EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 27, 2013

Stevens Library offers plenty of summer activities for all ages

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Now that summer has arrived and school is out, you might be tempted to think there’s a lack of things to do in North Andover.

You’d better think again. The Stevens Memorial Library has come up with a wide variety of activities for people of all ages. Starting a week from Monday, Family Movies under the Tent will be offered at the Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill, 723 Osgood St.

From July 8 through Aug. 19, the movies — all appropriate for families, according to library Director Mary Rose Quinn — will be shown at 7 p.m. You can’t beat the price: free.

To find out what movies are being shown, you can pick up a movie schedule at the library or call the Events Line at 978-688-9508.

Rose told the trustees at their Tuesday afternoon meeting that offering the Monday night movies was the idea of Assistant Town Manager Raymond Santilli.

If you prefer to do your movie watching in the morning, no problem. Wednesday Morning Movies at the Library will be shown at the library, 345 Main St., each Wednesday at 10 a.m. from July 10 through Aug. 14. Again, movie schedules are available at the library or the Events Line can be called.

Refreshments will be provided during all of the movies.

Lectures will be presented at the library at 7 p.m. Thursdays, from July 11 through Aug. 15. Saloma Furlong, author of “Why I Left the Amish,” will tell her story July 11.

Dave Valentine will talk about the basics of raising heritage poultry in your backyard July 18. In view of Town Meeting’s recent decision to allow backyard hens in North Andover, this might be especially interesting to some residents.

Two retired educators, Deb and Pete Lincoln, will present “From Purgatory to Podunk,” a pictorial roundup of all 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts, on July 25.

Author Chris Klein will talk about the Boston Harbor islands Aug. 8. He wrote “Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores.” Aug. 15 will feature a surprise ending.

Book discussions for North Andover High School students will take place Tuesday evenings at 6:30, from July 9 through Aug. 20. NAHS students may be able to garner extra credit for attending any of the discussions.

While this activity is geared toward teenagers, people of all ages are welcome to attend. Quinn said this could present an ideal opportunity for intergenerational book discussions.

Pizza and dessert will be provided — which ought to please everyone’s palate.