Summer has returned to the Merrimack Valley, and so has the Farmers Market. Nevins Library is proud to host the Methuen Farmers Market every Friday on the front lawn from 10am-4pm. Come and shop fresh produce from local farmers! All the farmers accept SNAP/EBT/food stamps as well as debit, credit and cash; GroundWorks Lawrence market coupons, WIC and senior farmers market coupons are also welcome.

This year, thanks to a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, everyone is invited to enjoy Music at the Market as well. All performances are 11am-1pm, unless otherwise noted.

The musical lineup for July is:

  • July 5: John Waterman – acoustic rock and blues.
  • July 12: G Force Quartet – Garret Savluk on trumpet. Jazz, funk and NOLA-style fun.
  • July 19: Workingman’s Trio – Classic American Songbook standards, Latin, jazz and country songs.
  • July 26: Swing Friends Quartet – Swing, be-bop, Latin tunes with sax, vocals, guitar, bass and drums, from 10:30am-12:30pm.


Literacy Tutors needed

Could you help teach someone to read or speak English? We have a huge need for Literacy Tutor volunteers, and are hosting two information sessions: Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2, both at 6pm. Please come and see what our program is all about, and how you might be able to help.

Smartphone photography

Everyone always has their phone close by, so it makes sense to learn how to take great images on your phone. Find out how to use essential controls on your phone along with identifying the best free and/or low-cost tools for editing and image management. This is presented by Steve McGrath, an award-winning freelance photographer and photography teacher who has been creating images for 30 years. Join us for this free workshop Tuesday, July 16 from 6:30-8pm. Save your seat by registering on our online calendar of events or by calling (978) 686-4080.

Chill out with a sundae

The Friends of the Library are holding a “Chill out with a Sundae” fund-raiser Wednesday, July 10 from 12-4pm in the library’s Garden Room. At this family-favorite event, you can get an ice cream sundae with all the fixings for $5 each! This deal can’t be beat.

Accepting book donations

The Friends of the Library are now accepting book donations through Sept. 7. Please bring your like-new books, CDs, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and games to the cart near the Main Desk. The Friends thank you for your support.

For teens

Summer is here and so is summer reading! This summer, our theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” You can start your reading adventure by tracking your reading on ReadSquared, a free app downloadable from your device’s app store, or by picking up a Passport at the Youth Services desk at the library. Enter to win a prize for every book you read!

Your summer reading books are available to borrow at Nevins Library. Find your summer reading book list on the library’s website and on the ReadSquared app. Click on the titles on these lists to put the books on hold.

There will be a program every week at the library. This summer, you might learn to paint a nighttime sky, create friendship bracelets, paint a silk scarf or make crafts with duct tape. Be sure to check the calendar of events to sign up for all summer programs.

From the Children’s Room

Our summer is off to a great start, with lots of great programs last month and even more in store for July! You can look forward to a wonderful array of special events, including the entertaining Pineapple Project performance, the amazing Flying High Frisbee Dogs, a special storytime with Shannon May Sunshine, bilingual storytellers sharing the beautiful Guatemalan folktale “Song of the Chirimia/La Música de la Chirimia,” a fun hands-on STEAM playtime with Playful Engineers and the unique Birds of Prey program with Wingmasters!

We’ll also continue our summer program series, including our “Unlocked” sessions that take deep dives into a variety of fascinating topics, hands-on “Summer Science” fun, outdoor “Read & Play” storytimes and weekly “Summer Storytimes” based on the “Adventure Begins at Your Library” theme.

And speaking of summer reading, have your kids picked up their “passports” to keep tabs on their reading? Kids in kindergarten and above can drop by to collect their Summer Reading bag and start tracking their progress (and little ones can start, or keep working on, their 1000 Book Before Kindergarten goal).

And, of course, we have many of our regular programs ongoing throughout the summer, including visits with Murphy the Dog and with Pepper the Robot – and don’t forget our Friday morning Little Bookworms storytimes at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm!

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! (And remember that it’s always worth putting your name on a program’s Wait List if registration is full. We’re often able to open up events to more people.)

Happy July, and Happy Reading!

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