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Spring Book Sale 2017!

Friends of the Nevins Library

Spring Book Sale 2017

Come to our used book sale! Great Books. Great Bargains. Great Prices.


Friday March 17, 2017            5pm – 8pm     (Paid Preview Night*)

Saturday, March 18, 2017       9am – 5pm

Sunday, March 19, 2017         12noon – 4pm

Monday, March 20, 2017        9am – 8pm   (Bargain Day)


Books, puzzles, CDs & DVDs and more…


Nevins Memorial Library

305 Broadway (Rte 28)

Methuen, MA 01844

For more information call 978-686-4080 ext. 31

Proceeds benefit Library Programs & Services!

* $20 entrance fee is charged for the preview night on March 17th

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Top Ten in 2016

Last year’s Top Ten list was so popular, I thought I’d better make sure to do one this year as well!  (Like I wasn’t going to anyway… sheesh)

I love the Lists and Countdowns at the end of every year.  I also love taking a look at the statistics and reports and figure out what people have been reading and enjoying this past year!  This year’s list has a couple of repeat performers from last year’s list, and I’ll mark those with an asterisk (*).  This list takes into consideration all formats available for each adult title – except e-books and e-audiobooks.  This does not include children’s titles.  Feel free to click on any of the titles on the list to go to our catalog and request a copy to borrow!

10.  14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson*

9.  Boston Girl by Anita Diamant*, Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – a three way tie!

8.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

7.  Blue by Danielle Steelgirl on train

6.  Find Her by Lisa Gardner

5.  Private Paris by James Patterson

4.  NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson

3.  15th Affair by James Patterson

2.  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

and for the second year in a row…..

1.  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins*

So, how many did you read?

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Helping you help yourself: self-help books at the library

self-help-graphicTypically, we think of the New Year as a time for reflection and self-improvement, but if there’s something bothering you, there is no time  like the present to begin working to improve it!

Often, patrons will approach the reference desk asking for the “self-help section.” Due to the number of topics that fall under the umbrella of what one might consider “self-help,” books of this type are shelved in many different locations.

Some common authors and titles that patrons are looking for include books like

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – that the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki

I’ve recently written a brief guide to getting started on self-help. For each of the different topics that you may be looking to learn more about, I’ve listed the call numbers where you can find books to suit your interest, as well as some suggested titles. Whether you’re looking to improve your financial, physical, spiritual, or marital health, we’ve got books for you! Please ask at the reference desk, or find the brochures on the shelves near the large tables on the second floor.

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Fall Book Sale 2016 @ Nevins Library

When autumn starts, you know that the Friends of the Nevins Library Fall book sale can’t be far behind…  Keep your peepers on this one!

The Friends of the Nevins Library present:

Fall Book SaleThe Fall 2016 Book Sale

Come to our 4-day giant used book sale!  Great Books.  Great Bargains.

Large selection of Vintage and Local History books!!




Friday, September 23       *5pm – 8pm (Paid Preview)

Saturday, September 24    9am – 5pm

Sunday, September 25      12noon – 4pm

Monday, September 26     9am – 8pm (Bargain Day)

*Preview Entrance fee $20


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Nevins Memorial Library
305 Broadway (Rt. 28)
Methuen, MA 01844

For more information call 978-686-4080 ext. 33


Book Donations accepted until Thursday, September 22th.


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Stranger than Fiction!: NL’s non-fiction book club

Truth is stranger than fiction  Non-Fiction Book Club @ Nevins Library

If you enjoy reading non-fiction, you’ll love our newest book club–

“Stranger than Fiction” will meet at the library on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7-8pm.  We’ll read across all topics within nonfiction (ex. Biographies, True Crime, Travelogues) except for religion and politics, because after all, we want to start a discussion, not a fight!  Some months we’ll be discussing a single title, other months there will be a theme and a list of suggested books on that topic from which participants can choose.

Please join us for our first meeting on Monday September 12 in the Trustee’s Room at the Nevins Library.  Come prepared to share a favorite non-fiction book with us and to discuss which topics we will cover (and when) in the future.

For more information, contact Tatjana 978-686-4080 x12.

Click here for our events calendar.

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Gotta Catch ’em All!

It’s possible you haven’t heard of the new app game sweeping across the globe, but Pokémon Go has made headlines and captured the imagination of multiple generations in just a few short weeks. Thanks to GPS and augmented reality technology, the app game allows players to travel all around the world, even in their own backyard, catching any of the original 150 Pokémon which originated in Japan. These strange and captivating critters were first introduced to the world at large in 1995 and have lasted generation to generation as a fun and addictive game, television, movie, and toy franchise.

When a player embarks on their journey in Pokémon Go they can customize key aspects of their trainer avatar and decide which team out of three they will join. Team Instinct is a team who trusts in the natural instincts of their Pokémon. Team Valor believes in training and strength. Team Mystic relies on calm analysis of situations. Once a player has joined one of the three teams they can train and strengthen their Pokémon to eventually battle at any of the designated gyms. The game creators have placed gym locations in many public spaces through GPS. Churches, stores and yes, even libraries are where trainers can flock to, to prove their team is the very best.

The Nevins Memorial is one such gym, and we’ve seen a constant shift among the three teams as to who is the reigning champion. As a special drop in program to celebrate Pokémon Go and our Nevins Memorial Library gym, we are inviting trainers of all ages to come and catch Pokémon-a-plenty as we drop virtual lures, which call Pokémon to a certain area, namely the garden outside of the library.  Join us on any of the following dates:

Friday, July 29th from 2pm to 3pm

Friday, August 12th from 2pm to 3pm

Friday, August 19th from 2pm to 3pm

Just remember that this is a family friendly program for all ages. Children under the age of twelve must be accompanied by an adult. Program will proceed, weather permitting.