By Dustin Luca
---- — 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:
Memorial Hall Library and the Center at Punchard’s BoomerVenture are collaborating on a summer series for Boomer Bees in The Beehive. Boomer Bee programs are aimed at a 50-plus audience, but all adults are welcome. Events are free and registration is not required. Upcoming programs include:
Boomer Bee Book Group: “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery,” Thursday, June 13; “Lying Awake” by Mark Salzman, Thursday, July 11; “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman, Thursday, Aug. 8; all at 7 p.m. To order the books, visit mhl.org/catalog, or call Reference at 978-623-8401, ext. 31.
Busy Boomers Game Night: A fun night of games for the whole family; share your favorite or play one on hand, Thursday, June 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Busy Boomers: “Craft It,” Thursday, July 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Drop in for a creative night. Bring your own craft projects or play with supplies on hand. Knitting, crocheting, jewelry, quilting, paper crafts and more featured.
eBook How-To Sessions: Learn how to download free best-selling titles to read on your computer, iPhone, Android, Kindle or other compatible eBook reader. Bring your eBook reader and USB cord for a hands-on session with Overdrive, or Amazon login and password for Kindle user; sessions on Tuesdays, June 11 and 25, and July 9 and 25, all from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Artists Among Us Demonstrations: Watch local artists work on their craft, and learn some new ideas. Artists will answer questions and provide tips on how to get started with a new hobby. Rug Hooking Demo with Vicki Murphy and Gerry Deyermond, Wednesday, June 12, 10 to 11 a.m.; Wool Appliqué Demo with Vicki Murphy, Wednesday, July 10, 10 to 11 a.m.; Sewn Sock Animals Demo with Brooke Shoostine, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2 to 4 p.m.
The library is hoping to grow The Beehive and is seeking talented artists and writers to fill one- to four-hour time slots. To be considered, fill out the adult program recommendation form at www.mhl.org/recommend.
For a complete list of upcoming events, visit The Beehive calendar at mhl.org/eventcalendar.