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Adult | Children's Room | Tweens (grades 4-5) | Teens (grades 6-12) | Community
Tuesday January 19, 2021
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Take it Make it: Symmetrical Snowflakes
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This week try a STEAM activity we've put together!  Pick up your kit during the library's open hours, or schedule a Grab and Go contactless pick up by calling The Children's Room at 978-623-8440 or emailing crcirc@mhl.org.  Limited kits are available until gone so stop by or call today!  It's also a great topic to read about and we have lots of books with a snow theme for you to choose, such as Curious about snow?, Millions of snowflakes, or The Snowflake mistake to name a few.  You can call us or search snowflakes in the catalog for more titles.  Enjoy the snow!

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
 
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Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mindfulness and Meditation Class
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute mindfulness meditation class. You will learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body with meditation. Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar.

Register through Zoom.

Lauren Masse is dedicated and committed to supporting others in their mental and physical wellness journeys. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Public Health from UMass Amherst, and her Master’s of Public Health from Boston University, where she focused on the health effects of chemicals and pollutants. She later became certified as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. With over five years of experience in the public health and wellness field, Lauren is equipped with extensive knowledge in preventative health, mindfulness, and environmental toxins. Her favorite wellness topics are stress-reduction, nutrition, and mindset. She recognizes that there is no universal approach to health, which is why she provides a mixture of holistic and scientific methods to address each client’s unique challenges and goals. Lauren is proud to provide empathetic and empowering support to those looking to take charge of their lives, sustainably adjust their dietary and lifestyle behaviors, and develop a deep sense of self. Lauren is particularly passionate about supporting a movement of modern parents who are mindful of the powerful effect their health has on their family. As a Children’s Mindfulness Coach, she also enjoys working with parents to incorporate beneficial mental health strategies into their home.

The final class in the virtual series is another 30 minute mindfulness and meditation session on Monday, January 25th at 7:30pm.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Wednesday January 20, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (January 20) is "What Are Hiring Managers Looking For?." The meeting will focus on developing a resume. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Art Journaling: The Basics Virtual Workshop
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Looking for a creative outlet in the new year? A way to express your thoughts and feelings that goes beyond written journaling? In this interactive class, you will learn techniques on combining your written work with simple art techniques to help you establish an art journaling practice of your own. You will create a “paper bag” journal and several spreads throughout the evening using limited supplies that you should have on hand.

Supplies:
Use only what you have…no need to go and purchase!
A paper bag
A stack of scrap paper/magazine pages
A stack of junk mail
A paper punch
A piece of ribbon or string
Something to add color (paint, watercolors, colored pencils, markers, and/or crayons)
Sharpies/black markers in varying sizes
Glue
Scissors
Embellishments (only if you have them), i.e. decorative tapes, ribbon, stickers, tissue paper, etc.

View some of Jennessa's creations from her daily art practice here.

Register through Zoom.

Jennessa Durrani is a life coach, artist, wife and mother to two crazy boys—11 and 15.  Jennessa works with working moms helping them see their path forward to a life of their own design—one that they find fulfilling without sacrificing time spent with their family. She does this through one on one coaching, workshops, and public speaking and in her writing. Her audiences benefit from her extensive business background and creative flair. And they can't help but have fun along the way, as Jennessa lends her positive personality, exceptional humor, and high energy to every project and engagement. Prior to launching her coaching practice, Jennessa worked as a solopreneur in corporate and nonprofit event planning where she was recognized by the Boston Business Journal as one of the top 25 Event Management firms in the Boston area for more than 15 years. Jennessa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Iowa State University's College of Design and an MBA from Northeastern University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society - the highest honor a business student can receive. Jennessa has been published in The Boston Business Journal, More, Women’s Business, The Andovers and the Andover Townsman and pens a blog at www.jennessadurrani.com where she shares her tips, hacks, insights and inspiration to living a life by design. You can reach her at jennessa@jennessadurrani.com.

 

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Thursday January 21, 2021
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Online Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Play D&D with us online via Roll20 and Discord. No RPG (role-playing game) experience is necessary. Open for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Please note the new time!

Email Anna to get information on how to join the game. 

CONTACT:  Anna Tschetter    atschetter@mhl.org
 
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Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join longtime art educator, Jane Oneail, for a Zoom webinar  focused on the art of Norman Rockwell. Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion.

Register through Zoom.

Jane Oneail of Culturally Curious was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. "Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life."

Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library, and Tewksbury Public Library, Merrimack Valley Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Friday January 22, 2021
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Virtual Death Cafe
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join other adults, 18 and older, for Andover's eighth virtual Death Cafe - an afternoon of open, lively, and insightful discussion about death.

This event is full. There is no waiting list.

While not a support group nor a venue for bereavement, a Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, non-judgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often taboo subject.

Come with an open mind, a healthy curiosity, and a willingness to share your thoughts, feelings, and questions with other like-minded individuals.

Hosted by Andover resident, Richard Davis. Space is limited.

Contact Stefani Traina at straina@mhl.org or 978-623-8451 for further information.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Bestselling Author Series: Ace Atkins & Robert B. Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bestselling author Ace Atkins will discuss his latest book, Robert B. Parker's Someone To Watch Over Me: A Spenser Novel, in this Zoom webinar.

How To Register: Register directly on Zoom.

How To Buy A Copy Of The Book: Autographed copies of Someone To Watch Over Me will be available for sale before and during the event from our bookstore partner -- Wellesley Books. Click HERE to order. 10% of the proceeds from your sale will be donated to the host library of your choice.

About The Author: Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven books, including ten books in his Quinn Colson series. Handpicked by the Robert B. Parker Estate nearly a decade ago to continue the Spenser series, he's written nine novels about the iconic private eye. He lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi. Learn more about Ace HERE.

About The Book: Legendary Boston PI Spenser is back in Robert B. Parker's Someone To Watch Over Me, the thirty-third installment in the critically acclaimed saga started by the late Parker and the ninth to be written by New York Times-bestselling author Ace Atkins. Time and time again, fans come back to Spenser: a character as relevant today as he was fifty years ago who has always stood for honor and honesty in a sordid world. Drawing real-life inspiration from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal that rocked the nation in 2019, this latest entry teams Spenser up once again with his young protégé Mattie Sullivan to take on a billionaire money manager running a network of underage girls for his rich and powerful clients. Series devotees will be thrilled to see “Parker’s greatest creation” (Chicago Sun-Times) alongside a strong female counterpart in this thrilling new adventure, which Putnam publishes January 12, 2021.

About The Series: A collection of North of Boston libraries have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this fall and winter. This event is co-sponsored by libraries in Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Woburn.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Saturday January 23, 2021
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Penguin Rescue with The Penguin Lady - Dyan deNapoli Virtual Program
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn about the remarkable rescue of 40,000 penguins following the Treasure oil spill (June 23, 2000) in South Africa from someone who was actually there! Dyan deNapoli served as a rehabilitation supervisor during this historic event, which still stands as the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. Her inspiring and informative talk not only covers this groundbreaking conservation effort – it highlights the importance of teamwork, collaboration, leadership, and community service. This presentation is based on Dyan’s TED talk, The Great Penguin Rescue, which has been viewed nearly 500,000 times on TED.com.

Register through Zoom. This program is suitable for ages 10 and up.

This program, hosted by Wilmington Memorial Library, is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Wilmington Memorial Library and Woburn Public Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Sunday January 24, 2021
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Library closed
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday January 25, 2021
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Take it Make it
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We've put together some craft/activity kits for you to do at home.  You can pick up  a kit (one per child) during the library's open hours, or schedule a Grab and Go contactless pick up by calling The Children's Room at 978-623-8440 or emailing crcirc@mhl.org.  Limited kits are available until gone so stop by or call today!  After you make or do the activity email us a photo so we can see how much fun you've had!

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's selection is Circe by Madeline Miller. Find it in the catalog.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
 
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Quarantine & Mental Health Virtual Series: Mindfulness and Meditation Class
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Practice clearing your mind, being in the present moment and reducing stress in this 30-minute mindfulness meditation class. You will learn how to practice daily mindfulness and calm your mind and body with meditation. Participants are welcome to find a quiet, comfortable space to relax and join mindfulness teacher, Lauren Masse in this Zoom webinar.

Register through Zoom.

Lauren Masse is dedicated and committed to supporting others in their mental and physical wellness journeys. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Public Health from UMass Amherst, and her Master’s of Public Health from Boston University, where she focused on the health effects of chemicals and pollutants. She later became certified as a Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. With over five years of experience in the public health and wellness field, Lauren is equipped with extensive knowledge in preventative health, mindfulness, and environmental toxins. Her favorite wellness topics are stress-reduction, nutrition, and mindset. She recognizes that there is no universal approach to health, which is why she provides a mixture of holistic and scientific methods to address each client’s unique challenges and goals. Lauren is proud to provide empathetic and empowering support to those looking to take charge of their lives, sustainably adjust their dietary and lifestyle behaviors, and develop a deep sense of self. Lauren is particularly passionate about supporting a movement of modern parents who are mindful of the powerful effect their health has on their family. As a Children’s Mindfulness Coach, she also enjoys working with parents to incorporate beneficial mental health strategies into their home.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Tuesday January 26, 2021
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Virtual Author Talk: Dr. Ned Hallowell Discusses ADHD 2.0
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In this author talk, Dr. Ned Hallowell will discuss his new book ADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--from Childhood through Adulthood.

Dr. Hallowell is an esteemed child and adult psychiatrist, a world authority on ADHD, and a New York Times bestselling author of 20 books on multiple psychological topics. He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including 60 Minutes, PBS, CNN, Dateline, Good Morning America, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Boston Globe and many more. He is a regular columnist for ADDitude Magazine. Dr. Hallowell lives in the greater Boston area with his wife Sue.

You can follow Dr. Hallowell's #nedtalks about ADHD on TikTok HERE.

Register for this event directly on Crowdcast HERE.

This program is hosted by Flint Memorial Library, in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Great Books Group
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is Beloved by Toni Morrison.

CONTACT:      andovergreatbooks@yahoo.com
 
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Pub Trivia from Home!
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Pub Trivia is back! We can't see you in person but we can geek out over useless facts via Zoom.

Register through Zoom.

Attendees can make their own teams, but our usual rules apply so no more than six people per team, please. Also, please arrange for a way for teams to communicate together that is NOT via Zoom or Zoom chat. We recommend a Facebook group message or group text message. Individuals can register for the meeting to see their team members, but we will ask for a team captain to submit answers.

CONTACT:  Anna Tschetter  978-623-8432  ya@mhl.org
Wednesday January 27, 2021
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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950 with Gordon Wilkins - Part 1: 1850–1900

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists. In the first presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works created between 1850 and 1900, by artists including Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.

Register through Zoom.

This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery of American Art on the campus of Phillips Academy.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Bedtime Stories
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Miss Kate as she shares a couple of bedtime stories and soothing songs to get you ready for bed.  Bedtime Stories can be found on the MHL Facebook Live page at 7:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Kate Dugan  978-623-8440  kdugan@mhl,org
 
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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You: A Virtual Conversation with Local Educators & Students
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Courageous Conversations presents its winter program focusing on racial justice. The community is invited to read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi and engage in a virtual conversation with local educators and students, facilitated by Andover resident, Delia Duran-Clark, Principal of Esperanza Academy.

Register through Zoom. This program will not be recorded. Send your questions for the panel in advance to straina@mhl.org.

Watch an interview with Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Find a list of discussion questions here.

About the book: The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. Stamped reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can be discredited. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award winner Jason Reynolds and based on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s scholarship, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas—and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Reynolds (Look Both Ways) lends his signature flair to remixing Kendi’s award-winning Stamped from the Beginning into a powerful “not a history book” primer on the historical roots and present-day manifestations of antiblack racism in America. In five sections, Reynolds’s conversational text discusses the influential figures, movements, and events that have propagated racist ideas, beginning in 1415 with the publication of the infamous work that laid the groundwork for subsequent religious justifications of enslaving African peoples and continuing through the “war on drugs” and #BlackLivesMatter. Employing a format that hews closely to Kendi’s original, Reynolds discusses and differentiates between segregationist (“a hater”), assimilationist (“a coward”), and antiracist (“someone who truly loves”) rhetoric via figures such as Angela Davis, W.E.B. DuBois, Thomas Jefferson, and Cotton Mather. Short chapters, lively phrasing (“You know what hits do—they spread”), and intentional breaks (“Time Out,” “Let’s all just take a deep breath”) help maintain a brisk, compelling pace. Told impressively economically, loaded with historical details that connect clearly to current experiences, and bolstered with suggested reading and listening selected specifically for young readers, Kendi and Reynolds’s volume is essential, meaningfully accessible reading. ---Publishers Weekly

Courageous Conversations, in partnership with Memorial Hall Library, is offering four programs focusing on the justice system and issues related to mass incarceration and the very real everyday impacts on communities, especially Black and Latinx communities. The online conversations are designed for everyone to participate in meaningful conversation and developing actions that can be taken.

Each program focuses on racial justice with local activist voices at the core. The first centers on a book discussion, Stamped: Racism, Anitracism and You, the second and third on TEDx presentations and the final program in the series culminates in a panel with a local nonprofit working towards racial justice. All are open to the public, registration is required.

Since 2017, Courageous Conversations has been offering programming to raise awareness and participation on important topics for our community to address. Past programs have focused on race, equity, and inclusion, immigration, and affordable housing.

Hosted by Courageous Conversations and Memorial Hall Library.

Upcoming events in the series:

2/10/2021 @ 7:00 PM - The Injustice of This Moment is Not an Aberration: The Work of Michelle Alexander
3/10/2021 @ 7:00 PM - We Need to Talk About An Injustice: The Work of Bryan Stevenson
4/14/2021 @ 7:00 PM - What Positive Justice Looks Like: A Panel Discussion with UTEC (United Teen Equality Center) (Breaking Barriers to Youth Success)

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Thursday January 28, 2021
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Alaska National Parks: Virtual Travel with Steve Farrar
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Explore the beauty and grandeur of the Alaskan National Parks in this virtual presentation. Steve Farrar will take us to Glacier Bay, Denali, Katmai and more.

Register through Zoom.

Steve Farrar grew up in Medfield and experienced his first National Parks as an impressionable 14-year-old on the way to the 1969 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Idaho.  The 5-day bus trip from Salt Lake City included stops in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier National Park, which sparked a fascination with natural beauty that has evolved into Steve’s life-long passion for visiting our National Parks. His adventures exploring 61 of the 62 parks include hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, scuba diving the coral reefs of the Virgin Islands, camping among the wolves on Isle Royale, scaling rock faces in Yosemite, and climbing to the summits of Mount Rainier and Denali.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Friday January 29, 2021
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Virtual Bestselling Author Series: Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child: The Scorpion's Tail
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will discuss their latest book, The Scorpion's Tail, in this Zoom webinar.

How To Register: Register directly on Zoom HERE.

How To Buy A Copy Of The Book: Autographed copies of The Scorpion's Tale will be available for sale before and during the event from our bookstore partner -- Wellesley Books. Click HERE to order. 10% of the proceeds from your sale will be donated to the host library of your choice.

About The Authors: The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Crooked River, Old Bones, Verses for the Dead, and City of Endless Night. In addition to his novels, Douglas Preston writes about archaeology for The New Yorker and National Geographic magazines. Lincoln Child is a Florida resident and former book editor who has published seven novels of his own, including bestsellers such as Full Wolf Moon and Deep Storm. Learn more about Douglas and Lincoln HERE.

About The Book: From #1 bestselling authors Preston & Child comes a thrilling novel following archaeologist Nora Kelly and FBI Agent Corrie Swanson as they work together to solve a twisted crime that reaches far beyond any of their worst fears. A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face. Hidden on the corpse lies a 16th century Spanish gold cross of immense value. When they at last identify the body -- and the bizarre cause of death -- Corrie and Nora open a door into a terrifying, secret world of ancient treasure and modern obsession: a world centered on arguably the most defining, frightening, and transformative moment in American history.

About The Series: A collection of North of Boston libraries have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this fall and winter. This event is co-sponsored by libraries in Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Woburn.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Sunday January 31, 2021
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Cuddle and Craft
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Let us help you create story time at home with our Cuddle and Craft program!  Twice per month we will give you books suggestions and activities based on a theme.  The books and activity sheet can be requested for pick up during the library's open hours, or Grab and Go! Visit the library's website for more information about this week's Cuddle and Craft!

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
 
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Library closed
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
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Virtual Book Talk
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you need some great book recommendations? Join our librarians as they share some of their favorite new books! There will be a mix of picture books, fiction books, and non-fiction books! Videos will be posted on our website www.mhl.org and our social media pages! 

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
Monday February 1, 2021
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Friends of MHL Virtual Board Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday February 2, 2021
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Virtual Fish On! Andover 2021: Talkin' About Sharkin'
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fish On! Andover 2021 is going virtual this year with Zoom webinars.

This presentation will be focused on targeting shark in the gulf of Maine. We will be discussing the basic and more advanced techniques to paint a picture of what a typical day of sharking entails and dramatically shorten the learning curve for those who want to give it a shot on their own.

Register through Zoom.

Captain Chris Valaskatgis is the owner/operator of Manolin Charters in Newburyport. With 25 years of experience of fishing the Merrimack River and Jeffrey's Ledge, his knowledge is surpassed only by his effort to get your lines tight on the fish of a lifetime! Our main objective at Manolin Charters is to give our clients an exhilarating experience and to share the lifestyle of a fisherman on the Merrimack River.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Wednesday February 3, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (February 3) is self-assessment and transferrable skills. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Art Afternoons: African American History in American Art
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Art educator, Jane Oneail, examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.

Register through Zoom.

Jane Oneail, Founder and President of Culturally Curious, was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. "Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life."

Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover Elder Services.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Listen! Create!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Listen! Create! is a pre-recorded book and craft/science/activity for kids between the ages of 6-8.  Any materials needed for the activities will be posted and many times the items will be readily available at home.  Once you create or do the activity, feel free to take a picture and send to us at cr@mhl.org so we can share on our web and social media pages. 
 

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Nonfiction Book Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Due to COVID-19, the monthly nonfiction book discussion group will meet virtually.

Book selection: A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald. Find this book in the library catalog.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Thursday February 4, 2021
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Online Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Play D&D with us online via Roll20 and Discord. No RPG (role-playing game) experience is necessary. Open for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Please note the new time!

Email Anna to get information on how to join the game. 

CONTACT:  Anna Tschetter    atschetter@mhl.org
 
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White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Join professor Tyler Stovall, author of White Freedom: The Racial History Of An Idea, as he traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white. Tyler will explore the intertwined histories of racism and freedom in France and the United States, the two leading nations that have claimed liberty as the heart of their national identities. He will also explain how French and American thinkers defined freedom in racial terms and conceived of liberty as an aspect and privilege of whiteness. He will discuss how the Statue of Liberty -- a gift from France to the United States and perhaps the most famous symbol of freedom on Earth -- promised both freedom and whiteness to European immigrants. Tyler challenges the notion that racism is somehow a paradox or contradiction within the democratic tradition, demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty. The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white.

A major work of scholarship that is certain to draw a wide readership and transform contemporary debates, White Freedom provides vital new perspectives on the inherent racism behind our most cherished beliefs about freedom, liberty, and human rights.

Register through Zoom.

Tyler Stovall is professor of history and dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham University. His books include Transnational France: The Modern History of a Universal Nation, Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light, and The Rise of the Paris Red Belt.

This program, hosted by the Wayland Free Public Library, is presented in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library and Tewksbury Public Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Friday February 5, 2021
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Virtual Bestelling Author Series: Robin Cook in Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

About the Author: Dr. Robin Cook is the author of 37 worldwide bestsellers which have sold hundreds of millions of copies. Most of Dr. Cook’s books explore various medical, ethical, and public policy issues and have included topics ranging from the supply of organs for transplantation (Coma) to medical nanotechnology (Nano) and the spread of disease (Outbreak, Contagion, Pandemic). Dr. Cook's most recent book is Genesis, which deals with using ancestral DNA to aid forensics. There have also been almost a dozen theatrical movies, television movies, and mini-series made from Dr. Cook’s work.

Recognition of Dr. Cook’s work includes a 1982 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2012 James McConaughy Award, both given by his alma mater Wesleyan University, the 2002 Author of Vision Award given by the RP International, and the 2014 Literary Legend Award given by the Florida Heritage Book Festival. In 2014 he was also the recipient of the first annual Robert B. Parker mystery writer’s award. In 2004 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. by President George W. Bush. Dr. Cook divides his time between his home base in Naples, Florida, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, Martha's Vineyard in the summer, and Boston, Massachusetts. Learn more about Robin HERE.

About the Facilitator: Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning five Agathas and the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and 37 EMMYs for TV investigative reporting. The Murder List (2019) won the Anthony Award for Best Novel, and is an Agatha, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. Her newest psychological standalone is The First to Lie. The Publishers Weekly starred review says "Stellar. Ryan could win her sixth Agatha with this one." Learn more about Hank HERE.

Books will be available for sale before and during the event from our bookstore partner Haley Booksellers.

How to Register: Register for this event directly on Crowdcast HERE.

About The Series: A collection of North of Boston libraries have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this fall and winter. This event is hosted by Flint Memorial Library in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library, Tewksbury Public Library and Wilmington Memorial Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Sunday February 7, 2021
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Library closed
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday February 9, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Dementia Dialogues
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet virtually via Zoom. Email Emily Kearns for details.

A monthly discussion group for anyone and everyone wanting to discuss dementia, including caregivers/care partners and people living with dementia. Facilitated by Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA, RMT. Emily’s personal experience care partnering with her parents, who both lived with dementia, was life-changing, catapulting her into what is now her first love—reframing dementia and supporting those who live with it. Emily is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose.  Emily facilitates a monthly memory-making café and a weekly dementia-supportive fitness program at her local Y.

CONTACT:  Emily Kearns    emilykearns18@gmail.com
 
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Virtual Fish On! Andover 2021: Plugging the Water Column
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fish On! Andover 2021 is going virtual this year with Zoom webinars. This week's seminar is led by Julio Silva. Julio will share lessons learned from years of experience on the surf so you can safely take your surfcasting to the next level.

In this seminar you will learn:

- How to fish the entire water column: from spooks to jigs and everything in between.
- How to select the proper gear for what you are casting and when and where you should be casting it.
- How to select a plug based on tide, structure, current, time-of-year (TOY), and time-of-day (TOD).
- How to store and manage your gear without breaking the bank.
- How to manage your time on and off the water.
- How to create your own spots database.  

Register through Zoom.

Julio Silva is an all species, all methods angler. During the hours that he should be sleeping, he fishes for anything that swims via shore, boat, kayak, and skishing. He has been blogging for 11 years. His blog overflows with DIY projects ranging from a multi-functional fishing bucket to a custom Gloucester Light Dory that he built from marine plywood and blueprints. He has been delivering fishy seminars for 9 years. He was the President of the Plum Island Surfasters for 4 years. He has rods like his wife has shoes. Fishing is indeed his mistress. During his seminars, he answers all questions without secrecy.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Wednesday February 10, 2021
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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950 with Gordon Wilkins - Part 2: 1900-1930

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists. In the second presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works created between 1900 and 1930, by artists including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent.

Register through Zoom.

This program is presented via Zoom in conjunction with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Bedtime Stories
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Miss Kate as she shares a couple of bedtime stories and soothing songs to get you ready for bed.  Bedtime Stories can be found on the MHL Facebook Live page at 7:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Kate Dugan  978-623-8440  kdugan@mhl,org
 
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Courageous Conversations: The Injustice of This Moment is Not an Aberration
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Watch Michelle Alexander's compelling 2013 talk, The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus, and particpate in a virtual discussion hosted by Courageous Conversations, Haverhill Public Library and Memorial Hall Library.

Register through Zoom.

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness — the bestselling book that helped to transform the national debate on racial and criminal justice in the United States. Since The New Jim Crow was first published in 2010, it has spent nearly 250 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has been cited in judicial decisions and adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads, and has inspired a generation of racial justice activists motivated by Alexander’s unforgettable argument that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”  The book has won numerous awards, including the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction.  Alexander has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, CNN, Bill Moyers Journal, The Colbert Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Tavis Smiley, Democracy Now!, and C-SPAN.

Over the years, Alexander has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinic.  In 2005, Alexander won a Soros Justice Fellowship that supported the writing of The New Jim Crow and accepted a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.   Currently she is a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times.

Prior to joining academia, Alexander engaged in civil rights litigation in both the private and nonprofit sector, ultimately serving as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she coordinated the Project’s media advocacy, grassroots organizing, and coalition building and launched a major campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement known as the “DWB Campaign” or “Driving While Black or Brown Campaign.”

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. She has clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Meeting - Critique Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet via Zoom. Email Marianne at mpknowles85@gmail.com.

A group for adults who write or illustrate children’s books. The group meets monthly to provide constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. Membership is open and meetings are free. Interested writers and illustrators are asked to please review group guidelines on the web site and RSVP to the facilitator before attending.

CONTACT:  Marianne Knowles  978-475-7442  mpknowles85@gmail.com
Thursday February 11, 2021
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VIRTUAL MEETING - Discover Your Past Genealogy Club
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Discover Your Past Genealogy Club is meeting virtually. Space is limited and registration is required. Registered participants will receive the meeting login information by email by 9:00am on the day of the meeting.

CONTACT:  Stephanie Aude  978-623-8436  saude@mhl.org
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Online Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Play D&D with us online via Roll20 and Discord. No RPG (role-playing game) experience is necessary. Open for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Please note the new time!

Email Anna to get information on how to join the game. 

CONTACT:  Anna Tschetter    atschetter@mhl.org
 
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Building Up People, Not Prisons
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH) and New Beginnings Re-Entry Services for a panel discussion with directly impacted women. FJAH is led by incarcerated women, formerly incarcerated women, and women with incarcerated loved ones. The most impacted women will share their lived experiences, what's happening inside our jails and prisons right now, and innovative strategies to create meaningful change like Participatory Defense and Reimagining Communities.

While Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates of incarcerating women in the country, we spend more on incarceration per person than almost any other state. Our policy experts will discuss current legislation and concrete, common sense steps toward decarceration that promote the wellbeing of women, our families, and our communities. New Beginnings Re-Entry Services will share groundbreaking programming and services that address the root causes of incarceration.

FJAH is also leading organizing efforts against a new women's prison in Massachusetts and will discuss how people can work together to shift resources away from incarceration to invest in communities.

Register through Zoom.

About our Panelists:
Mallory Hanora is a prison abolitionist and the Executive Director of Families for Justice as Healing (FJAH). FJAH's mission is to end the incarceration of women and girls and was founded by Andrea James and women inside Danbury Federal Correctional Institute. Mallory came to FJAH while on probation to do community service hours and then was hired as a statewide organizer before becoming the ED. Mallory has 15 years of organizing experience.

Ayana Aubourg is the Program Director of Families for Justice as Healing and the co-founder and Director of Sisters Unchained. Sisters Unchained is a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to building community and power with young women affected by parental incarceration through radical education, healing, art, sisterhood and activism. Ayana is the daughter of a formerly incarcerated father and a national expert on engaging children of incarcerated parents in the movement. She has been organizing since she was a teenager.

Stacey Borden holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with a Concentration in Addictions and Trauma. She is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She founded New Beginnings Re-Entry Services and is a Board Member with Families for Justice as Healing, as well as, a member of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Stacey is an author, performance artist, motivational speaker and an activist. She is a proponent of Drama Therapy with an empathetic value in the individual suffering from trauma and addictions.  

This program, hosted by Burlington Public Library in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library, is part of a series, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice, offered in collaboration with eight Merrimack Valley libraries.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Meeting - Writers Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet virtually. Email for details: writersgroupmhl@gmail.com

Please join us! We welcome newcomers at any level of accomplishment or ambition. In our writing workshop, participants take turns submitting original pieces of any genre. The group reads several submissions during a month, sharing genuine feedback, constructive criticism and encouragement at the next meeting. A writing exercise is explored in each meeting and samples of writing may be used to illustrate technique or strategy. Questions or comments? Email writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.

CONTACT:      writersgroupmhl@gmail.com
Saturday February 13, 2021
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History of Race & Politics in the Northeast
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn's blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston? Is the Northeast's history a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, but inwardly conflicted over race?

Jason Sokol, an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, is a historian of the civil rights movement. He is the author of three books: There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights; All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn; and The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  A graduate of Oberlin College, Jason has received post-doctoral fellowships from Harvard, Penn and Cornell.

Register on Zoom (link coming soon).

This program is a collaboration of Tewksbury Public Library and Memorial Hall Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Sunday February 14, 2021
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Library closed
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
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Virtual Book Talk
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you need some great book recommendations? Join our librarians as they share some of their favorite new books! There will be a mix of picture books, fiction books, and non-fiction books! Videos will be posted on our website www.mhl.org and our social media pages! 

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
Monday February 15, 2021
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Library closed
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday February 16, 2021
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Virtual Fish On! Andover 2021: State of the Striper
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fish On! Andover 2021 is going virtual this year with Zoom webinars. This week's seminar is State of the Striper: An Update from the American Saltwater Guides Association.

Striped bass are the iconic gamefish of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, and anglers take over 15 million trips annually to target them. But the species is currently in trouble, with population levels at a 25-year low. Join Dr. Willy Goldsmith, Executive Director of the American Saltwater Guides Association, as he outlines the conservation status of striped bass, upcoming key management actions, and how anglers can get involved in the process.

Register through Zoom.

A lifelong angler with a background in fisheries science, Goldsmith joins the ASGA after spending the past two years working in fishery management in Washington, DC, first as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and more recently at the Lenfest Ocean Program. In those roles, Willy engaged with fishery stakeholders and constituents on key management issues and communicated policy-relevant research to decision-makers. Before arriving in Washington, DC, he received a doctorate in Marine Science with a sub-concentration in Marine Policy from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William and Mary, where his research focused on characterizing the biological impacts and human dimensions of the U.S. east coast recreational Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery. He received a B.A. in History with a Secondary Field in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Wednesday February 17, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (February 17) is creating a LinkedIn profile and the basics of LinkedIn. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Gallery Talk: Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850-1950
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Currents/Crosscurrents: American Art 1850–1950 with Gordon Wilkins - Part 3: 1930-1950

Organized chronologically, Currents/Crosscurrents places iconic paintings, photographs, works on paper, and sculptures in dialogue with works by and lesser-known and unknown artists. In the final presentation of this three-part series, Curator Gordon Wilkins will explore works created between 1930 and 1950, by artists including Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock, and Andrew Wyeth.

Register through Zoom.

This program is presented via Zoom in conjunction with Andover’s Memorial Hall Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Listen! Create!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Listen! Create! is a pre-recorded book and craft/science/activity for kids between the ages of 6-8.  Any materials needed for the activities will be posted and many times the items will be readily available at home.  Once you create or do the activity, feel free to take a picture and send to us at cr@mhl.org so we can share on our web and social media pages. 
 

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
 
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Deep Delta Justice: A Virtual Evening with Author Matthew Van Meter
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Author and journalist, Matthew Van Meter will discuss his book, Deep Delta Justice: A Black Teen, His Lawyer, and Their Groundbreaking Battle for Civil Rights in the South.

Register through Zoom.

In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. Duncan was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Rather than accepting his fate, Duncan found Richard Sobol, a brilliant, 29-year-old lawyer from New York who was the only white attorney at "the most radical law firm" in New Orleans. Against them stood one of the most powerful white supremacists in the South, a man called simply "The Judge."

In this powerful work of character-driven history, journalist Matthew Van Meter vividly brings alive how a seemingly minor incident brought massive, systemic change to the criminal justice system. Using first-person interviews, in-depth research and a deep knowledge of the law, Van Meter shows how Gary Duncan's insistence on seeking justice empowered generations of defendants-disproportionately poor and black-to demand fair trials. Duncan v. Louisiana changed American law, but first it changed the lives of those who litigated it.

Matthew Van Meter works with people whose voices have been ignored or silenced, both as a journalist and as Assistant Director of Shakespeare in Prison. His writing about criminal justice has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, and elsewhere, and he is currently editing the first critical edition of Shakespeare written by incarcerated people. Raised Quaker on the East Coast, he makes his home in Detroit.

This program is sponsored by a group of Merrimack Valley Libraries Working Towards Social Justice: Andover Memorial Hall Library, Stevens Memorial Library, and Tewksbury Public Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Sunday February 21, 2021
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Library closed
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday February 22, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's selection is The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. Find it in the catalog.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
 
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Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join renowned flutist and lecturer, Galen Abdur-Razzaq for Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement, a combined lecture and musical performance. Galen will perform a flute prelude followed by a presentation chronicling the music from the turn of the century to the present day, highlighting various artists, their music, their influence on the evolution of jazz, and their struggles. It illustrates how jazz became an advocacy for the Civil Rights Movement, with proceeds from jazz concerts used to finance major events such as the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington in 1963. The lecture is infused with music demonstrations and attendees will have an opportunity to test their knowledge through a trivia quiz.

An educator, arranger, composer, and director, Abdur-Razzaq studied at the Berklee College of Music and earned a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University. For more than 30 years, he has performed and spoken to college and university students across the country.

Register through Zoom.

This program is a collaboration of Haverhill Public Library and Andover Memorial Hall Library, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice and part of HPL's Black History Month Series.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Tuesday February 23, 2021
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Virtual Fish On! Andover 2021: Surfcasting the North Shore
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Fish On! Andover 2021 is going virtual this year with Zoom webinars. This week, Steve Gallant will share his expertise about surfcasting on the North Shore.

Register through Zoom.

Stephen Gallant was born and raised in Ipswich MA. He is the owner of Plum Island Surfcasting Guide Service and a first mate for Obsessed Charters out of Newburyport. He has had several articles on surfcasting published in The Fisherman and On the Water and Surfcasters Journal. He specializes in surfcasting the North Shore after dark in search of trophy stripers.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Great Books Group
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Wednesday February 24, 2021
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Virtual Author Talk: E. Dolores Johnson in Conversation with Grace Talusan
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

E. Dolores Johnson will discuss her new book with author, Grace Talusan. Say I'm Dead, A Family Memoir of Race, Secrets and Love is a multi-generational memoir that reveals America's changing attitudes toward race mixing, discovered through the courageous journeys of her family’s women.

Register through Zoom.

About the author: A former longtime Andover resident, Dolores is the daughter of a black father and white mother who married 25 years before the famous Supreme Court Loving decision that overturned anti-race mixing laws. Her book has received a starred review from the American Library Association and won the 2020 Outstanding Literary Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She has published essays on mixed race, racism and identity, and consulted on diversity with colleges, corporations and non-profit boards.

Johnson holds a BA from Howard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School and completed an MFA equivalent creative writing program. A former business executive, she retired after overseeing the digitization of John F. Kennedy’s papers at his Presidential Library. She has loved libraries as long as she can remember. To learn more about her and her work, follow her on Twitter @elladolo and Instagram at edoloresjohnson.

About the interviewer: Grace Talusan's memoir, The Body Papers,  is a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, a winner in nonfiction for the Massachusetts Book Awards, and winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Her short story, The Book of Life and Death, was chosen for the 2020 Boston Book Festival's One City One Story program and was translated into several languages, including Tagalog. Grace was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. She graduated from Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine. She is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She taught writing for many years at Tufts University and Grub Street. Currently, Talusan is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University.

This program is sponsored by a group of Merrimack Valley Libraries Working Towards Social Justice: Andover Memorial Hall Library, Burlington Public Library, Stevens Memorial Library, and Tewksbury Public Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Thursday February 25, 2021
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Virtual Travel: The Magic of Place: How New England Shaped its Artists and Writers
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Drawing on the wealth of National Historic Landmark properties covered in their book, Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks, authors Patricia Harris and David Lyon will discuss and show photos of a dozen New England sites associated with some of our most beloved authors and artists. Sites include the stunningly landscaped grounds of sculptor Daniel Chester French's Chesterwood in Stockbridge, the homey confines of the Louisa May Alcott house in Concord, and Winslow Homer's studio on Prout's Neck south of Portland, Maine, arguably one of the most iconic ocean views in American art.

Register through Zoom.

Patricia Harris and David Lyon are frequent contributors to the Boston Globe. They are also the authors of more than thirty books on travel, food, and art for British and American publishers. In addition to important civic buildings and the homes of several presidents, their most recent book, Historic New England: A Tour of the Region’s Top 100 National Landmarks also includes three carousels, America's first public beach, and three historic submarines. They are finishing up a companion volume on fifty National Historic Landmarks in Boston that will be published next summer by the Globe Pequot Press.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Online Dungeons & Dragons for Teens
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Play D&D with us online via Roll20 and Discord. No RPG (role-playing game) experience is necessary. Open for teens in grades 6 - 12.

Please note the new time!

Email Anna to get information on how to join the game. 

CONTACT:  Anna Tschetter    atschetter@mhl.org
Sunday February 28, 2021
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Library closed
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
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Virtual Book Talk
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Do you need some great book recommendations? Join our librarians as they share some of their favorite new books! There will be a mix of picture books, fiction books, and non-fiction books! Videos will be posted on our website www.mhl.org and our social media pages! 

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
Monday March 1, 2021
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Friends of MHL Virtual Board Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday March 3, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's meeting (March 3) will focus on LinkedIn and how to use it in your job search and as a networking tool. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Art Afternoons: Frida Kahlo: Love, Pain and Painting
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Frida Kahlo has become a household name in recent years, with movies, books and countless products dedicated to her art and likeness. Art educator, Jane Oneail, will go beyond the artist’s famous facial hair and penetrating stare and explore her life and her work, particularly as it relates to the trolley accident she survived as a teen and her passionate and often tumultuous marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera.

Register through Zoom.

Jane Oneail, Founder and President of Culturally Curious, was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. "Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life."

Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover Elder Services.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Listen! Create!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Listen! Create! is a pre-recorded book and craft/science/activity for kids between the ages of 6-8.  Any materials needed for the activities will be posted and many times the items will be readily available at home.  Once you create or do the activity, feel free to take a picture and send to us at cr@mhl.org so we can share on our web and social media pages. 
 

CONTACT:  Beth Kerrigan  978-623-8440  bkerrigan@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Nonfiction Book Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Due to COVID-19, the monthly nonfiction book discussion group will meet virtually.

Book selection: No Stopping Us Now by Gail Collins. Find this book in the library catalog.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Tuesday March 9, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Dementia Dialogues
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet virtually via Zoom. Email Emily Kearns for details.

A monthly discussion group for anyone and everyone wanting to discuss dementia, including caregivers/care partners and people living with dementia. Facilitated by Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA, RMT. Emily’s personal experience care partnering with her parents, who both lived with dementia, was life-changing, catapulting her into what is now her first love—reframing dementia and supporting those who live with it. Emily is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose.  Emily facilitates a monthly memory-making café and a weekly dementia-supportive fitness program at her local Y.

CONTACT:  Emily Kearns    emilykearns18@gmail.com
Wednesday March 10, 2021
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Courageous Conversations: We Need to Talk About An Injustice: The Work of Bryan Stevenson
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Watch award-winning attorney, author and social justice advocate, Bryan Stevenson's 2012 TED talk, We need to talk about an injustice ahead of time and join a virtual discussion facilitated by Jean Trounstine and hosted by Courageous Conversations and Memorial Hall Library.

Register through Zoom.

About the facilitator: Trounstine's latest book is Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice (IG Publishing April, 2016). It explores the true story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons. Trounstine worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years where she directed eight plays with prisoners. Her highly-praised book about that work, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison (St. Martin's Press) has been featured on NPR, The Connection, Here and Now, and in numerous print publications here and abroad. In 2018, she was invited to Italy and awarded the Gramsci International Award for Theatre in Prison for her work in literature and theatre for the past 30 years. She writes about justice issues for many venues and you can find out more about her on www.jeantrounstine.com or @justicewithjean on Twitter.

About Bryan Stevenson: Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Mr. Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the United States Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-imprisonment-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced.

Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018: the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias. Mr. Stevenson is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.

Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize; the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor; the National Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union after he was nominated by United States Supreme Court Justice John Stevens; the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers; and the Olaf Palme Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, for international human rights. In 2015, he was named to the Time 100 list recognizing the world’s most influential people. In 2016, he received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award. He was named in Fortune’s 2016 and 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders list. He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize from the King Center in Atlanta in 2018.

Mr. Stevenson has received over 40 honorary doctoral degrees, including degrees from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Books of Nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors, including the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal for best nonfiction book of 2015 and a 2015 NAACP Image Award. Just Mercy was recently adapted as a major motion picture. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Meeting - Critique Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet via Zoom. Email Marianne at mpknowles85@gmail.com.

A group for adults who write or illustrate children’s books. The group meets monthly to provide constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. Membership is open and meetings are free. Interested writers and illustrators are asked to please review group guidelines on the web site and RSVP to the facilitator before attending.

CONTACT:  Marianne Knowles  978-475-7442  mpknowles85@gmail.com
Thursday March 11, 2021
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VIRTUAL MEETING - Discover Your Past Genealogy Club
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Discover Your Past Genealogy Club is meeting virtually. Space is limited and registration is required. Registered participants will receive the meeting login information by email by 9:00am on the day of the meeting.

CONTACT:  Stephanie Aude  978-623-8436  saude@mhl.org
There are 26 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Meeting - Writers Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet virtually. Email for details: writersgroupmhl@gmail.com

Please join us! We welcome newcomers at any level of accomplishment or ambition. In our writing workshop, participants take turns submitting original pieces of any genre. The group reads several submissions during a month, sharing genuine feedback, constructive criticism and encouragement at the next meeting. A writing exercise is explored in each meeting and samples of writing may be used to illustrate technique or strategy. Questions or comments? Email writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.

CONTACT:      writersgroupmhl@gmail.com
Monday March 15, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's selection is The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon. Find it in the catalog.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
Wednesday March 17, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's meeting (March 17) will include a panel discussion with encore career panelists sharing their reinvention successes. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Tuesday March 23, 2021
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Virtual Great Books Group
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor.

CONTACT:      andovergreatbooks@yahoo.com
Monday April 5, 2021
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Friends of MHL Virtual Board Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday April 7, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (April 7) is "You Must Give To Get!." The meeting will focus on new ways to networking (Networking 2.0). First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Art Afternoons: Introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright and NH’s Zimmerman House
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, created iconic modern buildings like Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum. This interactive presentation, led by art educator, Jane Oneail, will offer an introduction to Wright’s career and explore his final house type, the Usonian, in depth, with special emphasis on the Zimmerman House in Manchester, NH.

Register through Zoom.

Jane Oneail, Founder and President of Culturally Curious, was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions. "Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life."

Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University.

This program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Andover Elder Services.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Nonfiction Book Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Due to COVID-19, the monthly nonfiction book discussion group will meet virtually.

Book selection: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Find this book in the library catalog.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Thursday April 8, 2021
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VIRTUAL MEETING - Discover Your Past Genealogy Club
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Discover Your Past Genealogy Club is meeting virtually. Space is limited and registration is required. Registered participants will receive the meeting login information by email by 9:00am on the day of the meeting.

CONTACT:  Stephanie Aude  978-623-8436  saude@mhl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Meeting - Writers Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet virtually. Email for details: writersgroupmhl@gmail.com

Please join us! We welcome newcomers at any level of accomplishment or ambition. In our writing workshop, participants take turns submitting original pieces of any genre. The group reads several submissions during a month, sharing genuine feedback, constructive criticism and encouragement at the next meeting. A writing exercise is explored in each meeting and samples of writing may be used to illustrate technique or strategy. Questions or comments? Email writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.

CONTACT:      writersgroupmhl@gmail.com
Wednesday April 14, 2021
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Courageous Conversations: What Positive Justice Looks Like
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A virtual panel will discuss the programs and key elements of UTEC, a successul organization dedicated to helping young people ages 17-25 overcome the very real challenges of poverty, gang involvement, unemployment and cultural barriers pervasive in Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill.

Register through Zoom.

UTEC was founded in 1999 as the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence in Lowell. Originally known as “United Teen Equality Center,” today their name is simply UTEC, Inc.

UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today they serve Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhil and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults.

This program is a collaboration of Courageous Conversations and Memorial Hall Library.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
 
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Virtual Meeting - Critique Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet via Zoom. Email Marianne at mpknowles85@gmail.com.

A group for adults who write or illustrate children’s books. The group meets monthly to provide constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. Membership is open and meetings are free. Interested writers and illustrators are asked to please review group guidelines on the web site and RSVP to the facilitator before attending.

CONTACT:  Marianne Knowles  978-475-7442  mpknowles85@gmail.com
Wednesday April 21, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (April 21) is interview preparation and strategies to deal with age bias. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Monday April 26, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's selection is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Find it in the catalog.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
Tuesday April 27, 2021
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Virtual Great Books Group
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos.

CONTACT:      andovergreatbooks@yahoo.com
Wednesday May 5, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (May 5) is developing a marketing/interviewing brief. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Wednesday May 12, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Critique Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet via Zoom. Email Marianne at mpknowles85@gmail.com.

A group for adults who write or illustrate children’s books. The group meets monthly to provide constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. Membership is open and meetings are free. Interested writers and illustrators are asked to please review group guidelines on the web site and RSVP to the facilitator before attending.

CONTACT:  Marianne Knowles  978-475-7442  mpknowles85@gmail.com
Thursday May 13, 2021
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VIRTUAL MEETING - Discover Your Past Genealogy Club
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

The Discover Your Past Genealogy Club is meeting virtually. Space is limited and registration is required. Registered participants will receive the meeting login information by email by 9:00am on the day of the meeting.

CONTACT:  Stephanie Aude  978-623-8436  saude@mhl.org
There are 30 spaces available.
 
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Virtual Meeting - Writers Group
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the group will meet virtually. Email for details: writersgroupmhl@gmail.com

Please join us! We welcome newcomers at any level of accomplishment or ambition. In our writing workshop, participants take turns submitting original pieces of any genre. The group reads several submissions during a month, sharing genuine feedback, constructive criticism and encouragement at the next meeting. A writing exercise is explored in each meeting and samples of writing may be used to illustrate technique or strategy. Questions or comments? Email writersgroupmhl@gmail.com.

CONTACT:      writersgroupmhl@gmail.com
Monday May 17, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's selection is A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Find it in the catalog.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
Wednesday May 19, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's meeting (May 19) includes a panel of corporate partners sharing ideas on interview strategies, overcoming age bias, LinkedIn, and more. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Monday May 24, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's meeting is the book selection meeting.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
Tuesday May 25, 2021
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Virtual Great Books Group
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is The Canterbury Tales by Geofrey Chaucer.

CONTACT:      andovergreatbooks@yahoo.com
Wednesday June 2, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (June 2) is "Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan." The meeting will focus on developing a marketing plan. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Monday June 14, 2021
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Virtual Meeting - Morning Book Group
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Due to COVID-19, the group will be meeting virtually via Zoom.  For more information, please contact David.

This month's selection is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Find it in the catalog.

CONTACT:  David Kronman    dakronman@gmail.com
Wednesday June 16, 2021
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50+ Job Seekers Networking Group of Greater Lowell
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom.

If you are unemployed and actively looking, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your "Encore Career", this networking group program is perfect for you. Remember, 85% of jobs are found through networking!

This week's topic (June 16) is cover letters and personal branding. First time attendees need to register HERE.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the many tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.  

Each biweekly meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC., an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 10 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and is a Certified Leadership Agility Coach. She has facilitated 50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups for 5 years and is a Licensed Group Leader.  

The Tewksbury Library has partnered with libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover and Tyngsborough to sponsor this group.

CONTACT:  Stefani Traina  978-623-8451  straina@mhl.org
Tuesday June 22, 2021
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Virtual Great Books Group
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This month's selection is The Waves by Virginia Woolf.


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