Everyone is invited to meet Pepper the Robot! 

Pepper is part of a research study on human-robot interaction at Merrimack College. For the study, Pepper will read you a book. When the book ends, you will be asked to fill out short voluntary survey. Experiencing the reading session with Pepper does not require you to do the survey. While the survey is completely optional, and you can withdraw your consent at any time; your participation will help Merrimack College learn more about how people interact with robots. Pepper can also answer questions, dance and show off her tai chi skills.

There is no registration required for this event. Pepper is best experienced in small groups and you may have a short wait before having a chance to interact with the robot. We will post times Pepper is planning to be available on our Calendar of Events and within the library. She will be here until the beginning of August.

Teens, do you want to help out with Pepper the Robot? We’re looking for teen volunteers to help us introduce Pepper to people of all ages at Nevins Library this summer. Please e-mail nevinsteens@nevinslibrary.org for more information.


Bike repair for beginners

Get the family ready for some summer bike-riding adventures Saturday, June 8 at 1:30pm. Learn all about simple bike repair and maintenance from the Bradford Bike Guy. Also, if you bring your bike with you, the Bike Guy will then be available until 4:30pm for a Simple Bike Repairs Clinic. Save your spot for this free event by registering on our Calendar of Events, or by calling the Main Desk at (978) 686-4080.


Tips for healthy brain & body

Norma Milligan from the Alzheimer’s Association will be at Nevins Library on Thursday, June 13 at 6:30pm to share important research into diet/nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. She will also share how to develop a plan for healthy aging. Save your seat for this informative presentation by registering on our Calendar of Events, or by calling the Main Desk at (978) 686-4080.


Two virtual author events

First up is a virtual meeting with author Caitlin Cass on Monday, June 10 at 7pm. She will be sharing her book “Suffrage Song: The Haunted History of Gender, Race and Voting Rights in the U.S.” Part graphic novel, part map of the suffrage movement, this book tells the story of the fight for the right to vote by women from the very beginning.

Then, authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman will join us on Zoom on Monday, June 24 at 7pm. They will discuss their most recent book, “The Serial Killer’s Apprentice,” a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice — and how a killer can be created. Registration for either (or both!) of these Zoom events must be completed online through our Calendar of Events. Once registration is completed, you will receive an e-mail with the instructions for joining the event over Zoom.


Friends taking book donations!

On Friday, June 21, the Friends of the Nevins Library will be ready to start collecting donations for the Fall Book Sale. Please consider donating your gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games to support the Friends of the Library. Please, no encyclopedias, VHS tapes, magazines (including National Geographic) or items in poor condition. We thank you for your support. 


Chateau fund-raiser

Support the Friends and have a great meal at the Chateau on Tuesday, June 18 anytime between 11am and 9pm. Eat in or take out – just let the server know that you are there to support the Friends of the Nevins Library and they’ll take care of the rest.


From Youth Services

We are so excited that it’s time to launch another season of wonderful summer programs and activities!

In June you can look forward to new storytimes (“You Belong Here” and “Summer Storytime”) and programs (“History Unlocked,” “Summer Science” and “Read & Play”), as well as lots of special events. For example, you won’t want to miss our visit with the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book “Dr. Rosie Helps the Animals,” or our storytime with Methuen police officers (who will also hold a Car Seat Safety Check) or the “Popular Piano” recital and sing-along! We also welcome the return of our weekly Little Bookworms storytimes at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm on Friday mornings (beginning June 21), where kids listen to stories, then get to meet an animal who lives at the farm. Last but not least, we’ll be enjoying the company of Pepper the Robot, an automaton with language designed to interact with humans (maybe you were lucky enough to meet Pepper when she came to the library last summer); check our online Calendar of Events find out when you can drop by and visit with her!

Of course, the Summer Reading season will begin soon and we’ll kick that off with a Spirit Week (a new theme daily, June 17-22) and the amazingly fun Minecraft Madness with Jungle Jim” special event on June 27. We also have a fresh take on tracking summer reading: In keeping with this summer’s theme of “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” we’ll give kids “passports” to stamp when they’ve finished reading books! Beginning June 17, kids in kindergarten and above can collect their Summer Reading bag and start tracking their summer reading (and little ones can start, or keep working on, their 1000 Book Before Kindergarten goal).

As ever, we’ll also have our usual array of infant and preschool programs, storytimes and fun teen programs, and Murphy the Dog will be here regularly throughout the summer! At this time, registration is open for June programs, but we also more great events throughout the summer; keep eye on our calendar and Facebook as we post July programs (registration opens June 15) and August programs (registration opens July 15) – there’s much fun in store! 

Happy June, and Happy Reading!

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


Teen volunteers are needed to help with Pepper’s library visits this summer. Courtesy image