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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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It’s a wonderful time for a walkabout at the Nevins Memorial Library!

It’s a great time of year to walk about the Nevins Memorial Library grounds.  For young children, the Children’s Department has created a “Story Time Walk” by posting the colorful pages from the picture book, “If You’re Happy and You Know it” by Jane Cabrera, around the outside of the library.  A monkey, an elephant and a giraffe will have your child clapping and singing this popular song as they make their way from page to page.StoryTime Walk

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.

Garden 002-1And of course, you’ll want to see our new Children’s Garden–the crown jewel of our grounds!  After more than a decade of planning and fundraising, Library staff and the Friends and Trustees of the Library debuted phase 1 of an extensively planned garden off of the Children’s Room last month.  This fenced-in garden has benches and a small stage for reading and activities, bursts of color from flowering plants, and whimsical engravings featuring beloved children’s books.Garden 009

To help raise money for phase 2 of the garden, which would expand the patio space by adding a water feature and a historic statue, you may purchase a reusable green book bag for $2 from the Friends of the Library at the Reader’s Services Desk.