Engaging Methuen Readers

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We’re Still Here, physically and electronically!

How to Find the Nevins Library Online

This one won’t be quite as poetic and alliterative as the previous explanation of where we are on the web, but, since we are currently experiencing quite a few changes (and will continue to experience them in the near future) I think it’s important for everyone to know where you can get more information about what is going on.

The first place anyone should go is, I hope, our website. It is always up to date, especially when we are closed (or open). Whether that’s in the winter for snow and other bad and horrible winter things, our next holiday closing, or the unexpected closing.

We also have a ton of other stuff on our website. It’s where you can reserve Museum Passes , get to all the online resources that you can sign into from home, find info on all our programs, from our downloadable and printable Children’s Calendar to our Event Calendar  (which has all the library programs that we do, on site and off site).

We’re on social media as well.  Check out our main Twitter feed @nevinslibrary1! We also have a newish one for the kids too, @nevlibskids. It has reminders and sign up, links for the programs, but, also some fun on it as well. Come and follow us. See if we can get 100 followers there!!

We have an awesome Instagram too @nevinslibrary. All ages are on there, and updates about the library can be found too.

And let’s not forget our 3 Facebook pages!  Our main one, Nevins Memorial Library as well as Nevins Childrens and Nevins Young Adults. You can find updates there, and our events are posted as Facebook Events as well (but, please try to sign up on the calendar on our webite).

Of course, we have this blog. You can always find a variety of things here, from what podcasts we’re liking, to what books we’re reading (and think y’all should try too). You can follow this blog on email as well as coming and seeing us in your browser.

Last, but definitely not least, we have a Tumblr Blog called A Book A Day. It is what it says it is on the tin, every day (well, minus Sunday) a book is recommended. You don’t even need to be a member of Tumblr, just go to the website, and they’re all there (and I do mean all, we have over 1,160 recommendations so far). From sci fi to mystery to graphic novels and even kids books. Something for everyone.

Things probably aren’t going to settle down right away here at the Nevins Library, but we do hope that by following us on one or more of these places that we’ll be able to keep you up to date on the goings on as we get back into the swing of things.


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Nevins Library’s “Fluid” Situation

Over the weekend of July 20-21, the Nevins Library experienced the failure of an air conditioning unit that caused large amounts of water to come from the ceiling into the Non-fiction stacks on the top floor of the Library, and then penetrate down into the second floor Fiction stacks.

The number of books damaged by water was much smaller than originally feared.  The most significant remaining problem is walls, ceilings, carpeting and woodwork in the affected areas.

The east section of the new wing has been cordoned off on the Main and Top Floors so that sheet rock, woodwork, ceiling tiles, etc, can be removed and replaced.

Unfortunately, there will be some limitations due to the work being done in the library in the forthcoming weeks.  Limitations will include a reduced number of computers for public access, limited ability to locate adult non-fiction and fiction, limited seating, construction noise, and reduced bathroom and meeting room access.

The Library staff and Trustees are appreciative of the support of the public, city officials and the vendors and contractors involved in helping us recover.

For more information, please visit our website.   Click here for the full statement from Library Director Krista McLeod.


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Space Walk into the Solar System!

Take a “Space Walk” at the Nevins Library

The Children’s Department has created an informative “Space Walk” for young children around our lovely library grounds.  Walking from page to page, you’ll learn all sorts of interesting facts about the planets in our solar system.

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 at the Reference Desk.

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Adults, too, can read for prizes at the Nevins Library!

Children and teens have their fun and rewarding summer reading programs, so why not do one for adults too?

All you need to do is stop by the Nevins Library and fill out a log sheet.  Record one book you read or listened to that week to earn a raffle ticket.  Each Monday, we will draw a lucky winner from all entered.  Winners will receive gift cards to local establishments, all donated by the Friends of the Library.  It’s so easy and fun!

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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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Eat Up and Support the Library!

2019 Chateau Fundraiser

A Chateau Sponsored Fundraiser

for The Friends of the Nevins Library

on WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019

 11:30AM to Close

Visit the Chateau Restaurant of Andover for lunch, dinner or take out and let your server or the person on the phone know that you are participating in the fundraiser and to FLAG YOUR CHECK.

When paying your bill, see that the word FUNDRAISER is noted.

By doing that, the Friends of the Nevins Library will receive 20% of the total sales (before tax) from all checks that are flagged!!