

This is an education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

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Author Event: Hallie Ephron

Author Event: Hallie Ephron

Thursday October 17, 2019  7pm – 8pm

We are pleased to welcome bestselling author Hallie Ephron back to the Nevins Library!  She will be here to discuss her latest thriller Careful What You Wish For.

A little about the book:

Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He’s filled their basement, attic, and garage with his finds.  Like other professionals who make a living decluttering peoples’ lives, Emily has devised a set of ironclad rules. When working with couples, she makes clear that the client is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. That stipulation has kept Emily’s own marriage together these past few years. She’d love nothing better than to toss out all her husband’s crap. He says he’s a collector. Emily knows better—he’s a hoarder. The larger his “collection” becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.  Luckily, Emily’s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didn’t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won’t allow her stuff into their house. Emily’s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, the women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses.

But the next day Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up. Careful what you wish for, the old adage says . . . now Emily might lose her freedom, her marriage . . . and possibly her life.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be served.

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

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Program: Offshore Wind

Offshore Wind: Its Present And Future

Thursday September 26, 2019 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Offshore wind farmDid you know that the coast of Massachusetts gets more wind on average than the Great Plains? It’s true!

Better yet, it might someday make Massachusetts an energy powerhouse.

Join us and Amber Hewett of the National Wildlife Federation for a presentation about the potential and promise of offshore wind power in our state.

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