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National Library Week @ Nevins Library

April 8-14th is National Library Week  Let’s Celebrate!
National Library Week is April 8-14th and to celebrate, we will be offering free replacement cards!    Now you don’t have to worry about trying to find that lost card!  Just come on in with your identification and we can replace your card in minutes.  In appreciation of our patrons, we will also be serving coffee and donuts in our lobby the morning of Thursday, April 12.  Good while they last!  In addition we are showering you with some fascinating programs this monthlike Medical Quackery with Dr. Mike Cross, and a timely discussion with a couple of amazing anti-racism activists on talking about race.  Hope to see you soon!

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Where Did the Library Lead You?

Today’s libraries lead their communities and transform lives every day. From education to job resources to lifelong learning, your library provides access to the programming and services you need to you reach your potential and grow as a leader. Join the Nevins Library, and libraries nationwide,  in celebrating National Library Week this week, April 8-14, 2018.

Tell us YOUR story of how the library led you to something of value in your life and you could win a $100 VISA gift card and a copy of “Firebird,” the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Misty Copeland, 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

Library lovers can post to Twitter, Instagram, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week for a chance to win. Entries can be a picture, video, or text.  Be creative! Just be sure to include the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesLead on your social media post for a chance to win.

Join in the fun!  The promotion begins Sunday, April 8 at 1pm and ends Saturday, April 14 at 1pm.

For more information, visit the I Love Libraries webpage.  For official rules, click here.

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It is National Library Week!

Did you know that?  Every year there is a week dedicated to the appreciation of libraries in the United States and this year it is April 9-15.  We hope that you can take time from your busy week to stop in and say hi, or visit us digitally through our web pages or downloading e-books or audio books!

Have you misplaced your library card?  Don’t worry, it happens to all of us.  As part of this week’s celebrations of libraries, we will be offering you a FREE replacement card (normally $2).  As always, a NEW library card is always FREE!  Please bring in your photo ID and proof of Methuen residency and we’ll take care of the rest.

See you soon!!


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Books Written by Librarians

To celebrate National Library Week and Library Workers’ Day, we pulled together this short list of authors who are or were librarians at some point in their lives.  These diverse authors not only wrote the books, but know how to arrange them in Dewey and alphabetical order!


IImage of item Work At a Public Library by Gina Sheridan
Collects strange-but-true anecdotes, heartwarming stories, and humorous interactions with patrons from a public librarian.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the United States, inventor, author, postmaster,  and creator of the first subscription library in America


Image of itemThe Translation of Love: a novel by Lynne Kutsukake
An emotionally gripping portrait of post-war Japan, where a newly repatriated girl must help a classmate find her missing sister.

Philip Larkin, the celebrated post-World War II English poet.


Image of itemThe Giants House by Elizabeth McCracken
Befriending an adolescent boy who is ostracized for his unusual height, bereft Cape Cod librarian Peggy Cort finds a soulmate in James and comes to love him as he grows into a man of eight feet.

Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby series’ among other jems by beloved children’s author, Beverly Cleary.

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Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush
In a candid memoir, the former first lady discusses the frantic and fearful months after September 11th, her trip to Afghanistan, her advocacy on behalf of women in oppressed countries, her love of libraries, and what really happens in the White House.

Jorge Luis Borges, a famous Argentine writer who is best known for his contributions to the fantasy genre in the twentieth century.

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Breathing Lessons  by Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Anne Tyler
During a ninety-mile drive to her best friend’s husband’s funeral, Maggie and her husband, Ira, recall and revaluate the details of their twenty-eight-year marriage.

Image of itemAnd finally, the classic young adult novel, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.


It could be a match made in Heaven, to have a writer’s appreciation of words and books, plus a librarian’s skills to organize them!