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1936 Olympic summer games poster

Revisit the 1936 Olympics with local historian, Don Robb.

On Wednesday, July 20 at 7pm, Don Robb will explore how Hitler used the 1936 Olympics as a public relations attempt to spread  propaganda and hide the truth about his Third Reich. His presentation will cover topics such as, why Germany was ripe for Hitler to take power in the 1930s; how his Nazi...

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Olympia The Complete Original Version

Watch Olympia, the film by Leni Riefenstahl.

On Wednesday, July 13 at 4pm, the library will screen Leni Riefenstahl's controversial film, Olympia, in Memorial Hall. About the 1936 Olympics, the film was mentioned in The Boys in the Boat. Running time is 3+ hours. The film is in German with subtitles and contains...

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Tranquility Lotus Flower

Meditation for everyone.

On Thursday, July 14 at 7pm, learn how to relax through meditation with MHL staff member, Amy Martin, a certified yoga teacher. She'll explain the body's system of life energy, the practice of vipassana, which trains the mind to focus awareness on one thing at a time, and she'll lead a guided...

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Andover Cultural Caper

So many things to find in July, so little time!

Downtown Andover is full of clues this July, with three scavenger hunts for families and children. The Children's Room is sending Jungle Gym Giraffe, our Bruins-clad summer reading mascot, to a different downtown location every week. Kids who spot him can come to the Children's Room to fill out...

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Imajine That

Imajine That. You asked and we delivered!

The library has a new pass to Imajine That Museum in Lawrence, courtesy of the Friends of MHL. The unique 12,000 square foot play space includes a child sized Whole Foods® grocery store, a HUGE dinosaur climbing structure, Between the Lions® literacy area, Peep and the Big Wide World® Science...

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Ellen Minzner

World Champion rower Ellen Minzner comes to MHL.

On Monday, June 27 at 7pm, World Champion rower, US Paralympic coach, and Lawrence native, Ellen Minzner...

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Learn how to save the seeds from your favorite flowers and vegetables.

It may not seem like the time to think about next spring’s seeds, but if a particular vegetable, herb, or flower has done well this year, try saving your own seeds! On Thursday, June 23 at 7pm, Jen Valentine of Valentine & Sons Seed Company will share the best ways to save seeds. Detailed...

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Andover Reads meets the MHL Monday Movie.

Andover Reads presents the feature film Race on Monday, June 20 at 6:30pm. It chronicles Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history, which thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Stars Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis...

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planting the kindness meditation flags

Kindness meditation flags at the library

Have you seen all those flags planted in front of the library? They're part of The Loving Kindness Project at Wood Hill Middle School. Next time you're in, have a look! They'll be here for the next week.

A statement from the Wood Hill Middle School:

The Loving...

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Peter Grinspoon

Dr. Peter Grinspoon discusses his memoir of addiction, Free Refills.

On Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm, Dr. Peter Grinspoon will discuss his memoir, Free Refills, which recounts the dark days of his secret addiction to prescription drugs. He is proudly nine years clean and works at an inner city clinic in Boston. Copies of his book will be available, courtesy...

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