This month: Poetry in Opera Workshop - Virtual; Early American Life - Virtual; Basics of Zoom - Virtual; Trivia Tuesday - Virtual; Miniature Breakfast Art Class - Virtual; Virtual Event with Debby Irving; Get Lit Book Club - Virtual; Papercraft Workshop - Virtual.
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Virtual September Events with HPL!

Join us this September for a virtual library program! Check out our online calendar for the latest updates.
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New England Road Trip Challenge on Beanstack!

September 8-September 30
Buckle up for a great New England road trip! Enjoy the storied history, natural beauty, and must-see stops of our spectacular region from the comfort of home.

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Poetry in Opera Workshop - Virtual

Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 PM
Join Guerilla Opera, Boston’s premiere ensemble for new opera works for an interactive poetry-writing workshop inspired by libretti from our most exciting repertoire. Each session will feature samples from different productions. Participants will create their own poetry through engaging writing exercises that connect with the cultural realities of our contemporary society. Workshop led by Guerilla Opera’s Director of Engagement Programs, Dramaturg and Teaching Artist, Brenda Huggins.
This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 register. We will send a link via email.

Early American Life: Greater Haverhill's People and Events in the Colonial Period - Virtual

Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 PM

Hear the stories of early English colonists like John Ward, the Saltonstalls, and Hannah Dustin and her sister, Elizabeth Emerson. From the Bloody Sunday Attack to the Throat Distemper Epidemic, life in the frontier settlement of Haverhill could be both challenging and dangerous. Presented by Melissa Drake of the Buttonwoods Museum.

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

Basics of Zoom - Virtual

Thursday, September 17 at 2:00 PM

Are you new to Zoom? Would you like to join meetings on there, but aren't sure where to start? Join us for this brief introduction to Zoom, which will cover how to join a meeting as well as some of the basic features. This class is targeted towards folks who are brand new to Zoom.


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

Trivia Tuesday - Virtual

Tuesday, September 22 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!

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.



Miniature Breakfast Art Class - Virtual

Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM

Learn how to sculpt a miniature breakfast! Make a menu of mini food: the hungry man special, a short stack of pancakes or a side of toast. If you enjoy eating it for breakfast you can make it from air dry clay!

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.


Clay: We recommend using Crayola Air Dry Clay. Find it at Michael's, Amazon and other art supply stores.

You can also make your own air dry clay, but be advised that it is prone to cracking Please make the air dry clay before the class. Video instructions can be found at:

• Crayola Air Dry Clay or premade batch of air dry clay from the following ingredients:

• 2 cups baking soda

• 1 cup cornstarch

• 1 1/2 cups water

• Microwave safe bowl

• Butter knife

• Toothpick

• White glue

• Smooth surface to work on such as a wood or plastic cutting board, baking tray, etc.

During the class, we will make a variety of miniature breakfast foods. The sculpted food will need to dry for a few days before you finish it with paint or markers. We'll go over what kinds of paint to use during the class.

Need help or have questions? Email us at:


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

I'm a Good Person! Isn't That Enough? Virtual Event with Debby Irving - Virtual

Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 PM

This virtual event will be held over Zoom. Due to the anticipated large number of participants, please use this link to register through Zoom:

Using historical and media images, racial justice educator and writer, Debby Irving, examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. This program is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. Debby's presentation is followed by an interview and Q&A with a panel of local residents from two organizations working on social justice issues. Panelists include Bria Gadsen, Elizabeth Walther-Grant, and Mayara Reis of Merrimack Valley Black & Brown Voices, and Amaryllis Lopez of Elevated Thought.

About Debby Irving
Debby, a white woman, was raised in Winchester, Massachusetts during the socially turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. After a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood, she found herself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the racial divide she observed in Boston. From 1984 to 2009, her work in urban neighborhoods and schools left her feeling helpless. Why did people live so differently along racial lines? Why were student outcomes so divergent? Why did she get so jumpy when talking to a person of color? Where did the fear of saying something stupid or offensive come from, and why couldn’t she make it go away? The more she tried to understand racial dynamics, the more confused she became.

In 2009, a course at Wheelock College, Racial and Cultural Identity, shook Debby awake with the realization that she’d missed step #1: examining the way being a member of the 'normal' race had interfered with her attempts to understand racism. What began as a professional endeavor became a personal journey, as she shifted from trying to figure out people whom she’d been taught to see as 'other' to making sense of her own socialization. Her book Waking Up White is the story of her two-steps-forward-one-step back journey away from racial ignorance. She continues to study racism and strategies for its undoing while working to educate other white people confused and frustrated by racism. She remembers these feelings all too well and is passionate about transforming anxiety and inaction into empowerment and action, be it for an individual or an organization.

Mayara Reis was born in Brazil and raised in North Andover. She is a paralegal and attends UMass Lowell where she studies Criminal Justice and Crime and Mental Health. Elizabeth Walther-Grant was born in Florida and grew up in Andover. She is a licensed Esthetician and published makeup artist. Bria Gadsen grew up in Boston and resides in North Andover. She graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Science in Nutrition and earned a Master's in Community Health from Merrimack College.

Amaryllis Lopez (she/her) is Elevated Thought's program director. Lopez is an Afro-Puerto Rican cultural worker, born and raised in Lawrence, MA. Her work explores themes of womanhood, colonialism, and Blackness. Lopez holds a B.A. in English with minors in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and African American Studies from Bridgewater State University.

This program is part of a series, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice, offered in collaboration with Courageous Conversations and eight Merrimack Valley libraries - Burlington Public Library, Haverhill Public Library, Lawrence Public Library, Memorial Hall Library, Nevins Memorial Library, Stevens Memorial Library, Tewksbury Public Library & Wilmington Memorial Library.

Get Lit Book Club - Virtual
Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM
Love to talk about books?  Join our Get Lit Book Club, a social book club designed for twenty and thirty something readers in the greater Haverhill area. We will be meeting monthly to talk books, socialize, eat, drink, and whatever else might come up!  Join us virtually on Thursday, September 17 from 7 to 8:00 PM. We'll be discussing They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery.


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, September 21 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 Welcome Fall. 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.  

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