Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

June 6, 2013

Beehive buzzing with activity

New program gives adults chance to play

A new program at Memorial Hall Library aims to make busy bees out of Andover’s adult population.

The library is creating a “Makerspace” called the Beehive, a community gathering point for adult creativity and collaboration.

”Historically, we do a lot of things for children, for teens. We do a lot of hands-on crafts and music programs where kids come in and play, and come out of the event having made something,” Emily Classon, community services librarian, said. “For the adults, we don’t have anything. They don’t get to play.”

The Beehive will host a variety of drop-in activities focused on art, writing, crafts, games, demonstrations and discussions of all kinds to encourage interaction and the sharing of new ideas.

The creation of the Beehive is a local example of the “maker movement” happening nationwide, according to Classon.

”Some of that maker movement is about not just consuming, but physically making items or meeting and generating ideas and giving back to society,” she said.

Events will range from structured classes and how-to activities to opportunities to try new things, she said.

”People will connect with neighbors and friends that they might not even know exist,” she said. “It’s going to evolve, kind of like a beehive. There will be a lot of different bees in there buzzing around.”

The Beehive launches today, Thursday, June 6, with a visit from Mary Guziejka, author of “Just The Right Note,” from noon to 2 p.m. Guziejka will talk about her memoir, which chronicles her life growing up in Lowell, her travels around the world and her career as a music teacher in the Merrimack Valley for the last two decades, including 16 years at Sanborn Elementary School.

Here’s what else is coming up in the Beehive:

BOOMER BEES

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