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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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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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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!

colorful Banana Split sundae*

 


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Staff Favorite Titles Read in 2019

Before we jump into the new year, let’s take one last look at 2019 and some of the Nevins Library staff’s favorite books:

Cynthia from Readers’ Services starts us off with these three winners:
Cover image for Olive, againOlive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
A wonderfully written story about a “red blooded original” woman.

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
A page-turner of family secrets, love and loss

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
A beautifully written and heartbreaking coming-of-age story set in the Carolina marshes.

 

Danielle, from Reference Services, loved these media tie-ins:
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
Yes, it’s another take on the Sherlock/Watson characters, but, it manages to be both very different and quite like the original source material.

Cover image for The rise of KyoshiThe Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee
For those who loved Avatar: The Last Airbender (i.e. not the Avatar with the blue people) this book is 11 out of 10 amazing. But, even if you’ve never watched or read anything related to the show, this is a pretty good introduction to Avatar’s amazing universe.

And now an audiobook from our Administrative Assistant, Barbara:
Nanaville: An Adventure in Grandparenting, a memoir by Anna Quindlen.
Recommended for anyone trying to be the “perfect grandparent” in today’s changing world.  Based on the author’s experience with her first grandchild Arthur, she humorously yet poignantly warns grandparents to “hang back” in matters of giving child-rearing advice. Every grandparent will smile or tear up while reading episodes so common to all with the cherished title of “grandparent.”

Kathi, from Childrens’ Services, loved these adult books:
LCover image for Never have I ever :ady from the Black Lagoon:  Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara
This was very eye opening book about the early days of Hollywood and an amazing artist, who was almost lost to history.

Who Slays the Wicked by C.S. Harris
The 14th book in one of my favorite historical mystery serieses, featuring an aristocrat detective in Regency England.  (“What Angels Fear” is book one in the series)

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
The best woman-with-secret-being-blackmailed book I’ve read in a while.

Amy, our Teen Librarian, heartily recommends:
Cover image for Red, white & royal blueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The son of the American President and an English prince fall in love. What could go wrong? This romance was fun, upbeat and incredibly sweet. I was hooked from the start, and rooting for the couple through all of their ups and downs. In addition to the main heroes, the supporting cast is equally lovable and help to create a fully realized story.

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
I listened to this as an audiobook and fully recommend the format in addition to the title itself. Darius is doing his best to figure out his place in his family, his school and the world. When he and his family travel to visit his Persian relatives Darius faces struggles old and new in this coming-of-age story. Darius is a sweet kid with a great sense of humor and a thoughtful disposition. The narrative focuses on many different relationships in his life, and all are fleshed out and unique. Darius is a hero you’ll connect with whether you’re sixteen or sixty.

Cover image for Making space, clutter free :Tatjana, from Reference Services made great use of:
Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever Need by Tracy McCubbin.
One of my favorite clutter books because it addresses the emotional blocks behind clutter, why it happens and what you can do about it,  in addition to dealing with the physical items.

Cover image for The library bookAnd finally, a favorite too many librarians to count (see LibraryReads Voters Favorites 2019) including Nevins Library’s own Cynthia and Kathi:

The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
The story of the Los Angeles Public Library fire that burned 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more.  More than 30 years later, the mystery of how the fire started remains.  A must read for anyone who loves books!!!

Happy Reading to All in 2020!

 

 


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Author Event: Hallie Ephron

Author Event: Hallie Ephron

Thursday October 17, 2019  7pm – 8pm

We are pleased to welcome bestselling author Hallie Ephron back to the Nevins Library!  She will be here to discuss her latest thriller Careful What You Wish For.

A little about the book:

Emily Harlow is a professional organizer who helps people declutter their lives; she’s married to man who can’t drive past a yard sale without stopping. He’s filled their basement, attic, and garage with his finds.  Like other professionals who make a living decluttering peoples’ lives, Emily has devised a set of ironclad rules. When working with couples, she makes clear that the client is only allowed to declutter his or her own stuff. That stipulation has kept Emily’s own marriage together these past few years. She’d love nothing better than to toss out all her husband’s crap. He says he’s a collector. Emily knows better—he’s a hoarder. The larger his “collection” becomes, the deeper the distance grows between Emily and the man she married.  Luckily, Emily’s got two new clients to distract herself: an elderly widow whose husband left behind a storage unit she didn’t know existed, and a young wife whose husband won’t allow her stuff into their house. Emily’s initial meeting with the young wife takes a detour when, after too much wine, the women end up fantasizing about how much more pleasant life would be without their collecting spouses.

But the next day Emily finds herself in a mess that might be too big for her to clean up. Careful what you wish for, the old adage says . . . now Emily might lose her freedom, her marriage . . . and possibly her life.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be served.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Sarah or Fran at 978-686-4080 or ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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Friends Fall Book Sale Postponed

Friends of the Nevins Library Methuen Blue colored banner

If you’re anxiously looking forward to our Biannual Friends of the Nevins Library Fall Book Sale (say that three times fast) that happens in September, alas, we will not be having it this fall. With all that’s going on with the repair of the library we don’t currently have the storage space or sale space in the hall to put it on right and well.

But, don’t worry, we’re looking towards early spring-ish next year to have the book sale. It will be a bigger and better one too! Keep an eye out on our website & social media, and the Friends’ Events page specifically for updates.

Please also note that, at the moment, we are not taking book/item donations for the book sale. Once we can again, we will (metaphorically) shout it from the rooftops, we promise!