Events Calendar


June

Six word story contest. Colors and shapes flow out of the tip of a quill pen against a green background. Flowers and a bird are among the images.

June 22 – July 13

6 Word Story Contest

Residents of Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury who are entering grades 6–12 may submit only one original six-word story, per student, between June 22nd and July 13th. Each contestant will create their unique story based on this prompt: “Life During Quarantine: A Six Word Memoir”. Six-word stories can be humorous, dramatic, suspenseful, the possibilities are endless! Your story must have: six words, be your original work, and include appropriate language for all ages.

Newburyport Daily News Editor, Richard Lodge will join the three teen librarians as a guest judge. Email contest submissions to: tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Grades 6–8 and Grades 9–12. Each category will have two winners and receive an Apple gift card. Winners will be announced on July 20th and will be featured in the Daily News!


Graphic Novel Book Club. Words appear in a white cloud shape against a background of red, orange, blue and green colored shapes. A distant city skyline appears on the horizon.

June 30 Tuesday

Graphic Novel Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM This new monthly group will be hosted by the Tri-Town Teen librarians on Zoom. This month we'll be discussing Raven by Kami Garcia. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register.


July

When A Dragon Moves In bok cover. A smiling boy on a beach works on a sand castle with a shovel and pail. A happy dragon coming out of the castle is breathing fire.

July 6 – August 3

Storywalk

Come any day/time to the library and enjoy the outdoors and reading at the same time! Follow the numbered signs around the library grounds to read the story When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore. All ages are welcome.


Merrimac Zoomers Book Club. A stack of books next to a potted plant on a table top. Icons for email and text messages appear over the table.

July 7 Tuesday

Merrimac Zoomers Book Club

7:30 – 8:30 PM This book group meets the first Tuesday of the month on Zoom. This month we’ll be discussing the book About Grace by Anthony Doerr. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to receive the Zoom meeting link.


A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

July 8 Wednesday

Creative Writing Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM Would you like to meet other writers in Merrimac, West Newbury and Groveland that are your age to discuss your work and brainstorm new ideas? West Newbury's Teen Librarian, Kristen Young will lead this bi-weekly creative and fun group. Email kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org to register and receive the Zoom meeting link. Ages: 11–19.


Teen / Tween Virtual Trivia. White letters in multi-colored squares against an orange background.

July 9 Thursday

Teen Trivia Night

7:00 – 8:30 PM Show off your knowledge of Pop Culture and Mythology by joining the Tri-Town TAG (Teen Advirsory Group) for a fun night of Zoom Trivia. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register for this event. Ages: 11–19.


Sidewalk Obstacle Course. Course instructions with arrows and footprints, including: run, balance, jump, follow, right hop, jump over, spin 5 times, give high five to the sky.

July 13 – July 19

Chalk Walk

Come any day/time to hop, skip, balance and twirl through a fun sidewalk chalk gross motor obstacle course! All ages are welcome.


Dog Man book cover. A smiling Dog Man character wearing a blue uniform and standing on a pedestal. A night sky and city skyline is in the background. Fireworks explode behind the book cover.

July 16 Thursday

Supa-Epic Dog Man Party!

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Join us for a Zoom party to celebrate all things Dog Man! Activities will include a reading of the Dog Man origin story, trivia, and a virtual drawing lesson from Dave Pilkey. Email chornig@merrimaclibrary.org to register for this zoom event. Ages: 7–12.


A fairy house built among ivy. The walls are made from sticks and the roof is crafted from acorns and bark from a birch tree. Small pine cones ring the base of the house. Pebbles make up a walkway leading into the front yard.

July 20 – July 26

Fairy Houses

Come any day/time with your natural materials and build a fairy house on the grassy area around the children’s room end of the building. We’ll post pictures of the houses on the library’s Facebook page and Instagram. All ages and adults are welcome too.


Graphic Novel Book Club. Words appear in a white cloud shape against a background of red, orange, blue and green colored shapes. A distant city skyline appears on the horizon.

July 21 Tuesday

Graphic Novel Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM This new monthly group will be hosted by the Tri-Town Teen librarians on Zoom. This month we’ll be discussing Hawkeye Vol 1 by Matt Fraction. Email tshaw@merrimaclibray.org to register.


A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

July 22 Wednesday

Creative Writing Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM Would you like to meet other writers in Merrimac, West Newbury and Groveland that are your age to discuss your work and brainstorm new ideas? West Newbury’s Teen Librarian, Kristen Young will lead this bi-weekly creative and fun group. Email kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org to register and receive the Zoom meeting link. Ages: 11–19.


Take and Make Kids Crafts. Red, blue, and yellow paint spilled onto a gray sidewalk.

July 27 – July 31

Take & Make Crafts

Stop by the library during regular library hours and pick up a couple of fun craft kits to complete at home. Ages: 3–12.


Frame pebble art piece. Pebbles make up the leaves of a tree. The trunk is painted in black.

July 30 Thursday

Pebble Art Workshop

7:00 – 8:00 PM Join Tracy at this Zoom workshop and learn how to create your own unique piece of art with pebbles, sticks, driftwood and other natural materials. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register for the zoom link and to reserve your craft kit. Kits will include a picture frame, card stock, various pebbles and sticks and will be available for pick up at the library. Registration begins July 13 and space is limited. (Residents of Merrimac will be taken first.) Ages: 18+.


August

Merrimac Zoomers Book Club. A stack of books next to a potted plant on a table top. Icons for email and text messages appear over the table.

August 4 Tuesday

Merrimac Zoomers Book Club

7:30 – 8:30 PM This book group meets the first Tuesday of the month on Zoom. This month we’ll be discussing the book Beantown Girls by Jane Healey and welcoming Jane to join our meeting and talk about her book and the fascinating research that led to the book. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to receive the Zoom meeting link.


A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

August 5 Wednesday

Creative Writing Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM Would you like to meet other writers in Merrimac, West Newbury and Groveland that are your age to discuss your work and brainstorm new ideas? West Newbury’s Teen Librarian, Kristen Young will lead this bi-weekly creative and fun group. Email kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org to register and receive the Zoom meeting link. Ages: 11–19.


Teen / Tween Virtual Trivia. White letters in multi-colored squares against an orange background.

August 6 Thursday

Teen Trivia Night

7:00 – 8:30 PM Show off your knowledge of Pop Culture and Mythology by joining the Tri-Town TAG (Teen Advirsory Group) for a fun night of Zoom Trivia. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register for this event. Ages: 11–19.


A mountain top sign reading: Mount Washington Summit, 6,288 feet, 1917 meters. A circular metal weather tower is off to the right. Clear blue sky and distant mountain peaks are in the background.

August 7 – 14

Stories From Mount Washington Documentary Screening

Stories from Mount Washington is a 40-minute documentary film which explores some of the characters of Mount Washington. The film by Bill Millios is based on journalist Dan Szczesny’s 2018 book The White Mountain. The film is narrated by Szczesny and includes various video footage, interviews and photos compiled over the course of one calendar year exploring the unique history and mystique of New England’s tallest mountain. Millios’ film is a back-stage look at some of the characters and personalities that have contributed to the mountain’s history and mystery. Access to this film screen is being offered through the Merrimac Public Library for two weeks only and you may view it as many times as you like. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org and you will be sent a link to the film. Sponsored by the Friends of the Merrimac Public Library.


Graphic Novel Book Club. Words appear in a white cloud shape against a background of red, orange, blue and green colored shapes. A distant city skyline appears on the horizon.

August 18 Tuesday

Graphic Novel Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM This new monthly group will be hosted by the Tri-Town Teen librarians on Zoom. This month we’ll be discussing Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. Email tshaw@merrimaclibrary.org to register. Ages: 11–19.


A feathered quill pen writes the words 'Creative Writing Club'. Blue, green, and purple colors spatter out of the feather.

August 19 Wednesday

Creative Writing Club

3:00 – 4:00 PM Would you like to meet other writers in Merrimac, West Newbury and Groveland that are your age to discuss your work and brainstorm new ideas? West Newbury’s Teen Librarian, Kristen Young will lead this bi-weekly creative and fun group. Email kyoung@westnewburylibrary.org to register and receive the Zoom meeting link. Ages: 11–19.