This month: Haverhill Reads Author Talks: Saadia Faruqi, Nic Stone, and Kyle Lukoff; Vegetable Gardening for Everyone - Virtual; Call In Program - Coffee Chats; Papercrafting and Card Making - Virtual; Courageous Conversations: What Positive Justice Looks Like; On the Frontlines of Climate Change - Virtual; Virtual Tabletop Guild; Special Collections Show and Tell - Virtual; Zoom Hosting Basics - Virtual; Crafting Corner: Mason Jar Succulents.
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Virtual April Events with HPL!

Join us for a virtual program this April! This year, we're hosting three authors as part of our Haverhill Reads series: Saadia Faruqi, Nic Stone, and Kyle Lukoff! We're also wrapping up our Spring Gardening series with the Haverhill Garden Club, hosting a talk about climate change and social justice on Earth Day, launching a Virtual Tabletop Guild, making crafts with succulents, and more! Check out our online calendar for the latest updates.
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Haverhill Reads

Every year the Haverhill Public Library picks one book for a community-wide read. We’ve decided to try something new this year and offer three unique authors, one for each age-range, for you to explore! Each author we have selected has published numerous books and offers a different perspective, so please read the work that speaks to you, and then join us for our author talks where we will be “visited” by each author via Zoom! They will talk about their works, process, and answer any burning questions you might have!

We hope you will join us for this special series!

Haverhill Reads Author Talk - Saadia Faruqi

Saturday, April 3 at 10:00 AM

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She writes the children’s early reader series Yasmin published by Capstone and other books for children, including middle grade novels “A Place At The Table” (HMH/Clarion 2020) co-written with Laura Shovan, and “A Thousand Questions” (Harper Collins 2020). She has also written “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan” a short story collection for adults and teens.

Saadia is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose, and was featured in Oprah Magazine in 2017 as a woman making a difference in her community. She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and children.

Join Saadia as she discusses her journey as an author, gives some writing tips, and reads from one of her works. She will also take a few questions.

This program will be held on Zoom. Head to our website to sign up for the talk and reserve one of the author's books! You may also call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.


Haverhill Reads Author Talk - Nic Stone

Saturday, April 17 at 6:30 PM

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

Join Ms. Stone as she discusses her work, her process, and takes a few questions.

This program will be held on Zoom. Head to our website to sign up for the talk and reserve one of the author's books! You may also call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.


Haverhill Reads Author Talk - Kyle Lukoff

Saturday, April 24 at 10:00 AM

Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. He spent eight years as an elementary school librarian, but now he writes full time, assists in sensitivity readings and consultations, and presents on children’s and youth literature all across the country. He got hired at a bookstore when he was sixteen, which means he’s been working at the intersection of books and people for well over half his life.

Join us as Kyle discusses his work, his process, and answers questions!

This program will be held on Zoom. Head to our website to sign up for the talk and reserve one of the author's books! You may also call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.


Spring Gardening Series: Vegetable Gardening for Everyone - Virtual

Monday, April 5 at 6:30 PM

Vegetable gardening is something everyone can enjoy, from the novice to the experienced gardener.  It can be a way to bring fresh food to your table, a way to teach children where food comes from, or even a way to beautify your yard!  We’ll look at different types of vegetable gardens and discuss layout, variety choices, and growing techniques. Presented by Gretel Anspach, Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association.  

Gretel Anspach is a Trustee of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, a Lifetime Master Gardener with the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, and a recently-retired systems engineer for Raytheon.  She won the MMGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Gretel established and maintains a 20,000 square foot food production garden that has provided fresh produce to the Marlboro and Maynard Food Pantries for the last ten years.  Her primary interest and focus is always in the science behind horticulture.

Part of HPL's Spring Gardening series. This program and series are a collaboration between HPL and the Haverhill Garden Club.

This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. We will send an email with the Zoom link on the day of the program.

Call-In Program - Coffee Chats

Thursday, April 8 at 2:00 PM
Join us for a coffee chat phone call! We'll discuss various topics of interest, share jokes, and enjoy the conversation! This program will take place entirely over the phone, so no computer is necessary! Please call adult programming librarian Brendan Kieran at 978-373-1586, x608 to register or learn more about the program. You can also register here. We will send you the information you will need to call in after you register.

Papercraft Workshop - Virtual

Monday, April 12 at 6:00 PM

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

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

Materials will be distributed to participants.

This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. We will send an email with the Zoom link on the day of the program.  

Courageous Conversations: What Positive Justice Looks Like - Virtual

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

UTEC's team will join us to discuss their nationally recognized model which begins with intensive street outreach, correctional facility in-reach, and gang peacemaking, engaging our most disconnected young adults by meeting them “where they’re at.”

Their wraparound program is designed to never give up on young adults as they overcome personal, health, and institutional barriers to improving their lives. The team will also share some of the ways they are innovating with the State and the Department of Corrections to make real, meaningful changes at a systemic level and how you can support.

Register through Zoom. Memorial Hall Library will be running the Zoom meeting. Please click on the link to register.

UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today we serve Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults.

UTEC is a family. We assume goodness behind everyone’s actions. We show madd love, unconditionally accepting each person. We offer everyone a clean slate, never giving up. We carry out respectful curiosity, always seeking out moments to connect. We are sponges, actively seeking feedback. We embody contagious passion in all we do.

UTEC is a catalyst. We think big about what we can achieve. We continually chip away, demonstrating relentlessness in our pursuit of positive change. We plant seeds of peace and cultivate trust. We see beyond the mask, knowing there’s always more beneath the surface. We ignite social justice. And we spark sustainability – for our young people, our enterprises, and our physical environment.

UTEC was founded in 1999 as the result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence in Lowell. Originally known as “United Teen Equality Center,” today their name is simply UTEC, Inc.

This program is a collaboration between Courageous Conversations, Memorial Hall Library, and HPL. The program will be held on Zoom, and Memorial Hall Library will be running the Zoom meeting. Please click here to register through Zoom, or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register over the phone.



On the Frontlines of Climate Change - Virtual

Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 PM

Climate change is the number one existential threat to humanity and the planet, but some communities are more vulnerable than others. Where does social justice and climate change overlap? How does identity (race, gender, age, etc.) influence the way a person will be impacted by climate change? And how can we, as concerned community members, fight climate change in a way that is just and equitable for all?

Join Nia Keith, Mass Audubon’s Climate Change Education Manager, in an interactive lecture on climate justice. Join fellow community members as we make space for questions, conversations, and, most importantly, climate action.

Presenter Bio:

Nia Keith is a science educator with more than 15 years' experience working in nonprofits, schools, and cultural institutions. Dedicated to cultivating equity and justice in all environments, Nia has spent her career motivating people to address environmental, social, and economic issues. Her current role as the statewide Climate Change Education Manager for Mass Audubon, allows her to work in many settings, including classrooms, nature reserves, and online. She designs and delivers interactive lessons for all ages, to help people understand and take action to fight climate change. Nia holds a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.

This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. We will send an email with the Zoom link on the day of the program.

Virtual Tabletop Guild

Saturday, April 24 at 2:00 PM

Calling all intrepid explorers, cunning detectives, madcap inventors, ghost whisperers and swashbuckling fightspeople! Are you a tabletop roleplaying game fan, or someone interested in trying them out? The Virtual Tabletop Guild will be a place to explore the many worlds and systems that tabletop roleplaying has to offer, from the swords and magic of Dungeons and Dragons to the seedy alleys of Dusk City Outlaws and the treacherous green waves of the Wildsea. Join us for an introductory meeting to discuss the direction of the Virtual Tabletop Guild and establish some basic table safety rules. The meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

--For Adults (18+) only.

Please fill out this survey, even if you are unable to attend the first meeting: link here

Registration is required. You will receive the Zoom invite link at least 15 minutes prior to the meeting start time. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.

Registrants must have a stable internet connection to connect to the zoom call, a microphone (integrated, external, or headset) and headphones/earbuds.

If you are interested in this program but are unable to attend, I would like to hear from you! Please send Marcus an email at with any questions or concerns regarding program scheduling and/or content.

Special Collections Show and Tell - Virtual

Thursday, April 29 at 2:00 PM

Join us for a virtual show and tell with materials from our Special Collections!

This program will be pre-recorded. We will send a link to the recording via email at the listed time. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.


Zoom Hosting Basics - Virtual

Friday, April 30 at 2:00 PM

Are you new to Zoom? Would you like to host a meeting on there, but aren't sure where to start? Join us for this brief course, which will cover the basics of hosting a meeting. We'll go over how to start the meeting as well as features you may use while running the meeting.

This program will be held on Zoom. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. We will send an email with the Zoom link on the day of the program.

Crafting Corner: Mason Jar Succulents!

Pickups available between Monday, April 26 and Friday, April 30.

Place a succulent plant in a mason jar and decorate! Register here to reserve your kit, pick up your kit from the library, and go to our website to follow an instructional video made by HPL staff to put it all together!

You can pick-up your kit starting Monday, April 26th. The last day to pick up is Friday, April 30th. Please call the library at 978-373-1586, x608 to arrange a curbside pick-up.


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