The Library will close at 5pm on Wednesday, July 3rd, and be closed Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday. Go Here to find all our Holiday Closures

Children’s Summer Programs

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Below you’ll find some of our special summer events, as well as the Methuen Public School reading lists for Grades 1 through 6, and instructions for how to track your reading.

And, readers in grades K-6 that log 5 or more books on either READSquared or paper passports can also participate in the 2024 Topsfield Fair “Read & Win” Program.

And don’t forget that we have more than just big programs this summer, we also have dozens of arts & crafts, animal, science, and storytime programs during the summer too. See our monthly calendar for those.

Events

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Thursday, June 27 at 6:30pm (All Ages)

Minecraft Madness with Jungle Jim

Join Jungle Jim as he leads kids through an action-packed show that transports them into the wonderful world of Minecraft!

Combining balloon artistry, magic, comedy and improv, Jim creates an amazing experience for children with activities such as the Building Block Madness Tournament, a riveting Zombie Chase, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, and the incredible giant slime-ball creation!

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Tuesday, July 2 at 10am (Ages 3-8)

Pineapple Project

Our “You Belong Here” initiative strives to cultivate a welcoming environment that celebrates and is accessible to all cultures, backgrounds, and abilities of those who visit the Nevins Library. The Pineapple Project presents a fun and engaging show that explores gender, creativity, and each child’s freedom to be who they are, while nurturing their respect and empathy for others.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Nevins Library.

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Wednesday, July 10 at 11:30am (All Ages)

Flying High Frisbee Dogs

This amazing show features four of the most athletic Border Collies on the planet! Mike Piazza and his high-flying dogs will perform Frisbee stunts and other entertaining tricks at this outdoor show. Mike has twenty years of experience, and he and his dogs have performed on Animal Planet, at major league sporting events, and at schools, libraries, and many other venues – come enjoy the event!

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Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30pm (All Ages)

Bilingual Storytellers: “Song of the Chirimia/La Música de la Chirimia”

Your kids will be captivated by this beautiful Guatemalan folktale about a young man who tries to win the hand of a Mayan princess by finding the purest song in the woods: the chirimia instrument, whose music is sweeter even that of the birds.

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Thursday, July 25 at 10am (Ages 5-14)

Playful Engineers – Jay Mankita

Are your kids ready for a hands-on, play-based, STEAM science adventure? In this fun workshop, participants design, build, test, and play with chain reactions and creative contraptions, such as Rube Goldberg Machines, paper constructions, domino towers, exploding popsicle-stick snakes, and other awesome engineering explorations!

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Wednesday, July 31 at 6pm (Ages 6 and Up)

New England Birds of Prey

At this unique event you’ll be able to see live birds of prey (raptors)! The program is presented by Wingmasters, an organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American raptors; the organization also cares for injured raptors, releasing most of them back to the wild, and provides a home for those birds that wouldn’t be able to survive if released. These are the birds you’ll see at this exciting program — live hawks, falcons, and owls – and learn about how they hunt, communicate, and experience a rapidly changing habitat.

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Monday, August 5 at 10:30am (Ages 3-11) & Monday, August 5 at 1pm (Ages 3-11)

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Please check back for more program information and to register on July 15th!

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Friday, August 16 at 10am (All Ages)

End-of-Summer Carnival

Please check back for more program information and to register on July 15th!

Track Your Reading:

Want to start logging your reading progress? There are two ways to do it:

How it works with Passport to Reading (paper tracking):

Earn a stamp in your ‘passport’ by reading/listening to a book (1 stamp per book).

Each stamp allows you one entry into the end-of-summer prize drawing (prizes are grouped by ages this year).

Complete 1 row on your “Book Bingo” sheet  (found in your summer bag) for 1 entry into the end-of-summer prize drawing, or cover-all for 3 tickets. (Did you misplace or mess up your Book Bingo sheet download and print a new Book Bingo sheet one here).

How it works on READSquared (online tracking):

Register as a participant in the Nevins Library Summer Programs and track your reading progress at Nevins Library READSquared

Complete activities and keep track of your reading (you’ll recieve 1 stamp per book read).

Once you’ve completed  activities, head to the Youth Services Dept. to enter into the end-of-summer raffle (1 ticket per book read).

Methuen Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

Many of these books can be also found in our eBook/eAudiobook collection via Libby (as well as on our shelves). Stop by the Youth Services’ or Reference Desks for more information on how to get started with Libby if you haven’t used it before!

Program sponsors include the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, The Nevins Library, Friends of the Nevins Library, and the MSPCA at Nevins Farm.

Special thanks to Altitude Trampoline Park (Pelham, NH), Boston Bruins, Chuck E. Cheese (Methuen), Launce Trampoline Park (Methuen), Topsfield Fair, Target Store (Methuen), and the USS Constitution Museum for their generous support of our summer program giveaways.

Thank you!