We hope you have had a chance to see the “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn” exhibit! The exhibit will be on display until Saturday, April 13, and then it has to travel to another library.

Before it goes, we invite you to try your hand at telling your story through art. Join us for “Express Yourself through Graphic Journaling” on Wednesday, April 10 at 6pm. In this free program, local artist, teacher and therapist Lisa Buglione will teach us how to express ourselves through “Graphic Journaling.” Research continues to show us that art experiences play a major role in both our physical and mental well-being. Art materials and journals will be provided. This workshop is open to adults and teens of all skill levels. Space is limited, so please save your seat by registering through the calendar of events on our website or by calling (978) 686-4080.

Youth suicide prevention

On Saturday, April 13 at 10am, join School Counselor Sugeily Santos for an engaging session on preventing youth suicide. Gain valuable insights and learn how to recognize important signs related to your teenagers’ mental well-being. Presented in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

Eliminate food waste

Join us Thursday, April 11 at 7pm on Zoom for a discussion on how to minimize or eliminate food wastage in your family, especially with kids. There will be all kinds of ideas to take baby steps to save, use or compost food scraps so none (or little) goes into landfills! This discussion will be led by Sarah Robertson-Barnes, founder of the Sustainable in the Suburbs blog. Please register for this online program through our Calendar of Events, and you will receive an e-mail with the Zoom information.

Energy efficiency

Join us Tuesday, April 16 at 7pm to learn all about energy efficiency with All In Energy and the City of Methuen. Learn how to access Mass Save energy-saving programs, read your energy bill, enroll in discount rates and avoid utility shut-offs, and leave third-party energy supply contracts to save money. Please register for this program through the calendar of events on our website or by calling (978) 686-4080.

Tech Goes Home:

small-business class

The Tech Goes Home small-business program offers 9 weeks of digital skills training for local entrepreneurs. It focuses on leveraging city and state resources, developing an effective online presence, accepting online payments and more. The next class will begin Saturday, April 6 and will continue Saturday afternoons. Upon completion of 15-course hours, learners earn one free year of internet service and a free Chromebook. In order to apply, please call (978) 686-4080 ext. 32, or e-mail literacy@nevinslibrary.org.

Patriots Day

The library will be closed Monday, April 15 in honor of Patriots Day.

Video games at the library

One Up Games will be returning to the Nevins Library on Friday, April 12 at 1pm. 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 or by calling (978) 686-4080. And don’t forget to check the Calendar of Events for all after-school clubs and programs. New members are always welcome!

Irish Cottage fund-raiser

The Friends of the Library is hosting another yummy fund-raiser at the Irish Cottage on Monday, April 8 from 4-10pm. Grab a flyer from the Main Desk at the library or download from our website, then enjoy your meal! The Irish Cottage will donate 20% of each check (excluding alcohol) to the Friends of the Library, plus an extra $1 per guest on that night! Both dine-in and take-out meals will count, just make sure you bring the flyer! All funds raised will go to support programming at Nevins Library.

From the Children’s Room

Happy Spring, everyone! We’re celebrating longer days and more sunshine with an array of great programs this month!

For our youngest patrons and their families, we’ll hold a four-part Baby Sign Language series on Fridays at 9:30am, for children ages infant-18 months old. Each week features a different theme, where participants will learn new signs and enjoy a song and story; you can register for any or all of the sessions. This series is part of our “Growing Readers” initiative, generously supported by the Castle Fund of Methuen.

What’s more, we have three special events for young and old alike coming up! One Up Games will be back at the library on the School Department’s early-release day (April 12), so kids ages 8 and older can fill that afternoon with fun. The next day we’ll have “Swifty Saturday,” where participants can celebrate all things Taylor: First we’ll have a family-friendly session, followed by another session for ages 18 and up – come dressed in your favorite Taylor Swift Era, and we’ll have glitter and friendship bracelets to add to your style!

And during April vacation, the dynamic Grooversity percussion ensemble is returning to the library, offering a high-energy survey of Brazilian drumming styles with lots of audience participation – volunteers can even get on stage and help make some music! The program is open to all ages and is funded by The Methuen Cultural Council (a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council).

And speaking of welcome returns, 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! Last but not least, another creative event we’ll be hosting is an art show by students who attend St. Monica School, with their work displayed April 10-19 in the Children’s Room and the YA section.

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 April, and Happy Reading!

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

 

Nevins Library recently wrapped up its 17th annual Boston Bruins PJ Drive. The library and its supporters rounded up 198 pairs of pajamas for children in need via the Cradles to Crayons program. A group of seventh-grade Marsh friends took it upon themselves to lead a schoolwide donation drive. They collected 95 pairs of children’s sleepwear, and the Upper and Lower school classrooms that collected the most will get their own Pajama Day! Shown here with the Marsh’s bounty are (bottom, from left) Katerina Syrniotis, Nevins Children’s Librarian Kathi Mulligan, Ella Casey, Meghan Clemments; and (back) Leah and Emma Flynn. ML photo by Melissa Fili