Memorial Hall Library programs for adults in July



The Hometown Team: Four decades of Boston Red Sox photography with Mike Shalin

On Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m., join co-author, Mike Shalin for an evening of talking about baseball. For Red Sox fans eager to relive the glory days of their favorite players, The Hometown Team enables them to do just that, through the lens of longtime photographer, Steve Babineau. From star and support players, to members of the grounds crew, Red Sox staff, alumni, and some opposing players, this book features Fenway's most memorable characters from the past 40 years, with behind-the-scenes images of the ballpark during that time, as well. This scrapbook-style book features fun and insightful commentary from veteran sportswriter, Mike Shalin, and images of the following BoSox legends: Carlton Fisk, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Jonathan Papelbon, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester, Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon, Mookie Betts, and many more. 


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:

Adult Board Games @MHL on Sunday, July 7 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, July 2, 9, 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 Tuesdays, July 2 & 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.

Computer Users Group on Monday, Monday, July 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall – Topic: Strategies for backing up your data. Facilitated by MHL librarians. A collaboration of MHL and the Center at Punchard.

Make@MHL: Stars in a Jar on Wednesday, July 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. With staff members, Vicki Murphy & Gerry Deyermond. All supplies included. Space is limited. Sign up at

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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