The Nevins Library is pleased to host the National Library of Medicine-produced traveling exhibit Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn” from March 4 – April 13. This exhibit, curated by the cartoon artist Ellen Forney, explores the emerging genre of literature that combines the art of comics and personal stories of health and illness. The art of comics, which combines words and pictures, gives approachability and emotional impact to these personal stories, and even to the clinical data they sometimes include. 

Join us Tuesday, March 12 at 7pm, when A. David Lewis, program director master of the Health Sciences Program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will give an overview of graphic medicine in general and then focus on cancer narratives and instances of health-related loneliness. Please save your seat for this informative talk by registering through the Calendar of Events on our website, or by calling the Main Desk at (978) 686-4080.

We also have Graphic Medicine Kits available to borrow as well! Our kits combine 2-4 graphic novels, appropriate for adults and mature teens, on a mental or physical health topic with consumer health materials from trustworthy organizations.  

Book Sale

It’s time for the Friends of the Nevins Library Book Sale! The sale will open with a “paid preview” Friday, March 22, 5-8pm. This special night will have an admission cost of $20 each, unless you are a member of the Friends group. Friends get in free! The sale continues Saturday, March 23, 9am-5pm and Sunday, March 24, noon-4pm. The sale closes Monday, March 24 with a Bargain Day Come between 9am and 8pm, and you can fill a bag for $10! As always, this sale has lots of great titles to choose from for readers of all ages, as well as jigsaw puzzles, DVDs, CDs and games.  

Virtual programs

On Thursday, March 7 at 10am, we will host a Zoom visit with historian and author Marion Gibson who will talk about her book, “Witchcraft: A History in 13 Trials,” This book is a fascinating, vivid global history of witch trials across Europe, Africa and the Americas, told through 13 distinct trials that illuminate the pattern of demonization and conspiratorial thinking that has profoundly shaped human history. 

On Wednesday, March 13 at 7pm, we will Zoom with producer, director, screenwriter and debut author Stan Zimmerman! He’ll be discussing his new book “The Girls: From Golden to Gilmore.” From personal experiences to the insider scoop, Stan will take us down memory lane about some of our most cherished TV shows – the making of, the stars and the challenges.

Please register for either (or both!) of these programs through the Calendar of Events on our website.  Your registration will then send you the Zoom link ahead of the program.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out and played mini-golf with us in February! We had a great time, and hope you did too. We’d like to also thank our sponsors of the event: Perrault Chiropractic, Mann Orchards, Torromeo Industries, Needham Advisory, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis DiZoglio, Mayor Neil Perry, Methuen Community Studios, Broadhurst Tabit LLP, Colizzi Memorials, Thwaites Market, Image-Tec, Councilor Joel Faretra, Esco Awards, Methuen Karate Association, Ellie’s Farmhouse, Big Blue Swim School, Salem Co-Operative Bank, Chang’s Tae Kwon Do, Launch Trampoline Park and Stachey’s Old Time Pizzeria. We appreciate all the community support!

Teen Clubs

Are you looking for something to do after school? We might have the program for you!

If you like books, come to Book Babble. This month, we are discussing “Too Bright to See” by Kyle Lukoff. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet! Come join the conversation anyway. Copies are available at the Main Desk. The next Book Babble meeting will be Thursday, March 7 at 7pm.

If you like anime, then Anime Club is the club for you. Come choose which anime we watch and eat snacks. The next Anime Club meeting will be Tuesday, March 12 at 4pm

If you’re creative, Teen Arts and Crafts Club is the place to be. Create your own art or take home a craft with the supplies provided. The next Teen Arts and Crafts Club meeting is Wednesday, March 13 at 3pm.

LGBTQIAP+ teens and allies, come to Rainbow Club. Come share art, talk about popular culture and hang out. This inclusive club meets Saturday, March 16 at 1pm

If you’re a movie buff, Movie Club is right for you. Come choose which movie we watch and eat snacks. The next Movie Club meeting will be Tuesday, March 19 at 4pm.

Don’t forget to check the Calendar of Events for all after-school clubs and programs. New members are always welcome to come to Teen Clubs!

From the Children’s Room

You know how March always feel like a really long month? Well, it’s a good thing we have plenty of fun programs to keep kids and teens entertained all month long! In addition to our many regular offerings, we’ll also have some special programs this month.

For example, have you heard about our new “Growing Readers” initiative for parents and their young children? Generously supported by the Castle Fund of Methuen, “Growing Readers” seeks to create a supportive environment for new parents while also encouraging early literacy for their little ones (ages infant-18 months). And Methuen participants are specially invited to come to the Children’s Room to get a free tote bag and a first library card application for their youngsters (ages infant-18 months)! We’ll have a couple of “Growing Readers” programs in March – first, Little Groove Music uses real instruments in an immersive music class that fosters the love of music in our youngest patrons. And if you have young children (ages 2-6) who have just become big siblings (or will soon), you’ll want to bring them to our Big Sibling Storytime, where we’ll read stories and give them a special surprise to celebrate being a big sibling!

Other noteworthy special programs this month include a Ramadan Storytime (ages 3-8), presented by a guest reader from the Islamic Academy for Peace in Methuen; children will listen to stories, make a craft, and learn about the month-long observance of Ramadan. Older kids can enjoy Weaving with Lisa Buglione (ages 9-16), where they’ll create potholders from a table loom and small rugs from a floor loom!

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 March, and Happy Reading!

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