This month: Eleanor Roosevelt On-Line; Essex County Ghost Project - Virtual; Meet Libby: eBook and More - Virtual; Papercraft Workshop - Virtual; Halloween Craft Hour - Virtual; Halloween: A Haunted History - Virtual; Trivia Tuesday: Halloween Edition - Virtual; Spooky Show and Tell with Special Collections - Virtual.
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Virtual October Events with HPL!

Join us this October for a virtual library program! We have a number of spooky events this month. Check out our online calendar for the latest updates!
Also, follow our social media pages for additional updates and content from the library:
Twitter: @haverhillpl

Fall Adult Reading Challenge on Beanstack!

October 1-December 31
Celebrate fall with HPL by participating in our Fall Adult Reading Challenge. Read 12 books over the course of this three-month challenge, and complete themed activities along the way. We have themes for each month: all things spooky and Halloween-y in October, Native American Heritage Month and National Novel Writing Month in November, and the arrival of winter and giving in December. Earn tickets for each book logged, activity completed, and review written, and enter those tickets into weekly raffles and/or our grand prize drawings. Happy reading!

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Eleanor Roosevelt On-Line

Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 PM

After suffering through an unhappy childhood, and losing her parents and one of her brothers., he figured out where she fit in and could make a difference. She grew up and became an American politician. The longest-serving First Lady of the United States. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. She became one of the first delegates to The United Nations. One of the top ten most admired people of the 20th century. “…as individuals we live cooperatively, and, to the best of our ability, serve the community in which we live…our own success, to be real, must contribute.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Performed by Sheryl Faye.

This program is made possible through CARES Act funding to Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

This is a pre-recorded program. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register. We will send a link via email.

Haunted Cemeteries in Haverhill - Virtual

Wednesday, October 14 at 12:00 PM

Join Tom Spitalere of the Essex County Ghost Project for a talk about haunted cemeteries in Haverhill, including the Pentucket, Hilldale, and Maplewood cemeteries. Tom will also read a John Greenleaf Whittier poem about a Haverhill cemetery. He'll be presenting from the HC Media studio.


This program will air on the HPL Facebook page via Facebook Live. If you would like to receive a copy of the video via email, please register by visiting or calling 978-373-1586, x608.

Meet Libby: eBooks and More - Virtual

Saturday, October 17 at 10:30 AM
Meet Libby by OverDrive, an app that gives you an easy way to borrow and read books, magazines, and graphic novels, or listen to audiobooks on your phone or tablet. This class is open to people with devices that have “app” capability.


This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register. We will send a link via email.

Papercraft Workshop - Virtual

Monday, October 19 at 6 PM

A card making and paper crafting class for beginners as well as those with stamping and papercrafting experience.

We will be creating projects such as multi layered cards, bookmarks and 3-D Items, using several techniques including stamping, die cutting, and embossing.

This month's theme is Halloween. Workshop led by Ruth Tinkham.

This program will be held via Zoom. A link will be sent on the day of the event. Additionally, materials will be distributed to participants.

This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register. We will send a link via email.  

Halloween Craft Hour - Virtual

Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 PM
Join us for an hour of crafting. We'll be working together on a Halloween-themed project! We'll distribute supplies to registrants, and provide instruction during the event.


This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register.

Halloween: A Haunted History - Virtual

Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 PM

Ah, Halloween. Autumnal breezes, crisp leaves, and pumpkin flavored everything! What is it about this time of year that is so enchanting, so mystifying? In this lecture Dustin sheds some light on the spooky shadows of Halloween history and lore. Ghost stories? Oh yeah, he has some of those too.

With over 25 years of experience researching the unknown, Dustin Pari brings exciting and positive lectures about the paranormal all across the country, As a part of SyFy television's Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, and appearances on Destination Truth and Ghost Nation, Dustin has traveled the world over looking for answers and expanding his understanding of the unseen realm. Dustin's fascination with the paranormal began with an encounter he had with a spirit in his childhood home. In his efforts to better understand what had happened, and why, he has traveled across the United States to 27 countries upon 6 different continents, learning a little more with each step of his journey. Throughout the year he travels as an invited guest lecturer at the largest paranormal and spiritual conferences and conventions in the country. He has been interviewed by television's Anderson Cooper, and has done radio shows and podcasts all around the globe. He has written two books based upon his findings and his unique approach to the paranormal. Dustin is known for his wacky and slightly offbeat sense of humor, which helps to balance the light and dark material that can make up the paranormal world. His multimedia presentations run for an hour, and then Dustin likes to make time for some Q&A, resulting in an approximate 90-minute lecture event. In addition to conducting his paranormal research, Dustin also does a lot of work as a motivational speaker, suicide awareness advocate, and Christian lecturer. His annual holiday themed motivational lectures are not to be missed! Drawing on various pop culture themes mixed with Christmas television classics, Dustin's holiday motivation is second to none! He has also penned two motivational books thus far, and two more are currently in the works. Be sure to check out his YouTube series “Hey! Got a Minute?”. When not touring the lecture circuit, Dustin is the COO of a surgical practice based in New England. In his limited free time he enjoys being with his family, watching NASCAR, listening to music, and taking in a good slice of pie from a greasy late-night diner.

This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register.

Trivia Tuesday: Halloween Edition - Virtual

Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 PM

Join us for a night of virtual trivia! Play alone or with a team! There will be prizes for the top two teams! We'll have a number of questions relating to Halloween!

Email Adult Programming Librarian Brendan Kieran at to register. Please include the number of players on your team. We can accommodate up to 10 teams.

The game is targeted towards adults, but is open to all ages.

This program will be held on Zoom. We will send an email on the day of the program that includes the Zoom link as well as additional information about the setup and rules of the game.


Spooky Show and Tell with Special Collections - Virtual
Thursday, October 29 at 2:00 PM
Explore Haverhill's spooky side this month! Join us for a virtual show and tell with some macabre - or otherwirse quirky - materials from our Special Collections! We have cemetery records, books by a horror novelist, papers of a prosecutor in the Lizzie Borden trial, and more!

Photo on left: Grave of Mary Ingalls, Countess de Vipart, Haverhill, via Senter Digital Archive, catalog number 31479006478100.


This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register. We will send a link via email.

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