By Sarah Sullivan
Nevins Library Assistant Director

The Friends will stop taking donations as of Wednesday, Sept. 6 so they can get ready to host the Fall Book Sale. Preview Night for the Book Sale will be Friday, Sept. 22 from 5-8pm – where there is a $20 entrance fee (unless you are a member of the Friends – then you get in free!).  The sale is open to the public Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon-4pm. Bargain Day is Monday, Sept. 25 from 9am-8pm. On Bargain Day, you can purchase a bag for $10 and stuff it full with as many items as you can fit! There are lots of great titles, DVDs and puzzles to choose from at this sale. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Nevins Library, who support the library with landscaping the new patio out front, providing museum passes for everyone to use, supporting programming at the library, and more.

Book Groups are back!

Isn’t it fun to talk about a book you just read with others? The Nevins Library hosts several different Book Groups to do just that – and most of these groups start their new year in September. We have groups for children, teens and several different themed groups for adults. It’s a great way to get together with friends to talk about books and current topics. Whether you’ve participated in our Book Groups before, or not, there is always room for new members. Come to a meeting and see if you like it! Check out our website, our calendar of events, or just ask at the Main Desk (978-686-4080) for more information about any of our Book Groups.

Saturday hours
Starting Saturday, Sept. 9, the library will resume our regular Saturday hours – 9am-5pm. We will be closed, however, on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 4 for the Labor Day weekend.

Guppies & GrandFish
The Nevins Library is excited about a new program we are doing with Merrimack College, and we need your help! We are looking for a few adults (aged 60+) who have some time in September to work with Merrimack College students to tell your story. Then in October, you’ll have a chance to participate in a series of storytimes for preschoolers that will feature a story from your life! If you are interested or would like more information, please e-mail the professors in charge of the project: or call the Main Desk of the Library: (978) 686-4080.

Art Therapy
We’re happy to welcome Art Instructor Lisa Buglione for a 6-week art therapy painting program called “Painting Your Journey” for patrons currently receiving breast cancer treatment. Create still life and landscape watercolors using the individual skills, techniques and experience you have. Materials will be provided. The artwork will be on display in the library during the end of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The first session is Sept. 5 at 4:30pm, so register today through the calendar of events on as seats are very limited.

Let’s Get Healthy
On Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30pm, join Methuen resident and Wellness Coach Dorothy Putnam and learn how to tap into the power of nature to support your body’s own ability to heal. With the support of the “Let’s get Healthy” group anyone can be their own healer.


Calling all teens!
School is back in session and so are after-school clubs at the Nevins Library! We have clubs for everyone this fall. If you love to read, check out Book Babble! Our first Book Babble meeting is on Sept. 9 at 7pm. If you like anime, come to Anime Club where we watch and discuss anime. Our first Anime Club meeting is Sept. 12 at 4pm. If you like board games and video games, try Gaming Club. In this new club, we’ll have several board games available for you to try. We’ll also have the Nintendo Switch available to play. Our first Gaming Club meeting is Sept. 14 at 7pm. If you love movies, check out Movie Club! In this club, we watch and discuss movies. Our first Movie Club meeting is Sept. 19 at 4pm. If you’re an adult who loves to read young adult books, Forever Youngish is the club for you! Our first Forever Youngish meeting is Sept. 21 at 7pm. This month, we’re doing a reader’s roundup! Come ready to tell us what books you loved, or didn’t, this summer.
To learn more about these programs and sign up for them, call (978) 686-4080 ext. 26 or go to the Calendar of Events on our website (

Youth Services
Department News
The Youth Services Department had a great time enjoying summer programs with our young patrons – not to mention the hundreds of beads we handed out to kids all summer long to reward them for hours and hours of reading! Thank you to all the children, families and caretakers who joined us for the fun.
Now it’s time to start up our school-year programming, and you’ll see some old favorites return in September, plus some ongoing standards and a few new programs. For example, we’ll start up Saturday programming again, including the popular “Donuts with Dad” and its new counterpart, “Muffins with Mom”; we’re also adding a new “Community Connections Storytime” where kids can meet municipal and professional community members who will read aloud stories and answer questions about their jobs – this month’s honored guest is State Rep. Estela Reyes! September will also feature several special programs, including a Percy Jackson book discussion and a book release party, another wonderful art program with Lisa Buglione, and a free bilingual program at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall that sets Mo Willem stories to music.
Book clubs
for different age groups will resume this fall – we’re bringing back the “Who Is? What Is” club (ages 7-9), where kids will talk about everyone’s favorite nonfiction book series, as well as our Graphic Novel club for kids aged 8-12. Also returning to the schedule is our Homeschool Hub program, where homeschoolers can connect with each other and explore a different topic each month.
Another new and special program is a monthly Parent Peers Group: Are you a parent of young children (infant to 5 years old)? Would you like to connect with other adults whose kids are in that age range – exchange ideas, information, stories and advice? (Or just chat about anything!) Come to this monthly program to spend some time with your peers; we’ll provide age-appropriate toys to occupy your little ones while you enjoy some grown-up conversation.
Last but not least, once again we’ll offer the popular 26-week “Alphabits” program series for ages 2-5: each week’s session will focus on a different letter, and even if your children already know the alphabet they’ll enjoy the stories, crafts, and company of other preschool children. (When you sign up for the first session, you’ll automatically be registered for all 26 sessions, to be held on Wednesday mornings.)
Keep an eye on the Youth Services calendar and Facebook page to learn the latest about upcoming programs, fund-raisers and special events – there’s always something interesting going on!
Happy September, and Happy Reading!

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