Write Poetry with Andover’s Poet Laureate
On Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m., try your hand at writing a poem or two with Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, Andover’s Poet Laureate. She’ll guide the group through exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Learn How You Can Become a Foster Parent
Foster Parenting is a service that allows people to assist needy children during times of crisis. Children come into care almost every single day in the Lawrence, Methuen, Andover and North Andover area. On Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., hear from a foster parent and social worker about how you can make a significant, positive influence in their lives. The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families serves children of all ages — from infants to adolescents — from every community — who need a home. You can be single, married, partnered, divorced, or widowed. You can rent or own a home. Time spent with you in a stable and secure environment gives a child a chance to heal. The rewards of providing daily care, guidance and acceptance to a child are immeasurable. Every Parent Makes a Difference. Sponsored by Massachusetts DCF and Memorial Hall Library. Meets in the Activity Room.
Introduction to Finding Grants
Are you new to the field of grant seeking? On Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., discover what private foundations and corporations are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants, and how to find potential funders. In this introductory course, you will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including: who funds nonprofits and their motivations; what funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding; how to identify potential funders and make the first approach, and which Foundation Center websites are best for your work in philanthropy and fundraising. Attendees will also receive an overview of Foundation Directory Online Professional, Foundation Maps and Grants to Individuals Online. Memorial Hall Library provides free public access to these funding databases. Coordinator of Reference Services, Dean Baumeister, will be on hand to answer questions and lead the session. Guest speaker, Susan Shiroma, will be presenting via the web, but the session will be interactive, with opportunities to ask questions. Susan Shiroma is the Senior Social Sector Librarian at Candid, the new organization that represents the union of Foundation Center and GuideStar. Susan's achievements since joining the Foundation Center in 1995 include the national expansion of its proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center's historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Candid training expert and public speaker.
Friends’ Spring Book Sale
The Friends of Memorial Hall Library will hold their Spring Book Sale, beginning with an expanded Preview Night on Wednesday, April 24, and continuing through Sunday, April 28. Preview Night costs $20 per person, but is free for current Friends’ members. All proceeds benefit the Library and are used for programs and projects for all ages. Anyone can join the Friends of MHL online at www.mhl.org/friends or pick up an application at the library.
Friends’ Spring Book Sale Hours & Prices:
Preview Night, Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., $20 per person (free for Friends’ members)
Thursday, April 25, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Regular book sale prices: Adult hardcover $2; softcover $1; paperbacks 4/$1; Children’s & YA hardcover $1; softcover & board books 2/$1; DVDs $1; DVD Series $3; CDs 2/$1; Audiobooks $3; exceptions are specially priced items that are priced as marked.
Sunday, April 29, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; fill a bag for $5 or $7.
Other April events at MHL:
Conversational English on Mondays, April 22 and 29 from 10 a.m. to noon – For non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members welcome. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.
Maker Morning@MHL on Tuesdays, April 16, 23 and 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 https://mhl.org/calendar.
Discover Your Past Genealogy Club on Thursday, April 11 from 10 -11 a.m. in Memorial Hall.
Make@MHL: Make Your Own Rustic Wooden Sign on Monday, April 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. Create your own piece of home décor by taking a plain piece of wood and sanding, staining and stenciling it. Choose one of four designs and paint colors and accents to customize it. Wear clothes that might get a little dirty. All supplies included. Space is limited. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Visit www.mhl.org, or call 978-623-8430. Unless specified, programs are held at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover, MA. All events are sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library. Support library programming by joining the Friends at https://mhl.org/friends.
May events at the library
Delvena Theatre Company presents Isabella
On Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m., take a step back in time and meet Isabella Stewart Gardner, the famed founder of the eponymous museum in Boston. Learn about her life, charm, friends and acquaintances, travels, stylish taste and unconventional behavior. Presented by Delvena Theatre Company. A brief annual meeting of the Friends of Memorial Hall Library will take place at 6:30 p.m., before the performance. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
For Peat’s Sake: Bogs, Fens and Peatland Habitats of Foster’s Pond
Peatlands are natural flood controls, fascinating ecosystems, and storage bins for more carbon than all other vegetation types in the world combined. Foster’s Pond offers an incredible diversity of peatland habitats whose size and complexity are unmatched in this region. On Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m., local landscape designer and botanist, Richard Barry, will talk about the unique peatland ecosystems of Foster's Pond and ways to help the pond through gardening practices, including how to create rain gardens and the best native plants to use. Barry has a degree in Forest Ecosystem Science from the University of Maine, and interned in the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. For the last 2 years he has been designing and planting native landscapes throughout Northeastern Massachusetts. The program is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and Foster's Pond Corporation.
Addison Gallery Tour: In and Out of Place
On Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.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 https://mhl.org/calendar. Meets at the Addison Galley of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy. A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery.
Triage & Transition: Why & How to Electrify Building Heating
On Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m., Boston University Professor Dr. Nathan Phillips will discuss the why and how of moving from gas to electricity for climate mitigation, adaptation, cleaner air and safer communities. Professor Phillips studied at California State University, Sacramento and Duke University's School of the Environment. He teaches in the Earth & Environment Department at Boston University. His current research is on the physiological mechanisms and processes by which plants and ecosystems regulate water loss and carbon gain, and how such processes may be altered under global environmental change. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Plant Physiological Ecology, Physical Principles of the Environment, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Environmental Field Methods, and Sustainable Energy. His talk is presented in collaboration with Memorial Hall Library and Working to Educate for Climate Action Now (WECAN).
AVIS 125 & MHL present David Moon
On Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m., David Moon, Director of the Mass Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, will share his extensive knowledge about birds and birding. After 37 years of birding at Plum Island, David feels he has come home to Mass Audubon, a great place to work to protect and celebrate nature, and where we can help mobilize our society to ensure a verdant future. In the many years since his training in ornithology and related science, David has migrated between the classroom and non-formal centers, developing a deep appreciation for leadership, good administration, and progress in the field of environmental education. In 2002, he founded an organization devoted to citizen science and focused on a small watershed in New Hampshire. The strong response of the community let him know that there is much more to be learned and accomplished when we build partnerships between scientists, educators, and civic-minded people. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar. A collaboration of AVIS and Memorial Hall Library.
West Parish Garden Cemetery Birding Walk
On Sunday, May 19 at 8am, local residents and bird enthusiasts, Donna and Don Cooper, will lead a birding walk through West Parish Garden Cemetery. Meet at the lower entrance at the corner of Reservation and Cutler Roads. Park along the road. Dress for walking in wet grass, and bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs are allowed. Meets rain or shine. Expect to walk for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Space is limited. Registration is required at https://mhl.org/calendar. A collaboration of AVIS and Memorial Hall Library.
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 https://mhl.org/calendar.
May Events at Memorial Hall Library:
Adult Board Games @MHL on Sunday, May 5 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.
MVMTA Recital on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of piano music performed by students of the Merrimack Valley Music Teachers Association. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Conversational English on Mondays, May 6 & 13 from 10 a.m. to noon – For non-native speakers of English who have studied formal English and would like to practice their speaking and listening skills. New members welcome. To register, contact Carolyn Fantini at 978-475-4602.
Maker Morning@MHL on Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 & 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 https://mhl.org/calendar.
Device Advice on Tuesdays, May 7 & 21 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.
Make@MHL: Red, White & Blue Rag Craft on Wednesday, May 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. Create a colorful craft using rag techniques with staff members, Vicki Murphy & Gerry Deyermond. All supplies included. Space is limited. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Discover Your Past Genealogy Club on Thursday, May 9 from 10:00-11:00am in Memorial Hall.
Career Networking Group on Thursdays, May 9 & 23 from 10:00-11:30am 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.
Computer Users Group on Monday, Monday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Activity Room – Topic TBA. Facilitated by MHL librarians. A collaboration of MHL and the Center at Punchard.
Death Café on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join other adults for Andover's fourteenth Death Cafe - an evening of open, lively, and insightful discussion about death. While not a support group nor a venue for bereavement, a Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, non-judgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often taboo subject. Come with an open mind, a healthy curiosity, and a willingness to share your thoughts, feelings, and questions with other like-minded individuals. Hosted by Andover resident, Richard Davis. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m. Sign up at https://mhl.org/calendar.
Visit www.mhl.org, 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 https://mhl.org/friends.