Memorial Hall Library programs for adults



May events at the library

American History with Don Robb: The Gilded Age

Don Robb’s six-week course will continue on Thursdays in May from 1:30-3 p.m. Historians and economists often compare the "Gilded Age" (1876 - 1900) to the Nineteen Twenties, and present-day America. Don will explore how the Gilded Age changed America: powerful industrial corporations, a huge influx of immigrants, the growth of great cities, party politics as tense as those of today and the reactions of the American people, rich and poor, to a changing society. Meets May 23 and 30 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Andover Seed Library Lecture Series: Growing Flowers with Samantha’s Gardens

On Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m., owner and landscape designer, Samantha  Mannarino and seasonal color specialist, Vlasta Benedict of Samantha's Gardens will talk about growing flowers and adding color to your garden. Samantha’s Gardens maintains the beautiful outdoor spaces at Memorial Hall Library and plantings in downtown Andover. Sign up at

More events:

Maker Morning@MHL on Tuesday, May 28 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

Career Networking Group on Thursday, May 23 from 10 -11:30 a.m. in Friends Alcove 1, Ground Level – Expand your network of business contacts, share ideas, and learn about effective job search strategies. Facilitated by certified career coach Arleen Bradley. 




Gifts of the Crow with Professor John Murzlaff

Crows are mischievous, playful, social, and passionate. On Monday, June 3 at 1 p.m., scientist and researcher Professor John Murzlaff will share amazing stories about these brilliant birds with huge brains for their body size. Crows mate for life and associate with relatives and neighbors for years. And because they often live near people — in our gardens, parks, and cities — they are also keenly aware of our peculiarities, staying away from and even scolding anyone who threatens or harms them and quickly learning to recognize and approach those who care for and feed them, even giving them numerous, oddly touching gifts in return. The ongoing connection between humans and crows — a cultural co-evolution — has shaped both species for millions of years. Sign up at John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington.

Owls of New England

On Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m., Martin Culpepper, a 16-year-old aspiring wildlife photographer, will give a talk about the owls of New England. Martin has always enjoyed nature, and began photographing outdoors at age 12. He spends 50 to 60 hours each month looking for wildlife to photograph. He's traveled to Alaska, Wyoming, and most recently to northern Minnesota, to capture photographs of wildlife there. He was a finalist in the National Geographic Student Expeditions 2019 photo contest. When he's not out with his camera, he enjoys being a Boy Scout, and camping, hiking, and fishing. His photographs will be on display at the library during the month of June.

An Evening with Author Doug ‘V.B.’ Goudie

On Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m., Boston talk radio host and former Howie Carr sidekick, Doug 'V.B.' Goudie, will share his new book, "A Frost in Hell: The True Story of the Petersham Butcher of 1875." What Samuel J. Frost did on July 4, 1875, led to the "trial of the year" in Massachusetts, with a first-of-its-kind appeal, and a last-of-its-kind punishment. The story of a nondescript farmer from a 'never-heard-of-it' town captivated Massachusetts for all of the wrong reasons, and is as juicy today as it was in 1875. Goudie grew up in Petersham and now resides in Boxford with his wife and four children. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Sign up at

Walking The Way Today: A Pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago

On Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m., Kristine Malpica and Meg Rayne will lead a visual and musical odyssey along El Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across France and Spain known as The Way, that attracts thousands of international travelers each year. They will explore the historical legacy and contemporary cultural heritage of one of Europe's oldest and most significant pilgrimages, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Route and the First European Cultural Itinerary. Sign up at This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Addison Gallery Tour: In and Out of Place

On Thursday, June 13 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.

Go Wild & Plant Native Wild Edibles in Your Yard

On Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m., expert forager and author of "Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten," Russ Cohen will discuss a variety of suitable native edible wild plants to add to your own landscape or nibble on when you encounter them elsewhere. There’s an increasing interest among homeowners and others to include more native species in their landscape, thanks to books like Bringing Nature Home, by Doug Tallamy, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects. Detailed handouts will be provided, along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.  Russ will also include a few details regarding native edible plants he has grown successfully from seed, and the partnerships he has made with conservation groups and others to add edible native plants to their landscapes. Sign up at Russ will lead wild edible walk on an AVIS reservation on Wednesday, June 19 from 6-8 p.m.

The Friends host a One Day Pop-up Book Sale

On Wednesday, June 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., shop for bargains and summer reads at the Friends’ One Day Pop-up Book Sale in the Activity Room. Pick up adult, children's and youth books of many genres, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Cash, checks, credit and debit cards accepted.

Acclaimed Pianist and Composer Plays Special Concert

On Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m., pianist and composer, Haskell Small, who is based in Washington, D.C., will give a special concert at Memorial Hall Library. He’ll perform a program featuring his new composition, "A Haunted Child," along with works by Mozart, Chopin and others. Small has been praised for the exquisite blend of sound and silence in his compositions and for his prodigious technique and subtle touch at the keyboard. His discography of over a dozen recordings and his frequent national and international tours have firmly established his artistic reputation around the world. Highlights of his career include engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Spoleto USA. He was featured on the PBS special “A Celebration of the Piano.” His contemplative nature has drawn him to music that seeks a spiritual quietude that approaches silence. His ongoing series of compositions, performances and recordings, "Journeys in Silence," reflects this interest. He regularly tours the United States, Europe and Japan, programming his own compositions as well as works by other composers that share this aesthetic, performing in monasteries, churches and galleries as well as more conventional concert venues. Small has received commissions from the Washington Ballet, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Georgetown Symphony and Paul Hill Chorale, among others. His discography includes recordings of his own compositions as well as the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, Musica Callada by Federico Mompou and Gershwin in Black and White (a collection of piano transcriptions) on the MSR, Naxos, Centaur and 4Tay labels. Sign up at

Other June Events at Memorial Hall Library:

Adult Board Games @MHL on Sunday, June 2 at 1:15 p.m. in Activity Room - Enjoy board games with other adults. Bring your own or play one of ours. Facilitated by Marc McConley.

Maker Morning@MHL on Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25 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 Tuesdays, June 4 & 18 from 7:00-8:00pm. 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.

Computer Users Group on Monday, Monday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Activity Room – Topic: Buying Airline Tickets Online. Facilitated by MHL librarians. A collaboration of MHL and the Center at Punchard.

Pub Trivia on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Come to Andolini’s and test your knowledge. Hosted by MHL librarians. $50 cash prize to the winning team.

Drop-in Book Chat with Kim & Clare on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m. Stop by the Teen Room and chat about books with librarians, Kim Lynn and Clare Curran. They'll have some recommendations for what to read next.

Make@MHL: Fairy Gardens on Wednesday, June 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. Create a fairy garden with staff members, Vicki Murphy & Gerry Deyermond. All supplies included. Space is limited. Sign up at

Discover Your Past Genealogy Club on Thursday, June 13 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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