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10/28: Decorated Pumpkins due today

Did you decorate a pumpkin from the Children’s Room? Return your pumpkin by the end of today, 10/28, if you want to display it. (Noon deadline extended because of our stormy weather.)  Thank you and congratulations to all the pumpkin decorators who have already brought their pumpkins!

(10/28) Library Pumpkins: People’s Choice Voting through Fri, 10/29

Visit the Library’s lower lobby by the end of the day Friday, 10/29, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Pumpkins decorated by the community’s children. Congratulations to all the children who have decorated a pumpkin; they are a sight to make you smile.

Friends of the Library Book Sale FRI 10/29 – SUN 10/31

Please join us at the Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill for a book sale!

  • Friday 4pm – 7pm
  • Saturday 9am – 4pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 3pm

Fill a bag for $10! Bags provided.

View sales details at the Friends Website

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North Andover Reads: First Neighbors, Still Neighbors

Welcome to North Andover Reads Fall 2021! – North Andover Reads: First Neighbors, Still Neighbors

North Andover Reads is a joint effort of the Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover School District. Each year, books, programs, exhibits and more are chosen around a particular theme and highlight our R.A.I.S.E. initiative. This year North Andover Reads recognizes and celebrates our first neighbors, who are still our neighbors: the Indigenous Peoples. Through reading and talking, we hope to gain knowledge, leading to both empathy and respect.

Please join us. Everyone is welcome to read, attend a program, and visit exhibits.



Adults & Teens are reading Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley  , extra digital copies are available for Stevens Memorial Library card holders!

Children are reading We are still here! by Traci Sorell.

Check out our recommended reading lists for more book suggestions.

Watch for news of more programs in November.

Exhibits & Videos

Check back on our website as we post about art exhibits from the schools.

Watch a cooking demonstration by Reference Librarian Alison Horner.

10/28: Virtual Author Visit with John Forti “The Heirloom Gardener”

7 PM,  Virtual Author Visit with John Forti “The Heirloom Gardener : traditional plants & skills for the modern world”

These days, we all need some good news and a way to participate in meaningful change. The Heirloom Gardener is a book for gardeners who want to deepen their knowledge and improve life for families, pollinators and wildlife in their own backyards.  It’s a love poem to the earth; a map to the art of living intentionally and a guidepost for environmental gardeners and artisans.  It unearths old-ways, storied plants and artisanal life-skills; like seed-saving, herbalism, foraging, distillation, ethnobotany and organics which contribute to a new 21st century arts and crafts movement. With woodcuts from Caldecott Medal artist Mary Azarian, The Heirloom Garden offers a dose of wild hope for a weary nation. Register here

Masks Required in Town buildings beginning Monday, 8/23

Effective Monday August 23, 2021, masks will be required inside of municipal buildings in North Andover.  Visitors to Town buildings are required to wear a mask, and employees are required to wear a mask when not in their individual offices.  We will re-evaluate this decision on a monthly basis.

View the full update from the Town here.

Opening on The Board of Library Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library

Opening on The Board of Library Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library

An opening exists on the Board of Library Trustees of Stevens Memorial Library. The Library Board is a 7-member, self-perpetuating entity made up of North Andover residents who are committed to helping promote and support the programs, services, and collections of their town public library.

The Trustees invite any resident of North Andover to submit a Letter of Interest in filling this vacancy to the Board of Library Trustees. We are seeking a person with a background and experience in fundraising and grant writing to support library projects and programs. Other skills sought are marketing with a focus on brand strategy, communications and social media. Please include any experience, expertise, qualifications and/or other attributes, either professional or as a patron, that you would bring to the Board position.

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Project 351 Stone Garden

North Andover 9/11 Tribute Stone Garden:

What it is: In an effort to honor the lives lost during the September 11th attacks we are gathering patriotic stones to create a garden outside of the Stevens Memorial Library.  What you can do: We are asking you to paint/decorate a rock with patriotic colors and respectful messages. Then …

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Employment Support: searching, resume prep, interview skills and more

Visit the Employment Support page to assist in job searches, resume prep, and career and business development. The page is accessible at home, all you need is your library card number and pin. Check out the page by clicking here. Continued »

Don’t have a library card? Sign-up now!

Don’t have a library card? Visit the Library during its open hours or send an email to . Include your full name, North Andover address, and a phone number.  A library staff member will respond when available to get you started using the Library’s many resources.

Reading Recommendations

Not sure what to read next? Fill out a Reader Request for personalized book recommendations, for all ages. Indicate your preferred format: print and audiobooks, e-books and e-audiobooks. You should receive a follow up within 2 days and provide you with at least 3 titles.

Donation questions?

Donations are not being accepted at the Library building until further notice. Questions about donations can be emailed to the Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library care  of   We appreciate the many wonderful donations given in the past to the Library and look forward to the future.