By Sarah Sullivan
MethuenLife Columnist

Nevins Library is proud to become a food drop-off location once again for the Methuen Public Schools’ Backpack Program. This program sends food home with students in need to help them get through the weekend or holiday breaks when the school cafeteria is not available to provide breakfast and lunch. There will be a basket set up on the main floor to accept your food donations for their food pantry starting Aug. 1. The best foods to donate are non-perishable, shelf-stable and not in glass containers. Ideally, they would also fit in a large backpack with other food. We appreciate your generosity toward the students in Methuen schools.

Make a
hummingbird feeder

Join us for an adults-only craft Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6:30pm where we will be making hummingbird feeders. You will need to bring an empty and clean wine bottle; the library will supply the rest of the materials you’ll need. Space is limited, so please register for this program on our Calendar of Events or by calling (978) 686-4080 to save your seat!

Bike repair!
Tuesday, Aug. 22 is all about bike repair at the library! First, you are invited to a workshop: Bike Repair and Maintenance for Beginners from 5-6pm.  Come learn all about simple bike repair and maintenance from the Bradford Bike Guy. Then, if you bring your bike with you, the Bike Guy will be available after his presentation until 8pm to perform simple repairs on your or your children’s bikes. He does reserve the right to decline doing any repairs he considers too extensive during this clinic. Please register for this free workshop and clinic through our website’s Calendar of Events or by calling (978) 686-4080.

The How-Tos
of Recycling

Please join us Thursday, Aug. 24 at 6:30pm to learn all about recycling. Not sure what you are allowed to put into your recycle bin? Are there things that you are not putting in but should? Joe Cosgrove, environmental planner for the City of Methuen, will discuss these questions as well as what happens to all the recycling and how it benefits the community. Please register for this free program at our Calendar of Events on our website ( or by calling (978) 686-4080.


Order your
fall bulbs now!
  The Friends of the Nevins Library are bringing back their popular Flower Power fund-raiser! Now through Oct. 15, you can order your fall bulbs – giving you plenty of time to get them in the ground while the weather holds. All orders will be shipped directly to your home. Please check out our website or a flyer next time you are in the library for the ordering information. 
Another way to support the Friends is by ordering Papa Gino’s in Haverhill for dinner Tuesday, Aug. 8 between 4 and 9pm. You won’t need to bring a flyer, but mention the Friends of the Nevins Library when you order, and a portion of your bill will be given to the Friends. More information is available on


Hey, teens!
There’s still time to sign up for the iRead Summer 2023 Challenge on the Beanstack app! Log the hours you read and attend summer programs to earn badges and rewards. Don’t forget to come to the Nevins Library to pick up your Summer Reading packet! Be sure to check out our programs coming up this month on the Calendar of Events on our website ( We have so much to look forward to for the end of summer and looking ahead to fall! Sign up for Mindfulness courses, book clubs, movie viewings and more! Any questions? Please call Miss Alison at (978) 686-4080 ext. 35.

News from the
Children’s Room
July was a busy month, packed full of fun programs – and we have more in store for August, including the return of Mad Science! This summer they’ll be doing a “Fire and Ice” program, which thrills audiences with impressive science experiments — including foggy dry ice storms, mind-boggling vanishing paper, sizzling and shivering scissors, and special bubbly showers!
Other special programs cover quite a range of topics, including plant propagation, watercolor art, terrariums, polymer clay jewelry, mindfulness, and a special storytime with guest reader Shannon Mary Sunshine of Methuen – not to mention a movie sing-along at the end of the summer. We’re also hosting the popular “Home Alone Staying Safe” course, sponsored by the Methuen Parks and Recreation Department (you’ll need to go to their website for info and to register), and we’re bringing back our bilingual storytime in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council.
As the summer winds down and we wrap up our series of special summer programs, we’d like to celebrate with our young patrons – so be sure to bring your kids to our End-of-Summer Carnival featuring games, contests, treats and loads of fun. And if you have a child entering kindergarten in September, you won’t want to miss our Kickoff to Kindergarten community fair, which helps children and their families prepare for starting off in the Methuen Public Schools: hear a story, meet the superintendent, learn about local agencies and organizations, climb on a school bus, and more!
Last but not least, don’t miss our final “Little Bookworms” programs at the Nevins Farm MSPCA on Aug. 4 and 11 – a wonderful collaboration where kids listen to stories and meet friendly animals who live at the farm. Also, throughout August we’re still offering snazzy beads to reward kids for the reading they do this summer – don’t forget to bring your kids to the Children’s Desk to collect theirs! Of course, we’ll be holding lots of our usual programs and storytimes for babies and school-age children, as well; just keep an eye on the Youth Services calendar and Facebook page to learn the latest about upcoming events – we’d love to have you join us!

Happy August, and Happy Reading!

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