This month: Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being - Virtual; The Cooking Gene - Virtual; Special Collections Show and Tell - Virtual; Papercraft Workshop - Virtual; Ask Us Anything! - Virtual; Get Lit - Outdoor; 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's - Virtual; Virtual Tabletop Guild; Crafting Corner: Make Your Own Rose Water; Birding on the Merrimack River - Outdoor.
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June Events with HPL!

Join us for a library program this June! This month marks the return of in-person programming. We have two outdoor programs on the calendar for June (with more to come over the course of the summer), as well as a number of virtual programs.

HPL is celebrating Pride Month this June with a panel featuring speakers from SpeakOUT Boston, the nation's oldest LGBTQIA speakers bureau.

June also marks the beginning of adult summer reading! The theme for this year is Tails and Tales. This newsletter includes more details about summer reading, including how to get started!

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

Adult Summer Reading: Tails and Tales 2021

June-August 2021

Explore tails and tales with Beanstack this summer! Log the books you read to earn badges and tickets for our prize raffles. 

This summer we are challenging all adults to become Creature Collectors by reading books! Along the way, feel free to complete as many activities as you want! For each completed challenge or activity, you will be awarded tickets! Use these tickets to enter yourself into our various prize raffles! The more you do, the more chances you have to win! Best of luck and happy reading!

Visit or come to the reference desk to get started!


Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being - Virtual

Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 PM

The Haverhill Public Library is pleased to offer a community event in collaboration with the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley.

The goal of this event is to provide the community with information on how COVID-19 has affected mental health challenges as well as suicidal thoughts in youth and other age groups.

The presentation will provide information about depression, anxiety and non-suicidal self-injury in an effort to help recognize these challenges and promote help-seeking. We will also discuss suicide prevention efforts and how to recognize possible suicide risk as well as how to talk to someone at risk. Resources will also be included.

There will be a question and answer period following the presentation.

Presented by Debbie Helms, Director, Samaritans of Merrimack Valley.

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.

The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food with Michael Twitty - Virtual

Thursday, June 10 at 7:00 PM

Join a community of 25 public libraries from across the state to welcome Michael Twitty, as he discusses his book, The Cooking Gene, the 2018 James Beard Foundation's Book of the Year Award-winner.  Massachusetts-based chef and author (and huge Michael Twitty fan), Chef Bill, will facilitate this event's discussion.

African American culinary historian Michael Twitty found there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking and in the story of most African American families. In this unique memoir, Michael starts to trace his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening, and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and put him center stage in the discussion over race and food in American life through his popular food blog, Afroculinara.

As 25 town libraries are collaborating to make this event possible (with the expected correspondingly sized audience), we will be utilizing two viewing modes: Zoom webinar and livestreaming through NewTV, to ensure everyone will be able to view the event at the same time.

Please note, registration will close 2 hours prior to this event.

For more information about Michael Twitty, visit  For more information on Chef Bill, visit

Sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. 

The Groton Public Library will be running the Zoom webinar, and is managing registrations. Please register through the Groton Public Library website.


Special Collections Show and Tell - Virtual

Friday, June 11 at 2:00 PM

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

This program will be a pre-assembled inteactive presentation, not a live video program. We will send a link to the presentation at the listed start time, 2:00 PM.

Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.

Papercraft Workshop - Virtual

Monday, June 14 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.  

Ask Us Anything! A Panel with SpeakOUT Boston - Virtual

Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 PM

Join us for a panel featuring speakers from SpeakOUT Boston, the nation's oldest LGBTQIA speakers bureau. The speakers will share their stories and speak about their experiences as LGBTQIA folks, then the floor will open up for Q&A. Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director of SpeakOUT Boston, will moderate. SpeakOUT's motto is "Ask Us Anything," so feel free to bring your questions!

This program is a collaboration with the Tewksbury Public Library. The 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.

Get Lit - OUTDOOR!

Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 PM

Join us for an in-person, OUTDOOR meeting of Get Lit, a social book club designed for twenty and thirty something readers in the greater Haverhill area. We'll be meeting in GAR Park, across the street from the library, to discuss Bestiary by K-Ming Chang.

"With a poetic voice of crackling electricity, K Ming Chang is an explosive young writer who combines the wit and fabulism of Helen Oyeyemi with the magical realist aesthetic of Maxine Hong Kingston. Tracing one family's history from Mainland China to Taiwan, from Arkansas to California, Bestiary is a novel of migration, queer lineages, and womanhood."

The first five people to sign up and attend will receive a Get Lit-branded glass! All additional attendees will receive an HPL travel mug. All attendees will receive a Get Lit-branded coaster and bookmark!

This program will take place in GAR Park, across the street from the library. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. Visit our online catalog to reserve a copy of the book.

Crafting Corner: Make Your Own Rose Water!

Pickups available between Monday, June 21 and Friday, June 25

Make your own rose- and lavender-infused water! 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, June 21st. The last day to pick up is Friday, June 25th. Please call the library to arrange a curbside pick-up.


10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's - Virtual

Thursday, June 24 at 6:00 PM

Alzheimer’s causes changes in memory, thinking and behavior that are not normal aging. Join us to learn about: the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s; common warning signs; the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis; next steps and expectations for the diagnostic process; and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter.

This program is a collaboration with the Bigelow Free Public Library, Boxford Town Library, Brockton Public Library, J. V. Fletcher Library, Flint Memorial Library (North Reading), Flint Public Library (Middleton), Georgetown Peabody Library, Groton Public Library, Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library, Parker Memorial Library (Dracut), Reading Public Library, Rowley Public Library, Saugus Public Library.

This program will take place via Zoom webinar, managed by the Alzheimer's Association. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. You will receive a Zoom link via email.


Virtual Tabletop Guild

Saturday, June 26 at 2:00 PM

An ancient darkness is on the rise as the Virtual Tabletop Guild continues the Age of Ashes campaign for Pathfinder 2nd Edition!

Nestled in the foothills of the Five Kings Mountains, the quaint town of Breachill has a proud tradition of assembling groups of adventurers to handle tasks beyond the skill and scope of their humble guardsmen. When during this month's Call for Heroes a humble goblin scholar beseeches the town council to investigate the signals for help from an abandonned Hellknight citadel, will our adventurers be up for the task? What strange creatures and bygone mysteries will they find hidden beneath Hellknight Hill?

Participants may create their own 1st level characters for Pathfinder 2nd edition to play as, or use available pregenerated characters. If you have any questions about this process or the system, feel free to send me an email!

The meeting will be conducted virtually via Discord and the Foundry virtual tabletop program.

--For Adults (18+) only.

Registration is required. A link to the Foundry game will be sent at least 15 minutes prior to event start time.

Registrants must have a stable internet connection, 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.

Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.

Birding on the Merrimack River - OUTDOOR!

Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00 AM

Join us for a birdwatching program along the Merrimack River here in Haverhill! Bring your binoculars if you have them, and we'll try to spot some of the birds that inhabit the area along the river. Meet at Riverside Park.

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing, so we can host safe in-person programming.

This is an off-site program led by a library staff member. The library is not responsible for any injuries or theft. Please bring your own viewing supplies as we only have a limited number of binoculars to loan to participants.

This program will take place at Riverside Park. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium Program

Virtual Libby Training

Monday, June 14 at 10:00 AM
If you haven’t used the FREE Libby app yet to borrow digital titles from our library, join OverDrive at 10am on Monday, June 14 to learn how to Get Started with Libby.

This block will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to get started with Libby, including:
• Finding your library and signing in • Browsing and searching for titles
• Navigating the app • Borrowing titles and placing holds
• Managing notifications • And much more
(Live, runtime approx.: 35 minutes)

Want to learn the experts’ favorite tips and tricks? Join us at 10:45 for the Libby Deep Dive session, where OverDrive experts will show you how to get even more out of our Digital Collection.
(Live, runtime approx..: 30 minutes).

Just have a few minutes? Want to ask the experts a few questions? We have a quiz and question period at 10:35 (following Getting Started and before the Deep Dive) to chat!
(Live, approx..: 10 minutes)

You join whenever you like. This is an open agenda with defined sessions at 10:00 and 10:45am.

Sessions will be recorded and shared with you for playback and review. If you don't have the Libby app downloaded on your device already, you can download the Libby app on most iOS and Android devices.

Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store and search for Libby. Your result should be Libby, by OverDrive, and the app is FREE! You can also use Libby in your browser by going to

Please register on Zoom. You will receive a link via email. This program will be recorded, and the recording will be sent to all registrants, so please feel free to register even if you won't be able to make the live event.


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