The Nevins Memorial Library is excited to announce it has been selected as one of 16 Commonwealth Corps host site partners in the 2023-2024 program year. Administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), the Commonwealth Corps is a state-funded service internship program that engages Massachusetts residents of all ages, backgrounds and identities in service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs and increase volunteerism. Serving a 10-month term, Corps members provide direct service; build capacity; and recruit, organize, and mobilize additional volunteers, thus building a grassroots movement of volunteers dedicated to service.
The Nevins Library will host two Commonwealth Corps members to support and grow the literacy program by working directly with volunteer tutors and adult learners. The Nevins Library is proud to partner with the Commonwealth Corps for the first time to enhance our mission of ensuring access to technology and materials that assist with learning and living, promoting literacy for all ages, and creating positive experiences that enrich lives and connect our communities. We are very excited to welcome our Commonwealth Corps service members to the Nevins community.

Learn about
metal detecting

On July 13, the Methuen father-son metal-detecting team of Steve and Jonathan Stewart will share their hobby and show off some of the things they’ve dug up! Did you know that you can borrow a metal detector from Nevins Library and search for your own treasures? Courtesy photo

  Join father-and-son team Steve and Jonathan Stewart of Mass Metal Detecting (and MethuenLife columnists!) at the library Thursday, July 13 at 6:30pm and learn all about Treasure Hunting and the best ways to use a metal detector. This duo has been metal detecting for years and will share tales of their adventures as well as some artifacts. Then, maybe you’d like to borrow one of the metal detectors available at the library for one of your own adventures! This event is free, but please save your seat by registering through the calendar of events on our website or by calling the Main Desk at (978) 686-4080.

Yoga at the Library
returns this summer
Yoga at the Library is back for another summer with certified instructor Kristin Cole! Be sure to register early as spaces fill up fast for this very popular program. Then, bring a yoga mat if you have one, a water bottle and wear some comfy clothes to the program. Kristin will lead the group through gentle yoga that is suitable for all skill levels. Classes will be 1 hour each and be held July 11 and 18; Aug 1, 8, 22 and 29 all at 6:30pm. Please register for each class through the calendar of events on our website or by calling the Main Desk at (978) 686-4080.

The More You Know:
Library Cards
A Nevins Library Card is free to all Methuen residents, City of Methuen employees and to those who pay property tax to the City of Methuen. The card grants you access to the thousands of books (both in print, audio and downloadable), DVDs, kits, Library of Things items, databases, museum passes and more at the Nevins Library.  All you need to do to get your card is visit the library with a photo ID and proof of your current Methuen address. The card will need to be renewed every 3 years. Please bring your library card with you to check out materials, or at least a photo ID so we can look up your account. Other options would be to take a photo of your card on your phone, or download the MVLC app from the app store on your smartphone and load your card in there (and we can help if you have questions!). Do you need someone to pick up something for you at the library? Just give them your card, or please call us ahead of time to let us know so we know we have your permission to give your holds to someone else for you. As always, if you have any questions, please just give us a call: (978) 686-4080 or e-mail: contactcirc@nevinslibrary.org.

News for teens
This summer, the Nevins Library challenges you to Find Your Voice! Sign up for the iRead Summer 2023 Challenge on Beanstack  at https://nevinslibrary.beanstack.org/reader365. Log the minutes you read and attend summer programs to earn badges and rewards. Don’t forget to come to the Nevins Library to pick up your Summer Reading packet.

TikTok
Did you know that the Nevins Library has a TikTok? Help us reach 1,000 followers! Follow us @nevinslibrary and you’ll see lots of fun and informative videos straight from the library!

Book donations
YES!  As of June 26, the Friends of the Nevins Library is accepting your book donations for the Fall Book Sale. Please bring your like-new books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games to the cart near the Main Desk. We appreciate your support!

From the Youth
Services Dept.
Our summer is off to a great start, with lots of fun programs last month and even more in store for July! This month you can look forward to a wonderful array of special programs, including lively drum circles with musician Otha Day, Little Spark Theater workshops, Amazing Hero Art with master painter Rob Surette, Kathak Dance lessons, Incredible Earthworms, robots Pepper and SPOT from Merrimack College, and Native American storyteller Leland Faulkner. We’ve had record numbers of people signing up for our special events, but keep in mind that it’s always worth putting your name on a program’s Wait List if registration is full –we’re often able to open events up to more people.
We’ll also feature a series of “Find Your Voice” programs, where kids have a variety of ways to express themselves creatively (including a costume party, making friendship bracelets and mason jar frames, improv, silent disco and more), as well as the return of our Nevins Ink writing summer workshop series. Plus we have many of our regular programs ongoing throughout the summer, as well as a fun Stuffed Animal Sleepover and a Glow Party – and of course our Friday morning Little Bookworms storytime!
Just to add even more fun to the summer, we’ve got snazzy beads to offer kids when they participate in our summer programs and contests – just come by the Children’s Room to get registration packets and to start a Bead Bonanza collection. (Your child doesn’t have to be school-age to participate and to earn beads and badges, by the way.)
Keep an eye on the Youth Services calendar and the Children’s Room Facebook page to learn the latest about upcoming programs and special events – there’s so much fun ahead!
Happy July, and Happy Reading!

For an extensive list of Nevins Memorial Library happenings, check out nevinslibrary.org.