EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 14, 2013

Library preparing to reopen on Sundays


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — The public library announced that it will re-open on Sundays after a hiatus of more than 10 years.

Beginning Sept. 22 and running through May 18 of next year, the library will open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., with exceptions for holidays. The city provided additional funding in the library’s 2014 fiscal year budget to allow for Sunday operating hours.

“This is excellent news for the Haverhill Public Library and the people who use and enjoy our services,” said library Director Carol Verny. “Real appreciation is due to the public, library staff, trustees, and elected officials, including Mayor James Fiorentini, who showed such determination and support for the library.”

During the library’s Strategic Planning process, library officials heard that Sunday hours were important — particularly for families, working people and students, Verny said. Sunday is often the busiest day of the week at libraries across the country, Verny noted, and in looking at the experience of other libraries, adding Sunday hours has proven very effective in meeting the public’s demand for more services.

The library will offer a full suite of services on Sundays, including homework help, museum passes, meeting room reservations, readers advisory services and access to the print, ebook, and e-resource collections. More information is available from Carol Verny at cverny@mvlc.org or 978-373-1586, ext. 621. Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

Talk on diabetic neuropathy planned

Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy, a senior lunch presentation with Michael Kutka, MD, will be held on Sept. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium.

Kutka, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is a member of the team at Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner. Menu includes marinated chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable medley, cranberry sauce, salad, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Merrimack Valley Hospital is located at 140 Lincoln Ave. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.

TOTS-n-TYKES Tuesday is Aug. 20

Winnekenni Castle’s final Tots-n-Tykes Tuesday event for the year is Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The program’s theme is “Paint, Splatter & Mess” and is recommended for ages 2 and older. The cost is $8 per child. Online pre-registration is required at www.winnekenni.com or www.imajinethat.com. Teachers from Little Sprouts & Imajine That will guide children through educational and creative workshops designed to stimulate little minds.

Some activities will be outside so please dress your child appropriately. For more information, visit www.winnekenni.com.

Rockfest at Winnekenni Castle Saturday

The Boston band “Leaving Eden,” in conjunction with former pro-wrestler Steve Chamberland of the 50 Legs Foundation, will present Leaving Eden Rockfest 2013 on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Winnekenni Castle.

This all-day, all-ages family-friendly event is a benefit for the Florida-based 50 Legs Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Chamberland which raises money to provide prosthetics for children.

Leaving Eden — along with local rockers including Elextacy, Inner Child, 4x4 Barracuda, Preciphist, Of The Past, the Judas Priest tribute band “Hell Bent For Judas,” Guns 4 Destruction, the Alice N’ Chains tribute band “Again” and Epicenter — will perform all day at the event in support of 50 Legs.

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jimmy Hart, former member of the band “The Gentrys,” whose hit singles included “Cinnamon Girl” in 1970, will perform with Leaving Eden in a special cameo appearance. This event is sponsored by Seaboard Products and Budweiser, The Music Workshop, Jagermeister and Frank FM 106.3.

This event will feature a Renaissance theme, with food, crafts, vendors, promotional give-aways and activities for children of all ages. For more information, visit online at http://leavingeden.wix.com/leavingeden-rockfest.