This month: Susan Mallery Talk; Meet Boston's Most Rebellious, History-Making Women; A Woman Aint' I? A Depiction of Sojourner Truth; Courageous Conversations: We Need to Talk About Ending Injustice; Trivia Smackdown 3: Plaistow vs. Haverhill; Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping; Papercrafting and Card Making; Resume Building Workshop; Call In Program - Gratitude Call; The Ultimate Presentation for Red Sox Nation; Matte Medium Image Transfer; A Striking Sustainable Flower Garden by Design; Adult Spelling Bee.
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Virtual March Events with HPL!

Join us for a virtual program this March! It's Women's History Month, and we have programs highlighting the accomplishments of women in U.S. history. We're also launching a Spring Gardening series with the Haverhill Garden Club this month. Check out our online calendar for the latest updates!
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VIRTUAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SERIES: Susan Mallery Discusses 'The Vineyard at Painted Moon'

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 PM

Bestselling author Susan Mallery will discuss her latest book, The Vineyard At Painted Moon, in conversation with bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan, in this Zoom webinar.

About The Author: #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives―family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.

About The Book: Step into the vineyard with Susan Mallery’s most irresistible novel yet, as one woman searches for the perfect blend of love, family and wine. Mackenzie Dienes seems to have it all—a beautiful home, close friends and a successful career as an elite winemaker with the family winery. There’s just one problem—it’s not her family, it’s her husband’s. In fact, everything in her life is tied to him—his mother is the closest thing to a mom that she’s ever had, their home is on the family compound, his sister is her best friend. So when she and her husband admit their marriage is over, her pain goes beyond heartbreak. She’s on the brink of losing everything. Her job, her home, her friends and, worst of all, her family. Staying is an option. She can continue to work at the winery, be friends with her mother-in-law, hug her nieces and nephews—but as an employee, nothing more. Or she can surrender every piece of her heart in order to build a legacy of her own. If she can dare to let go of the life she thought she wanted, she might discover something even more beautiful waiting for her beneath a painted moon.

About The Moderator: Hank Phillippi Ryan is a USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Hank's newest standalone psychological suspense thriller is The First To LiePublisher Weekly starred review says: "Stellar. Ryan could win a sixth Agatha win this one."

About The Series: A collection of North of Boston libraries have joined forces to host a series of virtual discussions with bestselling authors this fall and winter. This event is co-sponsored by libraries in Andover, Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Chelmsford, Dracut, Groveland, Haverhill, Littleton, Middleton, North Reading, Salisbury, Tewksbury, Westford and Wilmington.

Please click here to register through Zoom, or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register over the phone. The Tewksbury Public Library will be running the Zoom meeting.

Meet Boston's Most Rebellious, History-Making Women - Virtual

Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 PM
Presented by Dina Vargo. A former tour guide for the Boston By Foot, Vargo became interested in off-beat walking tours that revealed a hidden history of people and places which led her to the stories about women not so well known but revolutionary in their own right. An African-American abolitionist, Sarah Parker, refused to give up a seat in a play about a hundred years before Rosa Parks did. Harriet Hemenway and Minna Hall brought the fashion industry to its knees when they led a boycott against plumage in ladies clothing. Vargo will tell you these stories and more.

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.

A Woman Ain't I? A Depiction of Sojourner Truth - Virtual

Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00 PM
  A Woman Ain't I, A Depiction of Sojourner Truth, features living historian Kathryn Woods, a one-woman performance memorializing one of the most significant figures in American History. In this special event, presented by History at Play, LLC, join Sojourner near the end of her life, as she recalls her early days as a child, born a slave in New York and who, with the help of God, renamed herself Sojourner Truth to walk away from slavery. Sojourner's identity blossoms as an evangelist, abolitionist, and seeker for the rights of women. Kathryn Woods breathes life into Sojourner's own words and infuses the performance with spiritual music that Sojourner may have sung to reinvigorate the life of this inspiring spiritual leader.

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: We Need to Talk About Ending Injustice: The Work and Path of Bryan Stevenson - Virtual

Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00 PM

A Virtual Conversation with author and activist Jean Trounstine and defense attorney Alicia McNeil

Before the event, watch award-winning attorney, author and social justice advocate, Bryan Stevenson's 2012 TED talk, We need to talk about an injustice. Courageous Conversations and Memorial Hall Library will host a virtual conversation, facilitated by author and activist Jean Trounstine and defense attorney Alicia McNeil, about the issues he raises in the talk, including where we find ourselves as a nation and what we can do to change the current system of incarceration. 

About the TED Talk: In an engaging and personal talk -- with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks -- human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.

About the PanelistsJean Trounstine's most recent book is Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner’s Fight for Justice (2016). It explores the true story of Karter Kane Reed and the injustice of sentencing juveniles to adult prisons. Trounstine worked at Framingham Women’s Prison for ten years where she directed eight plays with prisoners. Her highly-praised book about that work, Shakespeare Behind Bars: The Power of Drama in a Women’s Prison (St. Martin's Press) has been featured on NPR, The Connection, Here and Now, and in numerous print publications here and abroad. In 2018, she was invited to Italy and awarded the Gramsci International Award for Theatre in Prison for her work in literature and theatre for the past 30 years. She writes about justice issues for many venues  and you can find out more about her on or @justicewithjean on Twitter.

Alicia A. McNeil is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and has been practicing for over 20 years with offices in Wakefield and North Andover, MA. Her practice has always been representing the less fortunate, whether in employment law, civil litigation, criminal defense or criminal appellate work. The majority of her practice has been in the Lawrence area, although she represent clients all across the state. She is currently the Treasurer of the Lawrence Bar Association, has participated as a judge for the American Bar Association Moot Court competitions (both for law students and high school students). She is a member of Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorneys and serves on the Strategic Litigation Panel of the Racial Justice Taskforce. She is an adjunct professor at various colleges. In addition to her JD degree, she holds both an Associates and Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies.

About Bryan Stevenson: Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Mr. Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the United States Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-imprisonment-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief, or release from prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced.

Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018: the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. These new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias. Mr. Stevenson is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.

Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize; the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor; the National Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union after he was nominated by United States Supreme Court Justice John Stevens; the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers; and the Olaf Palme Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, for international human rights. In 2015, he was named to the Time 100 list recognizing the world’s most influential people. In 2016, he received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award. He was named in Fortune’s 2016 and 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders list. He received the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize from the King Center in Atlanta in 2018.

Mr. Stevenson has received over 40 honorary doctoral degrees, including degrees from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Books of Nonfiction for 2014 and has been awarded several honors, including the American Library Association’s Carnegie Medal for best nonfiction book of 2015 and a 2015 NAACP Image Award. Just Mercy was recently adapted as a major motion picture. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government.

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.


Trivia Smackdown 3: Plaistow vs. Haverhill - Virtual

Friday, March 12 at 6:30 PM

Join us once again for a night of cross-town/interstate trivia with our friendly rivals from Plaistow. 

Register to play along. Please include your team name and the number of players on your team. 

Not only are you playing for bragging rights, but restaurant gift certificates will be awarded to top placing teams. The game is targeted towards adults but is open to all ages. Some questions will be Jeopardy level, while others will be easier. Local/regional history will also be featured. 

Well-known local trivia host Stephen Wagner will be our quizmaster. This program will be held on Zoom. We will send an email on the day of the program that includes the link as well as additional information about the setup and rules of the game. See you then! 

About our host: 

Stephen R Wagner is the author of six books and is The Former Poet Laureate of Amesbury, Massachusetts. For the last three years, he's hosted a monthly trivia night for Barewolf Breweries in Amesbury. Stephen's style of trivia eschews a traditional focus on pop culture, and instead looks to explore the fascinating facts of the universe all around us. One fun fact is that Stephen has never actually "attended" a trivia event, himself, yet he's hosted over thirty five well attended trivia nights, for a variety of public and private groups, over the last several years. 

This program is a collaboration between the Plaistow Public Library and HPL. It will be held on Zoom. The Plaistow Public Library will be managing reservations, and HPL will be running the Zoom meeting. Please visit the Plaistow Public Library website or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. We will send an email with the Zoom link on the day of the program.



Spring Gardening Series: Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping - Virtual

Saturday, March 13 at 2:00 PM

Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping is a power point presentation featuring the variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials that can be grown in New England for bountiful harvests of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Participants learn how to establish and care for these plants using organic methods of cultivation. Nutritional and medicinal benefits of the plants are discussed as well. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation. Presented by Naturalist and Landscaper John Root.

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

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.


Papercraft Workshop - Virtual

Monday, March 15 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.  

Resume Building Workshop - Virtual

Wednesday, March 17 at 6:00 PM

Learn about Resume building during this workshop, which focuses on Cypress Resume, a resume building resource available to HPL patrons. We'll also discuss additional career-related electronic resources availabel to HPL patrons. Led by HPL reference librarian Brendan Kieran.

Part of the Journey to Success series, a collaboration between MakeIT Haverhill, YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, and HPL. Additional workshops in this series listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

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 - Gratitude Call

Thursday, March 18 at 2:00 PM

Join us for a brief call to share something you are grateful for in a welcoming, friendly space! 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 by visiting the online calendar at We will send you the information you will need to call in after you register.


The Ultimate Presentation for Red Sox Nation - Virtual

Wednesday, March 24 at 7:00 PM

Take a fun and enlightening journey through Boston Red Sox history with the author of the Ultimate Boston Red Sox Time Machine Book. This presentation features videos and photographs of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events and moments in franchise history. The program also includes trivia questions for patrons to ponder and covers Sox history from the Royal Rooters, who launched Red Sox Nation, all the way to the four World Series championships and beyond. It will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Author Martin Gitlin will have autographed and personalized copies of his book available online following the program.

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: Matte Medium Image Transfer!

Pickups available between March 18th and March 25th.

Turn your favorite photo into a work of art using a simple image transfer process. Register 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 make your masterpiece!

Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register. You can pick-up your kit starting Thursday, March 18th. The last day to pick up is Thursday, March 25th. Please call the library to arrange a curbside pick-up.

Note: You will need a photocopy or laser-printed image (cannot be an inkjet printout). You are welcome to come to the library to make a photocopy or print from our printer! Please call 978-373-1586 to make an appointment.


Spring Gardening Series: A Striking Sustainable Flower Garden by Design - Virtual

Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 PM

Presented by Kerry Ann Mendez, award-winning garden designer, speaker, and author at Perennially Yours, LLC. In this video Kerry Ann shows you …

-How to create head-turning, planet-friendly gardens that are the talk of the neighborhood and the pollinator world

-Ways to incorporate the concept of right plant-right place with an emphasis on natives

-Smart water practices, natural insect controls, sources for neonic-free plants, maintaining healthy soil, living mulches, winning the war against weeds naturally, and more!

You’ll Also Get …

-Detailed lecture notes with tons of helpful tips and plant descriptions.

-A form for Master Gardeners, Certified Horticulturists and Landscape Architects to fill out and submit for continuing education credit hour approval.

Plants described in this video range in hardiness from zones 3 to 8.

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

Note: This is a prerecorded webinar. Link will be sent to patrons via email at listed time. Please visit or call 978-373-1586, x608 to register.


Adult Spelling Bee - Virtual

Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30 PM

Are you a speller extraordinaire? Join us for a spelling bee for adults and take a chance at being HPL's spelling champion! We'll have a prize for the winner!

Want to watch but not play? That's fine, too! Feel free to register anyway, and you'll get the link to watch!

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.
Looking Ahead to April

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 the Haverhill Garden Club and HPL.

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.

Community Events

Journey to Success series

A workshop dedicated to helping individuals find balance in life and nurture their physical, mental and professional well-being.

In addition to the Resume Building Workshop listed above, the Journey to Success series includes two workshops hosted by the YWCA. Both will take place on Zoom.
  • Wednesday, March 24th at 6:00 PM - Professional Styles
  • Wednesday, March 31st at 6:00 PM - Leadership Skills
Please contact Brianna Munoz at or 978-374-6121 to register for either of these workshops.

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