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Poppy Project Unveiling and Art Installation

Poppy Project Unveiling

November 11th, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This Veterans Day, Sunday November 11, marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.  To honor those Veterans, and all of our country’s Veterans, members of our Methuen Community (and beyond!) have volunteered their time and creativity in making this display of poppies.  Please join us as we officially open the Poppy Project Art Installation at the Nevins Library to the public for viewing.

Over 2, 000 (!) knitted, crocheted, and felt poppies will adorn the WWI Memorial Tree in Methuen, the eagle sculpture in front of the Library, and the library interior.

We would like to thank the many, many people and organizations who helped support this project in different ways, including the VFW Post 8349 Auxiliary, the Lawrence Ladies Lodge of the Sons of Italy, the Essex Art Center, and the Methuen Senior Activity Center.

Refreshments will be available.  The Art Installation will be available for viewing until Thanksgiving.

For more information, contact Sarah Sullivan at 978-686-4080 x20 or

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Operation Delta Dog @ the Nevins Library

Operation Delta Dog @ the Nevins Library

November 15,  2016 from 7:00 PM—8:00 PM

How do dogs become service dogs?
How do these service dogs help Veterans’?

Find out this and more when
Operation Delta Dog visits Nevins Library.

Click here to register

Peaked your interest?  Click here for the Operation Delta Dog website and read/view more about service dogs with these suggested titles at your local library.

Service Dogs:  a guide to choosing and training your own service dog by Dee Bogetti (Non-Fiction)


Through a Dog’s Eyes (DVD – PBS Documentary)
Follows the inspiring stories of people with disabilities as they experience the heartwarming and sometimes challenging process of being matched with and receiving a service dog.


Weekends with Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell (Non-Fiction)
A volunteer service dog trainer discusses her relationships with an endearing yellow Labrador puppy and its felon partner in the Prison PUP program, describing coming to terms with the inmate’s past and the program’s requirement to release the dog after training.


Service Dogs by Linda Tagliaferro (Children’s Non-Fiction)
Describes the history, selection, training, and accomplishments of different dogs who help people with medical problems.


Primal Force by D.D. Ayres (Adult Fiction)
Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans.  She just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it’s hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail–and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous.


 Until Tuesday:  a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him by Luis Carlos Montalván
Shares the inspiring story of how a sensitive golden retriever emerged from a difficult past as a prison pet and trainee at a home for troubled youths to become a dedicated service animal to the author, a decorated and traumatized Iraq War veteran.


A Lowcountry Christmas by Mary Alice Munroe (Adult Fiction)
Young Miller McClellan struggles with his older brother’s return from the war with PTSD and his family’s financial difficulties, a situation that escalates over the holiday season when Miller becomes lost in the woods at the side of his brother’s service dog.

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Honoring our Veterans

Let’s take a moment out of our busy lives to thank and honor our war veterans who risked their lives to protect our freedom.

Below you will find some recent non-fiction titles that reflect the sacrifice and service of our soldiers.

Soldier Girls:  the battles of three women at home and at war  by Helen Soldier GirlsThorpe

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women over twelve years, on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, back home, then overseas again for two of them. We watch as they become friends, interact, and separate. Deeply reported and powerfully moving, their story is truly groundbreaking.

Charlie Mike:  a true story of heroes who brought their mission home by Joe Klein

Charlie MikeThe story of two decorated combat veterans linked by tragedy, who came home from the Middle East and found a new way to save their comrades and heal their country.  Greitens and Wood demonstrate how the skills of war can also provide a path to peace, personal satisfaction, and a more vigorous nation.

No Better Friend:  one man, one dog, and their extraordinary story of courage and survival in WWII by Robert WeintraubNo Better Friend

[T]ells the remarkable story of Royal Air Force technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met in an internment camp during WWII.  The dog became a beacon for the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

For Love of Country:  what our veterans can teach us about citizenship, For Love of Countryheroism, and sacrifice by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

In a collection of compelling, original portraits, the authors celebrate the extraordinary heroism on the battlefield and the equally valuable contributions on the home front of this generation’s American veterans.

Military Mental Health Care: a guide for service members, veterans, families and community by Cheryl Lawhorne-Scott and Don PhilpotMilitary Mental Health Care

“Combat is one of life’s most significant traumatic events. And in a manual that is both thorough and tender, the authors provide a splendid service to veterans, their families, and the mental health professionals who compassionately care for them.” Booklist Reviews


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