Memorial Hall Library activities for adults in August:

Maker Morning

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., learn how to use the 3D printer, vinyl cutters, poster printer and other devices at the library.

Memorial Hall Library activities for adults in September:

A Celebration of Song: The Great American Songbook & Beyond

On Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2:30 p.m., the Friends’ Concert Series kicks off with Too Human, a jazz trio featuring Roger Bruno and Ellen Schwartz, and Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass. Their program includes jazz standards from the American Songbook and original songs. Former professional songwriters in Los Angeles, their songs have been covered by artists such as Cher, Pat Benatar, Teddy Pendergrass, Nancy Wilson and Ramsey Lewis. They’ve opened for Janis Ian, Livingston Taylor, Les Sampou and many others. Composers for independent films, their fresh and innovative arrangements appeal to a wide audience. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Sign up at

I Found My Village! Now What?

Finding vital records for one's family in Poland is a critical step in exploring our Polish ancestry, but can sometimes be confusing. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m., after a brief overview of the Polish partitions and the history and geography of Poland, Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will illustrate the use of church records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, and other documents from U.S. sources, to determine one's ancestral village accurately. She’ll suggest resources and strategies to help you decipher misspelled place names, and discuss the next steps in your research: determining the parish and civil registry office using gazetteers, and obtaining birth, marriage and death records. Julie will rely heavily on online sources throughout her presentation, and show how you can trace your Polish ancestry without having to cross the ocean. Sign up at

Seed Saving & More Workshop

On Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., MassHort Senior Horticulturist, Hannah Traggis, is back to share her extensive knowledge about techniques for saving seeds, preserving your harvest, putting your garden to bed for the season, and more. Bring your questions and leftover seeds. Pick up catalogues. Door prizes! Sign up at

Is it Alzheimer’s? Know the 10 Signs

If you or someone you know is experiencing changes in memory, it's time to learn the facts. Knowing the warning signs can help determine if you should speak to a doctor. Presented on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. by Lisa Sobhian, a trained Family Support Volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association. The 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's is Sunday, September 15, 2019. Lisa Sobhian, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner, has been a nursing home social worker and nursing home consultant, specializing in working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and other caregivers. Since 2007, she has been in charge of Alzheimer’s care at D’Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell, where she is the Director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services and Director of Life Enrichment Programs. A volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association for 10 years, Lisa has been part of its Committee for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s as Chairperson and currently their Mission Chair, and as an advocate and a Dementia Ambassador and Family Support Volunteer.  Lisa’s passion is working to bring awareness and education to the public about Alzheimer’s disease and sharing her determination that there is a reason to hope for treatment and a cure. Sign up at

Dementia Dialogues

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., a new monthly discussion group is forming for anyone and everyone wanting to discuss dementia, including caregivers, care partners and people living with dementia. The group will be facilitated by Emily Kearns, PhD, MBA, RMT. Emily’s personal experience care partnering with her parents, who both lived with dementia, was life-changing, catapulting her into what is now her first love—reframing dementia and supporting those who live with it. Emily is committed to change-making, including innovative programming and community education, so that individuals living with dementia may continue to live well, experiencing joy and meaningful engagement in communities that support and celebrate them and the life they choose. The group meets in Alcove 2 on Level G.

A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century America

On Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m., tour the Addison Gallery’s exhibition which examines the complex histories and persistent impacts of the 19th-century European-American relationship with the natural world. This era witnessed both the extreme and violent exploitation of the land and its peoples and the birth of a modern conservation movement. With paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs, decorative arts, and natural history specimens, the exhibition unfolds chronologically and moves from New England to the West. Meet in the lobby of the Addison Gallery of American Art, on the campus of Phillips Academy. Registration is required at A collaboration of Memorial Hall Library and the Addison Gallery.

American History with Don Robb: 1890-1915

On Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall, join historian Don Robb in exploring "turn-of-the-century" America - not this century, the last one! The period from 1890 to 1915 was a time of reformers, progressives, imperialists, and colorful characters like William Jennings Bryan and Teddy Roosevelt. He'll discuss, among other topics, the Progressive Movement, the acquisition of Hawaii, the Spanish American War, the Bull Moose Party, and the election of Woodrow Wilson. The sessions for this series are: September 26, October 3, 10, 24 & 31, and November 7.

Friends’ Fall Book Sale Hours

⦁ Preview Night is Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., $20 per person (free for current Friends’ members)

⦁ Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

⦁ Friday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

⦁ Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

⦁ Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Sunday, CDs and DVDs are 4/$1, and all teachers are welcome after 3 p.m. to pick up unsold books for their classrooms.

Other September events for adults at Memorial Hall Library:

Nonfiction Book Group on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. - This month’s selection is Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. Open to new members.

First Friday Flick on Friday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall - Enjoy a film in our new monthly daytime series for adults. This month’s selection is Bohemian Rhapsody. Running time is 134 minutes.

Adult Board Games @MHL on Sunday, Sept. 8, 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.

Device Advice on Tuesdays, Sept. 3 and 17, from 7 p.m. to 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. Stop by the Reference Desk any time for device assistance.

Computer Users Group on Monday, Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall – Topic: Streaming Video with Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc. Facilitated by MHL librarians.

Make@MHL: Fall Craft on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Create a fall craft with staff members, Vicki Murphy & Gerry Deyermond. All supplies included. Space is limited. Sign up at

Discover Your Past Genealogy Club on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall.

Career Networking Group on Thursdays, Sept. 12 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 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. 

Writers Group on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. - Open to new members. Email for more information. -MORE-

Morning Book Group on Monday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. - This month’s selection is The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. Open to new members.

Great Books Group on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. - This month’s selection is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Open to new members.

Conversational English begins on Monday, Sept. 30, 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.

Memorial Hall Library programs for children in August:

Dads and Donuts on Saturday, Aug.  24, at 10 a.m., for ages 2 to 5 — story time for preschoolers and their families. After stories and a craft, share coffee, juice, and doughnuts. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.

Memorial Hall Library programs for children in September:

Reading with Annie on Tuesdays, Sept. 10 and 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for children able to read on their own. Annie is a therapy dog who loves to be read to. The sessions are 15 minutes long and only the child who is reading is allowed in the room with Annie and her handler. Register at

Dads and Donuts on Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 28, at 10 a.m. for ages 2 to 5. A story time for preschoolers & their families. After stories and a craft, share coffee, juice, and donuts. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.

Legomania on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Share a story, then build with Legos and share the creation with the group. Sign up beginning on August 31st at 9:00am at

Make It Take It Tuesdays for ages 3 and up and an adult, on Tuesdays, Sept. 17 and 24, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join us for a drop-in craft program. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.

Junior Friends of Memorial Hall Library on Wednesdays, Sept. 18 and 25, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. for ages 8 to 11. Contact Miss Kate at 978-623-8440 or

Picture Book Pals on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 4 and 5 with a favorite adult. Join Miss Kim as she reads a new picture book, followed by a fun activity. Sign up starting September 5th at 9:00am at

Thinking Thursday on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 8. Combines stories and science and a craft to bring home. Register beginning September 5th at 9:00am at

Around the World on Friday, Sept. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Explore different languages through songs, rhymes, stories and games. Whether you are a native speaker who would like to meet other parents in the community who raise their children bilingually, or you would like to expose your child to different languages and cultures at an early age, join us for this fun event. Pick up a token in the Children’s Room.

Musical Mornings with Peter Sheridan on Friday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. A children's musician for twenty years, Peter performs at many libraries, day care centers and schools. He plays guitar, accordion, harmonica and other instruments and uses puppets and books in his program. No registration needed.

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