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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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AmazonSmile for the Library

Amazon Smile Logo with text You Shop. Amazon Gives. It's as easy as 1 2 3 with four red and green presents underneath it

Already using 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
  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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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 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 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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2020 Friends Fall Book Sale

2020 Friends Fall Book Sale


The Book Sale is Back! Come in to Browse and Buy!!

Great Books. Great Bargains. Great Prices.

This year we’re doing things a little differently. Starting Oct 3rd the Great Hall will be open:

Saturdays from 10am-3pm (the 3rd, 10th, 17th)
Sundays from 12pm-4pm (the 4th, 11th, 18th)
Tuesdays from 10am-2pm (the 6th, 13th, 20th)
Wednesdays from 3pm-7pm (the 7th, 14th, 21st)

Through Oct. 21st

There will be limits to how many people are let in at one time to Browse.

And the same rules and restrictions that apply to the rest of the Library Building will be enforced at the Book Sale as well. They can be found HERE

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We’re Re-opening!

We’re Re-opening!

The Nevins Library will re-open to the public on Wed. Aug. 12th.

While our Curbside Services have proven very popular, we know that there are many patrons who need some of the additional services, like computers, printers, etc., that can only be provided with access to the Library building.

The staff has been working hard to create a plan for opening that will maximize the safety of patrons and staff in the building, and make sure that we can provide excellent quality in those services that we can offer.

To that end we will have limited hours when we re-open, and more restrictions than we normally do as well.

We will be following enhanced cleaning protocols, enforcing social distancing, and good health practices. That includes but is not limited to requiring everyone over age two to wear masks.

We also urge anyone who can to use our Curbside Services, which will be continuing any time that we are open. If you know what you want to borrow, or have reserved items, this is still the best way to get them. As always you can call us if you need help finding something to read or watch.


Monday – Curbside Only 9am – 6pm (Appointments 10am – 5:45pm)
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – Building Open – 9am-6pm
9am – 10:30am – Seniors & Other At-Risk Populations
10am – 6pm – Open to All
Friday – Curbside Only 9am – 3pm (Appointments 10am-2:45pm)
Saturdays & Sundays CLOSED

List of Things to expect when you Visit the Library:

• Each patron will be allowed a maximum of one hour in the Library.
• No Food allowed. Closed Beverages will be allowed, but not near computers.
Masks REQUIRED. Masks & Gloves will be available at entrance. Anyone who cannot wear a mask will be offered the reasonable accommodation of Curbside Service.
• Materials Browsing is Walk-In, Computers require a reservation for guaranteed usage.
• Each table will have one chair.
• Study Room, Trustee Room and Garden Room will remain closed, used for furniture storage and materials quarantine.
• Meetings cannot be booked by any groups.
• Curbside Service is available whenever the Library is open.
• A Greeting Table will be placed at the entrance, and a Greeter will keep door counts, offer you masks and directions.
• If a floor is full, patron(s) will be asked to queue on ramp with six ft. distancing.
• Children 7th grade and up will be allowed in the Library without an adult, though the one-hour restriction is enforced. Younger children may be accompanied by a teen in 9th grade or up.
• There will be no toys available in the Children’s Room.
• The Garden and Grounds are open to all.

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Calling All Young Artists!

Calling All Young Artists!

Kids didn’t get to have their usual end-of-year school art show, so we’d like to hold an exhibit of their art in the windows of the Children’s Department!

Every two weeks there will be a different theme, but of course kids can contribute art on any subject that inspires them.

Theme: “Imaginary Creatures and

Submit art in an envelope in the book returns box, or by mail or email (

There’s no limit on how much a kid can submit, and we’ll display the art through the end of the summer.

Come by and take a look!

And, while you’re at it, take a stroll through the storywalk on the library grounds.


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Nevins Pop-Up Library

Nevins Pop-Up Library

Announcing the Nevins Pop-Up Library!

To give kids expanded access to books so that they can meet their Summer Reading goals, we’re bringing the library to you!

We’ll have bags of children’s books on different popular topics for kids to check out, so bring your library card (or proof of Methuen residency, and we’ll issue you a card) and get some books!!!


Here’s where you can find us this summer:

July 15, 11am-12:30pm: Tenney Street Park
July 17, 10:30am-12pm: Forest Lake
July 20, 10:30am-12pm: Rail Trail parking lot on Railroad Street
July 22, 11am-1pm: Mann Orchards
July 29, 10am-12pm: Tenney Grammar School (upper school entrance area)
July 30, 11am-1pm: The Loop (the plaza in front of the theater)
August 5, 11am-12:30pm: Tenney Street Park

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Adult Summer Reading Program 2020

The children get a Summer Reading Program with prizes, and so do the teens.  Now it’s time for the adults…

We are going digital this year for the Summer Reading Program for Adults at Nevins Library!

The main parts of the program remain the same:

Read, or listen to, a book each week of the program and get a chance to win a gift card!

The program will start July 6th and run for 6 weeks (until Aug 16th) – so there are 6 chances to win!

To participate, simply click this link and fill out the form!

It will ask for your name, how to contact you, which week you are entering, and the title and author of a book you read or listened to during the week.

Don’t have a computer? That’s okay. Call the library at 978-686-4080 and press 2 for the Main Desk. Be prepared to answer the same questions as above – we’re happy to enter you into the drawing.

Each drawing will take place on Monday morning of the next week. For example, enter your books for week #1 anytime during July 6th – July 12th, and we will draw the Week #1 winner on Monday, July 13th (the start of week #2).  The gift cards are from local establishments and provided by the Friends of the Nevins Library.

Good Luck and Happy Reading!

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Free Online Concert Series: America’s “Great Organ” Perseveres

Pandemic or no, the Methuen Memorial Music Hall continues to have it’s annual Wednesday evening concert series featuring its Great Organ.  This year, due to the novel coronavirus, the series will be streaming from the MMMH’s YouTube channel.

When the Great Organ, shipped from Germany at great peril during the Civil War, had its inauguration concert in the Boston Music Hall in 1863, it was considered a celebrated musical event throughout the country.  This beautiful, gleaming organ was indeed great; having some 6,000 pipes, it was then the largest concert organ in America.  The variables of changing times and maintenance issues led to a decline in the organ’s fortunes.  In 1897, Edward Frances Searles, a railroad magnate from Methuen, MA, bought the neglected organ ‘for a song’ and moved it to Methuen where he had a remarkable barrel-vaulted concert hall built for the purpose of preserving the sounds of this great American treasure.

Since 1947, the Trustees of the Methuen Memorial Music Hall have shared this sonorous object of pride with the community through tours and their annual Organ Recital Series.  This year’s series, running through August 26th,  will be streamed live through YouTube.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear the majestic sounds of the Great Organ and to learn about its curious history!  The music must go on!

For more information on the concert series, the remarkable history of the Organ and the Building, or to donate to this organization, see the MMMH website.

If you are a Massachusetts library patron, you may have free access to The Boston Globe and their recent (6/14/20) article on Methuen’s Great Organ, “Now Streaming From Methuen:  a treasured organ with nine lives” (Jeremy Eichler), through our online database.