Memorial Hall Library programs for adults in July


Understanding our universe

It's all bigger than you can imagine. On Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m., Brewster LaMacchia of the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, will offer some perspective on what can be seen with a telescope and how we categorize objects in ways to improve our understanding of our universe. Space-time is big, both in size, the number of objects (exoplanets, stars, galaxies, etc.) in it, in addition to its 13.8 billion-year age. Our daily lives don't prepare us to comprehend these astronomical quantities. We can see about 5,000 stars from a non-light polluted area. A small amateur telescope will show us millions of objects, and professional telescopes have cataloged billions of objects.


Addison Gallery Tour: In and out of place

 On Thursday, July 25 at 11 a.m., join Curator Gordon Wilkins for a tour and discussion of an exhibition of works from the Addison’s permanent collection, In and Out of Place, which investigates the nuanced and varied physical and human characteristics that set place apart from mere location. Space is limited. Registration is required at Meets at the Addison Galley of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery.


An Evening with author Tara Lynn Masih

On Wednesday, July 31 at 7 p.m., award-winning author, Tara Lynn Masih, will share her debut YA historical fiction novel, My Real Name is Hanna, which won a Florida Book Award, a Skipping Stones Honor Award and the Foreword INDIES Gold Medal in Historical Fiction. Inspired by real Holocaust events, this poignant debut novel is a powerful coming-of-age story that will resonate with fans of The Book Thief and Between Shades of Gray. Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of 14 when Hitler’s army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. 

When Hanna’s father disappears, suddenly it’s up to Hanna to find him—and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive. Sparse, resonant, and lyrical, weaving in tales of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, My Real Name Is Hanna celebrates the sustaining bonds of family, the beauty of a helping hand, and the tenacity of the human spirit. Copies will be available for purchase, courtesy of Andover Bookstore. Door prizes will include two literary goodie bags. Sign up at  


Other July Events at Memorial Hall Library:

Maker Morning@MHL on Tuesdays, July 16, 23 & 30 from 10-11 a.m. – Come and learn to use our 3D printer, vinyl cutters, poster printer and more. Meet at the Reference Desk. Register at

Device Advice on Tuesday, July 16 from 7-8 p.m. Bring your technology questions to the Reference Desk. Get help with the basics for iPads, cellphones, laptops, Kindles and other e-readers. Bring your chargers, usernames and passwords. If you're unable to attend, stop by the Reference Desk anytime for device assistance.

Discover Your Past Genealogy Club on Thursday, July 11 from 10-11 a.m. in Memorial Hall.


Visit, or call 978-623-8430. Unless specified, programs are held at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover, MA. Funding for programs is provided by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Support library programming by joining the Friends at







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