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For a good time, stroll the library grounds!

Once again, the Nevins Library Children’s Department has created a “Story Time Walk” by posting the pages from the highly original picture book, “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis, around the outside of the library.  To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box!  Go from page to page and explore the lovely library grounds.

Nature lovers of all ages may 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.

Whether you’re doing the Story Time Walk, or just having a ramble, stop by and see the majestic turn-of-the century 8 foot-tall Blue Heron sculpture that has recently been resurrected on our property.  The statue, made of white bronze, was original to the Nevins Family homestead and had been in storage for years until it was re-discovered in pieces.  The statue has been painstakingly restored and dedicated to the memory of Red Winn, a long-time and beloved Nevins Library employee and groundskeeper. See the July 2017 issue of Methuen Life for an article on our other recent dedications and the stunning new/old Heron sculpture.

Happy strolling!

 

 

 

 

 

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Start U Reading @ Nevins Library

Start U Reading! with Governor Charlie Baker and a visit from Winnie the Pooh

The Nevins Library will host a Start U Reading! Event — May 30 at 10:00 am — in the Great Hall.

Families are invited to participate in this special storytime and related activities with our guest reader Governor Charlie Baker. At the end of storytime all participants will have an opportunity to meet Winnie the Pooh and have their photo taken together. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos of their children with Winnie the Pooh. Families will also receive a fun goody bag to bring home while supplies last. Please register online to attend this event.

Start U Reading! is provided FREE of charge by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). The Start U Reading Series is one of MEFA’s statewide early college planning initiatives designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading and literacy through interdisciplinary activities.

To register for this event, click here.  For more information, call the Children’s Department at 978-686-4080 x26.


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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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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.