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Methuen Massachusetts is a community of 40,000 people located in the Lower Merrimack Valley. Voters in Methuen amended the town charter in 1993 to enact a mayor and 9 city councilors form of government. Although a city government, the community wishes to be known as "The Town of Methuen".

Industrial wealth is seen today in the mill buildings and also in the estate and civic architecture of Methuen's millionaires. The granite walls and turrets that extend through central Methuen are outstanding features and monuments to the millionaire benefactors as well as to the immigrant laborers who erected them 100 years ago.

Methuen combines suburban sub-divisions and urban neighborhoods with farm settings. Methuen Mall is a regional shopping center and Methuen's industrial parks are home to many large and prominent companies. Residents of Methuen believe that their community has something for everyone.

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Thursday Evening Book Discussions
Spring Series: Africa -- Colonialism & BeyondThe history of Africa has been overshadowed over the last 200 years by the European colonization that dominated all parts of the continent. This is a huge story, and one that is often not very well understood by Americans. We take a very brief look at the experience of Africa from the perspective of colonialism and its effect on blacks and whites.

Toight's selection: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
In 1959 an American missionary and his family move to the Belgian Congo. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is an epic of one family's tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.



When: Apr 2, 2015 7 PM to Apr 2, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19 )
GLBT Book Discussions
Book discussions are held at the Library on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Books are available one month prior to the discussion. You may pick up books at the previous meeting, or you may get them at the Main Desk anytime the Library is open. Please bring your library card to the meeting to check books out. In the case of cancellation for bad weather or any other reason, the meeting will be held on the following Thursday evening. Cancellation information is posted on the Librarys voice mail, and announced on WCCM-Radio. Additional Book Discussion information is available on our website at www.nevinslibrary.org . All books announced in this flyer are tentative, based on availability of multiple copies. To confirm dates, book selections, or for more information call the Library at 978-686-4080 ext. 10.

The Nevins Library GLBT group is open to any adult (18+) who is interested in reading quality fiction, non-fiction and biography on GLBT topics and themes or by gay/lesbian authors.

Tonight's Selection: Shes Not There: A Life in Two Genders by Jennifer Finney Boylan
This bestseller is the story of a person changing genders. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Boylan explores the territory that lies between men and women, examines changing friendships and rejoices in the power of family.



When: Apr 9, 2015 7 PM to Apr 9, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19 )
Thursday Evening Book Discussions
Spring Series: Africa -- Colonialism & BeyondThe history of Africa has been overshadowed over the last 200 years by the European colonization that dominated all parts of the continent. This is a huge story, and one that is often not very well understood by Americans. We take a very brief look at the experience of Africa from the perspective of colonialism and its effect on blacks and whites.

Toight's selection: ~~Things Fall Apart by Chinue Achebe
One of Achebe's many achievements in this acclaimed novel is his unsentimental rendering of Nigerian tribal life before and after the coming of colonialism. Achebe sketches a world in which violence, war, and suffering exist, but are balanced by a strong sense of tradition, ritual, and social coherence.



When: May 7, 2015 7 PM to May 7, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 07 May 2015 19 )
GLBT Book Discussions
Book discussions are held at the Library on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Books are available one month prior to the discussion. You may pick up books at the previous meeting, or you may get them at the Main Desk anytime the Library is open. Please bring your library card to the meeting to check books out. In the case of cancellation for bad weather or any other reason, the meeting will be held on the following Thursday evening. Cancellation information is posted on the Librarys voice mail, and announced on WCCM-Radio. Additional Book Discussion information is available on our website at www.nevinslibrary.org . All books announced in this flyer are tentative, based on availability of multiple copies. To confirm dates, book selections, or for more information call the Library at 978-686-4080 ext. 10.

The Nevins Library GLBT group is open to any adult (18+) who is interested in reading quality fiction, non-fiction and biography on GLBT topics and themes or by gay/lesbian authors.

Tonight's Selection: Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Following a shocking accident, three siblings and their friends move through 25 years of life in this story, showing how one life affects another, and how people who thrive and those who self-destruct are closer to each other than we might expect. One of the siblings explores her sexual orientation and seeks to find satisfying love and family life.



When: May 14, 2015 7 PM to May 14, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 14 May 2015 19 )
GLBT Book Discussions
Book discussions are held at the Library on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Books are available one month prior to the discussion. You may pick up books at the previous meeting, or you may get them at the Main Desk anytime the Library is open. Please bring your library card to the meeting to check books out. In the case of cancellation for bad weather or any other reason, the meeting will be held on the following Thursday evening. Cancellation information is posted on the Librarys voice mail, and announced on WCCM-Radio. Additional Book Discussion information is available on our website at www.nevinslibrary.org . All books announced in this flyer are tentative, based on availability of multiple copies. To confirm dates, book selections, or for more information call the Library at 978-686-4080 ext. 10.

The Nevins Library GLBT group is open to any adult (18+) who is interested in reading quality fiction, non-fiction and biography on GLBT topics and themes or by gay/lesbian authors.

Tonight's Selection: The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham
This elegant and haunting new novel also examines the relationships among siblings and in-laws. In this story, Barrett Meeks is a poetically-minded man in his late thirties who has just been dumped by his boyfriend via text message. He moves in to share a Brooklyn apartment with his older brother, Tyler and Tylers wife, Beth.



When: Jun 11, 2015 7 PM to Jun 11, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19 )
Thursday Evening Book Discussions
Spring Series: Africa -- Colonialism & BeyondThe history of Africa has been overshadowed over the last 200 years by the European colonization that dominated all parts of the continent. This is a huge story, and one that is often not very well understood by Americans. We take a very brief look at the experience of Africa from the perspective of colonialism and its effect on blacks and whites.

Toight's selection: Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
This is an intensely moving journey through a white African girl's childhood. Fuller was brought up in Africa during the Rhodesian civil war (1971-1979), a world where children over five learned how to load a rifle, clean all the guns in the house, and shoot-to-kill. The narrative focuses on the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's watchful eyes.



When: Jun 4, 2015 7 PM to Jun 4, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19 )
Oscar Movie Night

This movie was nominated for Oscars in the categories of Best Picture and Best Actress and WON Best Actor! It is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking and tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

This film is Rated R.

Please join us for this film!



When: Mar 11, 2015 6 PM to Mar 11, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18 )
Brain Building in Progress! (3 to 5 year olds)

Stop by the Nevins library to participate in a variety of reading and play activities that help support your childs learning and language development. We will present the activities in this program using two different sized groups; everyone as one large group and in small self-paced parent/child pairs. Please register for this event.

Topic for the Day: Engineering (Building Things)

Each child in attendance will get a free book from our community partner, the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant in conjunction with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.

Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 26, 2015 1 PM to Mar 26, 2015 2:15:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13 )
Community Awareness and Informational Workshops

Understanding Behavior

Participants will learn about behavior managment and important strategies to use while helping children grow and develop. Presented by Bari Glazer, District Autism Specialist for the Methuen Public Schools. When you call or email to RSVP, please state your name, agency (if appropriate), the workshop(s) you will be attending, and the number of people who will attend. Once you leave this information, you will be registered! These workshops are FREE. Certificates of attendance will be given at the end of the workshop. There will be no confirming phone calls or emails.
Location: The Great Hall



When: Mar 25, 2015 6 PM to Mar 25, 2015 7 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18 )
Foster Fantabulous Phenomenon

Hello foster families! With the change in foster coordinators we are going to be hosting a foster mixer. All foster families are welcome to attend. There will be food, drinks, and games! Bring your whole family, even the kids. There will be games for kids and adults!

Come get to know your fellow fosters! Trade tips and tricks! Share stories, successes, and the occasional foster failure!

Hope you can attend, and please RSVP so we can order enough pizza for everyone.



When: Mar 29, 2015 6 PM to Mar 29, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18 )
TAG: Teen Advisory Group

TAG: Teen Advisory Group is where teens get involved directly in what happens in the library for teens. We are currently in the process of creating new decorations for the Teen Section, and sould use some help!

Also, it is time to start thinking about what kinds of programs we'd like to do this summer. If there have programs you've enjoyed in the past that you'd like to do again - this is where you can make that happen. If there is something that you'd like to try - this is where we can work together to figure out how to make that happen. If there is anything that you think the library is absolutely doing wrong - please come and tell me so that we can try to fix it!

This is open to everyone in grades 7-12. Snacks will be provided.
Location: The Study Room



When: Mar 9, 2015 5 PM to Mar 9, 2015 6 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17 )
Love & Logic Parent Workshop

The Nevins Memorial Library is cosponsoring a series of workshops for parents with the Michael B. Christensen Community and Family Support Center at GLCAC Inc. Mary Ann Fleming and her staff will conduct the sessions and provide free child care and activities for the child while the adults attend the workshops. All workshops are free of charge and will take place in the Study Room located in the lower level of the library. Please register online to attend individual workshops that fit your needs.

This week's topic is: Handling Misbehavior Without Breaking a Sweat
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 7, 2015 9 AM to Mar 7, 2015 10 AMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 09 )
K'NEX Club (4th to 6th grade)

If you like to build things and enjoy playing with LEGOS, this club is for you! Every month there will be a different challenge to build with a small team.

This month's challenge: Bridge Building Challenge
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 25, 2015 4 PM to Mar 25, 2015 5 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16 )
Parent/Child Activity Day: It's Painting Day (3 to 5 year olds)

Our playtime session will begin with some great books related to painting.Then children will use their imagination and a variety of techniques

to create their own masterpieces. Please come dressed in your painting clothes.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 30, 2015 10 AM to Mar 30, 2015 10:45:00 AMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10 )
Book Chatters (4th to 6th grade)

Children in 4th to 6th grade are invited to join us this month to talk about Rump: the true story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesel Shurtliff. Refreshments will be served. New members always welcome; to get a copy of the book, please contact the Children's Department 978-686-4080 ext. 26

Summary:"In a magical kingdom your name is your destiny, twelve-year old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. Rump has never known his full name, his mother died before she could tell him. When he finds an old spinning wheel he discovers he can spin straw into gold. Is this a windfall of riches for Rump? Unfortunately no, magical gold comes with a price; it's a terrible curse. Rump discovers the one thing that could set him free from the curse is to find out his true name. Will Rump be successful?"
Location: The Study Room



When: Mar 31, 2015 7 PM to Mar 31, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19 )
The World of Chocolate (4th to 6th grade)

Participants will play a chocolate trivia game, have a chocolate tasting and make a few creations

to share at home with friends and family.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 23, 2015 6 PM to Mar 23, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18 )
Come Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (Grades k to 3)

Come join us for Irish tales, games, and a craft activity! Will you find the pot of gold?
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 17, 2015 4 PM to Mar 17, 2015 4:45:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16 )
Battle of the Books - Laugh-a-Thon Day(3 to 8 year olds)

March Madness Laugh-a- Thon Kick-Off Day-- Stop by the library and vote for your favorite humorous picture book. We will have a new battle bracket of contenders each week in March to cast our votes for. The winning books will advance to a new battle bracket until the funniest picture book claims the top spot at the end of March. Bracket contenders will be available to read in the Childrens Department.

Today we will focus on bracket #1 - Come hear a few humorous books in this weeks battle bracket and make a pigeon craft (featured in books by Mo Willems).
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 7, 2015 11:15:00 AM to Mar 7, 2015 12:10:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 11:15:00 )
Forshia Ross, "The Wilderness Shall Blossom like the Rose"
When: Apr 25, 2015 1 PM in Methuen, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13 )
It's Building Day (3 to 5 year olds)

If they come, we will build it! Our playtime session will begin with some great books related to building things.Then children will use their imagination and hands-on experimentation to build anything they wish using recyled boxes, blocks, legos and more! Come join the fun.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 16, 2015 10 AM to Mar 16, 2015 10:45:00 AMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10 )
Spring into Springtime(Family Storytime for 3 to 8 year olds)

Lets celebrate spring with stories, games and a special craft activity.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 21, 2015 11:15:00 AM to Mar 21, 2015 12 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:15:00 )
Battle of the Books - Laugh-a-Thon Day(3 to 5 year olds)

March Madness Laugh-a- Thon Kick-Off Day-- Stop by the library and vote for your favorite humorous picture book. We will have a new battle bracket of contenders each week in March to cast our votes for. The winning books will advance to a new battle bracket until the funniest picture book claims the top spot at the end of March. Bracket contenders will be available to read in the Childrens Department.

Today we will focus on bracket #1 - Come hear a few humorous books in this weeks battle bracket and make a pigeon craft (featured in books by Mo Willems).
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 5, 2015 10 AM to Mar 5, 2015 11 AMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10 )
Warm up for Pi Day (3rd to 6th grade)

Warm up your math skills and celebrate this famous number by writing a Pi-Ku poem, make a city skyline using the many digits in the number Pi,

make a pie for dessert and listen to a story. Come party!
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 10, 2015 4 PM to Mar 10, 2015 4:45:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16 )
Cookbook Book Club

Cookbook Book Club

Check out a copy of the selected book at the Main desk, pick a recipe (email the title to me so we can avoid duplicates) and prepare it for the program. We'll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked, what didn't, how to make it easier & healthier.

Any questions? Email pgraham@mvlc.org or call the Main desk 978-686-4080 ext. 16
Location: The Great Hall



When: Mar 17, 2015 7 PM to Mar 17, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19 )
LEGO Block Party (K to 4th grade)

Come create anything you wish using our new LEGOS. There are 10,000 pieces to choose from as you put together your masterpiece. We will take a picture of you and your creation before you leave. All LEGOS must stay at the library so we may offer this program throughout the year.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 12, 2015 4 PM to Mar 12, 2015 5 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16 )
Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds

Join us for our afternoon storytime to explore the library with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft activity.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 12, 2015 1 PM to Mar 12, 2015 2:15:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13 )
Thursday Evening Book Discussions
Spring Series: Africa -- Colonialism & BeyondThe history of Africa has been overshadowed over the last 200 years by the European colonization that dominated all parts of the continent. This is a huge story, and one that is often not very well understood by Americans. We take a very brief look at the experience of Africa from the perspective of colonialism and its effect on blacks and whites.

Toight's selection: King Leopolds Ghost by Adam Hochschild
This selection provides a vivid account of an episode in the modern history of Africa that was the epitome of tragedy; the looting of the Congo and the destruction of its peoples by King Leopold of the Belgians. The story is told through a succession of biographical sketches of the principal villains and heroes.



When: Mar 5, 2015 7 PM to Mar 5, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19 )
Meet & Greet Christian Authors New England
Meet & Greet 23 Published Christian Authors from New England (and one all the way from Ohio!) Free Admission Free Refreshments Author Signings Special Discount Pricing! Door Prizes Including a Barnes & Noble NOOK! Go to EventBrite to register. Search Meet & Greet Christian Authors.

When: Apr 25, 2015 1 PM to Apr 25, 2015 4 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13 )
Donuts With Dads (3 to 6 years old)

Children ages 3-6 and their fathers, grandfathers or uncles are invited to join us for a fun story and activity time with an added bonus of sweet, yummy donuts and juice!
Please register online or call the Children's Department for more information.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 14, 2015 9 AM to Mar 14, 2015 10:15:00 AMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09 )
Babies and Books (up to 24 months)

A program designed for babies and toddlers up to age two with their grown-ups. This program is designed to promote early literacy through rhymes, songs and stories read aloud. This special time will also introduce the baby's caregivers to the range of books and music available at the library for you to share with your little one at home.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters can "Help Out".

No Registration Required
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 13, 2015 11 AM to Mar 13, 2015 12 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11 )
GLBT Book Discussions
Book discussions are held at the Library on Thursday evenings 7-9pm. Books are available one month prior to the discussion. You may pick up books at the previous meeting, or you may get them at the Main Desk anytime the Library is open. Please bring your library card to the meeting to check books out. In the case of cancellation for bad weather or any other reason, the meeting will be held on the following Thursday evening. Cancellation information is posted on the Librarys voice mail, and announced on WCCM-Radio. Additional Book Discussion information is available on our website at www.nevinslibrary.org . All books announced in this flyer are tentative, based on availability of multiple copies. To confirm dates, book selections, or for more information call the Library at 978-686-4080 ext. 10.

The Nevins Library GLBT group is open to any adult (18+) who is interested in reading quality fiction, non-fiction and biography on GLBT topics and themes or by gay/lesbian authors.

Tonight: Movie Night
Title to be announced.



When: Mar 12, 2015 7 PM to Mar 12, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19 )
LEGO Block Party (K to 4th grade)

Come create anything you wish using our new LEGOS. There are 10,000 pieces to choose from as you put together your masterpiece. We will take a picture of you and your creation before you leave. All LEGOS must stay at the library so we may offer this program throughout the year.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 28, 2015 2 PM to Mar 28, 2015 3 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14 )
Teen Craft: Tattoo a Banana!

This month we've got a different kind of craft to try - Tattoo a Banana! This looks like so much fun! There will be plenty of bananas available so you can try different designs. I'll have some designs pre-drawn, but also some templates for you to draw yourself.

This is open to everyone in grades 7-12.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 11, 2015 4 PM to Mar 11, 2015 5 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16 )
Babies and Books (up to 24 months)

A program designed for babies and toddlers up to age two with their grown-ups. This program is designed to promote early literacy through rhymes, songs and stories read aloud. This special time will also introduce the baby's caregivers to the range of books and music available at the library for you to share with your little one at home.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters can "Help Out".

No Registration Required
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 27, 2015 11 AM to Mar 27, 2015 12 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11 )
Neil Swidey - Trapped Under the Sea

Dracut's Parker Library and the Nevins Library are jointly pleased to announce that Neil Swidey, Boston Globe reporter and author of Trapped Under the Sea, One Engineering Marvel, Five Men and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, will be speaking here in Methuen in the Great Hall. Neil's book is a gripping account of the men, the sandhogs, who were hired to finish the project that no others would take. They were the final workers in the Deer Island sewage outfall pipe project, the major operation to clean up Boston Harbor. Neil looks at all the intertwining aspects from egos to politics that were in play during this deadly operation. This book has won many major awards and we are so happy to bring this engaging author to our library. Books will be available to purchase and Neil will be happy to autograph them at the end of his presentation. Register here or call the Neivns LIbrary Reference desk for help...978 686-4080 x13.
Location: The Great Hall



When: Mar 26, 2015 7 PM to Mar 26, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19 )
American Girl Book Club (2nd to 4th grade)

Come explore different American Girl Doll story every month. Come listen to a story, play a game or make a fun craft activity

related to the book. Bring your doll too!
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 24, 2015 4 PM to Mar 24, 2015 5 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16 )
Comics Chat, Craft & Swap

Do you like comics? Or are you curious, wondering what comics are all about?

Join us for a Comics Chat, Craft and Swap. We can get together and talk about our favorite comics, recommend comics to others, and even bring in our own comic books to swap with others. There will also be materials available to make a comic-themed craft out of old comic books.

This is open to everyone in grades 7-12!

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Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 7, 2015 2 PM to Mar 7, 2015 3 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14 )
Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds

Join us for our afternoon storytime to explore the library with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft activity.
Location: Garden Room



When: Apr 2, 2015 1 PM to Apr 2, 2015 2:15:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 13 )
Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds

Join us for our afternoon storytime to explore the library with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft activity.
Location: Garden Room



When: Apr 9, 2015 1 PM to Apr 9, 2015 2:15:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13 )
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss (Family Storytime 3 to 8 year olds)

Come celebrate this famous author who was born in Springfield, Massachusetts!

Popular stories, games and a craft activity will be a part of the festivities.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 2, 2015 6 PM to Mar 2, 2015 7:15:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18 )
TAG: Teen Advisory Group

TAG: Teen Advisory Group is where teens get involved directly in what happens in the library for teens.

Do you have an idea for a new club? Let's work on that!

Is there a program you'd like to get together at the library? OK!

Want to help pick out books/DVDs/Video Games for our shelves? You got it.

Just want to have some snacks with friends? That's okay too.

Everyone in grades 7-12 is invited!



When: Apr 13, 2015 4 PM to Apr 13, 2015 5 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16 )
Babies and Books (up to 24 months)

A program designed for babies and toddlers up to age two with their grown-ups. This program is designed to promote early literacy through rhymes, songs and stories read aloud. This special time will also introduce the baby's caregivers to the range of books and music available at the library for you to share with your little one at home.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters can "Help Out".

No Registration Required
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 6, 2015 11 AM to Mar 6, 2015 12 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11 )
Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds

Join us for our afternoon storytime to explore the library with stories, songs, fingerplays and a simple craft activity.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 19, 2015 1 PM to Mar 19, 2015 2:15:00 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13 )
Avapalooza

Avapalooza is an annual event inspired by Avalanna Routh [link to About Avalanna], who touched so many people before losing her brave fight against AT/RT [link to About ATRT], a deadly form of brain cancer. Last year over 500 people participated in Avapalooza and raised $126,000 for pediatric cancer. Help us reach our 2015 goal of $200,000!



When: Mar 28, 2015 9 AM to Mar 28, 2015 9 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09 )
Book Babble

This month, our lively book discussion group will be talking about Being Henry David by Cal Armistead:

Seventeen-year-old Hank, who cant remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreaus Walden as his only possession and must figure out where hes from and why he ran away.

Pizza and soda will be provided. If you still need a copy of the book - just ask at the Main Desk!

This group is open to 7-12 grade. New members always welcome (no pressure, and don't worry if you haven't read the book)
Location: The Study Room



When: Mar 5, 2015 7 PM to Mar 5, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19 )
Local Author Event: F.H. Belfus-Bennett

Loc al author F.H. Belfus-Bennett signs and talks about her new novel, Saturday Night Dead, a murder mystery set in Boston's 1990s rock'n'roll scene.

When wealthy, privileged college students who frequent the underground music scene begin turning up dead, it leaves the entire sity in a panic. With eerie messages left by the killer at each scene, the clues pile up and questions begin to arise: Is A.J. Fuller, the Southern gentleman drug dealer, also a cold-blooded killer? What is the true identity of his sidekick, "Pices" Petrovic? And what does David, a waiter and Jim Morrison look-alike, have to do with it all?

Copies of the novel will be available for purchase.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 21, 2015 1 PM in Methuen, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13 )
Art Lessons: Learning From Our Creative Experiences

Join Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord for a talk about art and creativity. Susan believes that everyone is creative and that exercising our creativity makes us happer and more fully human. In this illustrated talk she shares her 35 year history in the arts (calligraphy, book-making, digital compositions) and the hard-won truths she has learned: the importance of patience, the development of the critical eye, making peace with the desire for perfection, and the idea that an artist's best teacher is the work itself. Her goal is to put the audience in touch with their own creative experiences whether they be art, crafts, music, writing, cooking, gardening, fashion, or home decorating.
Location: Garden Room



When: Mar 16, 2015 7 PM to Mar 16, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19 )
Book Babble

Our final meeting of the year is going to be a big one! We will be voting on books to read next year (when we start back up in September), having a celebration for the graduating seniors, feasting over pizza and soda, and (if we have time), discussing Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern:

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.
When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Come join the fun and especialy help plan our book list for next year!

This is open to everyone in grades 7-12 - new members are always welcome!!
Location: The Study Room



When: Jun 4, 2015 7 PM to Jun 4, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19 )
Book Babble

This month, our teen book group has chosen to read The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal:

A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.
On the eve of Princess Sophias wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the thrones heirs, and a courtiers wolfish hunger for the kings favors sets a devious plot in motion.
Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.
(from GoodReads.com)

Pizza and soda will be served. This group is open to everyone in grades 7-12. New members are always welcome - don't worry if you haven't read/finished the book!!


Location: The Study Room



When: May 7, 2015 7 PM to May 7, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 07 May 2015 19 )
Book Babble

This month, our book discussion group has chosen to read Three Little Words:A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter:

Ashley spent 9 years in foster care after being taken away from her mother. She endured many case workers, moving from school to school, and manipulative, humiliating, and abusive treatment from one foster family. See how she survives and eventually thrives against the odds.

Pizza and soda will be served.

This group is open to anyone in grades 7-12. New members are always welcome! Don't worry if you haven't had a chance to read the book first!
Location: The Study Room



When: Apr 2, 2015 7 PM to Apr 2, 2015 8 PMin Methuen, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19 )

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