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Open for Curbside Delivery!

Although the Library building remains closed, as of Monday June 1st, we will have Curbside Services again.

Please note that during the pick-up portion of these services, per the state guidelines, all parties will need to wear masks and protective gear if they are not under 2 years of age and are physically able. And will be required to be as socially distant as is possible.

Here’s are the Services we’ll have:

Book Pick-up

Place Your Order

Request material via the catalog on our website (nevinslibrary.org), our app (download MVLC Mobile from your App Store), emailing us (contactcirc@nevinslibrary.org), or calling 978-686-4080 while we’re open for calls (10am-6pm Mon.-Thur., 10am-3pm Fri.)

Wait for notification that your hold is ready for pick up. This will be a phone call or an email.

We’re sorry, but, not all items will be available for pick-up (like the telescope, kits, and other specialty items). We will also be limited to lending only Nevins Library items for some time.

Ready For Pick-up?

Call us at 978-722-2666 to to reserve a pick-up time. Appointments are available Mon.-Thur. 11am-5:45pm, Fri. 11am-2:45pm.

Please understand that we have limited reservation slots, to keep social distancing protocols for everyone’s health and safety.

At Your Reserved Pick-Up Time

Plan to arrive at the library during your reservation time.

Pull through the parking lot, turn around in the upper lot, and park along the building near the ramp entrance. There will be signs to guide you.

Call 978-686-4080 and press 2 for Circulation when you arrive.

Staff will check out your items, bag them, and then bring them to the table located on the ramp. Please retrieve your bag once staff has stepped away.

Can’t leave your car? Let us know when you make your reservation or when you arrive, and we can accommodate you.

Return Your Borrowed Items in the Book Drop

The book drop is emptied daily – sometimes more than once!

Items coming back into the building will need to spend time waiting “in quarantine” before we can check them in.

Don’t worry – we’ll track when we brought them in the building, and we will check them in with that date!


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Find the Library At Your Place!

Every year, in the third week of April, we in library land invite you to celebrate National Library Week with us.   The novel coronavirus has caused libraries to close their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the American Library Association (ALA), but we remain open for business online and continue to support our communities with resources, services and programs.

The Nevins Library has continued our services with an active social media feed (you can follow us on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest); free online access to e-books, audio, and magazines through Libby (Overdrive) and free downloadable music from Freegal.   Some of the new databases we’ve added into our arsenal of resources you can access from home are:  Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an interactive kindergarten-readiness program; High School (Gale In Context)  to support student learning, papers, projects, and presentations; Ancestry From Home, perfect for anyone doing genealogy research; and now at-home access to The New York Times newspaper.

Don’t know what to read?  Try our “What Should I Read Next?” readers’ advisory service or check out our A Book A Day Tumblr for suggestions.  For browse-able collections, look through Libby (ebook and eaudio)NovelistPlus (fiction and nonfiction), the Audio Book Cloud (available through August 31, 2020), and the Romance Book Cloud for those addictive, steamy romances.

For the kiddos, our delightful children’s crew have put together some fun virtual storytimes.  So kids and parents, please continue to sing and read along with us!

If you don’t already have a library card and would like to access these resources, please contact Circulation Services and they will create a temporary card for you.

Thank you to all our library supporters!  We can’t wait to see you again and welcome you back to our physical building.  Until then, continue to use all of our virtual resources and stay in touch!

 

 


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US Census: Everyone Counts!

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to submit your US Census Form.

Every 10 years the United States conducts a Census which is mandated in the Constitution. The 2020 Census will count the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail.

Contrary to popular belief the Census will not ask for information such as your social security number, bank account or immigration status. All they want to know is how many people are living in the area at the time of the count.  For tips on avoiding fraud and scams, click here.

Why fill out the Census?:

  • Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.
  • Census data impacts voting and political representation. As a result of population changes between 2000 and 2010, eight states gained seats in the House of Representatives and 10 states had fewer seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Census data helps to determine the allocation of funds for Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.
  • Census data will be valuable to businesses, by providing a rich set of data on the communities they serve, including population trends and growth projections.
  • Census data helps to determine the allocation of funding to local police departments, fire departments, and hospitals.

Do you need to fill out the Census? You bet you do!  Be sure to count all members of your family too, no matter how old or young.

If you don’t want to fill it out online you can complete the form and mail it in, or, call the Census Bureau number on the form and answer the questions over the phone.

To help our community to continue receiving funds for schools, hospitals, emergency services and health care needs, please fill out the Census.

Our community counts on it!


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Scholarship 2020: Walter “Red” Winn Memorial

Walter “Red” Winn Memorial Scholarship

Given by the Trustees of the Nevins Memorial Library

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Think beyond the COVID-19 virus and apply for this scholarship, if appropriate.

Please submit applications to the Library by April 24, 2020

In 2008, the Trustees of the Nevins Library established a scholarship in Walter Winn’s memory to help a Methuen student continue his or her education in a two- or four-year college, or a trade or professional school. The student who best exemplifies the qualities embodied by Walter “Red” Winn will be chosen by a committee made up of family, Library staff, and Trustees. Special consideration may be given to individuals who have volunteered or worked at the Nevins Library.

Walter “Red” Winn was a lifelong resident of the Merrimack Valley who gave many years of service to the City of Methuen through his work, volunteer activities, and selfless devotion to the people of the community. His work at the Nevins Library, the Tenney Gatehouse, the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Cedars Home, and Phillips Academy brought him into contact with hundreds of people each year, all of whom remember him with great respect and love. He gave many hours of volunteer service to the Methuen Historical Society, the Festival of Trees, the Methuen Historic District Commission, youth sports, and other groups and activities in the community too numerous to list. Red was devoted to family and friends, and exemplified the qualities of integrity, honesty, hard work, loyalty, and kindness. Red passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on March 9, 2008.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Methuen resident graduating from high school
  • Interest in local history and/or demonstrated community service
  • High School Senior planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited institution for further study within one year of graduation
  • Completed application (below), including completion of a 200-word statement on the importance of community and service
  • Submit one copy of high school transcript

The award minimum is $250.00. Applications are generally available March-April and the award is announced in the month of June. This website will be updated accordingly and applications will be available here on the Nevins website or at the local high school.

Click Here for the Red Winn Memorial Scholarship application.

Please submit applications to the Library by April 24, 2020


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Nevins Library: what we can do for you during the Coronavirus Crisis

After closely working with the City and the Mayor’s Office here’s what we’re doing at the Nevins Library to help combat the Coronavirus:

*Starting Monday, March 16th we are cancelling ALL programs from now until a tentative reopening around March 30th. If you are signed up for one of our programs, Children’s, Teen, or Adult, you hopefully have either gotten a call or an email based on what you signed up with.

*Also starting on Monday, March 16th we will be partially closed. If you went through our small water problem during the summer it will be much like that:

*The Lobby and path to the Main Desk will be open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm

*You can return books, and you can pick up your holds as well.

*If you are picking something up, we recommend that you call first, and we can have it ready for you.

*There will also be staff at all the desks ready, waiting, and able to take your calls if you want us to pull a book from the shelf.

*On and around March 28th we will be re-evaluating the situation and determining if we will open again or stay closed.

*The Book Sale will not be happening from March 20-March 24. And the library Cannot accept Donations for it at this time either. Stay tuned for new dates for it.

 

Thank you to all our patrons for your understanding! And we hope that everyone stays healthy and safe.

And, if you have any questions or concerns that have not been addressed here, feel free to contact us 978-686-4080


While we will happily pull things from the shelves for you to read, remember, we’re not just a physical space anymore either. We have many things that you can do from home, all you need is a Methuen Library card.

libby logoOverdrive/Libby – Not only can you read eBooks and listen to Audiobooks through Libby (all you need is a phone or tablet), but, now you can read magazines through the app as well! It’s a one stop shop for all sorts of entertaining things.

Mango "M" Logo with Mango in small letters underneathMango Languages– It’s a fun language learning program teaching practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages including English.

Gale Databases – If you’re working on homework these databases provided by the state have many different journals, magazines, even newspapers, and some academic books too. Your teachers and professors will smile when they see you haven’t used Wikipedia.

Freegal LogoFreegal – You can download 5 free songs a week with this app or on their website.

 

Here’s a LINK to all our Online Databases. Or, just go to our Website and poke around a little. I think that you’ll be surprised by how many different things you can see and do through it.


Here are some more links to COVID-19 Resources:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Page

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Page

City of Methuen Health Department Page

Steps to Prevent Illness (CDC)


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Children’s 2020 Winter Reading Challenge

2020 Winter Reading Challenge

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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 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.

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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Chill Out: A Tasty Fundraiser

Chill Out!

A Tasty Fundraiser To Support the Library

Thursday February 20, 2020  12:30pm – 4pm

Come enjoy an $5 ice cream sundae with the Friends of the Library.

Me + Ice Cream Sundae = More Books and Programs for the Library?  This librarian will be there!

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