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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.

 


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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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Burgers for Benefits

Friends Fuddrucker’s Fundraiser

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On Tuesday October 15th visit the Fuddruckers at 436 Broadway, Methuen MA  from 5-8PM and present the flyer below and the Friends of the Nevins Library will receive

20% of your total meal price!!!!

Burgers for a very good cause!!!

To print out the flyer, either click on it, or click HERE.

Friends' Fudrucker's Fundraiser Flyer 2019


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Methuen Day 2019

2019 Methuen Day

Saturday October 5th, 10 am – 4 pm

Come downtown to celebrate our City and all it has to offer.

It will be a day that Methuen families and citizens of all ages will enjoy, featuring demonstrations, interactive activities and a wide array of refreshments. Residents will learn about Methuen’s local organizations, businesses, and civic groups.

Methuen Day will also feature historical tours, a scavenger hunt, local talent performances, a parade and more.  Fun for all!

For more information, email methuenday@gmail.com or visit the City of Methuen webpage.

 


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“Summer Eats” at the Nevins Library

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Once again, the Methuen Public Schools are participating in the Summer Food Service Program.    Free meals for children will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times listed below.  The Nevins Library is proud to be a new site for the Summer Eats program.  Enjoy a free lunch on our lovely library grounds.  We have leafy trees to sit under, sunny steps to sit on, a whimsical children’s garden, and picnic tables in the shade for a proper summertime meal.  Bon Appetit!

Tenney Street Park
141 Tenney Street
Methuen, MA 01844
July 1, 2019 to August 16, 2019
Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:30 am & Lunch 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

***NEW SITE***
Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844
July 8, 2019 to August 15, 2019
Lunch only 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

 


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Farmers Market + Nevins Library = Food for Mind and Body

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This year the Groundwork Farmers Market is at the Nevins Library on Fridays through October 26, 2019.  Get your fresh produce outside, then come inside and get your share of books, DVDs, games, music, magazines and fun programming.  Fuel for your mind and body!

The Groundwork Farmers Market runs from June 5th through October 26th, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and may also be found on Wednesdays at the Campagnone North Common, Lawrence and on Saturdays at the Lawrence Catholic Academy parking lot, 101 Parker Street, Lawrence.

All the farmers accept SNAP/EBT/food stamps as well as debit, credit, and cash; coupon program for the farmers market from Hospital Holy Family, WIC coupons, and coupons for the elderly are also welcome.

For any questions or for more information, email here or call (978) 974-0770.


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Walter “Red” Winn Memorial Scholarship 2019

Walter “Red” Winn Memorial Scholarship

Given by the Trustees of the Nevins Memorial Library

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Please submit applications to the Library by April 26, 2019

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 26, 2019


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Poppy Project Unveiling and Art Installation

Poppy Project Unveiling

November 11th, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This Veterans Day, Sunday November 11, marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.  To honor those Veterans, and all of our country’s Veterans, members of our Methuen Community (and beyond!) have volunteered their time and creativity in making this display of poppies.  Please join us as we officially open the Poppy Project Art Installation at the Nevins Library to the public for viewing.

Over 2, 000 (!) knitted, crocheted, and felt poppies will adorn the WWI Memorial Tree in Methuen, the eagle sculpture in front of the Library, and the library interior.

We would like to thank the many, many people and organizations who helped support this project in different ways, including the VFW Post 8349 Auxiliary, the Lawrence Ladies Lodge of the Sons of Italy, the Essex Art Center, and the Methuen Senior Activity Center.

Refreshments will be available.  The Art Installation will be available for viewing until Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 978-686-4080 x20 or ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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More Awesome Books

These are some of the books Methuen readers’ put in the AWESOME BOX and recommend:

 


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World War I Project with Marc LePlante

World War I Project w/ Marc LePlante

Tuesday October 30th, 2018 at 7:00 PM

All summer we’ve asked you to help us with the community Poppy Project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice Day in November, and to remember those lost in World War I.

Now we welcome Lawrence City Councilor Marc LaPlante as he talks about some of those veterans from Methuen and the Merrimack Valley who fought in World War I.

For more information and to see some of the Tribute Video segments go to the Project’s Facebook Page HERE.  To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For questions, contact Danielle at 978-686-4080×12 or dkimerer@nevinslibrary.org