Join us in person Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm as Eric Jay Dolin discusses his new book “Left for Dead,” which tells the true story of a wild and fateful encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig and a British warship in the Falkland archipelago during the War of 1812. Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 16 books, including “Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America,” which was

chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History.  His most recent book before “Left for Dead” is “Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution,” which was awarded the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award and the Samuel Eliot Morison Book Award for Naval Literature. 


Please save your seat by registering through the calendar of events on our website or by calling (978) 686-4080. 

Drop-in tech help

Need help with your laptop, phone, tablet, e-reader or have another technology-related question?  Stop by the library Thursday, May 9 between 2:30 and 4:30pm and our Technology Librarian will help! Bring your devices and your questions. We’ll do our best to answer them, and if we can’t, we’ll look for answers and learn alongside you. No registration is required.  Please note that troubleshooting computer hardware problems and running virus scans are beyond the scope of the library’s tech help. The library reserves the right to determine whether a patron’s request for tech help is beyond the scope of service. No registration required.

Suicide prevention workshop

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, per the CDC. Join us as we meet with a trained facilitator from the Samaritans on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30pm to learn how to recognize the warning signs for suicide and how to provide support for the person struggling. We will also talk about self-care and prevention strategies and skills. The Samaritans have provided lifesaving suicide-prevention services in Massachusetts for 50 years through helpline services, grief support services and providing community workshops to help educate the public. Please save your seat for this important discussion through the Calendar of Events on our website or by calling (978) 686-4080.

Closed Memorial Day

Please take note that the library will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Friends’ fund-raisers

This month, there are two fun activities to help support the Friends of the Nevins Library! 

First up is the ever-popular Paint & Sip event to be held Sunday, May 19 at 2pm at St. Andrews Church, 90 Broadway, Methuen.

Local artist Lisa Buglione will lead participants in painting a flower pot with fun designs, faces, sports logos and more! Tickets are $35 and can be purchased ahead of time at the library’s Main Desk. All snacks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own preferred beverage.  Then, on Tuesday, May 21, the Friends will have a yummy fund-raiser with Papa Gino’s at 782 River Street, Haverhill! Mention the Friends when you place your order between 4 and 9pm, and Papa Gino’s will donate a portion of your bill directly to the Friends of the Library. This applies to eat-in and take-out orders. Thank you for your support!

Calling all teens

One Up Games will be returning to Nevins Library on Friday, May 24, 1-4pm. Join us for our video game free play event, hosted by Massachusetts eSport and gaming venue, One Up Games! Explore virtual worlds with the Oculus Quest, or play the latest titles on Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch! This event is for children, teens and adults ages 8 and older. Space is limited. Sign up today on the Nevins Library website. 

May is the last month for after-school programs for teens. Don’t worry. We have lots of fun summer programs planned! Check the Calendar of Events for all after-school clubs and programs. New members are always welcome. Summer programs will also be listed on the Calendar of Events. Teen after-school programs will start up again in September.

From the Children’s Room

Spring is in full swing, so it’s only appropriate that we’re launching a fresh springtime crop of new programs this month!

We’re offering three special events under the umbrella of our “Growing Readers” initiative, which seeks to create a supportive community for parents of children 0-18 months old and to encourage early literacy. The first is “Sing Me a Story,” led by performer and teaching artist Emilia Dahlin; caregivers and their young children will learn how to engage in singing and music more, employing an effective and powerful method for supporting the whole child.

Parents of our youngest patrons will also want to know about our “Healthy Sleep for Infants (&Parents!)” program, where you can learn how to support your baby’s (and your) sleep: We will review what is developmentally appropriate for sleep at different ages, discuss realistic expectations, and help prepare you for when and why your baby’s sleep may change. To accommodate families’ schedules, this program will be offered twice, once in-person and once via Zoom; the in-person session will include simultaneous Spanish translation.

The third Growing Readers program, “Newborn Class for New Grandparents,” offers new grandparents and grandparents-to-be a virtual 2-hour class that provides the latest knowledge and best practices for caring for newborns. Topics include safe sleep guidelines, back-to-sleep techniques, tummy time, swaddling, and safety precautions – join us and become a confident, well-informed grandparent, equipped to provide the best care and guidance for your grandchild’s nurturing and well-being. (Thank you to Methuen’s Castle Fund for their generous grant in support of the Growing Readers programs.)

For older children, we have a couple of fun offerings this month: 6- to 9-year-olds can come celebrate Star Wars Day with us May 4 (May the Fourth Be with You!), and once again we’ll be hosting One Up Games for ages 8 and up May 24, an early-release day for Methuen schools. And don’t forget that Murphy the Dog is back from his winter vacation and is looking forward to listening to your children (ages 5-18) read aloud to him – and he’ll be visiting twice this month!

As ever, we’ll also have our usual variety of preschool programs, storytimes (including a bilingual program), book groups, teen programs and more – keep an eye on the Youth Services Department calendar and Facebook page to keep track of what’s in store!

Happy May, and Happy Reading!

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