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April 2021 Mid-Month Sudoku

April showers bring May flowers--and in the meantime, they bring a good time to work on a puzzle!  If it's a rainy spring, though, this Sudoku won't be the only indoor entertainment you need.  If you like jigsaw puzzles as well as math puzzles, you might be interested to know that MHL has...

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Going Green: Tips & Tricks

Going Green: Tips & Tricks

Earth Day is coming up (April 22), and you may be wondering what you can do--or how you can extend the good practices you already have--to make an impact.  In addition to checking out this month's programming on recycling, the environment, and gardening (check the online calendar...

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Fictional Libraries & Librarians

Fictional Libraries and Librarians

National Library Week has once again drawn to a close, but there's no reason why we can't continue to celebrate libraries all year round. Here are some of our favorite fictional libraries and...

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Not The Usual Suspects: Debut Mystery Novels

Not The Usual Suspects: Debut Mystery Novels

Mystery fans know that it can be fun to be loyal readers of long-running series, following the recurring adventures of favorite fictional detectives. But it's also rewarding to find new favorites! Here are fifteen recent debut mystery novels to check out. If you find a great new author, keep...

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April 2021 Puzzle

The theme of this month's crossword is Former Library Workers—famous people who, at one point in their lives, used to work in a library!

If you've ever wondered what it's like to work in a library, check out our new podcast, Shelf Help. MHL staff...

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Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

March 31st is the International Transgender Day of Visibility, which makes it a particularly great day to check out books written by transgender and nonbinary authors. Here are some great works of fiction and...

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books with animal narrators

Novels for Adults, Narrated by Animals

What do bees, elephants, chickens, tortoises, and porcupines have in common? In this case, each is the narrator of one of these books (for adults!)--and you'll find books narrated by other animals, too. All of these titles are available from the library in print (click the title to request it in...

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Unsung Women in History

Unsung Women in History

In honor of Women's History Month, here are some fascinating biographies and memoirs about women whose historical contributions you might not have learned about in school. These books are written for teens and adults. For children's books about women in history,...

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Asian & Asian-American Experiences in Literature

Memorial Hall Library strives to be welcoming to all patrons, including those of Asian and Asian-American heritage.  While our online access to leading national...

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Shelf Help Podcast Episode 3

Shelf Help Podcast Episode 3

In episode three of MHL's Shelf Help podcast, assistant head of circulation Gerry and reference librarian Stephanie cover chapters 12-16 of Susan Orlean's The Library Book, Andover's current community read title. Topics include access and discrimination in libraries, the difficulties of...

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