Events Calendar


June

June 22 Thursday

Can't Give This War Away: Three Iraqi Summers of Change and Conflict. An Iraqi man squats in front of a helmet and examines a rifle. Two american soldiers nearby look on, while taking some shade under a bridge.

“To Iraq and Back” with Photojournalist Nathan Webster

7:00 – 8:00 PM As a freelance photojournalist and US Army non-commissioned officer during 1991's Operation Desert Storm, Nathan Webster’s Iraq reporting has appeared in dozens of newspapers nationwide. He will share the photos from his book, Can't Give This War Away: Three Iraqi Summers of Change and Conflict, which documents the time he spent with soldiers overseas, some of the missions they experienced, and perspectives they attained. Stop by the library or call (978) 346-9441 to register to attend this program.


June 23 Friday

Rosalita wears blue and purple flowers in her hair. She is holding several puppets, including a pirate, princess, ladybug, cat, and alligator.

Rosalita’s Puppets

10:30 – 11:30 AM The Haverhill Family & Community Connection presents storyteller and puppeteer, Charlotte Dore and her Enchanted Castles adventure! Registration is not required. For infants up to age 8.


June 29 Thursday

Family Story Time! Three birds sit on the grass under a blue sky with puffy white clouds. One bird is blue, one is purple, and one is green. They all have orange beaks.

Storytime, Crafts and Play

10:30 – 11:30 AM The Haverhill Family & Community Connection presents this fun drop-in program. For infants up to age 8.


June 29 Thursday

Hoopoe the mime wears a black and white striped shirt, a black jacket, white gloves, and a black hat with a red carnation on top. His face is painted white.

Summer Program Kick Off with the Hoopoe Show

7:00 – 8:00 PM Hoopoe (aka Chris Yerlig) blends pantomime comedy, movement illusions and sleight of hand magic tricks to unite young and old through laughter. Enjoy the show, some complimentary snacks, and register for summer reading. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Merrimac Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and the Friend’s of the Merrimac Public Library. All ages and families.


July

July 11 Tuesday

A fairy house built with pale blue hydranga flowers, sea shells, and snail shells.

Fairy House Workshop

11:00 AM Artist Cheryl Carlson-Perrow will bring a selection of natural materials and your child brings their imagination to create a beautiful and original fairy house to bring home. Registration begins June 26. Sponsored by the Friends of the Merrimac Public Library. Ages: 7 & up.


July 13 Thursday

Mike Bent stands in front of the White House. He wears a white shirt and tan vest. A magic wand and rabbit in a hat complete his banner.

“AbraKidabra”

6:00 – 7:00 PM Mike Bent combines magic and comedy in this exciting and fun show which has won the prestigious “Best of Boston” award from Boston Magazine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Merrimac Public Library. All ages and families.


July 18 Tuesday

A Central Bearded Dragon lizard reaches out from a young girl’s hand.

Curious Creatures

10:30 – 11:30 AM Join us for this interactive and hands on live animal education program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Merrimac Public Library. Ages: 5 & up.


July 20 Thursday

A green mini-golf runs between shelves of books in a library.

Mini-Golf

4:00 – 6:00 PM Come by the library and play 9 holes of mini golf on some crazy, fun greens amongst the stacks of the library with your family. Enjoy a free treat from the Kona Icee Truck too! Registration begins June 26. Ages: 5 & up.


July 26 Wednesday

A pale green cartoon pigeon shouts 'Let’s Party!'

Pigeon Party!

11:00 – 11:45 AM Celebrate Mo Willems with us! We’ll be showing the video Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, making crafts, chasing bubbles and enjoying snacks together. All ages.


July 28 Friday

Family Story Time! Three birds sit on the grass under a blue sky with puffy white clouds. One bird is blue, one is purple, and one is green. They all have orange beaks.

Sea Creatures

10:30 – 11:30 AM The Haverhill Family & Community Connection presents this fun drop-in program including story time, craft and open play all about sea creatures. For infants up to age 8.


August

August 1 Tuesday

Lindsay holds a big green dragon puppet. The dragon has several colorful horns.

Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals

10:30 – 11:30 AM Lindsay brings her larger than life, hand crafted puppets that will charm even the most timid audience members with short stories and skits. Sponsored by the Friends of the Merrimac Public Library. All ages and families.


August 8 Tuesday

Jedi Jim trains a young Jedi boy with light sabers. Jim wears a brown hooded robe like Obi Wan Kenobi and holds a purple light saber.

Star Wars Jedi Knight Training

10:30 – 11:30 AM This interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! Jedi Jim will lead the children through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Merrimac Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Ages: 4 – 10.


August 9 Wednesday

Marty Pants book cover titled 'Do Not Open!'. Marty wears glasses and a backpack. His blond hair is spiked up.

Comic Craze!

7:00 – 8:30 PM Meet these amazing artists and win some cool comic door prizes!

Mark Parisi, the award-winning cartoonist of the Off the Mark comic strip will share the side-splitting first book in his new series Marty Pants: Do Not Open! If you love Diary of Wimpy Kid then you’re going to love the imaginative, the inquisitive, the unstoppable Marty Pants!

Greg Moutafis is a local comic book artist and graphic designer who has just published his first graphic novel BOOM! SQUAD about all-girl superteam with something fun for comic readers young and old.

George Karalias is a life-long doodler and has been reading and collecting comics since before he can remember. Influenced by the great artists of the ’60s and ’70s, he is the creator and driving force behind corporate comics Multi-Media Man and Captain Rochester. He recently finished a children's book about Elvis Presley and has also worked on video games for Parker Brothers, Tonka, Nintendo and Sega.