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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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2021 Winter Reading Challenge

2021 Winter Reading Challenge

From January 1st to January 31st, the Nevins Library will participate in Beanstack’s Fourth Annual Winter Reading Challenge, sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Books Like Us is a celebration of diversity, harnessing the transformative power of seeing oneself reflected in a book. This Winter, participating communities are invited to explore these books, from authors spanning an array of diverse backgrounds.

It will also help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal and possibly win prizes!

You can Pre-Register for this Challenge by going to our Beanstack page !

The Challenges

  • Reach a personal goal of 5 books!
  • Help the Nevins Library reach our community reading goal of 1000 books!

How to Participate

It’s easy to sign up and start logging minutes – if you used Beanstack for the Summer already, just login with the same username/password you did before. If you’ve never used it before, register online by following the prompts at

Don’t want to have to use a laptop/desktop, you can also use the Beanstack Tracker app for Android and iOS devices on your smartphone (download the app by searching for “Beanstack Tracker” in the App Store or Google Play). It allows you to add books to your log by scanning their ISBN barcodes. and also has a clock to time your reading your sessions and record your minutes.

Need help getting started in Beanstack? Go HERE for instructions.

Keep things interesting by trying a variety of genres and reading platforms during the challenge — fiction and nonfiction books, graphic novels, eBooks, audiobooks, whatever suits you best. Besides your own books or school reading, don’t forget that the library has a wide range of books as well as eBooks to choose from, and a librarian can steer you towards what might interest you.

Record the books you read in your Beanstack account — you will unlock and earn virtual badges as you progress towards your goal.

If you reach your 5 book goal before January 31st, 2021, congratulations, you did a fantastic job! But, we still need your help to meet our community reading goal of 1500 books. So keep recording them!

Help others find out about new books (and see your progress!) by sharing what you are reading using the hashtags #WinterRead2021 and #BooksLikeUs on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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Virtual Program: Battling the Blues

Virtual Program: Battling the Blues

Tuesday December 1st 2020, 7:30pm

After the last six plus months are you wondering how to manage being stuck inside even more with the coming New England winter? Or have questions about how to support your children as they struggle through all these changes? Marci daCamara, LMHC, will answer those questions and others as she focuses on winter/COVID-19 isolation and more.

Please sign up through Zoom HERE You will then get an email with the link that will let you join the program on the specified date and time. You will also get a reminder a week, and then a day before the program.

Want to ask Marci a question, but, don’t want to do it directly during the program? Fill out our anonymous Google Form HERE to get it answered. (You will still need to attend the program to hear her answer).

Presented in partnership with the Parker Memorial Library in Dracut.

Marci daCamara, LMHC is the Owner of Be Inspired Counseling, LLC. She received her Undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in ‘00 & her Masters in Counseling, with a Specialization in Addictions from Antioch New Hampshire in ‘03. 

Marci’s successes include the development of the state-wide curriculum for the Adolescent Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program & working with high-risk youth in the Department of Youth Services. She works with clients ages 3 thru adult, & focuses on areas including mood regulation, trauma, addictions, & relationships. 

She is certified in DBT & provides individual, couples, & family counseling services. Marci has been a part of the Mental Health Speaker Series at the Sharon Public Library, guest speaker for the Randolph SEPAC, panel member for Easton Wings of Hope & the YMCA Youth & Government Program, & a featured presenter for the ISI District 1 Skating Seminar. She was also featured on the Channel 5 Morning News discussing Back to School Anxiety.

For further information, contact Kathleen at 978-686-4080 x12 or

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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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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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Stroll the StoryWalk

Welcome to StoryWalk 2020!

The Children’s Department has once again created a “Story Time Walk” for young children around our lovely library grounds.  The big colorful pages from Leo Lionni’s storybook Inch by Inch, will have kids thinking about measurements and the wildlife around them as they make their way from page to page.

Nature lovers of all ages may also enjoy strolling the grounds to view the blooming day lilies and the beautifully landscaped trees and shrubs from around the world.  These were planted here by Henry Nevins when he and his family established the library in memory of his father, David Nevins Sr, in 1883.  Maps including the names and locations of the Library trees are available from the Reference Desk upon request.

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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!




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*