Engaging Methuen Readers

Fall Book Sale 2018

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Giving Trees @ the Nevins Library

Giving Trees at the Nevins Library

Child with Giving Tree @ Nevins Library

Throughout the Merrimack Valley there are many people who are in great need of what you might take for granted – food, shelter, love, and a package under the Christmas Tree. This year the Nevins Library is sponsoring a few different opportunities for you to give to people in need of help during this season of care and compassion. During December the Library will host two Giving Trees, and continue our regular monthly food drive which supports the Friday Food Backpack program in the Methuen Public Schools. You may donate food throughout the school year by placing your donations in the basket near the front door in the Library’s main lobby. Food items are then distributed on Fridays to children whose families need help on weekends and school vacations when the kids do not have access to school breakfast and lunch programs.

The Giving Trees will be here for the holiday season. You can come to the library and pick an ornament from one of the trees, and then purchase the item identified on the ornament. Drop the item (unwrapped) back at the Library, and we will make sure the items get to a child or elder in need of some holiday cheer!  Details about our Giving Trees are below:

Children’s Giving Tree for Emmaus House

The Children’s Department of the Nevins Library has led the way for many years by hosting a Giving Tree for charity. This year we are helping provide gifts for the children served by Emmaus House in Haverhill. Did you know that the average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old? Through its shelters and housing programs, Emmaus, Inc. served 1,561 children from the Merrimack Valley last year, and on any given night 300 adults and children call Emmaus home. Please help ensure that these children have a happy holiday by donating gifts through the Nevins Library’s Children’s Giving Tree – stop by the Children’s Room and choose a wish list item to purchase and put under the tree by December 15, and we’ll wrap and deliver them to Emmaus!

Secret Santa for Seniors Tree for the Nevins Nursing Home

Help bring some holiday joy to the residents of Nevins Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by participating in the Secret Santa/Giving Tree at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen. Anonymous tags with gift ideas will hang on the tree on the Library’s main floor. Pick up a tag and purchase the suggested item (no more than $10.00 please.) Please return your unwrapped gift by December 16th in the box located next to the tree. Gifts will be distributed at a party in December with a surprise visit from Santa! This program is coordinated by Connor Aalto, who is a student volunteer at the Nevins Home.

For more information about these holiday giving opportunities, please contact Krista McLeod, Library Director at 978-686-4080 ext 10

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Methuen Magical History Tour

Methuen Magical History Tour

Saturday October 14th, 2017

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Come to the Nevins Library and start your “Magical History Tour” finding some of the wonderful historical monuments and sites in the downtown area.

Using an app for your phone you can take a walk around the city and find out what things were like over 100 years ago at the sites on the tour.

We’ll get you started and then finish here at the library with some snacks and some prizes for the winners. Along the way stop by some of our local businesses and they’ll help you win prizes for  participation and maybe there will be some specials along the way too.

This is a fun way to learn about our local lore while getting some exercise.

This program is open to teams of all ages; families are welcome as well anyone wishing to participate.  The route should take about an hour to walk and begins and ends at the library.  While a smart phone (iPhone/Android) is recommended it is not required.

Hope you’ll join us for a fun event.  CLICK HERE to register online, or call the Reference Desk at 978-686-4080 x12 for more information and to register for this fun tour.



AWESOME books recommended by YOU redux

The AWESOME BOX is brimming with, what else but, awesome summer reads!  These are some of the books recently recommended by patrons in the Methuen community.

If you’re returning a book (or CD, DVD, graphic novel) to the Nevins Library that your really enjoyed, please drop it in the special AWESOME BOX on the counter instead of the regular book drop and we’ll let others know how great it is.