North Andover Reads: Massachusetts Stories

Author talks, special visitors and book discussions are being hosted around Town and in the schools during October and November as part of the 2nd Annual North Andover Reads initiative. Sponsored by the Stevens Memorial Library and the North Andover Public Schools District, the aim is to bring our community together through literature. This year’s theme is Massachusetts Stories.  By reading books about Massachusetts…

history, books written by Massachusetts authors, and books set here, we learn more about our State, our community, and ourselves.  Visit our North Andover Reads website and watch for announcements of your children’s special activities through their North Andover public school news channels.

Public events are:

  • November 1: A book discussion on The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism book discussion at Stevens-Coolidge Place at 7:00 p.m. Registration is requested to help plan desserts.
  • November 8: “Looking for the Past: Local History around Us” talk at the North Andover Historical Society building at 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited; registration is required.
  • November 15: Genealogist Michael Brophy presents “Massachusetts Family History” at the Stevens Memorial Library at 7:00 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to everyone. For events requiring registration, use the Library’s online website calendar,, or call the Library, 978-688-9505 ext. 42016.

Some suggested books are:

  • Brunonia Barry: The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places, or The Fifth Petal
  • Kristen Biebert: The North Shore Literary Trail: From Bradstreet’s Andover’s to Hawthorne’s Salem
  • Megan Marshall: The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
  • Kathleen Benner Duble: The Sacrifice or The Quest
  • Joan Hiatt Harlow: Joshua’s Song or Midnight Rider
  • Lois Sargent:  What Makes the United States

Thanks to the Friends of the Stevens Memorial Library and the Trustees of the Stevens Memorial Library for funding these programs.


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