This month: NaNoWriMo Writing Group; Panel Discussion with all 5 Agatha Award Nominees for Best First Novel - Virtual; Papercrafting and Card Making; Holiday Arrangements; Internet Basics I & II; The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston's Struggle for Justice - Virtual; Decolonizing: Placing Indigenous Peoples in the Conversation; Virtual Tabletop Guild; Steps to Managing Memory, Alzheimer's Disease, & Dementia; Lynne Reeves in Conversation with Lisa Genova - Virtual; Crafting Corner: Autumnal Paper Lanterns.
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November Events with HPL!

Join us for a library program this November! We have in-person programming in the auditorium, hybrid programs, and virtual programs!

Masks are currently required in the library. To protect patrons and staff, we will require masks for all indoor programs. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status.

Check out our online calendar for the latest updates.
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NaNoWriMo Writing Group!

Wednesday, November 3 at 2:00 PM

Are you planning on turning your great novel idea into reality this November During National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Join us Wednesday, November 3 at the library or on Zoom for a writing group! We'll share ideas, brainstorm, do some writing, and share support as folks enter this process. Bring a laptop/tablet/paper and pencil and write with us!

This is a hybrid program. It will take place in the auditorium, with a Zoom stream available to offsite attendees. Please select to indicate whether you will be attending in person or virtually when registering.

To protect patrons and staff, we will require masks for all indoor programs. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status.

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

Panel Discussion With All 5 2021 Agatha Award Nominees For Best First Novel - Virtual

Wednesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM

Meet the country's best new mystery writers in this all-star panel discussion featuring all five nominees for this year's Agatha Award for Best First Novel -- Esme Addison (A Spell For Trouble); Tina deBellegarde (Winter Witness); Mary Keliikoa (Derailed); Erica Ruth Neubauer (Murder At The Mena House); and Laura Jensen Walker (Murder Most Sweet).  Bestselling, award-winning author Catriona McPherson will serve as moderator.

About The Authors:

Ever since Esme Addison discovered Nancy Drew, she’s wanted to solve mysteries. As a mystery author, she’s finally found a way to make that dream come true. Esme lives on the North Carolina coast with her family. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new mysteries for her sleuths to stumble upon, you can find her dancing her calories away in Zumba, patronizing her local bookstores or visiting the beach, the mountains and all historical sites in between. Learn more about Esme HERE.

Tina deBellegarde’s debut novel, Winter Witness, was nominated for an Agatha Award, a Silver Falchion Award and a Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Award. Tina also writes short stories and flash fiction. Her story “Tokyo Stranger” appears alongside celebrated authors in the Mystery Writers of America anthology When a Stranger Comes to Town edited by Michael Koryta. Tina’s short fiction also appears in the last two editions of The Best New England Crime Stories. She is the secretary of her local chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America, and Writers in Kyoto. Tina lives in Catskill, New York with her husband Denis where they harvest shiitake mushrooms and tend to their beehives. She travels to Kyoto, Japan regularly to visit her son Alessandro. Learn more about Tina HERE.

Mary Keliikoa is the author of the Shamus finalist and Lefty, Agatha and Anthony award nominated PI Kelly Pruett mystery series and the upcoming Misty Pines mystery series featuring Portland homicide detective turned small town sheriff slated for release in September 2022. Her short stories have appeared in Woman's World and in the anthology Peace, Love and Crime: Crime Fiction Inspired by Music of the ‘60s. She is the Vice President of her local Sisters in Crime, and an active member of Mystery Writers of America, as well as Private Eye Writers of America. In addition, she volunteers her time as a Pitch Wars mentor. A Pacific Northwest native, she spent a part of her life working around lawyers. Combining her love of legal and books, she creates a twisting mystery where justice prevails. When not in Washington, you can find Mary on the beach in Hawaii where she and her husband recharge. But even under the palm trees and blazing sun, she’s plotting her next murder—novel that is. Learn more about Mary HERE.

Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at the Mena House, spent eleven years in the military, nearly two as a Maryland police officer and one as a high school English teacher before finding her way as a writer. She has been a reviewer of mysteries and crime fiction for publications such as Publishers Weekly and Mystery Scene Magazine for several years, and she's a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Erica Ruth lives in Milwaukee, WI. Learn more about Erica HERE.

Agatha-nominated Laura Jensen Walker has loved mysteries since she read Trixie Belden in the fourth grade. A former reporter and the author of several books, including the Agatha-nominated Murder Most Sweet (her first Bookish Baker mystery) and Hope, Faith, & a Corpse, Laura is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Deadly Delights, her second Bookish Baker mystery, is her third cozy and 20th book. Learn more about Laura HERE.

About The Moderator: National-bestselling and multi-award-winning author Catriona McPherson was born in Scotland and lived there until immigrating to the US in 2010. She writes historical detective stories set in the old country in the 1930s, featuring gently-born lady sleuth, Dandy Gilver. After eight years in the new country, she kicked off the comic Last Ditch Motel series, which takes a wry but affectionate look at California life from the POV of a displaced Scot (where do we get our ideas, eh?). She also writes a strand of contemporary psychological thrillers. The latest of these is A Gingerbread House, which Kirkus called “a disturbing tale of madness and fortitude”. Catriona is a member of MWA, CWA, Society of Authors, and a proud lifetime member and former national president of Sisters in Crime. Learn more about Catriona HERE.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Tewksbury Library. Presented in collaboration with the Tewksbury Public Library and a number of Massachusetts libraries.

Please click here or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. You will receive a Zoom link via email.

Papercraft Workshop

Monday, November 8 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.

This program will be held inside the library. To protect patrons and staff, we will require masks for all indoor programs. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status.  

Holiday Arrangements

Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

Presenter Betty Sanders will make five arrangements and then raffle them off to audience members at the end! Hosted in collaboration with the Haverhill Garden Club.

To protect patrons and staff, we will require masks for all indoor programs. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status.

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

Internet Basics I & II

Wednesday, November 10 at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 PM

For those who have never touched a computer or have limited mouse skills, this class will introduce the basics of having a computer, mouse and keyboard. We will also explore how to find information online and develop web browsing skills.

This is a two-part course. Part II will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 PM. Please sign up here for both sessions.

To protect patrons and staff, we will require masks for all indoor programs. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status.

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

The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston's Struggle for Justice - Virtual
Wednesday, November 10 at 7:00 PM


**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email.**

Join author Jan Brogan for a presentation on her new book, The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston's Struggle For Justice, via Zoom. 

About The Book: It’s hard to remember just how poor and how violent Boston was in the 1970s: violence in the schools, where kids got stabbed; violence in the neighborhoods, where houses got firebombed, even violence at the city’s tourist attractions, where members of a Black school group from Pennsylvania visiting the Bunker Hill monument were beaten by three whites with hockey sticks.  In an overwhelmingly white criminal justice system, from police to prosecutors to judges, all white juries in Massachusetts, and the nation, routinely decided the fates of Black defendants and what constituted as justice for Black victims. 

In discussing Combat Zone: Murder, Race and Boston’s Struggle for Justice, Brogan will explain how the 1976 murder of a Harvard football player in Boston’s old Combat Zone left a lasting imprint. The tragedy led to the cleanup and eventual demise of Boston’s troubled red light district and changed the way juries were chosen Massachusetts and the nation—a small, but significant step in a criminal justice system that still needs reform.

About The Author: Jan Brogan is a journalist and novelist living in Boston. A former staff writer for the Providence Journal and the Worcester Telegram, her freelance work has appeared in the Boston GlobeBoston MagazineLadies' Home Journal, and Forbes. Learn more about Brogan HERE.

Register directly on Zoom. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation. Presented in collaboration with the Tewksbury Public Library and Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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

Decolonizing: Placing Indigenous Peoples in the Conversation

Wednesday, October 27 at 2:00 PM

An Evening with Claudia Fox Tree & Debby Irving

Courageous Conversations and Libraries Working Towards Social Justice present an online evening with Claudia Fox Tree (Arawak/Yurumein) and Debby Irving.

Join Claudia Fox Tree and Debby Irving for an online conversation as they explore how U.S. narratives have shaped their understanding of themselves, one another, and the complex world we live in. No two conversations are alike as they gather with no agenda, simply modeling the conversations of a cross-racial relationship. Current events, in their own lives and in the larger world, inspire the organic conversation they engage in. Audience engagement and participation will be facilitated by a moderated question and answer session following their talk.

Professional educator, Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein) teaches courses and workshops on transforming curriculum and culturally responsive teaching practices. She also leads conversations "un-erasing" Native American First Nations People (FNP). She gives voice to Indigenous experiences (past and present) and asks allies and co-conspirators to come on the journey with her. Her presentations feature discussions on identity, culture, contributions, stereotypes, and historical inaccuracies.

Debby Irving is a racial justice educator and writer and author of Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Debby leads workshops and educates and consults with organizations seeking to create racial equity.

This program is hosted by Memorial Hall Library in collaboration with Courageous Conversations and libraries in Chelmsford, Dracut, Groton, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Nashua, Newton, North Andover, North Reading, Reading, Tewksbury, Westford, and Wilmington, Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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

Virtual Tabletop Guild

Saturday, November 20th 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 me an email at with any questions or concerns regarding program scheduling and/or content.

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


Steps to Managing Memory, Alzheimer's Disease, & Dementia

Monday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM

Based on his award-winning book being translated into Chinese and Korean, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About It, Dr. Andrew Budson will explain how individuals can distinguish changes in memory due to Alzheimer's versus normal aging, what medications, diets, and exercise regimes can help, and the best habits, strategies, and memory aids to use, in seven simple steps. He will also discuss his newest book, Six Steps to Managing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: A Guide for Families, including how families can manage issues with memory, language, vision, behavior, driving, incontinence, sleep, and more.

Educated at Haverford College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Budson is Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Director of Education at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, and Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

To protect patrons and staff, we will require masks for all indoor programs. Masks are required for all patrons aged 2 or older, regardless of vaccination status.

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


Lynne Reeves in Conversation with Lisa Genova - Virtual

Monday, November 29th at 7:00 PM

Author Lynne Reeves will discuss her latest book, 'Dangers Of An Ordinary Night,' in conversation with bestselling author Lisa Genova, via Zoom.

About The Author: Lynne Reeves (Griffin) is an internationally recognized family counselor, public speaker, teacher and writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in Parents, Psychology Today, Solstice Literary Magazine, Chautauqua Journal, Craft Literary, Fiction Writers Review, Brain, Child and more. Lynne regularly appears as a media guest expert to discuss contemporary family life and preventive mental health, with her most recent appearances on WBUR's Morning Edition and WCVB's Chronicle. Writing as Lynne Griffin, she is the author of the family-focused novels, Life Without Summer, Sea Escape, and Girl Sent Away. She writes novels of domestic suspense as Lynne Reeves. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime National & Sisters in Crime New England.

About the Book: The Dangers of an Ordinary Night is an exploration of the explosive family secrets that are often hidden in plain sight.

About The Interviewer: Lisa Genova is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Still Alice, Left Neglected, Love Anthony, Inside the O'Briens, and Every Note Played. Still Alice was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart. Lisa graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about and has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Today, PBS NewsHour, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talk, “What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's,” has been viewed more than five million times.

This event is hosted by the Tewksbury Public Library in collaboration with many other Massachusetts Public Libraries.

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

Crafting Corner: Autumnal Paper Lanterns!

Pick up kits between Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 30th.

Make your own autumnal paper lantern! 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, November 22nd. The last day to pick up is Tuesday, November 30th. Please call the library at 978-373-1586, x608 to arrange a curbside pick-up.

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

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