Police goal: 'Giving warmth for winter" 

The Andover Police Department has been collecting blankets, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and other warm clothing items through its Giving Warmth for Winter Drive.

The donation box will be in the Andover Public Safety Center lobby until Jan. 31. All donated items must be new and unused.

Bestselling author discusses latest book

On Friday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., bestselling author Ace Atkins will discuss his latest book, "Robert B. Parker's Someone To Watch Over Me: A Spenser Novel,'' in a Zoom webinar.

Register directly on Zoom by visiting mhl.org/events. Autographed copies of the book will be available for sale before and during the event from the bookstore partner, Wellesley Books. Ten percent of the proceeds from each will be donated to the library of the buyer's choice.

Ace Atkins is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 books, including 10 in his Quinn Colson series. Handpicked by the Robert B. Parker Estate nearly a decade ago to continue the Spenser series, he's written nine novels about the iconic private eye. He lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi.

This event is sponsored by the North of Boston libraries in Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Woburn that have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this fall and winter. 

Penguin rescue with The Penguin Lady

Dyan deNapoli helped save 40,000 penguins in South Africa after the an oil spill in June 2000. On Saturday, Jan. 23, she talks about her experience in the rescue and further rehabilitation efforts. 

This presentation is based on Dyan’s TED talk, The Great Penguin Rescue, which has been viewed nearly 500,000 times on TED.com. Register through Zoom at https://mhl.org/events. This program is suitable for ages 10 and older. The program, hosted by Wilmington Memorial Library, is a collaboration of Memorial Hall Library, Wilmington Memorial Library and Woburn Public Library.

Alaska National Parks virtual travel

Explore the beauty and grandeur of the Alaska National Parks in a virtual presentation with Steve Farrar through Glacier Bay, Denali, Katmai and other locations Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

Register through Zoom at mhl.org/events.

'Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You' discussed

Courageous Conversations, in partnership with Memorial Hall Library, is hosting a series of events focused on the fight against racism.

First in the series is a dialog about the book "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You'' by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Andover resident Delia Duran-Clark, who is principal of Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, leads the conversation about the book which describes how race has been used to gain and keep power and what an anti-racist future could look like. The virtual event is Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Register through Zoom at https://mhl.org/events. It will not be recorded. Send your questions for the panel in advance to straina@mhl.org.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's The Scorpion's Tail

On Friday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., bestselling authors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child will discuss their latest book, "The Scorpion's Tail,'' in a Zoom webinar.

Sign up at mhl.org/events. The authors will discuss the adventures of an archeologist and FBI agent who solve crimes.

Autographed copies of the book will be available for sale before and during the event from our bookstore partner — Wellesley Books. Ten percent of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the host library of the buyers choice.

This event is sponsored by the North of Boston  libraries including Andover, Billerica, Chelmsford, North Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington and Woburn that have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this fall and winter. 

Help for job-seekers

The 50+ Job Seekers Group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.

The group will meet from January through June. If you are unemployed and looking for a job, underemployed, seeking a new career direction, re-entering the job market after a long employment gap, or recently retired and looking for your “encore career,” this networking group program is perfect for you.

Deborah Hope, an experienced executive career coach, hosts the professional forum for networking with peers in a safe and comfortable environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and workshop on topics relevant to career transition, guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and one-on-one coaching guidance.

Participating on a regular basis will give job-seekers tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.

This program is a collaboration of libraries in Andover, Chelmsford, Dracut, North Andover, Tewksbury and Tyngsborough. For complete information about dates, meeting topics and registration, visit mhl.org/events.

Homes to receive town census

Andover’s town census will be mailed to every local home in January, Town Clerk Austin Simko said.

According to state law, everyone must complete the census and registered voters who fail to do so may be removed from the voter rolls, Simko said.

Town census information is commonly used to verify a person’s residency for public school admittance, military benefits and in-state tuition reductions.

Residents asked to take Lowell Street survey

As the town moves to the next step of the Lowell Street (Route 133) improvement project, officials want to know what design concept residents prefer.

The town is asking people to complete a seven-question survey.

For more information on this project and the survey, visit andoverma.gov/877/Route-133-Corridor.

Andover’s diversity, equity survey

Andover is offering the public a survey where people can share experiences related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the town, local officials said.

The survey is anonymous. It is accessible in English, Spanish or Mandarin.

The survey can be found at surveymonkey.com/r/Andover_asst_2020.

 

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